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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 ;

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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History Festival 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

History Festival News

History Festival News - September 2017


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Start your engines

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.

Whats on?

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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    WORKING BEE - Gardening at Old Government House, Belair National Park.

    Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    GARDENING AT OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE,
    BELAIR NATIONAL PARK.

    There will be a regular working bee once a month – 3rd Saturday starting at 8.30am and ending at 10.30am.

    The first working bee will be the 3rd Saturday 19th August, 2017. If you want to come outside of these hours you are more than welcome, but you need to work in pairs. At the end of our work, we can all have a cup of tea and a biscuit in the coach house. It will be fun.

    The Rules:

    1.Wear appropriate clothing. Enclosed shoes, long sleeved shirts, and long pants. Remember that there are snakes around in the warmer weather, just as there are in the rest of the Park.

    2.There will be no working bee in January

    3.The working bee will be cancelled if:

    (a) It is raining more than just a light shower

    (b) There is a severe weather warning for the Mt. Lofty Ranges.

    (c) The forecast temperature is higher than 35ºC

    PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER FORECAST: THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT DAY IS USUALLY POSTED AROUND 4.30PM ON THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WEBSITE. I’ll try to let everyone know if we cancel, but that may not be possible at short notice – so keep your eye out.

    Sometime over the next month, we will map the garden into segments. You can either decide to take on a specific segment, and make it your own; or you can just rock up and do whatever needs to be done. In August I anticipate a ton of weeding, and we need to start feeding certain plants.

    I’d also like to minimize the number of paper wasp nests in the garden; they are predating upon the Monarch caterpillars, and whilst we can’t get rid of them entirely, we may be able to reduce the numbers by keeping an eye out for wasp nests and destroying them before them become established.

    WHAT TO BRING:

    You will need to bring your own gloves and secateurs; and possibly a trowel or small garden fork.

    We have plenty of rakes, spades, and a couple of wheel barrows, some plastic rubbish bins and some kneelers.

    Tina Gallasch
    Gardening Convenor
    Ph: 8178 0688
    Emailtina@gmv.com.au