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Friends of Belair National Park

Volunteers working together for conservation.
We are a volunteer group (of about 140) which works in close cooperation with the Park staff for the benefit of the Park and the people of South Australia.

Prestigeous Award won by the Raine Family

On the evening of the 3rd May 2017 The Raine Family won Rotary Club of Burnside Annual Conservation Award night at the Belair Country Club. The Raine family was nominated by The Friends of Belair National Park in the Volunteer of the Parks category. We congratulate Alan, Barb, Steve and Peter on this honour.

Burnside Rotary Award 1

Photo by Mark Pedlar

Burnside Rotary Award 2

Photo by Mark Pedlar

The Friends of Belair National Park are part of a SA wide 'Friends' network that ranges from the Simpson Desert in the far north to Dingly Dell at the bottom tip of the state.The group seeks to further the basic philosophy of the Park - that it should be regarded primarily as a place preserving the natural environment in which users can see and experience that environment.

The objectives of the Friends of Belair National Park as stated in our constitution are:
  1. To provide voluntary assistance to Belair National Park in close cooperation and liaison with the staff.
  2. To raise funds for special projects to benefit Belair National Park and for administration and social activities of the Friends of Belair National Park.
  3. To provide cultural and social activities for the enjoyment of Members and the public.
  4. To provide support for the protection and preservation of the natural and historic values of Belair National Park.

A copy of the Constitution can be downloaded from here.

South Australia leads the nation with its Friends of Parks network. At the instigation of the State Government and the Nature Conservation Society, volunteer Friends groups were encouraged from the early 1980s to allow community members to assist in the management of the State's parks and reserves, and to encourage enjoyment of the State's natural and cultural heritage.When an average hourly rate of pay is placed on the work that the Friends carry out each year, an estimated $5-6 million worth of work is performed on behalf of the Parks system each year. This includes all hands on work in the field and anything that is carried out in support of this activity.

Reminders for coming events in 2017

Total Fire Ban Days

If there is an Extreme or Catastrophic level Total Fire Ban in the Mt Lofty Ranges announced after 4-30pm on the previous day, all events scheduled by the Friends in Belair National Park will be cancelled, except for the AGM, which would be rescheduled for the following month..

If there is a Severe level fire ban, meetings will go ahead but it will be your personal responsibility to ensure that you have a communication plan in place.

There will no working bees if the forecast temperature is 35 degrees or over.

For all official functions planned by The Friends of BNP ask at the Ticket Office, Belair National Park for free vehicle entry.

Public Welcome
Monthly Meeting (Volunteer Centre) at 1pm


May 6th - Val Oldfield AM author - of "No beating around the bush". Val will be talking about her experiences of living on the Birdsville Track as a young bride. The dust, the flies, the dingoes were her only company, sometimes for weeks, the occasional crackle of a voice over a wireless radio from far-flung places - this was the world of Val Oldfield for 10 years when living on Australia's infamous Birdsville Track... After a short break following the talk, a monthly General Meeting will be held.

June 3rd - Christopher Brodie, who is the Weeds Botanist for the State Herbarium, will focus his talk on weeds prevalent in Belair National Park. After a short break, a monthly General Meeting will be held.

Public Welcome
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 & repeated on Sunday 28th April - Monthly Guided Walk -

Meet just inside the main gate at 1.45pm for 2pm start with Bevin Scholz on Tuesdays and Hayley Prentice on Sundays. (Ask at the Ticket Office, Belair National Park for free vehicle entry)

Note: If there is heavy rain or strong winds or severe weather forecast ... The walk will be cancelled.

Subscription Notice

Annual Subscriptions for 2017 are due from 1st January 2017. (refer Membership Page for details)
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