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.
Duncan MacKenzie, President Friends of Parks Inc.
John Schutz, Chief Executive Department for Environment and Water.