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Parks research project - Volunteers needed

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hi everyone

We have been approached by the Community Engagement Branch, DEWNR, to assist them to arrange a gathering of Friends of Parks Inc. volunteers, to come together to talk about their experiences in and around our State’s parks, marine parks, and reserves. This is from a park visitor perspective, not in a volunteering capacity. Please see the information below from Michelle Read, Marketing and Communications Manager.

We would love to bring together a group of volunteers in the next two weeks to understand the experiences they have in and around the state’s parks, marine parks and reserves. We need to speak to about 10 people.

The workshop will take two hours, and will be held here at the DEWNR Offices, Room 10.7 - Level 10, 81 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, on Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 - 1 pm - 3 pm.

The workshop will use a design thinking methodology – an innovative, evidence-based, visitor-centric approach to solving problems. We’ll explore volunteers’ goals, needs, barriers and ideal scenarios when visiting parks. Then we’ll map the journey that they undertake when visiting parks.

The workshop will be collaborative and contain some creative elements. Volunteers won’t be sitting back listening to a presentation – we’d love them to actively participate.

If you wish to be involved, can you please respond to: Emma Acella, Trainee Administration Officer, People and Performance, Community Engagement, on 8463 7117 or email, stating:

Friends of Parks Inc. Member Group:
Best contact telephone number:
Email address:
and please copy me in to your reply, so I can keep up with the numbers attending.

Thanks very much for your time.


Kind regards

Pam Smith
Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer

SA 2017 History Festival

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, February 20, 2017

SA 2017 History Festival newsletter

Community Energy Congress FEB 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Why you need to attend Congress 2017  

The Community Energy Congress is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to start fundraising so your community group can attend Australia’s seminal community energy event.

On February 27-28, over 500 clean energy advocates will descend on Melbourne for a huge educational and inspirational experience. Congress 2014 was a defining time in the community energy space and nearly 350 people helped put the sector on the map. Congress 2017 is going to be bigger, more informative, more diverse and a whole lot more fun.

The Congress will be two-day event with a number of side activities held before and after, including training sessions, master classes and field trips. The focus of the Congress 2017 will be on supporting community energy actors to implement existing community energy models and develop new innovative approaches.This will include but not be limited to:

● Community engagement,
● Developing partnership models with renewable energy industry,
● Whole of community blueprint plans,
● Establishing behind-the-meter community solar models,
● Host-site identification and negotiation and community retailing, and
● Identifying opportunities for Local Energy Trading (Virtual Net Metering).

What are the aims of the event?  

There is something for everyone, from those who have been working the community energy sector for years, to those who are just starting out. The goal is to leave everyone inspired to create change in their communities. Attendees will also:

● Develop pathways for collaboration,
● Identify key opportunities and barriers facing the sector,
● Learn from successful examples of community energy,
● Share information and strategies about overcoming barriers, and
● Consolidate and coordinate efforts nation-wide.

How can you raise funds?

If a whole group of you wish to attend it will be ideal to put a fundraising strategy in place. That way you can work together and individually to meet your goals.

● Work out cost per person and see if anyone can afford to subsidise their trip,
● Figure out how much personal versus group effort is required,
● See if you can save money on accommodation by booking as a group,
● Work out if there is scope for sponsorship opportunities,
● Create a list of people and organisations you can approach for donations:
   o Local politicians
   o Businesses
   o Local government (many have small grant programs)
   o Environment groups
   o Community service clubs
   o Community banks
   o Universities
● Use the template letter below as a starting point
● Create a list of fundraising activities that are quick and easy to organise
   o Chocolate drives
   o Sausage sizzles
   o Trivia nights
   o Movie nights
   o Stalls
   o Tin rattling

What else you need to know  

The Community Energy Congress is an initiative of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE).C4CE is governed by a Steering Group which includes representatives from Australia’s leading community energy organisations – Embark, Moreland Energy Foundation and the Alternative Technology Association.The Congress organising will be led by Community Power Agency (CPA) who acts as the C4CE Secretariat. The C4CE team has a strong track record of delivering inspiring events that benefit the growth of the community energy sector in Australia.

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History Festival Ideas Exchange workshops

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

History Festival Ideas Exchange workshops

Our History Festival Ideas Exchange workshops are about to kick off this Friday in Wallaroo, followed by North Adelaide, Goolwa and Munno Para over the next few weeks.

Ideas Exchanges are a great opportunity to meet other event organisers, share ideas about presenting an event and find out more about getting involved.

We'd love to see you there! Find a session and register below.

Download flyer

Wallaroo Ideas Exchange
Friday 18 November, 10-11.30am

Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum, Jetty Road, Wallaroo
Register here:

Adelaide Ideas Incubator
Guest Speaker, Keith Conlon
Friday 25 November, 10am-12noon

North Adelaide Community Centre, 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Hear veteran broadcaster and History Festival Ambassador Keith Conlon share some expert tips and valuable experience on running a great tour. The History Festival team will also provide some information about getting involved in next year's Festival.

Register here:

Fleurieu Ideas Exchange
Monday 28 November, 10am-12noon
Goolwa Council Building - Large Meeting Room, Cadell St, Goolwa
Register here:

Northern Adelaide Ideas Exchange
Friday 2 December, 10am-12noon
Stretton Centre, 307 Peachey Rd, Munno Para
Register here:

You’re invited to South Australia’s national parks

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, September 08, 2016

There’s no better place to welcome spring than South Australia’s national parks.

