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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 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:

  • 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".

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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.

    Jerry Smith
    Coordinator Biodiversity | City of Marion

    P 08 7420 6496 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0478 408 888
    E | W


    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 21, 2017


    •Sign our electronic petition at

    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 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.

    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,

    Kind regards,


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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:

    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:

    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.


    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:

    For orders and enquiries please contact Mary-Ann at:

    These bags make great gifts for bird and nature lovers

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