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Belair Bush Buddies

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018

Hi everyone,

Belair Bush Buddies is a group for upper primary aged kids who are interested in the environment and is run by members of the Friends of Belair National Park. If you'd like to know a little more about Belair Bush Buddies check out our website:

http://communitywebs.org/FriendsofBelairPark/bush_buddies.html

We have our July meeting coming up next weekend and encourage any kids interested to come along with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. It is on Sunday, 8th July, from 10am until midday in the Volunteer Centre.

This month we have special guest speaker Greg Johnston, a wildlife biologist, coming to give a talk on bird beaks and feet! Bird beaks and feet come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions so it will be a very interesting talk. For the second half of the meeting we will head outside with Greg to spot some of the features we have learnt during the talk, so bring along some binoculars if you have them.

Here is a little about Greg from the SA Museum website:

"Greg Johnston is a semi-retired wildlife biologist, originally from Eyre Peninsula, Australia. He has worked in the mining industry, universities, zoos, and with conservation NGOs. Between 2000 and 2010 he established the research and conservation program at Zoos SA's Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, where he was Head of Science. Prior to that Greg worked at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Israel and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has extensive field experience in Australia and in Papua New Guinea.Greg has degrees in zoology and anatomy and a PhD in biology. He has published over 60 books, book chapters and scientific papers. He holds honorary positions at the South Australian Museum, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor.Greg lives in Adelaide and is a keen amateur photographer. He plays banjo badly, although his family would rather he didn’t!"

Please wear closed in shoes and long pants for this meeting as we are heading outside. Here's hoping the weather is favourable but bring along a raincoat just in case! As always, parents are most welcome and encouraged! And, it is free entry for all attending, just let gate staff know you're there for the Belair Bush Buddies.

KI resort development: new proposal to lease crown land

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dear All

You may know the KI Links golf resort development saga is back on, under the new Minister (!), quite unbelievable…

Pls see KIslander article link below - pls consider voting and spreading the word among the Friends of Private Bushland - and others - to gather some No votes for this modified proposal (must be an organised ‘yes’ group to have taken such lead…). This may have no value except demonstrating the on-going widespread rejection from the public…

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/5464690/minister-to-negotiate-lease-of-crown-land-for-ki-links-golf-resort/?cs=1525

Kind regards,

Duncan MacKenzie

Friends of Parks Promotional Video - just released

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note there is a 50% discount off the price of Tree Scheme seedlings for eligible community groups and I expect most FOP groups will qualify. All they need to do is write Community Group on the top of the form and apply the discount to the seedling cost.

 

I have outlined the order season details etc below. With so much new evidence emerging we have been focusing this year on the value of native vegetation to sustain pollinators. Please let me know if you need anything further with this.

 


Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Native vegetation provides homes and food for wildlife, protection and food for stock, pollination services, magical scenery and much more.

Trees For Life is committed to working with landholders and community alike to restore and revegetate native vegetation on the land they love.

The Tree Scheme is low cost, easy to use, it offers lots of species to choose from and species suitable to your goals and location.

The 2018 Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July.

Late orders will be accepted until 30 August.

Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here:

https://www.treesforlife.org.au/trees/tree-scheme/order-seedlings

or contact us: (08) 8406 0500, info@treesforlife.org.au
A 50% discount is available for small community groups and schools on application. Most Friends of Parks groups would be eligible. Contact us to find out more.

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2018 Awards - Presentations

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc.

VOLUNTEER OF THE PARKS PRESENTATION 3/06/18

34TH Presentation

 

Over forty people attended the 2018 Rotary Volunteer of Parks Awards Presentation Luncheon, held this year at the Hackney Hotel on Sunday, 3 June.

Rotarian, Dave Harrison, gave the Invocation and Loyal Toast and the President, Brett Dalton, introduced the guests and read out the apologies. The global theme this year was ‘Making a Difference’, and Mr Dalton mentioned that a tree had been planted for every Rotarian, with this club planting over 300 trees around Tanunda.

 

Special welcome was made to:

- Hon Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Premier and State Member for Bragg, Honorary Member Rotary Club of Burnside

- Brenton Grear, Regional, Director, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region, representing John Schutz, Acting Chief Executive, Department for Environment and Water)

- Pam Smith, Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer, Volunteer Support Programs Unit, DEW, and her son, Josh

- Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and his wife Marilyn

- District Governor, Bob Cooper, gave a history of the awards.

 

The Deputy Premier, the Hon Vickie Chapman, addressed the gathering.

Brenton Grear, representing John Schutz (Acting Chief Executive, DEW), also gave a short address.

 

Mr Dalton then introduced the seven nominations for the Volunteers of the Parks Award, and read a summary of their achievements:

- Bobbie Wheatland – Friends of Protea and Michael Moran Reserve

- Heather Whiting – Co-ordinator Vale Park Our Patch Group

- Michael Turner – DEW Volunteer, Walking Trails Support Group

- Robert Geary – Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

- Dean and David Moseley – Friends of Simpson Desert Parks

- Shanelle Palmer – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park (in absentia)

- Stephen Rogers – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

 

Brenton Grear then announced that Heather Whiting, Co-ordinator of the Vale Park Our Patch Group was the winner.

A plaque was presented by Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and Brenton Grear. Heather responded.

 

A framed certificate was presented to each nominee.

