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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 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 <

Webinar | Tuesday 30th January | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Wednesday 7th February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Monday 12th February | 7:30pm EST | RSVP here <

Webinar | Thursday 22nd February | 5:30pm EST | RSVP here <


If you need further information please contact

Applications close February 28 2018.


Many thanks,

Kathy Whitta - Sustainable Communities Coordinator

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2018 Awards - Nominations

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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 by 28 February 2018.

The awards will be presented at a Dinner, which will be held in late May 2018, at the Belair Country Club.

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

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

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

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Management Plan has been adopted by the Minster

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, December 14, 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Management Plan has been adopted by the Minster for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation. A copy is attached. Hard copies have been mailed out to members of the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park Co-management Board, the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Incorporated, and relevant stakeholders. Copies can also be obtained from:

  • Natural Resources Centre, Adelaide - Ground floor, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin - 110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge, S.A. 5253.
  • Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin – 28 Vaughan Terrace, Berri SA 5343
  • Congratulations to all who contributed to the development of this management plan.

    Kind regards,

    Amy K. AllenPolicy Officer
    Protected Areas Unit | Conservation, NRM and Protected Area Policy
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources P (08) 8207 7747


    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 21, 2017


    •Sign our electronic petition at

    The Friends of Glenthorne have launched their Save Glenthorne campaign onto Facebook.

    The Friends urge all members and supporters to access this page and help us build a following which will assist save the property from the University of Adelaide’s development plans.

    You can connect using the following link and we encourage you to spread the word to your friends, family and other Friends groups.

    If you have never been on Facebook, now is the time to jump on. You don't need to "Join" or "Sign Up" to Facebook to see our Facebook pages.

    We plan to keep you informed with interesting stories, facts, campaign highlights and updates and reveal the truth about this wonderful local property.

    As a Community, we will have just one go at this campaign and we are determined to band together to get our word out into the wider Community and make the State Government hear us, well before the March 2018 election.

    We encourage you to get on board and add your comments, your thoughts and most importantly, what Glenthorne means to you.

    If you have a special connection, perhaps via a family member who worked there or you are related to Major O’Halloran himself, we want to know about it via our Facebook page.

    Join us now to Save Glenthorne for our children’s children, before it is lost forever.

    Thank you for your ongoing support in the past and in what may just become the most important 7 months of our 21 year campaign.

    There can be no holding back now, we have come too far.

    Friends of Glenthorne

    Glenthorne Appeal - Nov2017 Glenthorne Appeal - Nov2017 (18 KB)

    2017 SA Environment Awards are now open

    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

    Please find below a plug for the 2017 SA Environment Awards; could you please distribute to your networks if possible?

    Nominations are due on Fri 13 October and we don't have many as yet so any help you can offer promoting this would be most appreciated.

    And if you know someone worthy please nominate them, the process is not onerous.

    Many thanks.

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    Nominations for the 2017 SA Environment Awards are now open!

    Each year, the SA Environment Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge South Australians who give their time, expertise and passion on behalf of our precious natural environment.

    Nominations for the 2017 Awards are now open in the following categories:

    Jill Hudson Award
    Young Achiever Award
    Unsung Hero Award

    Nominations are open until 5pm, 13 October 2017. You can even nominate yourself!

    For more information on awards criteria and to download a nomination form,
    visit our website:

    Make nature your first choice these school holidays

    Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, July 14, 2017


    Make nature your first choice these school holidays

    Brave the wintery weather and connect with nature these school holidays.

    Whether it’s visiting one of South Australia’s 300 national parks and reserves, taking a road trip along the coast and exploring the beach, or enjoying the fresh air from the comfort of your own backyard, there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

    Scientific evidence shows that spending time in nature has significant benefits on physical and mental health. For children, unstructured outdoor play is vital for their development, including their health, happiness and wellbeing.

    So these school holidays, consider how you can incorporate nature into your plans. Head to the Good Living blog for some simple ideas to help you connect with the environment, including:

    Don’t let winter deter you – rustle up the kids, pull on your wet-weather gear and get into nature.

    The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is a custodian of public parks, gardens, heritage places and crown lands for their intrinsic value and for people’s benefit and enjoyment now and into the future.

    Authorised by Sandy Pitcher
    Chief Executive
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources


    Aldinga Washpool Lagoon website

    Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, July 14, 2017

    A new Aldinga Washpool Lagoon website has just been launched!

    Almost 100 reports and studies, which have been compiled about the Washpool over some 40 years, have been uploaded to the website and can now be accessed in one convenient location.

    The website also includes a gallery of fabulous images taken by local photographers of this nationally recognised wetland located between Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach.

    You will be amazed at the amount of information available on this site, check it out soon at