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Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, December 09, 2017

Gluepot is Australia’s largest community operated conservation reserve, situated 64km north of Waikerie and the River Murray in South Australia’s Riverland. Comprising 54,000ha of prime mallee country – much of it old growth – the Reserve is managed exclusively by volunteers with the aim of "effectively managing a large, internationally significant area for biodiversity conservation".

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Remnant Native Vegetation Plan - City of Marion

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 01, 2017

I am pleased to advise that after approximately 18 months of pretty hard slog, many many reports and liaison with elected members and other staff we have been able to release the draft Remnant Native Vegetation Plan 2018 to 2023 for community consultation. This document will be the basis for guiding and funding ongoing works to protect precious Remnant Native Vegetation across the City of Marion. Please have a look and undertake the very small survey. Please also feel free to send the link to other members of your groups and anyone you think may be interested. Hopefully we will have some overwhelmingly positive feedback to allow this exciting initiative to continue, I am quite dependant on your support to ensure this occurs. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss this further.

http://www.makingmarion.com.au/remnant-native-vegetation-plan


Jerry Smith
Coordinator Biodiversity | City of Marion

P 08 7420 6496 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0478 408 888
E Jerry.Smith@marion.sa.gov.au | W www.marion.sa.gov.au

SAVE GLENTHORNE

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FRIENDS OF GLENTHORNE – “SAVE GLENTHORNE”

•Sign our electronic petition at http://chn.ge/2gZyEsM

The Friends of Glenthorne have launched their Save Glenthorne campaign onto Facebook.

The Friends urge all members and supporters to access this page and help us build a following which will assist save the property from the University of Adelaide’s development plans.

You can connect using the following link https://www.facebook.com/GlenthorneSA and we encourage you to spread the word to your friends, family and other Friends groups.

If you have never been on Facebook, now is the time to jump on. You don't need to "Join" or "Sign Up" to Facebook to see our Facebook pages.

We plan to keep you informed with interesting stories, facts, campaign highlights and updates and reveal the truth about this wonderful local property.

As a Community, we will have just one go at this campaign and we are determined to band together to get our word out into the wider Community and make the State Government hear us, well before the March 2018 election.

We encourage you to get on board and add your comments, your thoughts and most importantly, what Glenthorne means to you.

If you have a special connection, perhaps via a family member who worked there or you are related to Major O’Halloran himself, we want to know about it via our Facebook page.

Join us now to Save Glenthorne for our children’s children, before it is lost forever.

Thank you for your ongoing support in the past and in what may just become the most important 7 months of our 21 year campaign.

There can be no holding back now, we have come too far.

Regards,
Friends of Glenthorne

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Future Tourism Challenge

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 16, 2017

for The Adelaide Iinternational Bird Sanctuary - see flyer attached

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Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection that DEWNR is running, alongside Conservation SA the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).

Amongst It is aiming 1) to catalyse new projects that connect people to the nature that surrounds them everyday, and 2) to make visible the myriad ways in which South Australians are already connecting with those environments.

Over the next six months, we're supporting a series of small projects that do either of these things, and have opened up a set of grants to help fund people to run events or activities that connect people to nature in unexpected and creative ways.


I've attached our project overview to give you a taste of what we're up to. Do you think you might know some folks who would be interested in being involved by running an event, activity or creative installation before May 2018? More info is also available at our website, www.amongstSA.org.au

Kind regards,

Robin.

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PhD top-up scholarship - University of Adelaide

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Study with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network)

2018 PhD Top-up Scholarship
Orchids: Canary in the coal mine for climate change

We are offering a PhD top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for three years for an enthusiastic student to undertake research on orchids in a changing climate in association with Wild Orchid Watch (WOW). You will be based at TERN's high impact research group at the University of Adelaide, which manages a field-based ecosystem surveillance monitoring program operating across the country.

Applicants holding, or intending to apply for a scholarship such as a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) or equivalent are eligible. In addition, operational costs will be covered. The project is hosted by the University of Adelaide in the School of Biological Sciences and our team is based at the Waite Campus.

More information here: http://www.ausplots.org/study-with-us/

Rosalie Lawrence, Native Orchid Society of SA Inc.,

A new app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

A moment to savour, the app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available from both Apple Store and Google Play.

If you are unsure,the Apple Store suits iPhone and iPad, while the Google Play is for phones and tablets using Android.

You can download for free right now from either of the URLs:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discover-the-flinders-ranges/id1252160121?mt

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app1235

We are greatly indebted to Bob Geary for achieving this milestone. Without his willingness to share his IT knowledge and skill, and his preparedness to devote more than 800 hours of his time to this project, the app would never have been developed. It is a unique contribution made by volunteers to benefit a national park and the people who visit it.

