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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

This mail is from “World Summit on Climate Change and Global Warming” going to be held during June 21-22, 2018 in Paris, France.Climate 2018 is a leading forum for academic faculty, Meterology, registered Environmental professionals & practitioners, research experts in food technology, Climate and Environment, President’s, Founders, CEO’s, business delegates, investors in Environment & Climate sectors, young researchers and talented student communities from universities and research labs providing an ideal environment to share the latest innovations in the Environmental and Climate research.

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!

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 <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_18

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_jan_30

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_7

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_12

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <https://www.acf.org.au/rivers_fellowship_info_feb_22

 

If you need further information please contact Bethany.Koch@acf.org.au.

Applications close February 28 2018.

 

Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

kathy.whitta@conservationsa.org.au

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 https://goo.gl/Yc52CK to find out how. #NationalParksSA