1. Safety alert on use of Star Picket drivers
2. Two Safety alerts on working with Trailers
3. Fitting tyres and wheels
4. Insect bites and stings
5. Recall of defective gas mask canisters
6. Use of Motor Vehicles

1. Safety alert on use of Star Picket Drivers
  [message from Bill Haddrill, Regional Manager, Kangaroo Island, 10 August 2011]

"  A recent incident resulted in injury to an employee’s hand when the person was in the process of driving in a star picket using a Star Picket Driver (or so-called “dropper knocker’).

The employee was driving in a star picket with a picket driver. As the employee was setting up for a forceful blow the employee lifted the picket driver too high and subsequently slipped off the star picket during the downward motion. This resulted in a deep cut to the palm of the hand when it impacted on the sharp picket top.

To avoid this type of incident occurring again it is recommended that:

• All personnel are advised to use a larger number of smaller blows rather than very few
   forceful blows when driving in star pickets to avoid lifting too high.
• Personnel involved in such work should also ensure the picket driver is held near the top
   of the handles to minimize the risk of over-lifting the tool.
• All personnel are to be reminded to use work gloves when undertaking this type of activity.

As part of standard precautions personnel are also reminded to wear earmuffs or earplugs when engaged in this activity."

2. Two Safety alerts on use of Trailers

2.1  A potential cause of trailer hitch failur
as reported by Manager, Coorong, Lower Lakes Restoration Team

A potential cause of trailer hitch failure - pin and clip mechanism used to hold ball mount in place in the hitch receiver fails and allows ball mount to slide out of the hitch receiver. An incident and advice thereon is documented in the linked pdf document.

2.2  The following is drawn to your attention in regard to Trailer Drawbar Safety Chains
  [message * from Peter Bercys, All Regions Safety Coordinator, NRM

"  All pig trailers with rigid drawbars (with or without breakaway brakes but excluding converter dollies) and, any other trailer without breakaway brakes, must be fitted with safety chains that are marked in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard and (or cables as applicable) complying with the following:
• trailers that do not exceed 2.5 tonnes ATM** must have at least one safety chain complying
   with  Australian Standard AS 4177.4-1994 or Australian Standard AS 4177.4-2004 'Caravan
   and light trailer towing components Part 4: Safety chains up to 3500kg capacity', or be a safety
   cable with a certified load capacity of the same;
• trailers over 2.5 tonnes and not exceed 3.5 tonnes ATM must have two safety chains of
   designation of 3500 kg complying with Australian Standard AS 4177.4-1994 or Australian
   Standard AS 4177.42004;
• trailers over 3.5 tonnes ATM must have two safety chains made from steel of a minimum
   800 MPa breaking stress that conforms to the mechanical properties of Grade T chain as
   specified in Australian Standard AS 2321-1979 'Short Link Chain for Lifting Purposes (non
   calibrated)' or Australian Standard AS 2321-2006 'Short Link Chain for Lifting Purposes.'
   Each chain must be sized such that the minimum breaking load exceeds the ATM.

Caution: Safety chains, which have the mechanical T grade property, are not suitable for welding.

You can find a lot more detailed information on Trailers by going to:

If there are other questions or further clarification please feel free to contact me. "

Peter Bercys
All Regions Safety Co-ordinator

Ph. 08 8273 9107 Mb. 0438 891 661 Fax. 08 8271 9585
Eastwood Office: 205 Greenhill Rd Eastwood 5063

*  The above message has been prompted by a recent fatal accident in south-west Sydney
     in which a trailer broke loose from a towing vehicle.
** ATM is the combined weight of the trailer and its full load when it is not coupled

3. Fitting Tyres and Wheels
    [message from the Director Regional Coordination, Partnerships & Stewardship, DEWNR.]

Please note this Safety Alert on correct fitting of tyres and wheels to vehicles.

4. Insect Bites and Stings
     [message from the Director Regional Coordination, Partnerships & Stewardship, DEWNR.]

This alert applies particularly to European wasps, hornets, hopper ants and inch ants, which are now very active and when disturbed can be quite aggressive.

Please raise awareness on this with your group members, as insect bites and stings constitute a very real risk when working in the bush, and make sure that a first aid kit is available on site with the necessary medication should a bite or sting occur. Members who may have more severe reactions will need to have personal medication available also on site, such as an 'epi pen'.

5. Recall of Defective Gas Mask Canisters
     [message from the Director Regional Coordination, Partnerships & Stewardship, DEWNR.]

