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Fossil Free SA

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

I'm writing on behalf of Fossil Free SA about our new campaign asking the SA state government to ban all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction in SA and to reverse their recent invitation for bids for oil and gas exploration licences in the Cooper/Eromanga and Otway Basins.

We have launched a petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-sa-from-fossil-fuel-expansion

And also an Open Letter that we are inviting SA groups and local councils to co-sign: https://actionnetwork.org/campaigns/save-sa-from-fossil-fuel-expansion

Would Friends of Parks SA be happy to support this campaign by adding your name and logo to the Open Letter and/or sharing the petition on your social media?

If you have any questions feel free to ring me to discuss.

Regards,

Margaret Hender 
0413 639 592

cedamia website
Climate Emergency Declaration website
CORENA website

Consultation on SA Threatened Species Schedule Updates

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 22, 2019

You are invited to provide comment on proposed changes to the conservation status of species listed in Threatened Species Schedules 7, 8 and 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

The proposed changes to the Threatened Species Schedules include 65 changes in status including:

  • 30 species listed for the first time
  • 15 species up-listed to a more threatened category
  • 5 species down-listed to a less threatened category
  • 15 species to be de-listed from the Schedules
  • Amendments are also proposed for changes to the names of 79 plant and 138 animal species and/or the families they are classified within to reflect updates the taxonomy and/or nomenclature since the last update of the Schedules.

    More information can be found on the Department’s website here and a full list of the updates is included in the attached consultation document. Your responses will help to update the conservation status listing of threatened plants and animals in South Australia and ensure that conservation efforts are appropriately directed. Suggestions for priority assessments of species not listed here will also be considered for inclusion in the ongoing assessments work plan.

    Comments relating to the eligibility of these species for the recommended status classifications and criteria, together with additional information relevant to the assessments, should be sent to:

    DEW.ThreatenedSpecies_Schedules@sa.gov.au.

    Comments will be accepted until 16 August 2019.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conservation and Threatened Species Unit
    Conservation and Wildlife Branch | National Parks and Wildlife
    Department for Environment and Water

    Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia (1572 KB)

    KI accommodation proposal at Flinders Chase National Park

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, February 14, 2019

    19 March 2019

    My wife and I attended the rally at Parliament House in support of the Friends of Parks KI. It was encouraging to see around 30 Friends groups represented in the 500 strong crowd. There is clearly significant concern amongst Friends Groups and members of the public, about this governments plans to develop inside National Parks. If this development is allowed to proceed, in this most remote, wild and pristine of our National Parks at Flinders Chase, nothing will stop development in the other Parks.

    I ask the Board to use its influence with Government ministers and departments to have this development moved to a more appropriate location in the park . Locations near the already established campgrounds on the Wilderness Walking Trail would be acceptable to most people.

    Can you do more to inform and encourage other Friends Groups to take a stand?

    Regards,

    Andrew Jessup

    Warradale




    Hi Everyone

    I have just posted up a statement by the Board in relation to the KI accommodation proposal at Flinders Chase National Park. This came about after the Friends of KI Western District approached the Board to represent their views and concerns to Executive management of DEW, regarding the proposal and the associated community consultation process.

    Myself and Carole Pinnock (a Board member as well as representing the Friends of KI West), met on many occasions with John Schutz CE DEW, Grant Pelton A/Director Parks and Regions, and the KI developers to work through the proposal and the local community’s concerns regarding the development’s footprint within the park. The Board held an extra-ordinary meeting 2 weeks ago to discuss the proposal with the developer as well as DEW management.

    At this stage, there is broad agreement that the community consultation wasn’t satisfactory, and to this end the Board is still in discussion with senior management as to how future development proposals in parks are to be enacted and how the Friends group and the community will be engaged.

    At last week’s Board meeting, the Minister for Environment and Water, David Spiers MP, spoke to the Board about his commitment to DEW’s core business of conservation and biodiversity management in the State’s national parks, and the importance of effective, early community consultation regarding any development proposals.

    The Board’s statement is therefore a reflection of many discussions with all stakeholders over many weeks. It is a principled position that seeks to support and validate the independence of member groups to make their own decisions, and places clear expectations on DEW as a genuine partner in park management.

    If you could direct any feedback to the Board around this to Ian Radbone, ian.radbone@sa.gov.au (in Pam’s absence), he will direct that back to the Board.

    Many Thanks

    Duncan MacKenzie, President

     


     

    Friends of Parks Inc statement concerning development in National Parks and the proposed luxury accommodation in Flinders Chase National Park

    General Statement

    Friends of Parks Inc believes that commercial developments in parks should be consistent with the Park’s Management Plan and only occur after careful consideration of the environmental impact and full public consultation.

    Friends of Parks (FOP) are a strong and respected working partner of DEW. The FOP Board has an expectation that there will be early and transparent communication with local Friends of Parks member groups when developments in their Parks are considered. We support the right of Parks groups – as independent groups – to have at times a differing view on developments in their parks and for the Group to readily express these views.

