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Flinders Ranges tourism app

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 03, 2018

GLENTHORNE: pre-launch order form

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, April 29, 2018


a Defining History and Indefinite Politics

Pam Smith, Keryn Walshe & Alan Burns

7 chapters, 109 pages, 14 pages colour illus. + many b&w illus

A history written with passion and a commitment to the future – a future with the 208 hectare Glenthorne Farm at O’Halloran Hill preserved as open space for future generations.

Glenthorne is environmentally significant with a rich and diverse history.

Glenthorne book Glenthorne book (496 KB)

FoP Facebook 2017 Cover Photos

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, April 20, 2018

World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming - 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, March 09, 2018

World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming

June 21-22, 2018 in Paris, France

Climate Change Conferences | Environmental Science Conferences| Climate Change Meetings

This mail is from “World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming” going to be held during June 21-22, 2018 in Paris, France.Climate 2018 is a leading forum for academic faculty, Meterology, registered Environmental professionals & practitioners, research experts in food technology, Climate and Environment, President’s, Founders, CEO’s, business delegates, investors in Environment & Climate sectors, young researchers and talented student communities from universities and research labs providing an ideal environment to share the latest innovations in the Environmental and Climate research.

For more information, please visit:

We are concerning you with this mail, because our organization is providing huge discount on group participation. If your organization is interested in participating towards this international meeting in bulk then we will be providing the best discount on each registration and accommodation allowances. It would be our both honor and pride to see your organization participation towards this mega event.

We would be pleased to hear your acceptance and availability for the event. We anticipate your gracious presence at our event. It would be our honor to meet your presence at the conference venue in Paris, France.

Looking forward for your prompt response
With Regards,

Lauren Cooper
Program Manager
Climate 2018
Call @ +44-2033182512

Bushcare's Major Day Out

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bushcare's Major Day Out (BMDO) will be held on Sunday September 16 2018

The date for BMDO 2018 is confirmed, and now's the time to start planning your activities and attracting volunteers to care for your local urban and regional bushland sites.

We want to hear from you!

Just like BMDO wouldn’t happen without you, your feedback is invaluable - it allows BMDO to gain more publicity and support year after year.

We have set up a short survey for you to provide us with your feedback on BMDO 2017, and any suggestions you have for this year.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey - thank you!


And we would love to hear about your events last year.

You can tell us about your BMDO events and achievements on our Feedback Form, available to download at the link:


We’re seeking sponsorship to fund a national promotions campaign for Bushcare’s Major Day Out 2018, to tell the whole country how great BMDO is!


In 2017 Bushcare’s Major Day Out merged with Conservation Volunteers. By combining Bushcare’s leagues of dedicated volunteers with our network of 20 offices and over 200 staff, we are mobilising communities to roll up their sleeves and take part in caring for their local, urban and regional bushland, wetlands and parks.

Need More Information?

For more information on how to get involved, please contact us:

Visit the BMDO webpage

FoP Inc Role Descriptions

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, February 16, 2018


Dear Friends

The Friends of Parks Board has now endorsed ‘role descriptions’ for Board members.

You may well ask ‘Why is this needed at all’ ? as Friends of Parks is a volunteer organisation.

The role of the Board has evolved since the organisation first became an incorporated body, with a constitution and board of management back in 1993. In those early days it was more an informal body that oversaw the grant governance arrangements commensurate with the new constitution.

Fast forward to 2018 and there is a very different operating environment in place. The environmental sector is much more complicated and diverse with lots of competing demands - the market place is more competitive, social/political and economic changes are happening faster and more consistently, legislation and governance requirements continue to evolve.

To ensure that the Friends of Parks organisation maintains its place as one of the peak volunteer organisation in South Australia, providing practical hands on support in parks, the Board has also needed to evolve and adapt to the changing circumstances.

To meet these changes, and in so doing provide more consistent support to member groups, it has developed a business plan consisting of five (5) separate sub-programs, with Board members taking a more primary role in driving business outcomes for the organisation as a whole. As a result the skill requirements needed by Board members has also changed. Board members need to be experienced and savvy in a number of areas, and this is expressed in the role descriptions for Board members – it is just one example of how much things have changed.

So, if you feel that you have something to contribute to the Board, please nominate to be a Committee member for the 2018 AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM, to be held on Monday, 30 April 2018, at 9.30 am, at the Morialta Natural Resource Centre.

Duncan MacKenzie OAM



Attachments: Board Role Descriptions -


FoP Board Role- President FoP Board Role- President (118 KB)

Vice President

FoP Board Role- Vice President FoP Board Role- Vice President (28 KB)


FoP Board Role- Treasurer FoP Board Role- Treasurer (114 KB)

Marketing Chair

FoP Board Role- Marketing and Promotions FoP Board Role- Marketing and Promotions (120 KB)


FoP Board Role- Webmaster FoP Board Role- Webmaster (118 KB)

Committee Member

FoP Board Role- General Board Member FoP Board Role- General Board Member (38 KB)


Nominations for the 2018 Australian Natural History Medallion are open

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Australian Natural History Medallion

For furthering interest and knowledge in Australian Natural History

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Natural History Medallion are open. This year all communication, as far as is practicable, will be via email. Signed nominations and supporting documentation should be forwarded via email as pdf files. Larger documents may still be sent via post to the FNCV Blackburn address as indicated on the attached documents.

