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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.

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees


1. Nominations are now open for Conservation Council’s Executive Committee

If you are interested in helping to manage the State’s peak environment body then please consider nominating for the CCSA’s Executive Committee.

The role of Conservation Council’s Executive Committee is to provide progressive, collective leadership to the organisation, and to manage its affairs.

We are looking for people who have experience in management, high level campaigning, business, finance or fundraising or any other aspect of managing a non-government organisation and would like to assist. The positions are voluntary but rewarding. Attached is a nomination form. You can also nominate others.

Elections, if needed will be held at CCSA’s AGM on 2 November 2017

As our hard working and successful President for last few years (Nadia McLaren) will not be nominating this year we particularly ask people to consider the president’s position. If needed please talk to Craig Wilkins (0417879439) or Nadia for more info.


2. Call for nominations for our Environmental Standing Committees

To support the policy work of the Conservation Council we seek people who are willing to lead our Environmental Standing Committees on Biodiversity, Coast and Marine, Energy, Planning and Development, Waste, Sustainability and Water. If you or someone you know has the skills and expertise to share, then consider nominating yourself or asking others to nominate (form attached)

Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 19th of October
–post nomination forms to CCSA or email completed forms to hadyn.hanna@conservationsa.org.au

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2017 SA Environment Awards are now open

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Please find below a plug for the 2017 SA Environment Awards; could you please distribute to your networks if possible?

Nominations are due on Fri 13 October and we don't have many as yet so any help you can offer promoting this would be most appreciated.

And if you know someone worthy please nominate them, the process is not onerous.

Many thanks.


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Nominations for the 2017 SA Environment Awards are now open!

Each year, the SA Environment Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge South Australians who give their time, expertise and passion on behalf of our precious natural environment.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards are now open in the following categories:

Jill Hudson Award
Young Achiever Award
Unsung Hero Award

Nominations are open until 5pm, 13 October 2017. You can even nominate yourself!

For more information on awards criteria and to download a nomination form,
visit our website: www.conservationsa.org.au/awards

2017 Wetlands and Waterfowl Surveys

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Survey Volunteers,

Thank you to the volunteers for your assistance undertaking the wetland and waterfowl surveys in 2016. The information gathered by volunteers has enabled us to collect valuable information on the abundance of waterfowl and the conditions of wetlands in South Australia contributing to the Assessment of Waterfowl Abundance and Wetland Condition in south-eastern South Australia (2016). The 2016 report is available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/public/plants_and_animals/waterfowl-and-wetland-assessment-2016-rep.pdf. This information was a key element in providing evidence to support the management of waterfowls in South Australia and continues to build our knowledge of wetlands and their condition in our state.

I am writing because we would like to extend an invitation to you as a volunteer to assist us in undertaking the Annual wetlands and waterfowl surveys in your region. The survey will be undertaken in the week either side of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017, depending on the conditions and your availability. The sites that are available for the surveys are the same as last year's surveys (see attached lists).

These sites are part of an on-going monitoring programme so we encourage you to visit them in preference to other sites that you may know about. DEWNR are seeking to augment the number of wetlands surveyed as a part of the core sites so would welcome any suggestions you may have.

Once I have compiled your responses in regard to the selection of wetlands, a copy of the data sheet to record your observations for that wetland will be sent to you directly.

Please let me know by Friday 6 October 2017 which survey sites you have chosen to visit and whether you would prefer :

  • a pdf to print yourself,
  • a hard copy for you to record your information and post to us or,
  • a word document to add information to and return electronically.

