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GLENTHORNE: pre-launch order form

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, April 29, 2018


a Defining History and Indefinite Politics

Pam Smith, Keryn Walshe & Alan Burns

7 chapters, 109 pages, 14 pages colour illus. + many b&w illus

A history written with passion and a commitment to the future – a future with the 208 hectare Glenthorne Farm at O’Halloran Hill preserved as open space for future generations.

Glenthorne is environmentally significant with a rich and diverse history.

Glenthorne book Glenthorne book (496 KB)

Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, January 12, 2018

Conservation SA, in partnership with the Lifeblood Alliance and Australian Conservation Foundation, is currently recruiting the next cohort of River Fellows for 2018 and we have an information session coming up at the Joinery on the evening of 23 Jan. Could you please forward the information below to anyone who might be interested?


Rivers Fellowship Program: Recruitment 2018

We've reached a pivotal moment for the future of our rivers, and the Lifeblood Alliance are on the search for community leaders wanting to stand up for the health of our waterways.

Applications are now open for the Rivers Fellowship- a practical nine-month program designed to train and support community leaders in the Murray Darling Basin in all things community organising, narrative, media and political lobbying. Last year’s River Fellows were instrumental in exposing the theft and corruption undermining our rivers and building community support through the Healthy Rivers Roadshow. But it’s not over yet.

Are you ready to step up? An information session will be held on Tue 23 Jan at the Joinery in Adelaide register your interest now.


The following webinar info sessions are also scheduled:

Webinar | Thursday 18th January | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <


If you need further information please contact

Applications close February 28 2018.


Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, December 09, 2017

Gluepot is Australia’s largest community operated conservation reserve, situated 64km north of Waikerie and the River Murray in South Australia’s Riverland. Comprising 54,000ha of prime mallee country – much of it old growth – the Reserve is managed exclusively by volunteers with the aim of "effectively managing a large, internationally significant area for biodiversity conservation".

Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2018 Gluepot Reserve - Environmental Education Courses 2018 (222 KB)

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.

Jerry Smith
Coordinator Biodiversity | City of Marion

P 08 7420 6496 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0478 408 888
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PhD top-up scholarship - University of Adelaide

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Study with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network)

2018 PhD Top-up Scholarship
Orchids: Canary in the coal mine for climate change

We are offering a PhD top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for three years for an enthusiastic student to undertake research on orchids in a changing climate in association with Wild Orchid Watch (WOW). You will be based at TERN's high impact research group at the University of Adelaide, which manages a field-based ecosystem surveillance monitoring program operating across the country.

Applicants holding, or intending to apply for a scholarship such as a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) or equivalent are eligible. In addition, operational costs will be covered. The project is hosted by the University of Adelaide in the School of Biological Sciences and our team is based at the Waite Campus.

More information here:

Rosalie Lawrence, Native Orchid Society of SA Inc.,

A new app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

A moment to savour, the app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available from both Apple Store and Google Play.

If you are unsure,the Apple Store suits iPhone and iPad, while the Google Play is for phones and tablets using Android.

You can download for free right now from either of the URLs:

We are greatly indebted to Bob Geary for achieving this milestone. Without his willingness to share his IT knowledge and skill, and his preparedness to devote more than 800 hours of his time to this project, the app would never have been developed. It is a unique contribution made by volunteers to benefit a national park and the people who visit it.

Bob is the first to acknowledge the support provided in the app development by a number of other members. These include Julie Owen, Peter and Robyn Trezise, Athol Jackson, Meredyth Geary, Helen Monterola, Terry Krieg, Anthea and Carl Hudson, Victor Gostin, Frank Williams , Tony Bott, Jan, Dave, Carmel and Maria. Publications of tours by Tony Bott provided much of the material used in the tours included in the app. If we add to Bob’s time, the hours these folk contributed to the project, we have well in excess of 1000 volunteer hours.

Already there are intentions to add further to the app over time with more tours and more guides. We are keen to include Adnyamathana culture and tours, and information about campgrounds and other park features too.

We hope that you enjoy looking through the app and finding time to use it in the park.

Please take every opportunity you can to tell relatives and friends that the app is available, and encourage them to download it then visit the Flinders Ranges.


Vince Monterola

State History Conference 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

For Conference Program and Registration follow this link -

'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
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

Bushfires and Biodiversity report Bushfires and Biodiversity report (5143 KB)

NEW BOOK: Focus on Flora - Plants of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The book is a photographic guide covering over 280 local species.

Just about all local native plants you are likely to see.

Photos are close ups of flowers and foliage as well as whole plants.

The text for each species is in simple language suitable for both the novice and people who know plants well.

Using this book, which is arranged intuitively in lifeforms, anybody should be able to identify our native plants correctly.

Perfect for those visiting or working in the bush such as members of the Friends of Parks Groups.

As the Landcare Group is not trying to make a lot of money out of the book we are offering the book for $30 (normally retailed at $39.95) to community groups if they buy ten or more copies.

Groups can choose to sell the book at it’s regular price creating fundraising for the group, or sell the book cheaply to its members. Money can be paid to KLG after the books have been sold.

We have had excellent feedback on the book from all who have bought it so far.

So far we have only accessed a small portion of our books by air freight.

The bulk of the order is arriving by ship in 2 - 3 weeks time.

I have attached a PDF sample.

Focus on Flora Focus on Flora (905 KB)

Also attached is a community group offer flyer.

Focus on Flora - Special Offer Focus on Flora - Special Offer (200 KB)

Yvonne Gravier
Kersbrook Landcare Group.

The State of Volunteering

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, March 09, 2017


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