Please feel free to circulate to other networks.

Don’t hesitate to contact if you have any questions or require assistance.

Nominations close 1 May.

Yours sincerely,

Maxwell Campbell

Secretary to the ANHM Committee

Phone: 0409 143 538, 03 9544 0181


ANHM - Dossier guide ANHM - Dossier guide (51 KB)

ANHM - General Committee Nomination ANHM - General Committee Nomination (13 KB)

ANHM - Nomination 2018 ANHM - Nomination 2018 (110 KB)

ANHM - Trust Fund Donation Request 2018 ANHM - Trust Fund Donation Request 2018 (14 KB)

FOP Facebook Page

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, February 09, 2018

Facebook is a great way to share an organisation’s activities and discoveries on social media. Currently 70% of the total Australian population use Facebook! The Friends of Parks SA is no exception, so our page was launched at the 2016 FOP Forum in October 2016.

Earlier that year, we had sent out an appeal for volunteers interested in setting up a social media presence, and a number ofinterested young people responded. They were Ali Barett, Mitchell Brennan, Mick Brennan, Gabriele Kwan andlater, Sarah Nightingale. They decided to set up a discussion group on Facebook to work out how to do it. .John Fleming from Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, and Michelle Richards from Friends of Anstey Hill were also members of the group. Ashleigh Coombe, Pam Smith and Carole Pinnock from Friends of Parks Board provided background and logistical help. Ali had a background in Health Promotion and Facebook experience and agreed to lead the team. She did extensive research and set us up with some ideas and rules for how to proceed. 

- Social Media Strategy Overview

- Overview of operations including roles

- Content Curating Guide February 2017.docx

- Administrator Guide February 2017.doc

We launched in October 2016, and celebrated success and 384 subscribers 12 months later with a lunch at the Revolucion Mexicana restaurant in Adelaide (see picture).

From left around the table: Michael Brennan, Carole Pinnock, Sarah Nightingale, Ashleigh Coombs, Ali Barrett, Mitchell Brennan, Pam Smith (Gabriele Kwan not able to make it).

As of February 2018, we have 512 subscribers or ‘follows’.

‘The great thing about being a curator on our FB page, is that you get to know all the cool things that are happening in our parks, and the amazing things some of our Friends groups are doing’ said Carole, one of the page’s volunteers. For example this week we learnt about a new fish discovered on Kangaroo Island, great rock pools to visit in SA parks, work on the wildflowergarden by Friends of Black Hill and Morialta and a great Citizen Science initiative, an Echidna app can that can help track echidna populations. If it’s happening in Parks, you get to hear about it!

Would you like to join us? Our content curators post for two weeks every 3 months, so it’s not a lot of work and thereis plenty of help available. Just visit our page at and send us a message!

PS Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us!


Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, February 01, 2018


Mr Kazimierz HERBST, SA

For service to natural wildlife conservation in South Australia.

Service includes:

Founding Vice President, Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby Preservation Association (Bunkers Conservation Reserve), since 1997.

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA): Founding Member,  Activity Coordinator and Team Leader Conservation and Wildlife Management, South Australia Branch, since 1992.  Past President and Secretary. Life Member.

Co-ordinator, 'Bounce Back' Program, South Australia National Parks, since 1992.

Co-ordinator, 'Feral Predator' Program, Flinders Rangers National Park, for over 20 years.

Nature Foundation South Australia: Member, since 2000.

Inaugural Member, Friends of the Nature Foundation Committee, since 2008.

Member,Nature Reserve Management Committee, since 2009.

Former Feral Animal Control Expert, National Parks and Wildlife Outback Consultative Committee, Department of Environment and Natural Resources South Australia, 1990s.

Member, National Park Heritage Committee, for many years.

Member, Friends Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, current.

Member, Friends of Flinders Rangers National Park, current.

Founding Member and Past President, Competitive Pistol and Shooting Club, Monarto.

Founding Member, Porsche Club of South Australia, since 1974 and past Committee Member, Magazine Editor and Life Member.

I’m sure you will join me in acknowledging the outstanding service that Kaz has provided to DEWNR and South Australia more generally over the last 26 years.

We are indeed fortunate to have individuals such as Kaz Herbst in our community.


Trevor Naismith

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, January 12, 2018

Conservation SA, in partnership with the Lifeblood Alliance and Australian Conservation Foundation, is currently recruiting the next cohort of River Fellows for 2018 and we have an information session coming up at the Joinery on the evening of 23 Jan. Could you please forward the information below to anyone who might be interested?


Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

We've reached a pivotal moment for the future of our rivers, and the Lifeblood Alliance are on the search for community leaders wanting to stand up for the health of our waterways.

Applications are now open for the Rivers Fellowship- a practical nine-month program designed to train and support community leaders in the Murray Darling Basin in all things community organising, narrative, media and political lobbying. Last year’s River Fellows were instrumental in exposing the theft and corruption undermining our rivers and building community support through the Healthy Rivers Roadshow. But it’s not over yet.

Are you ready to step up? An information session will be held on Tue 23 Jan at the Joinery in Adelaide register your interest now.


The following webinar info sessions are also scheduled:

Webinar | Thursday 18th January | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <


If you need further information please contact

Applications close February 28 2018.


Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

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