To ensure participants are covered by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resource’s insurance policy, everyone must be a registered DEWNR volunteer. For those of you not already registered as a DEWNR volunteer, please complete the attached Forms (Form 4: Volunteer Registration and Form 3: Volunteer Medical Management Form) and return to me via E-mail: Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or download the forms from the following links:

Form 3 – Volunteer Medical Management : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-3-Vol-Medical-Mgmt.pdf

Form 4 – Volunteer Registration : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-4-Vol-Registration.pdf

DEWNR values your assistance and input into this year’s survey and we look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks. Please feel free to email Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or telephone (08) 82077709, if you have any questions, always happy to assist.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Dr. Suresh Kumar  B.Sc, M.Biotech, PhD

Acting Senior Policy Officer, Wetlands

Conservation, Sustainability and Wildlife Management Unit
Conservation, NRM & Protected Area Policy | Parks and Regions
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

P (08) 8207 7709

State History Conference 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

For Conference Program and Registration follow this link - http://newsletter.history.sa.gov.au/t/ViewEmail/r/6D6392F68BB7E3A62540EF23F30FEDED/DCB4F21EBA6DF106F351F20C80B74D5E

History Festival 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

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South Australia's History Festival 2017 starts Monday - 8th May!

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Mark your diary! The 2017 History Festival program will be available in The Advertiser newspaper on Saturday 8th April.

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'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters of the 'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project,

On behalf of the research team I am writing to thank you for all your support for, and participation in, the 'Bushfires and Biodiversity' project.

We concluded our final formal workshop of the project recently, though the research will continue for some time to come as we have lots of data still to analyse and papers to write! We will notify you of key findings and outputs in the months ahead and may also seek further input as we pursue particular future lines of enquiry.

To mark the final project workshop we have produced a Draft Summary Report prepared by Emily Moskwa, which I am attaching herewith. We would welcome any comments or queries you may have, which will help us produce a more considered final report in due course.

Once again, thank you for all your kind assistance.

yours sincerely,

Guy Robinson

Professor Guy M Robinson BSc (London) DPhil (Oxon) FRGS

Editor Land Use Policy
(http://www.journals.elsevier.com/land-use-policy/)
Adjunct, Department of Geography, Environment and Population,
School of Social Sciences,
University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia.
Guest Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mobile 0434181279
Tel 61-8-72821784
Skype: guy.robinson50
email: guy.robinson@adelaide.edu.au

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State Community Landcare Conference 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Registrations are open.

  • The 2017 Conference is nearly here
  • Tours are selling out fast
  • Conference Program
  • Thank you to our Sponsors!
  • For all details go to - http://mailchi.mp/4e595d1fcb5b/lasa-newsletter-1036789?e=e8c7251079

    Fund My Neighbourhood program

    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Do you have a cracking idea to help your local environment or special nature place?

    Need some help to get it happening?

    Funding opportunities are rare for local environmental projects, so we are keen for you to make the most of the recently announced Fund My Neighbourhood program.

    While much of the publicity for the program has focused on sporting clubrooms and playgrounds, there's nothing to stop the money going towards protecting or enhancing your little pocket of this beautiful planet we call home.

    It could be rehabilitating a local patch of bush, creating a rain garden or butterfly garden, or planting a communal orchard.

    If you are an individual or a group who has an environmental idea to improve your neighbourhood but is not sure how or where to begin, come to a special information session:

    WHEN: Wednesday 23 August, 2017 from 4:30pm - 5.30pm
    WHERE: The Joinery, 111 Franklin St Adelaide
    REGISTER NOW!
    And if you want to partner with us on a project, give Conservation SA's Kathryn Warhurst a call on 8223 5155.

    Fund My Neighbourhood is different from a usual grant funding round - it's a participatory budgeting program that gives South Australians the power to nominate and vote for the projects they like the best.

    Environment & Sustainability is one of six eligible categories — but there are lots of tricks and potential traps that can dramatically increase or decrease the chance of your project being chosen.

    So we've invited Gail Fairlamb, one of the creators of the program, along on Wednesday to explain how you can give yourself or your group the best chance for success.

    We hope to see you Wednesday at 4.30pm. Otherwise, give Kathryn a call to see if we can help you turn your dream project into reality.

    All the best
    Craig and the Conservation SA team

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