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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

email: mcam7307@bigpond.net.au

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 https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofparkssa/ and send us a message!

PS Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us!

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, February 01, 2018

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

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.

Cheers

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 <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_18

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_30

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_7

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_12

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_22

 

If you need further information please contact Bethany.Koch@acf.org.au.

Applications close February 28 2018.

 

Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

kathy.whitta@conservationsa.org.au

Get married in the garden at Old Government House

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 15, 2017

Friends of Old Government House

Do you want to get married in the garden at Old Government House in the Belair National Park?

Today seems to be the right day to announce that Old Government Ho...use in Belair National Park is, once again, available for Wedding Ceremonies.

You can get married in the beautiful, private garden of a Heritage Listed complex.

There are two areas available - the wedding lawn for boutique weddings (maximum number 50 guests), or the Terrace for up to 140 people.

- call Tina Gallasch 08 8178 0688 for details.

List your park's event online

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 15, 2017

Attention Friends:

Parks SA has developed a new online feature where you can list an event on your park's website. 

Are you holding a working bee, planting day, bushwalking event, surfing competition or trail run in a park?

Perhaps you’re organising a meditation retreat or a parents’ group meeting and want more people to find out about it and get involved.

You can list your event on our website.

Visit https://goo.gl/Yc52CK to find out how. #NationalParksSA

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Management Plan has been adopted by the Minster

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, December 14, 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Management Plan has been adopted by the Minster for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation. A copy is attached. Hard copies have been mailed out to members of the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Co-management Board, the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Incorporated, and relevant stakeholders. Copies can also be obtained from:

  • http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/park-management/plans-strategies-and-policies/park-management-plans
  • Natural Resources Centre, Adelaide - Ground floor, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin - 110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge, S.A. 5253.
  • Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin – 28 Vaughan Terrace, Berri SA 5343
  • Congratulations to all who contributed to the development of this management plan.

    Kind regards,

    Amy K. AllenPolicy Officer
    Protected Areas Unit | Conservation, NRM and Protected Area Policy
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources P (08) 8207 7747

    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".

    Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2019 Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2019 (230 KB)

    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

    Glenthorne Appeal - Nov2017 Glenthorne Appeal - Nov2017 (18 KB)


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