Come join a series of free events to meet koalas and baby animals, catch water bugs, learn to identify bird calls, take guided tours with park rangers, and explore hidden treasures in some of SA’s best-known parks.


Belair National Park 125th Anniversary Open Day, Sunday 11 September, 10 am – 3 pm

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of SA’s oldest national park at this special event full of family activities and guided tours. Catch water bugs and learn to identify bird calls, build a cubby with Nature Play SA, learn about fire safety, try tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, frisbee golf, and much more.


Deep Creek Family Fun Day, Sunday 18 September, 10 am – 2 pm

Spend the day in Deep Creek Conservation Park and take part in activities including learning about insects with Water Watch, meeting koalas and baby animals, browsing local markets and food stalls, seeing a fire truck in action, and finding out how to get involved with Friends of Deep Creek and Friends of the Heysen Trail.


Para Wirra Family Fun Day, Sunday 18 September, 10 am – 3 pm

Enjoy a day of play in the wild at Para Wirra Conservation Park. Join the rangers for guided tours, meet the animals and giant echidna, enjoy local food and live music, and much more.


Cobbler Creek BioBlitz, Saturday 8 October, 9 am to 9 pm

Come during the day to experience wildlife displays, search for wildflowers and learn how to observe and record native wildlife. Stay on into the night for a rare opportunity to discover nocturnal animals, including bats. Register to help search, or drop by to meet some wildlife and watch the action. This event is sponsored by Flinders University and the Government of South Australia.


These events aim to increase visitation to our national parks and raise awareness of their benefits to health and well-being, as well as the protection and conservation of native plants and animals.


Authorised by John Schutz
Acting Chief Executive
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources


Friends of Waite CR - walking bees schedule

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 WORKING BEES Walking

(Working) Bees are held on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month, from mid April to early December. Start time is 9:00 am and we generally try to finish at about 12:30pm.

Please bring lunch with you, so that we can sit and share time at the end of the walking bee.

Working bees will continue to concentrate on walking cleared parts of the reserve pulling seedling olives. In some areas we will also use tree-poppers to remove larger plants and spray or drill & fill regenerating olives

Working bees will still go ahead even if rain is forecast.

Email reminders are sent out the week beforehand.

Contact Peter Bird - or 0418 853 834 to register your interest.

Winter/Spring Schedule - All from Springwood Park via Eagle on the Hill

Saturday 2nd July

Sunday 17th July

Saturday 6th August

Sunday 21st August

Saturday 3rd September

Sunday 18th September

Saturday 1st October

- see Members Newsletter 33 below for more details

Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 (829 KB)


2016 Parks and Leisure Australia National conference is coming to Adelaide this October

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 05, 2016

We thought your members might be interested in our upcoming national conference held for the first time in Adelaide since 2010. This year’s event will be held at the Adelaide Oval. Our delegates are employed in:

  • 36% recreation and open space planning
  • 15% parks, gardens and horticulture
  • 18% facility and asset management
  • 14% health and physical activity
  • 6% in state and national parks
  • 2% tourism and the arts
  • 3% in play and playspaces
  • 3% landscape design
  • 3% environment……….. for more on who attends click here

Event Highlights:


  • More than 70 presentations, workshops, panel discussions and a ‘Great Debate’
  • A fantastic line up of keynote speakers including Kevin Lafferty, Scottish Forestry Commission, UK, Tedx presenter and internationally acclaimed placemaker – David Engwich, social researcher Mark McCrindle and Emergent CEO, Holly Ransom
  • Exclusive ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions with your favourite Keynote
  • A 'Behind the Scenes' Adelaide Oval masterclass
  • A 'Parks in Practice' Adelaide Parklands masterclass
  • Over 45 trade exhibitors
  • Five Technical Tour options
  • Culminating in the Parks and Leisure Australia National Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

Full details of the event including the conference programme can be found online click here

See attached our most recent media release and promotional PDF that sums up the event.

It would be fabulous if you could share with your members.          

Sincere thanks in advance.





National Office

207 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067


M 0427 968 981 P 08 8332 0130 F 08 8431 8180

Parks and Leisure Australia - flyer Parks and Leisure Australia - flyer (1550 KB)

Parks and Leisure Australia - media release Parks and Leisure Australia - media release (186 KB)


Gluepot/Green Army project

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, June 27, 2016


Are you passionate about the environment?

Are you interested in gaining practical skills in the environment?

Do you want to learn about the environment?


read more ...

Gluepot Reserve - Green Army project Gluepot Reserve - Green Army project (642 KB)



Volunteers thank you event

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 06, 2016

Volunteers thank you event - Sunday 12 June

A free Volunteers thank you event will be held on Sunday 12 June 2016 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre to thank South Australia's dedicated volunteers. Please note this year the thank you event is on the Sunday of the long weekend (in previous years it has been held on the Monday).

Volunteers are welcome to attend, registration is essential.

The event will feature presentation of the State Volunteer Awards, door prizes, and Adelaide Cabaret Festival highlights, including performances from:

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