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Fossil Free SA

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

I'm writing on behalf of Fossil Free SA about our new campaign asking the SA state government to ban all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction in SA and to reverse their recent invitation for bids for oil and gas exploration licences in the Cooper/Eromanga and Otway Basins.

We have launched a petition:

And also an Open Letter that we are inviting SA groups and local councils to co-sign:

Would Friends of Parks SA be happy to support this campaign by adding your name and logo to the Open Letter and/or sharing the petition on your social media?

If you have any questions feel free to ring me to discuss.


Margaret Hender 
0413 639 592

cedamia website
Climate Emergency Declaration website
CORENA website

Consultation on SA Threatened Species Schedule Updates

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 22, 2019

You are invited to provide comment on proposed changes to the conservation status of species listed in Threatened Species Schedules 7, 8 and 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

The proposed changes to the Threatened Species Schedules include 65 changes in status including:

  • 30 species listed for the first time
  • 15 species up-listed to a more threatened category
  • 5 species down-listed to a less threatened category
  • 15 species to be de-listed from the Schedules
  • Amendments are also proposed for changes to the names of 79 plant and 138 animal species and/or the families they are classified within to reflect updates the taxonomy and/or nomenclature since the last update of the Schedules.

    More information can be found on the Department’s website here and a full list of the updates is included in the attached consultation document. Your responses will help to update the conservation status listing of threatened plants and animals in South Australia and ensure that conservation efforts are appropriately directed. Suggestions for priority assessments of species not listed here will also be considered for inclusion in the ongoing assessments work plan.

    Comments relating to the eligibility of these species for the recommended status classifications and criteria, together with additional information relevant to the assessments, should be sent to:

    Comments will be accepted until 16 August 2019.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conservation and Threatened Species Unit
    Conservation and Wildlife Branch | National Parks and Wildlife
    Department for Environment and Water

    Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia (1572 KB)

    Bandicoot Recovery Action Group

    Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018


    Bandicoot detectives to help collect information about where bandicoots live.

    Join the Bandicoot Recovery Action Group on a field trip to Deep Creek Conservation Park to set up motion-sensor cameras.

    12 July, from 10am. Lunch provided.

    This work will help the environment department’s fire management team improve its understanding of bandicoot distribution in parks where prescribed burns are planned, so that only small areas of habitat are burnt at any one time.

    Contact Normanville Natural Resource Centre on 8558 3644 or South Coast Environment Centre on 8552 9423 to get involved. 


    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)

    Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport celebrate 30 years of volunteering

    Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Date: Thurs 12th October 2017

    From: Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport

    Contact: President – Michael Bleby 08873345520409621334

    Subject: 30 year anniversary event

    To celebrate 30 years of volunteers working for the benefit of our local National Parks and Reserves, the Canunda & Beachport Friends of Parks group held a special day out last month ( Sept 6th)

    Past and present members plus families gathered, along with staff (past and present) from the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) for a 4WD trip through the length of the Canunda National Park with a BBQ lunch at the Number 2 rocks.After travelling on to Cape Banks the convoy returned to Millicent for afternoon tea and to look at a display of historical memorabilia in the Civic & Arts Centre Gallery. This was prepared for the group by current Works coordinator Peter Haggett and a team of helpers.

    The inaugural meeting to set up the Group was held in the South End Community Centre on 13th May 1987. The chairman was Mr B. McDonald, and the elected officials were - President Archie McArthur, Secretary Tom Prowse, Publicity officer Heather Carthew with Mr B. McDonald as Patron. The meeting was actually attended by 57 interested people.

    Presidents of the Group since its inception have been : -
    A.McArthur 1987 – 1990; J. Van Der Heul 1991 ; J. B Stuckey 1992 – 1995 ;

    L. Gardiner 1996 – 1997 ; J.B. Stuckey 1998 – 2001 ; N. Dickens 2002 – 2010 ;

    M.H. Bleby2011 -

    Many others, have served the Friends Group in various roles either as Works Coordinator or as Secretary or Treasurer over many years, in particular Tom Prowse, Christine Grant, Ron Wicks and John Madden.

    30 years of continuous voluntary work for conservation is a magnificent achievement.

    The Group continues to work with Parks staff holding weekly working bees to maintain walking trails and Park facilities in good shape.The annual March in May event for local Primary Schools is also one of the group’s significant achievements.

    Time to place your Trees For Life seedling order!

    Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Trees For Life seedling orders - NOW OPEN

    It is amazing what can be achieved when people look after the land they love. The Hermann Family are an inspiring example, showing what people working with nature can do with a little support.

    To hear their story click here

    Or view this on Facebook at:

    The Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July. Late orders will be accepted until 30 August with notice.

    Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here:

    or contact us: (08) 8406 0500,

    Discounts are available for small community groups, schools and landholders affected by the 2015 Pinery fires on application.

    If you liked this story, or would like to see more transformations like this please SHARE this video and tell others about the Tree Scheme.

    Together we'll continue to make this State look great.

    Vicki-Jo Russell

    Revegetation Services Manager - Trees for Life

    Invitation to Participate in the Recent Ecological Change in Australia Project

    Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Department of the Environment and Energy, together with the CSIRO are undertaking an investigation to understand how Australia’s biodiversity has been changing in recent years.

    As a part of this investigation we are seeking to understand how the 1°C increase in surface temperature experienced over the past century may have contributed to recent changes in biodiversity across the Australian landscape. To this end we are very interested in hearing about the experiences and observations of people who are familiar with different parts of Australia. We hope that their insights and stories will provide us with a unique view of how things are changing.

    To participate, you would need to be able to select a natural area (e.g. your local region or farm, a Nature Reserve, urban bushland) that you have been familiar with for at least the last 10 years. Note that we are interested both in areas where change has been observed and where change has not been observed.

    The survey can be found here and is made up of a series of observational questions and an open section for people to tell us their stories. It would take about 30 minutes.

    Additional information about the project can be found here.

    If you think people in your network would be interested in participating, I can send you some additional text containing the survey link that you can use for distribution. My email address is

    Thanks for your time.


    Natasha Porter

    Land and Water


    Enatasha.porter@csiro.auT +61 8 9333 6251

    Private Bag 5, WEMBLEY, WA 6913

    Call for nominations: Native Vegetation Council & Premier's Climate Change Council

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 01, 2017

    Conservation Council SA

    Dear friends

    Please see attached information about both of these committees.

    Nominations for both close COB on Friday 9th June.

    To nominate, please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter that contains a short bio and explains your interest in either native vegetation or climate change.

    You are welcome to circulate this email to others in your network who you think have the relevant background/skills.

    Many thanks

    Julia on behalf of Craig Wilkins

    Conservation Council SA
    The Joinery / 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    (08) 8223 5155


    Native Vegetation Council

    CCSA - NVC CCSA - NVC (55 KB)

    Premiers Climate Change Council


    Help save threatened plant species in SA

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

    Help save threatened plant species in SA

    Community members are being asked to help Trees For Life care for and monitor five threatened plant species from Goolwa and Monarto.

    All but one of the species being targeted only occur in South Australia.

    Under the new project - Community Action For Threatened Flora – volunteers will be trained in specific monitoring methods and data collection for the threatened populations.

    “We are trialling a new on-line data collection method,” explains Bush For Life Manager Amelia Hurren. “This will make our monitoring more efficient and gives us the chance to use new technologies in the field”.

    Bushcare activities to remove competition from weeds will also be part of the project.

    The five species being targeted are:

    Acacia pinguifolia (Fat-leaf Wattle) – Only two populations known in SA, one near Finniss and the other southern Eyre Peninsula. Classified as ‘extremely restricted’.

    Acacia menzelii (Menzel’s Wattle) – Rated nationally vulnerable. Approximately 5600 individual plants known to remain in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

    Prostanthera eurybioides (Monarto Mintbush) – Rated endangered under Commonwealth legislation. Only SA populations known are in the Monarto area near Murray Bridge and near Keith.

    Olearia pannosa ssp. pannosa (Silver Daisy-Bush) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Approximately only 1000 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

    Acacia rhetinocarpa (Resin Wattle) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Only around 2800 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

    People wanting to find out more about the project are invited to attend Trees For Life’s Introductory bush regeneration workshops in Goolwa on April 26 and Mount Barker on May 4, or participate in an activity at Nurragi Conservation Reserve on May 10-11.

    The Community Action for Threatened Flora project is supported by Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin.

    For more information or to register your interest phone (08) 8406 0500 or email

    Management plan for Tallaringa Conservation Park

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

    The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, together with the Tallaringa Conservation Park Advisory Committee, is working towards the development of a management plan for Tallaringa Conservation Park. This management plan will describe management objectives and strategies for the park in accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

    A draft management plan has been developed to facilitate community input into the development of the final plan. Comments received in response to the draft plan will be used to help develop the final management plan.

    A copy of the draft management plan is attached, and it can also be downloaded at

    You can have your say via post, email or online. Please provide your comments by 14 July 2017.


    Amy Allen
    Protected Areas Unit
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
    GPO Box 1047
    Adelaide SA 5001




    If you have any questions regarding the Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan, please contact Amy Allen on 8207 7747 or via email at

    Please feel free to forward this on to others that may be interested.

    Kind regards,

    Amy K. Allen

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

    Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan 2017 Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan 2017 (3606 KB)

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