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Centrelink Opportunities

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hi everyone

A great opportunity to recruit new members, from all age groups and experience levels.

Both Friends of Parks Inc. and DEW are registered hosts for Centrelink programs,

i.e. ‘Work for the Dole’, ‘Over 50’s’, ‘Newstart’, etc.

 

What that means is that any group that may receive requests from individuals who are participants in any of these programs, can formally sign them up to work community hours (usually 15 hours a week), as part of their ‘mutual obligation’ requirement of receiving the Newstart allowance.

If you know of someone who might be interested in such an arrangement, you can approach them, and if they are interested, they then go back to Centrelink to get the appropriate forms for your signature, and Centrelink’s final approval – in other words you don’t have to wait to be approached, you can be pro-active if you wish.

If you do have someone wanting to undertake their ‘mutual obligation’ hours with your group:

  • 1.let our Secretary, Pam Smith ( pamela.smith@sa.gov.au ) know, so that she can provide you with the Friends of Parks Inc.

Centrelink registration (host) number.

  • 2.Your group President/Secretary/Membership Officer can then fill in the documents from Centrelink, including the host
  • number, and the person will be able to commence with your group.
  • 3.You will probably need to ‘sign off’ on a work diary, so that the person can submit that as evidence to Centrelink. We will
  • keep a register of those who have enrolled.

If you group already has its own Host number, can you please let Pam know, and the details of the person/s (name, address, start date), and your Host group number, for our records. There are several groups individually enrolled as Hosts under this scheme. Also, if your group already has some Centrelink participants, can you please let Pam know, for the records.

Regards

Duncan MacKenzie OAM

President

FRIENDS OF PARKS INC.

Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park - 25th Anniversary Book

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park have published a wonderful booklet, showcasing their park (first printed in 2017):

25th Anniversary Book

 We have produced a beautiful book about Scott Creek Conservation Park, showcasing local birds, flora, insects, fungi, animals etc. Over 50 pages which include lots of lovely photos, the park’s history, its biodiversity value (such as 600+ native plant species and 132 bird species), the ongoing efforts to conserve its treasures and regenerate its creeklines for future generations, along with a map of its walking tracks.

Produced to celebrate the group’s first 25 years and to commemorate the late Tom Hands’ leadership as president during this period.

All proceeds support the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

Purchase details

Price: $15 (if collecting in person) or else add $5 for postage.

Payment ($15.00 each or $20 including postage) can also be made online or at a BankSA branch: http://www.friendsofscottcreek.org.au/25thAnniversaryBook.html#Purchase_Details

If you can pick up or have sent via a DEW office, you will save the postage fee.

BSB: 105-078, A/C No: 311316140, Account Name: Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

You may need to use your phone number as reference if paying at a branch. Your name is a suitable reference if paying online.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Jenny: jdawes@cobweb.com.au - 8388 2297

or

Don at dre00249@bigpond.net.au - 8388 2123

If you have made a purchase, please let Don know the date of your payment, your phone number (for reference) and your address (for posting).

Parks get by with a little help from their friends

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 11, 2018

The 31st Friends of Parks Forum was held recently at Stenhouse Bay Hall in Yorke Peninsula’s Innes National Park, with the theme ‘Preserving our Past and Protecting our Future’.

More than 150 people attended the forum, which ran from the 14th to the 16th of September, including the Member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis MP who opened the event.

Narungga man Chris Angove and his family gave a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and led the delegates on a cultural bus tour.

Innes National Park Ranger in Charge Mark Davison said the biannual forum was a culmination of two years of planning by the Friends of Innes National Park and Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff, with support from the Friends of Troubridge Island and the Friends of Althorpe Island.

Jessica Henderson

Communications Coordinator
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke | Parks and Regions

PARKS FORUM 2018 - Summary PARKS FORUM 2018 - Summary (259 KB)

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

Friends of Parks Promotional Video - just released

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2018 Awards - Presentations

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc.

VOLUNTEER OF THE PARKS PRESENTATION 3/06/18

34TH Presentation

 

Over forty people attended the 2018 Rotary Volunteer of Parks Awards Presentation Luncheon, held this year at the Hackney Hotel on Sunday, 3 June.

Rotarian, Dave Harrison, gave the Invocation and Loyal Toast and the President, Brett Dalton, introduced the guests and read out the apologies. The global theme this year was ‘Making a Difference’, and Mr Dalton mentioned that a tree had been planted for every Rotarian, with this club planting over 300 trees around Tanunda.

 

Special welcome was made to:

- Hon Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Premier and State Member for Bragg, Honorary Member Rotary Club of Burnside

- Brenton Grear, Regional, Director, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region, representing John Schutz, Acting Chief Executive, Department for Environment and Water)

- Pam Smith, Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer, Volunteer Support Programs Unit, DEW, and her son, Josh

- Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and his wife Marilyn

- District Governor, Bob Cooper, gave a history of the awards.

 

The Deputy Premier, the Hon Vickie Chapman, addressed the gathering.

