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Parks get by with a little help from their friends

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 11, 2018

The 31st Friends of Parks Forum was held recently at Stenhouse Bay Hall in Yorke Peninsula’s Innes National Park, with the theme ‘Preserving our Past and Protecting our Future’.

More than 150 people attended the forum, which ran from the 14th to the 16th of September, including the Member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis MP who opened the event.

Narungga man Chris Angove and his family gave a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and led the delegates on a cultural bus tour.

Innes National Park Ranger in Charge Mark Davison said the biannual forum was a culmination of two years of planning by the Friends of Innes National Park and Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff, with support from the Friends of Troubridge Island and the Friends of Althorpe Island.

Jessica Henderson

Communications Coordinator
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke | Parks and Regions

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Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park celebrate 30 years of voluntary conservation work

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 17, 2018

On Saturday 11th August the Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park braved cold conditions to celebrate their 30th anniversary in Waitpinga Campground. The volunteer group held their initial meeting in 1988, and this special day marked 30 years of voluntary conservation work in the park. This group of very dedicated volunteers assist with many important park projects including weed control, revegetation and most recently, monitoring Western Pygmy Possums to study population and distribution in the area.

The Park is a 1,152 ha Conservation Park situated at Waitpinga, 15 minutes from Victor Harbor. The Park is renowned for its superb fishing and surfing beaches, rare and endangered species of plants, birds and animals, stunning coastline and beautiful walking trails. A huge draw card for many visitors - local, state-wide and national. The annual visitation is estimated at 100,000 people.

The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, also attended the day. He gave out awards along with Senior Ranger Seiji Iwao and member of the Friends group, Winston Syson. A number of members also celebrated 20, 10 and 5 years of volunteering with the group. Along with these awards, previous members Ron and Pam Taylor were also acknowledged for 20 years of outstanding contribution to environmental conservation in the park. They were key founders of the group and their passion and commitment to the park were second to none (see photo).

Group members gathered at Dennis Hut in Waitpinga campground for the giving of awards by Minister Speirs, followed by a BBQ lunch. A small special ceremony was also held in the afternoon to remember previous member Robin Rowett who passed away 15 months earlier. Robin was a very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, so the group used this opportunity to celebrate his contribution to the park and passion for the area. Family members planted trees to commemorate Robin in a special place held dear to his heart overlooking spectacular views of the ocean.

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park are supported by Department for Environment and Water National Parks staff and Friends of Parks Inc., along with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Volunteer Support Program. The 30 year celebration event was funded by the Friends Group with support by the Volunteer Support Program and NRM Levy.

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park currently hold weekly Frieday working bees in the park and monthly working bees on a Saturday. In addition, the group participate in 6-weekly monitoring surveys of Western Pygmy Possums checking nesting boxes for activity. For anyone who would like to get involved in this fantastic group of local volunteers, please contact Simon and Lee on simonandlee01@gmail.com.

Help for Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges members

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

A call-out to members of any Friends group... We need help with transport!! Do you like to drive? Want to explore some new spectacular scenery?

Have you ever had an interest in becoming a member of the Friends of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, but couldn't justify the cost of driving there, or don't have a vehicle you felt was suitable… or at all? Or maybe you'd just like to experience how a different Friends group operates, or take in some of our magnificent Flinders scenery.

Athol Jackson and Anthea & Carl Hudson have been active Friends of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges members since the group began in 1995.

Athol (our driver) is soon going to be unable to drive due to medical issues, which means we will have a problem getting to working bees in the Park. Anthea and Carl will be attempting to get their drivers licenses, but this will take time.

We are wondering if there are any Friends group members who would be interested in driving Athol's very comfortable, easy to drive vehicle (fuel cost covered) to transport us up to the Flinders Ranges and drive around to the various places in the Park where work is taking place.

A willingness to tow a camper trailer would also be a great advantage! Also, due to allergies, you would need to be a non-smoker.

You would also need to be 25+ (I think) due to vehicle insurance purposes.

Fuel cost would naturally be covered.

Private room accommodation is provided free in the comfortable Oraparinna Shearer's Quarters, with access to a fully equipped kitchen, male and female hot showers and flush toilets, heating (wonderful huge slow combustion heater, plus reverse cycle) and cooling, TV. You would need to be willing to help out at the working bee, to use one of these rooms, as they are reserved for volunteer workers, but the work is enjoyable and the company is great.

We'd even be willing to provide your meals, but you may prefer to bring your own food, as we are vegan.

We would be very grateful for any help or suggestions in this matter, as it saddens us greatly to think of not being a part of our wonderful working bees!

Please email Anthea anthea@insouthaustralia.com if you would like to discuss this further, or to make an offer of help.

Thanks.
Anthea

Belair Bush Buddies

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018

Hi everyone,

Belair Bush Buddies is a group for upper primary aged kids who are interested in the environment and is run by members of the Friends of Belair National Park. If you'd like to know a little more about Belair Bush Buddies check out our website:

http://communitywebs.org/FriendsofBelairPark/bush_buddies.html

We have our July meeting coming up next weekend and encourage any kids interested to come along with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. It is on Sunday, 8th July, from 10am until midday in the Volunteer Centre.

This month we have special guest speaker Greg Johnston, a wildlife biologist, coming to give a talk on bird beaks and feet! Bird beaks and feet come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions so it will be a very interesting talk. For the second half of the meeting we will head outside with Greg to spot some of the features we have learnt during the talk, so bring along some binoculars if you have them.

Here is a little about Greg from the SA Museum website:

"Greg Johnston is a semi-retired wildlife biologist, originally from Eyre Peninsula, Australia. He has worked in the mining industry, universities, zoos, and with conservation NGOs. Between 2000 and 2010 he established the research and conservation program at Zoos SA's Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, where he was Head of Science. Prior to that Greg worked at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Israel and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has extensive field experience in Australia and in Papua New Guinea.Greg has degrees in zoology and anatomy and a PhD in biology. He has published over 60 books, book chapters and scientific papers. He holds honorary positions at the South Australian Museum, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor.Greg lives in Adelaide and is a keen amateur photographer. He plays banjo badly, although his family would rather he didn’t!"

Please wear closed in shoes and long pants for this meeting as we are heading outside. Here's hoping the weather is favourable but bring along a raincoat just in case! As always, parents are most welcome and encouraged! And, it is free entry for all attending, just let gate staff know you're there for the Belair Bush Buddies.

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!

TAKE THE SURVEY

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:

BMDO 2017 ACHIEVEMENTS AND FEEDBACK FORM (Word document)

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!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE, AND PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS

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: bmdo@cva.org.au

Visit the BMDO webpage

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

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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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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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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 ;

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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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