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South Australia's History Festival 2017 starts Monday - 8th May!
Mark your diary! The 2017 History Festival program will be available in The Advertiser newspaper on Saturday 8th April.
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Registrations are open.
For all details go to - http://mailchi.mp/4e595d1fcb5b/lasa-newsletter-1036789?e=e8c7251079
|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
|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.
All the best
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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.
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.
Ph: 8178 0688
Friends of Spring Gully 30th Anniversary Dinner
The Friends of Spring Gully Conservation Park have accomplished some outstanding conservation outcomes and dedicated countless volunteer hours since their first meeting at the Clare Community Centre in 1987.
Eighteen past and present members, along with staff from Natural Resources Northern and Yorke, recently celebrated 30 years of achievement at the Sevenhill Hotel, with many attendees having been involved with the Friends of Spring Gully since inception.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Volunteer Support Officer Carly Dillon said that the evening was a great opportunity for past and present members to come together to celebrate their successes.
“The commitment and continued passion and enthusiasm that the Friends group volunteers show to Spring Gully Conservation Park is inspiring,” Ms Dillon said.
“The group have actively targeted a variety of weeds, including briar rose and a lavender infestation that they have slowly contained, subsequently reducing its spread through the park.”
“They also work on maintaining walking trails for the community to enjoy, and protecting nationally-threatened orchids, by undertaking weed control and installing protective caging to minimise any negative impacts on the species.”
President of the Friends of Spring Gully Conservation Park Geoff Brownlie said that members were proud to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the group.
“The anniversary was a great opportunity to recognise our achievements, and to meet some of the past members who contributed to the group over the 30 years,” Mr Brownlie said.
“Working bees are a chance for volunteers to contribute to conservation particularly through helping control weeds in the Park. Our members have good knowledge of plants and animals so it’s a great way to learn about our local environment.”
Ms Dillon said without the groups work and dedication, the park would not be in as good a condition as it is.
“We thank the Friends of Spring Gully for their hard work and congratulate them on their achievements in conservation over the past thirty years,” Ms Dillon said.
The Friends of Spring Gully Conservation Park are supported by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff and Friends of Parks Inc.
The group hold working bees in the park on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. If you are interested in joining the Friends group or would like more information, contact the Natural Resources Centre in Clare on 8841 3400.
Urgent expressions of Interest are sought from individuals, partnerships and groups for potential revegetation sites in the Murray Mallee
Local Action Planning area to restore habitat for threatened species.
Project proposals are currently being prepared to secure funding for revegetation programs in our area. Sites that will directly benefit threatened birds including Malleefowl will be considered for inclusion in the grant applications.
If you believe you have a suitable site and would like to be involved in this project please contact us by July 11th 2017, in order to meet application deadlines.
You can contact us directly;
P; 8531 2066
Trees For Life seedling orders - NOW OPEN
It is amazing what can be achieved when people look after the land they love. The Hermann Family are an inspiring example, showing what people working with nature can do with a little support.
To hear their story click here https://youtu.be/a9gWQVAIpiw
Or view this on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/treesforlifesa/videos/1334160463286475/
The Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July. Late orders will be accepted until 30 August with notice.
Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here: https://www.treesforlife.org.au/trees
or contact us: (08) 8406 0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Discounts are available for small community groups, schools and landholders affected by the 2015 Pinery fires on application.
If you liked this story, or would like to see more transformations like this please SHARE this video and tell others about the Tree Scheme.
Together we'll continue to make this State look great.
Revegetation Services Manager - Trees for Life
Executive Officer, Landcare Association of SA
(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
Mob 0428 812 902 Email: email@example.com
Facebook: Landcare Association of SA
The 2017 State Community Landcare Conference will be held in Clare from 11-13 September 2017. The Conference Theme is ‘Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare’.
There have been a couple of changes in the procedure for booking the Volunteer Centre.
Volunteer Centre Bookings
1. All bookings must be made through the Secretary (Tina Gallasch) at this email address or by phoning 8178 0688
2. The cost for booking the Volunteer Centre for a meeting and/or event is now $30.00 per day.
3. All attendees at such meetings and/or events will be allowed in the Park free of charge.
However, any major event must also be sanctioned by our Senior Ranger Jen Pitman. If in doubt, call me first.
Secretary, Friends of Belair National Park.
From now until 26 April 2017, eligible community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 (plus GST) for projects that will promote recovery of Murray River wetlands, floodplains and backwaters.
Projects should promote the environmental objectives of the Riverine Recovery Project and leave a lasting impact and legacy of knowledge, information and understanding of wetland management and riverine recovery.
For more information go to https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmc_rounds/riverine