Bob is the first to acknowledge the support provided in the app development by a number of other members. These include Julie Owen, Peter and Robyn Trezise, Athol Jackson, Meredyth Geary, Helen Monterola, Terry Krieg, Anthea and Carl Hudson, Victor Gostin, Frank Williams , Tony Bott, Jan, Dave, Carmel and Maria. Publications of tours by Tony Bott provided much of the material used in the tours included in the app. If we add to Bob’s time, the hours these folk contributed to the project, we have well in excess of 1000 volunteer hours.

Already there are intentions to add further to the app over time with more tours and more guides. We are keen to include Adnyamathana culture and tours, and information about campgrounds and other park features too.

We hope that you enjoy looking through the app and finding time to use it in the park.

Please take every opportunity you can to tell relatives and friends that the app is available, and encourage them to download it then visit the Flinders Ranges.

Regards,

Vince Monterola

Bird Bags for sale

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bird Bags for sale with profits going to the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Proceeds from the sale of the Bird Bags go towards projects of the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, who are all about supporting, improving and promoting the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

Sizes Available:

Small 31 x 31 cm = $25 each

Large 41 x 41 cm = $30 each

As well as photos of shorebirds taken within the Sanctuary there is a small selection of Woodland Birds and Hooded Plover Bird Bags available.

To view the full range check these links:

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/shorebird-bird-bags-friends-of-adelaide-internation/

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/woodland-birds/

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/hooded-plover/

For orders and enquiries please contact Mary-Ann at:

joyofbirdsong@hotmail.com

These bags make great gifts for bird and nature lovers

An exciting offer for your members

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dear Conservation SA members,

For a while we’ve been exploring better options for communities as a result of the breathtaking drop in the price of solar and batteries.

We think that a community solar program is a perfect solution to our current electricity crises. So, we’ve helped develop a new program exclusively for South Australia, using the “Solar 2.0” platform created by ShineHub and backed by the Australian Solar Council.

In Northern Rivers NSW, a similar community solar model recently helped 110 homeowners go solar, with over half adding batteries. The reaction has been incredibly positive - some members are reporting bills as low as $3.78 per month in the middle of winter!

Check out this recent story.

The exclusive offer will include a very exciting Australian-first solar and battery package that will deliver an instant 25% reduction in power bills from Day 1 with no up-front investment required.

We are hoping that you might consider forwarding on details of this offer to your members.

Through this offer, your members will get access to:

  • Highly competitive pricing
  • Top solar and battery brands - including SA-made Tindo Solar
  • No-nonsense advice from unbiased experts
  • Trustworthy, vetted local solar companies
  • Independent quality assurance and extra warranty protection

On top of that, Conservation SA will get a small donation every time one of your members goes solar. So, by passing this offer on to your members, you will help us as well as them.

Early next week, we will send you an email that we hope you will consider forwarding on to your members and others in your community.

Equally, if you wanted to get more involved in the roll-out of this campaign, we would be happy to share the donation with your group.

Ultimately, we want as many South Australians to embrace clean energy, and think this is a very exciting opportunity, so we want it to spread as widely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me on 8223 5155 or 0417 879 439.

I’ll be in touch soon!

Craig Wilkins
http://www.conservationsa.org.au/

Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport celebrate 30 years of volunteering

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Date: Thurs 12th October 2017

From: Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport

Contact: President – Michael Bleby 08873345520409621334 forests@bigpond.com

Subject: 30 year anniversary event

To celebrate 30 years of volunteers working for the benefit of our local National Parks and Reserves, the Canunda & Beachport Friends of Parks group held a special day out last month ( Sept 6th)

Past and present members plus families gathered, along with staff (past and present) from the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) for a 4WD trip through the length of the Canunda National Park with a BBQ lunch at the Number 2 rocks.After travelling on to Cape Banks the convoy returned to Millicent for afternoon tea and to look at a display of historical memorabilia in the Civic & Arts Centre Gallery. This was prepared for the group by current Works coordinator Peter Haggett and a team of helpers.

The inaugural meeting to set up the Group was held in the South End Community Centre on 13th May 1987. The chairman was Mr B. McDonald, and the elected officials were - President Archie McArthur, Secretary Tom Prowse, Publicity officer Heather Carthew with Mr B. McDonald as Patron. The meeting was actually attended by 57 interested people.

Presidents of the Group since its inception have been : -
A.McArthur 1987 – 1990; J. Van Der Heul 1991 ; J. B Stuckey 1992 – 1995 ;

L. Gardiner 1996 – 1997 ; J.B. Stuckey 1998 – 2001 ; N. Dickens 2002 – 2010 ;

M.H. Bleby2011 -

Many others, have served the Friends Group in various roles either as Works Coordinator or as Secretary or Treasurer over many years, in particular Tom Prowse, Christine Grant, Ron Wicks and John Madden.

30 years of continuous voluntary work for conservation is a magnificent achievement.

The Group continues to work with Parks staff holding weekly working bees to maintain walking trails and Park facilities in good shape.The annual March in May event for local Primary Schools is also one of the group’s significant achievements.


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