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Get married in the garden at Old Government House

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 15, 2017

Friends of Old Government House

Do you want to get married in the garden at Old Government House in the Belair National Park?

Today seems to be the right day to announce that Old Government Ho...use in Belair National Park is, once again, available for Wedding Ceremonies.

You can get married in the beautiful, private garden of a Heritage Listed complex.

There are two areas available - the wedding lawn for boutique weddings (maximum number 50 guests), or the Terrace for up to 140 people.

- call Tina Gallasch 08 8178 0688 for details.

List your park's event online

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 15, 2017

Attention Friends:

Parks SA has developed a new online feature where you can list an event on your park's website. 

Are you holding a working bee, planting day, bushwalking event, surfing competition or trail run in a park?

Perhaps you’re organising a meditation retreat or a parents’ group meeting and want more people to find out about it and get involved.

You can list your event on our website.

Visit to find out how. #NationalParksSA

State History Conference 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

For Conference Program and Registration follow this link -

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!


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 -

    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
    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


    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.


    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

    Friends of Spring Gully 30th Anniversary Dinner

    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

    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.

    State Community Landcare Conference and Awards 2017

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Entries are now open for the 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards.
    Calling for nominations from Landcare leaders working on sustainable farming, Coastcare, Junior Landcare, Indigenous land management, and much more. With nine national categories there is certain to be one to fit any kind of Landcare project.
    Entries close 15 July 2017. Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
    Call for Abstracts - 2017 State Community

    Landcare Conference.
    Abstracts are now invited for presentations, posters and workshops addressing the Conference theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare.
    Abstracts are to be submitted under one of the four conference streams of Engagement; Security; Enterprise; and Partnerships.
    The closing date is COB Wednesday 31 May. For more details download the call for abstracts

    The Conference will be held at the Clare Country Club in the beautiful Clare Valley, just 2 hours drive from Adelaide:
    • Pre-conference tours, Monday 11 September. Conference delegates are invited to experience natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours.
    • Conference Welcome Reception, Monday Evening, 11 September, Sponsored by Balco Australia
    • Conference presentations and workshops, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September
    • Conference Dinner & 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards presentations, Tuesday 12 SeptemberClick here for more details.

    Glenn Gale

    Executive Officer, Landcare Association of SA

    (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

    Mob 0428 812 902 Email:

    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’.

    Belair National Park - Volunteer Centre Bookings

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Good morning,

    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.


    Tina Gallasch
    Secretary, Friends of Belair National Park.

    Ph: 08 8178 0688
    Mob: 0417 870 596
    Mail: PO Box 2, Belair. South Australia 5052

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