Brenton Grear, representing John Schutz (Acting Chief Executive, DEW), also gave a short address.

 

Mr Dalton then introduced the seven nominations for the Volunteers of the Parks Award, and read a summary of their achievements:

- Bobbie Wheatland – Friends of Protea and Michael Moran Reserve

- Heather Whiting – Co-ordinator Vale Park Our Patch Group

- Michael Turner – DEW Volunteer, Walking Trails Support Group

- Robert Geary – Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

- Dean and David Moseley – Friends of Simpson Desert Parks

- Shanelle Palmer – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park (in absentia)

- Stephen Rogers – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

 

Brenton Grear then announced that Heather Whiting, Co-ordinator of the Vale Park Our Patch Group was the winner.

A plaque was presented by Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and Brenton Grear. Heather responded.

 

A framed certificate was presented to each nominee.

 

Brett Dalton gave the Vote of Thanks to:

- The Hackney Hotel - for a great meal and great assistance by staff

- Pam Smith and Tania Dalton for organising the event

- Dignitaries

- everyone for attending

 

Thank you to David Dewar, Editor, Director Vocation and Youth, Rotary Club of Burnside Inc., for the wonderful photographs which can be viewed at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxjz2pm8hasxxoa/AAD2T_HUg_ArfgqJZ-mEDIoba?dl=0

Please find attached the 2018 Nomination Forms and the Selection Criteria Forms for the Rotary Club of Burnside’s ‘Leadership in Conservation’ and ‘Volunteer of the Parks’ Awards.

Nomination forms need to be returned to Rotary, now extended to close on 28 April, 2018.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon to be held on 3 June at the Hackney Hotel.

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership (209 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer (209 KB)

Nature in Mind - headspace Mount Gambier

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, May 26, 2018

Last year, 10 young people had the opportunity to get out in nature for a full day once a month with headspace Mount Gambier and Natural Resources South East.

Check out what they had to say about the program.

https://www.facebook.com/821626304610306/videos/1319205654852366/

FoP Facebook 2017 Cover Photos

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, April 20, 2018

https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofparkssa/videos/1960496987607201/

World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming - 2018

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, March 09, 2018

World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming

June 21-22, 2018 in Paris, France

Climate Change Conferences | Environmental Science Conferences| Climate Change Meetings

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For more information, please visit: https://climate.euroscicon.com/

We are concerning you with this mail, because our organization is providing huge discount on group participation. If your organization is interested in participating towards this international meeting in bulk then we will be providing the best discount on each registration and accommodation allowances. It would be our both honor and pride to see your organization participation towards this mega event.

We would be pleased to hear your acceptance and availability for the event. We anticipate your gracious presence at our event. It would be our honor to meet your presence at the conference venue in Paris, France.

Looking forward for your prompt response
With Regards,

Lauren Cooper
Program Manager
Climate 2018
Call @ +44-2033182512
Email: climate@eurosciconmeetings.com

FOP Facebook Page

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, February 09, 2018

Facebook is a great way to share an organisation’s activities and discoveries on social media. Currently 70% of the total Australian population use Facebook! The Friends of Parks SA is no exception, so our page was launched at the 2016 FOP Forum in October 2016.

Earlier that year, we had sent out an appeal for volunteers interested in setting up a social media presence, and a number ofinterested young people responded. They were Ali Barett, Mitchell Brennan, Mick Brennan, Gabriele Kwan andlater, Sarah Nightingale. They decided to set up a discussion group on Facebook to work out how to do it. .John Fleming from Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, and Michelle Richards from Friends of Anstey Hill were also members of the group. Ashleigh Coombe, Pam Smith and Carole Pinnock from Friends of Parks Board provided background and logistical help. Ali had a background in Health Promotion and Facebook experience and agreed to lead the team. She did extensive research and set us up with some ideas and rules for how to proceed. 

- Social Media Strategy Overview

- Overview of operations including roles

- Content Curating Guide February 2017.docx

- Administrator Guide February 2017.doc

We launched in October 2016, and celebrated success and 384 subscribers 12 months later with a lunch at the Revolucion Mexicana restaurant in Adelaide (see picture).

From left around the table: Michael Brennan, Carole Pinnock, Sarah Nightingale, Ashleigh Coombs, Ali Barrett, Mitchell Brennan, Pam Smith (Gabriele Kwan not able to make it).

As of February 2018, we have 512 subscribers or ‘follows’.

‘The great thing about being a curator on our FB page, is that you get to know all the cool things that are happening in our parks, and the amazing things some of our Friends groups are doing’ said Carole, one of the page’s volunteers. For example this week we learnt about a new fish discovered on Kangaroo Island, great rock pools to visit in SA parks, work on the wildflowergarden by Friends of Black Hill and Morialta and a great Citizen Science initiative, an Echidna app can that can help track echidna populations. If it’s happening in Parks, you get to hear about it!

Would you like to join us? Our content curators post for two weeks every 3 months, so it’s not a lot of work and thereis plenty of help available. Just visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofparkssa/ and send us a message!

PS Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us!


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