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Easing COVID-19 restrictions - May 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hi All,

The COVID-10 pandemic has caused significant disruption to life in South Australia and across the world.

On 27 March, out of an abundance of caution, we asked you - our invaluable Friends of Parks volunteers - to down tools and cease all organised activities in our national parks and reserves.

We appreciate that this was difficult.

We know and value your deep commitment to - and connection with our parks, especially as many of you had important projects in train.

The health and safety of staff, volunteers and park visitors was however paramount.

We sincerely thank you for your patience during this uncertain time.

Your willingness to work with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and others to comply with the restrictions has been appreciated.

All South Australians have worked together to slow the spread of coronavirus.

This means we can now start getting back to the things we love to do together.

Recently, the South Australian Government put in place a roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Following the 11 May easing of relevant restrictions, we are now able to recommence volunteer activities within certain parameters.

These include practicing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene and maximum group sizes.

We now encourage you to recommence your volunteer activities.

Please work with your group and local National Parks and Wildlife Service staff to plan for a safe return to volunteering in our national parks and reserves as soon as you feel able.

If you have any queries please reach out to our National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Programs Unit on 8124 4838 or DEWVolunteers@sa.gov.au.

Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to the State’s national parks and reserves.

Yours sincerely

Duncan MacKenzie, President Friends of Parks Inc.

John Schutz, Chief Executive Department for Environment and Water.

COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers, May 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers

In response to the South Australian Government’s Step 1 in easing COVID-19 restrictions roadmap, we encourage park volunteers to recommence activities in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

All Friends of Parks, Volunteer Ranger Program and the Campground Host Program volunteers should familiarise themselves with the below information to keep safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SA Health advice

Remember to practise good hygiene - this is the first step in preventing the spread of disease.Always apply social distancing. This means avoiding close contact and crowded places wherever possible.

Also, maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres, and have no more than one person per 4-square metres when inside.

Outdoor group activities and guided walks of up to 10 people at a time are permitted so long as social distancing of 1.5 metres is maintained.

If you are unwell or develop symptoms, stay at home and isolate.

Friends of Parks activities

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Volunteer with less than 10 members on site at one time, including for working bees.

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

If you can, bring and use your own tools, otherwise, use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

When possible have group meetings outside, or use an online meeting platform such as Zoom.

Only if essential, have indoor meetings with less than five members.

Volunteer Ranger Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if working at a visitor centre, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Campground Host Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if relevant e.g., in camp kitchens or visitor centres, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Work closely with your local Park Ranger to ensure your safety and wellbeing, including when carrying out maintenance tasks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - 27th March 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Friends of Parks Group Members

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia (NPWSSA) is implementing precautionary measures to prioritise the health and safety of staff, volunteers and park visitors. This includes the cancellation of all campground host volunteer placements and volunteer ranger activities until further notice.

I am sure you would have seen the communique from the President Duncan MacKenzie on the 17 March, announcing the cancellation of activities such as the Governor’s reception in April, Friends of Parks AGM in May and the bi-monthly Board meetings.

The decision has now been made that Friends of Parks members cease all organised activities in our parks until further notice.

NPWSSA will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with additional information regarding volunteer activities as appropriate.

It is important to ensure you are relying on up-to-date and credible information.

Australian Government Department of Health

SA Health

World Health Organization

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080.

We appreciate your understanding on this matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused, however your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. Please continue to take care of yourself, your family and friends during this challenging time.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Volunteer Programs Unit or regional staff if you have any further questions regarding your group’s activities.

Kind regards,

Mary-Anne Healy

A/g Director, National Parks and Wildlife

SA butterflies and moths new website launched

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Following the successful launch of the SA butterflies and moths website authored by Roger Grund and re-designed by Fan Feng from Carnegie Mellon University I am delighted to provide you with the link to the new website as follows:

www.sabutterflies.org.au/home/

Please have a look and feed free to send back any comments and we will pass them onto Fan.

If you are using an old Internet Explorer browser you may receive a message to upgrade to one of the newer browsers e.g. Google Chrome or Edge as the website is best suited to newer browsers.

Jan’s email for comments is jan_forrest@bigpond.com

Sincere thanks to those members who assisted financially to support this project, your help is very greatly appreciated.

Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.

Look after yourselves and your butterflies over the festive season.

Cheers, Gil Hollamby,

BCSA Membership Officer

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 (1633 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer (256 KB)


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