    Flinders Chase Accommodation Development

    It is agreed in relation to Friends of Parks Kangaroo Island Western Districts (FOPKIWD) and the Flinders Chase accommodation development,

    1. DEW will seek to facilitate FOPKIWD to make a submission the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) currently considering the Flinders Chase development, the findings from which are due in February 2019

    2. The Board is disappointed that early and transparent communication with local Friends of Parks member groups and the local community did not occur regarding this development

    3. As a consequence FOPKIWD have withdrawn their labour in the park and in preparation for the Flinders Chase Centenary Celebration. If this continues, then in support, the President of FOP Inc. Board will also withdraw from the steering committee for the Centenary Celebration

    4. While the Board has not supported universal withdrawal of labour by Friends groups on this issue, the Board is clear that each member group has a right to choose to do so, or to support FOPKIWD in other ways that are thought to be helpful

    5. It is noted that Australian Walking Company (AWC) stated they would like to actively engage with Friends of Parks groups on Kangaroo Island and are actively seeking ways in which this could occur. Friends groups may consider talking to AWC about this possibility.

    30.1.2019

     

    KI resort development: new proposal to lease crown land

    Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, June 30, 2018

    Dear All

    You may know the KI Links golf resort development saga is back on, under the new Minister (!), quite unbelievable…

    Pls see KIslander article link below - pls consider voting and spreading the word among the Friends of Private Bushland - and others - to gather some No votes for this modified proposal (must be an organised ‘yes’ group to have taken such lead…). This may have no value except demonstrating the on-going widespread rejection from the public…

    https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/5464690/minister-to-negotiate-lease-of-crown-land-for-ki-links-golf-resort/?cs=1525

    Kind regards,

    Duncan MacKenzie

    Aldinga Washpool & Blue Lagoon revegetation plan

    Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 04, 2018

    A draft revegetation plan for Aldinga Washpool & Blue Lagoon and surrounding areas has been developed. The plan has been informed by detailed botanical and ecological assessments that provided up-to-date data on vegetation types and locations of significant species in the area.

    The proposed planting site consists of several land parcels owned by a number of state and local government bodies and historically has been used for many purposes. The aim of the draft plan is to guide pest plant control and revegetation works that will restore and maintain the health of the site.

    The proposed revegetation aims to reflect the natural open character of the coastal wetland, including low sedge and saltmarsh plantings, tussock grasslands, dune and coastal heathland and shrubland. Some open woodland tree plantings similar to the adjacent Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park are also proposed. You can view the draft revegetation plan by opening the attachment or by typing this address into your internet browser https://bit.ly/2Km73PY.

    We are seeking local community feedback on the plan and would like to hear from you.

    Please join us at a community meeting where you can ask questions and submit your feedback in person.

    WHEN: Tuesday 29 May 7–8 pm

    WHERE: Sellicks Beach Community Hall, William Eatts Reserve Riviera Road, Sellicks Beach.

    RSVP is essential. Phone Seascapes Coordinator Damian Moroney on 8273 9116 or email Damian.Moroney@sa.gov.au.

    If you are unable to attend the community meeting or would prefer to submit your feedback electronically, please email it to Damian.Moroney@sa.gov.au.

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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.

    http://www.makingmarion.com.au/remnant-native-vegetation-plan


    Jerry Smith
    Coordinator Biodiversity | City of Marion

    P 08 7420 6496 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0478 408 888
    E Jerry.Smith@marion.sa.gov.au | W www.marion.sa.gov.au

    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

    CCSA - ExecCommittee CCSA - ExecCommittee (131 KB)

    CCSA - ESC CCSA - ESC (126 KB)

    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

    Simpson Desert Draft Management Plan for public consultation

    Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 11, 2017

    The Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Simpson Desert Regional Reserve Draft Management Plan has now been released for public consultation.

    This plan has been developed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources with advice from representatives of the Wangkangurru Yarluyandi Aboriginal Corporation.

    A copy is attached, and the plan can also be downloaded at https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/simpson-desert/about

    Submissions can be made via email, post, or online via YourSAy.

    Please note that submissions will form part of the public record unless otherwise requested.

    Submissions close 10 November 2017.

    Amy Allen
    Project Officer, Protected Areas Unit
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
    GPO Box 1047
    ADELAIDE SA 5001
    E: DEWNRProtectedAreaManagement@sa.gov.au
    O: https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/simpson-desert/about

     

    Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who may have an interest.

    Kind regards,

    Amy K. Allen

    Simpson Desert draft Management Plan Simpson Desert draft Management Plan (2379 KB)

    Call for nominations: Native Vegetation Council & Premier's Climate Change Council

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 01, 2017

    Conservation Council SA

    Dear friends

    Please see attached information about both of these committees.

    Nominations for both close COB on Friday 9th June.

    To nominate, please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter that contains a short bio and explains your interest in either native vegetation or climate change.

    You are welcome to circulate this email to others in your network who you think have the relevant background/skills.

    Many thanks

    Julia on behalf of Craig Wilkins

    Conservation Council SA
    The Joinery / 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    (08) 8223 5155

     

    Native Vegetation Council

    CCSA - NVC CCSA - NVC (55 KB)

    Premiers Climate Change Council

    CCSA - PCCC CCSA - PCCC (52 KB)


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