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FoP Scholarship Program 2019

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, August 26, 2019

It has been about three years since the Friends of Parks Board, with support from DEW, launched the ‘educational scholarship program’, in memory of the passing of two very long standing Friends of Parks Presidents, Tom Hands and Colin Malcolm.

The aim of the program was encouraging and supporting regional Friends Groups working with their local school community and students in curriculum based activities on and off park.

For 2019/20 the Board has decided to change aspects of the criteria in order to make it more accessible to a wider audience, in particular TAFE and University students. To this end the Board sponsored ‘educational scholarship’ is now open for the 2020 school/TAFE/University year, and it is hoped that statewide Friends of Parks Groups will see this as an opportunity to support a local class or student(s) becoming involved in conservation in parks.

Applications close 29th November 2019 for a 2020 commencement date.


FoP Scholarship 2019 nomination form FoP Scholarship 2019 nomination form (164 KB)

FoP Scholarship program 2019 FoP Scholarship program 2019 (398 KB)

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2019 Awards

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nominations for the Rotary Club of Burnside’s Parks Awards featuring recognition for service in ‘Leadership in Conservation’ and ‘Volunteer of the Parks’ are now open, and will close on 28 March, 2019.

As they did in 2018, Rotary is pleased to continue with the award criteria as follows:

  • Volunteer of the Parks award - open to anyone who is going above and beyond as a volunteer looking after our natural resources whether on park or on other land, whether they be from a Friends of Parks Inc. member group or other environmental group
  • Leadership in Conservation award - this now includes employees from other departments and agencies, perhaps working on a DEW project, but not necessarily, and who fit the criteria of being a leader and role model to others, being innovative and thinking/working with a view to the future.

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc. has also kindly agreed to provide the following monetary prizes to the winners:

  • Volunteer of the Parks - $500 towards a project of their choice, or some sort of professional development
  • Leadership in Conservation - $500 towards professional development e.g. training course, conference

Funds will be available until 30th June 2020 for the winners, who will need to inform Rotary when they find a suitable course, project etc.

The presentation this year will be a two course luncheon at the Hackney Hotel , on Sunday, 26 May , at 12.00 pm at $55 per person, (please see online invitation below).

You can book by clicking on the link in the invite, or by going to directly to the TryBooking site:


Pam Smith
Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer

Rotary Parks Awards Rotary Parks Awards (4348 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership (1633 KB)

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

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2018 Awards - Presentations

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc.


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:

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)


Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, February 01, 2018


Mr Kazimierz HERBST, SA

For service to natural wildlife conservation in South Australia.

Service includes:

Founding Vice President, Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby Preservation Association (Bunkers Conservation Reserve), since 1997.

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA): Founding Member,  Activity Coordinator and Team Leader Conservation and Wildlife Management, South Australia Branch, since 1992.  Past President and Secretary. Life Member.

Co-ordinator, 'Bounce Back' Program, South Australia National Parks, since 1992.

Co-ordinator, 'Feral Predator' Program, Flinders Rangers National Park, for over 20 years.

Nature Foundation South Australia: Member, since 2000.

Inaugural Member, Friends of the Nature Foundation Committee, since 2008.

Member,Nature Reserve Management Committee, since 2009.

Former Feral Animal Control Expert, National Parks and Wildlife Outback Consultative Committee, Department of Environment and Natural Resources South Australia, 1990s.

Member, National Park Heritage Committee, for many years.

Member, Friends Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, current.

Member, Friends of Flinders Rangers National Park, current.

Founding Member and Past President, Competitive Pistol and Shooting Club, Monarto.

Founding Member, Porsche Club of South Australia, since 1974 and past Committee Member, Magazine Editor and Life Member.

I’m sure you will join me in acknowledging the outstanding service that Kaz has provided to DEWNR and South Australia more generally over the last 26 years.

We are indeed fortunate to have individuals such as Kaz Herbst in our community.


Trevor Naismith

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

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:

Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park celebrating 20 years of supporting the park.

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, May 22, 2017

L-R: Kath Bowman, Bev Bowman, Merilyn Browne (kneeling), Lorri Ragless, David Ragless, Anne Hicks, Philip Hicks, Ranger Nick Dinan, Shirley Benlow, Jack Benlow, Malcolm Anderson (absent Yvonne Anderson).