 

Brett Dalton gave the Vote of Thanks to:

- The Hackney Hotel - for a great meal and great assistance by staff

- Pam Smith and Tania Dalton for organising the event

- Dignitaries

- everyone for attending

 

Thank you to David Dewar, Editor, Director Vocation and Youth, Rotary Club of Burnside Inc., for the wonderful photographs which can be viewed at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxjz2pm8hasxxoa/AAD2T_HUg_ArfgqJZ-mEDIoba?dl=0

Please find attached the 2018 Nomination Forms and the Selection Criteria Forms for the Rotary Club of Burnside’s ‘Leadership in Conservation’ and ‘Volunteer of the Parks’ Awards.

Nomination forms need to be returned to Rotary, now extended to close on 28 April, 2018.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon to be held on 3 June at the Hackney Hotel.

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership (1633 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer (256 KB)

Healthy Parks Healthy People || 5 Ways to WINTER wellbeing in nature!

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, June 08, 2018

Dear All,

Thank you for your support with the launch of the Healthy Parks Healthy People 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign late last year, and/or your interest in this work.

As you will recall, the aim of the campaign was to provide all South Australians with simple tools and opportunities to maintain good mental health and wellbeing, and to promote nature as an ideal setting for achieving these.

This campaign raised high awareness with 9,296 visits to the SA Health website and the videos were displayed in Facebook newsfeeds 1,593,914 times. The Facebook videos were also shared a total of 881 times and all received at least 75% positive sentiment.

 

Due to the success of the campaign, a second burst of activity is running throughout June 2018, to promote the 5 Ways to WINTER Wellbeing in Nature.

 

During winter months, people often stay indoors more and this can impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This burst of activity will promote winter themed nature based activities. In South Australia there are many parks and nature events that are best experienced in winter. The messaging will also remind people that winter is a time of the year when it is particularly important to think about ways to protect mental health and wellbeing as colder weather and less daylight hours can have a negative impact on mood for many people.

We need your help to spread these messages far and wide. If your organisation is keen to post some materials you can still access them online here.

We have also attached a newsletter article about the campaign that could be adapted for your stakeholders and audiences. The Good Living Blog will publish a new article to promote the campaign as well. Please like and share and keep your eye out for our SA Health posts throughout winter and if you would like to know more specific details about the posts, we can share the schedule with you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about how you could use these materials.

Kind regards,

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Project Team

Nature in Mind - headspace Mount Gambier

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, May 26, 2018

Last year, 10 young people had the opportunity to get out in nature for a full day once a month with headspace Mount Gambier and Natural Resources South East.

Check out what they had to say about the program.

https://www.facebook.com/821626304610306/videos/1319205654852366/

Heritage SnAps photo competition

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, May 07, 2018

You may be aware of the “Heritage SnAps” photo competition.

This Heritage South Australia “Heritage SnAps” photo competition is open to everyone to enter (with the exception of Heritage South Australia staff and their immediate family).

You, your families and friends are eligible to enter for a chance of winning fantastic prizes in each listed photo category including the Main Prize and a People’s Choice Award !

Furthermore to make the entry even easier, we have removed the requirement to write 100 words or less about each image uploaded.

Therefore we encourage you to get your modern, old or ancient cameras out, and take many interesting, inspirational, professional or totally amateur snap shots of our proud SA heritage, submit on-line and Win, Win, Win !!!

But remember the photos you submit must be your own, not copied or reproduced from any other sources.

There are a number of different categories you can enter.

Category 8 is for Professional / Edited photographers - staff members with the skills are allowed to enhance their images to make them stand out.

We have very creative nature photographers here at DEW (Floor 7 TV display in the staff kitchen area is perhaps the best example), but please do not assume that we are just after high definition and professional images. We accept all photos, colour, black and white and sepia, amateur and professional in numerous categories, including sports and young talent.

Winners will be announced during an Awards Ceremony in August this year following displays of the best SA heritage photo entries and finalists (as selected by an independent panel of judges) in the main foyer of the Adelaide Convention Centre throughout November 2018

Best of luck to you all – the competition is open now and will conclude on Friday July 13th.

Enter here: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/our-places/heritage/visiting-heritage-places/Heritage-SnAps

To find a State Heritage Place check out the online database here: http://maps.sa.gov.au/heritagesearch/HeritageSearchLocation.aspx

On behalf of the team,

Jacek Gniadek

Project Officer - Promotions

Heritage South Australia P 08 8207 7746 M 0432 834 323

Aldinga Washpool & Blue Lagoon revegetation plan

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 04, 2018

A draft revegetation plan for Aldinga Washpool & Blue Lagoon and surrounding areas has been developed. The plan has been informed by detailed botanical and ecological assessments that provided up-to-date data on vegetation types and locations of significant species in the area.

The proposed planting site consists of several land parcels owned by a number of state and local government bodies and historically has been used for many purposes. The aim of the draft plan is to guide pest plant control and revegetation works that will restore and maintain the health of the site.

The proposed revegetation aims to reflect the natural open character of the coastal wetland, including low sedge and saltmarsh plantings, tussock grasslands, dune and coastal heathland and shrubland. Some open woodland tree plantings similar to the adjacent Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park are also proposed. You can view the draft revegetation plan by opening the attachment or by typing this address into your internet browser https://bit.ly/2Km73PY.

We are seeking local community feedback on the plan and would like to hear from you.

Please join us at a community meeting where you can ask questions and submit your feedback in person.

WHEN: Tuesday 29 May 7–8 pm

WHERE: Sellicks Beach Community Hall, William Eatts Reserve Riviera Road, Sellicks Beach.

RSVP is essential. Phone Seascapes Coordinator Damian Moroney on 8273 9116 or email Damian.Moroney@sa.gov.au.

If you are unable to attend the community meeting or would prefer to submit your feedback electronically, please email it to Damian.Moroney@sa.gov.au.

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Flinders Ranges tourism app

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 03, 2018

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