FoMOCP celebrate 20 years FoMOCP celebrate 20 years (366 KB)

State Community Landcare Conference and Awards 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 18, 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards.
Calling for nominations from Landcare leaders working on sustainable farming, Coastcare, Junior Landcare, Indigenous land management, and much more. With nine national categories there is certain to be one to fit any kind of Landcare project.
Entries close 15 July 2017. Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Call for Abstracts - 2017 State Community

Landcare Conference.
Abstracts are now invited for presentations, posters and workshops addressing the Conference theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare.
Abstracts are to be submitted under one of the four conference streams of Engagement; Security; Enterprise; and Partnerships.
The closing date is COB Wednesday 31 May. For more details download the call for abstracts

The Conference will be held at the Clare Country Club in the beautiful Clare Valley, just 2 hours drive from Adelaide:
• Pre-conference tours, Monday 11 September. Conference delegates are invited to experience natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours.
• Conference Welcome Reception, Monday Evening, 11 September, Sponsored by Balco Australia
• Conference presentations and workshops, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September
• Conference Dinner & 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards presentations, Tuesday 12 SeptemberClick here for more details.

Glenn Gale

Executive Officer, Landcare Association of SA

(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

Mob 0428 812 902 Email:

Facebook: Landcare Association of SA


The 2017 State Community Landcare Conference will be held in Clare from 11-13 September 2017. The Conference Theme is ‘Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare’.

Walking Tails Support Grou's new app

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 05, 2017

At the FOPInc AGM, an award was given to the Walking Tails Support Group for a new app they have produced which details 16 walks within the Flinders Ranges.

It sounds just the thing that might interest some of you, so here is the link.

The link to get the app is

SA Volunteer Awards Now Open

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, March 23, 2017

South Australian Volunteer Awards Now Open for Application!

The State Volunteer Awards recognise the invaluable work volunteers, community organisations and businesses contribute to the South Australian community.
Nominations are now open in the following award categories:

  • Joy Noble Medal — the highest distinction for individual volunteers in South Australia
  • Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility — acknowledges the invaluable contribution of South Australian businesses that lead change in our community through philanthropy, partnership and corporate volunteering.
  • 'The Andamooka' Community Project Award — recognises volunteer projects of significant community benefit.The South Australian Volunteer Awards will be presented at a Volunteers Day event in June 2017.
    Who can nominate?
    Anyone can nominate and self-nominations are accepted.
    How to nominate
    Follow the link below to download the applicable guidelines and complete the relevant online nomination form:
    Nominations close: 5pm, Friday 21 April 2017

    For more information, contact: Office for Volunteers on 1300 014 712 or via email


Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, October 19, 2016


The Conservation Council of South Australia presents:


Do you know someone who has made a difference for South Australia's environment? We want to celebrate their achievements.

Nominate them for one of our environment awards by Friday 11 November. You can also nominate yourself!

Jill Hudson Award for Environment Protection

This annual award is in memory of Jillian Hudson (1948 -1997). Jill had a great passion for the environment and she made sure that these values were passed on to her students whom she told: "Life is an opportunity and its purpose is to stand for something and to make a difference."

The Award is to go to someone living in South Australia who, in the past 12 months, has made an outstanding contribution to protecting SA’s environment.

Conservation Council SA Unsung Hero Award

Conservation SA's Unsung Hero Award recognises those who have a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment. This could be through environmental work and advocacy, community campaigns, a long-standing professional contribution, or through education and awareness programs.

The Award is to go to a South Australian (or group) who has made a sustained contribution to protecting SA’s environment.

Conservation Council SA Young Achiever Award

South Australia's young environmentalists contribute to the protection of our environment through many avenues, including involvement in community awareness campaigns, volunteering, political advocacy, research and science, and on-ground work.

Conservation SA’s Young Achiever Award recognises those who are committed to improving environmental outcomes.

The Award is to go to an individual (or group of young individuals), aged under 28 and living in South Australia who, in the past 12 months, has made a significant contribution to protecting SA’s environment.
For more information and to enter visit:



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