This alert applies particularly to Moldex gas mask canisters, which are subject to recall by the manufacturer because a small number of gas/vapour chemical cartridges (Moldex 7100A and 7600A) exhibit gas/vapour "breakthrough" after shorter duration than the standard, meaning that gases will not be filtered for as long as required by the safety standard AS/NZS 1716:2012.

6. Use of Motor Vehicles
     [message from the Director Regional Coordination, Partnerships & Stewardship, DEWNR.]
    {issued 16 May 2013]

Regrettably 2012 saw a number of serious vehicle accidents occur within the Group, including two serious rollovers. Recently there was a further incident where a worker was riding on the outside of a Departmental vehicle and was thrown to the ground. Thankfully the staff involved received relatively minor injuries, however there was potential for a far worse outcome.

The use of Motor Vehicles is essential in conducting our business. So too is the reality that we often operate vehicles over long distances at relatively high road speeds, on remote roads and tracks in a range of conditions.

To avoid motor vehicle accidents drivers are reminded that:

•  they must be suitably trained and have practical experience in the vehicle and types of terrain
    they will operate in.
•  they must familiarise themselves with the vehicle they intend to operate and ensure that it is in
    a roadworthy condition – pre use checks are completed and any safety problems attended to
•  they must drive to the road conditions and their abilities at all times. Use caution whenever there
    is any doubt over safety. All workers have an obligation under Section 28 of the Work Health
    Safety Act (2012) to take reasonable care of their and their co-workers health and safety and
    to comply with the requirements of the Department’s Safe Driving Policy. In addition drivers
    are also reminded of their wider legal obligations under the Road Traffic Act (1961) and
    Australia Road Rules.
•  they must pay particular attention to load carrying vehicles. For example many Fire Quick
    Response Vehicles (QRVs) with suspension upgrades must have a minimum weight carried
    in the tray at all times. If unsure check before using the vehicle and ensure the correct minimum
    weight is being carried. Remember both over and under load situations can dramatically alter
    the driving dynamics of the vehicle.
•  travel plans and itineraries must include suitable fatigue breaks. As a rule of thumb allow
   15 minutes per 2 hours of journey time. Refer to the Safe Driving Policy for further guidance.
    Managers are not to approve travel plans that do not allow for suitable rest breaks.
•  riding on the outside of Departmental vehicles and trailers, on “side steps” or “running boards”
    of any description or in any cargo area is illegal on public roadways and is strictly forbidden
    at any time.

DEWNR's 'Safe Driving Policy'  (available on request to VSU/VPU) will be reviewed including the Driving Training requirements.

Supervising managers have an obligation to acquaint themselves with, and to monitor compliance with, the Safe Driving Policy.

Staff have an obligation to ensure that they comply with these requirements at all times.

Prepared by: Peter Bercys, Safety Projects Officer
Approved by the Director Regional Coordination, Partnerships and Stewardship.



1. Friends of Parks eNews now accessible on this website
2. NRM region newsletters; Echidna Express
3. OFV's State of Volunteering On-Line
4. Victorian Friends' newsletters
5. List your own group's newsletter
6. Link to Walking SA's newsletter
7. Links to many DEWNR related newsletters for Volunteers

Many Friends groups produce newsletters, which, while probably aimed at an audience of their own members, are of interest to a wider audience. These newsletters are too numerous, and anyway would be an undue burden on this webmaster, to replicate and constantly keep updating on this website.
If you are interested in being on a Friends group newsletter distribution list, would you please make your own arrangements with that group.
Friends website addresses are available on this website - click on the Friends hotlink in the lefthand column - and as well, VSU/VPU frequently circulates newsletters via email attachments. Contact information with newsletter editors should be available by these means.

1. Friends of Parks eNews

Friends of Parks Inc produces a newsletter offering Friends news and articles of general interest to Friends, viewable on the Friends of Parks' website (click on the 'eNews Newsletter' hotlink in the left-hand column), or to a limited extent by hard copy.  The aim is to produce eNews quarterly.

Contributions from members are most welcome. Please send your story/item and photographs either directly to Hugh Lambert (email to )  or via VSU/VPU for forwarding to Hugh.


2. NRM Regional newsletters and NRM Council Newsletter
... and AMLRNRM's  Echidna Express newsletter



    Site newsletters
 NRM Regions amlr    Adelaide and Mount Lofty
aw    Alinytjara Wilurara
saal    SA Arid Lands
ep    Eyre Peninsula
ki    Kangaroo Island
ny    Northern and Yorke
samdb    SA Murray-Darling Basin
se    South East
 NRM Council C    current news

Echidna Express
News Update for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Community Environmental Groups published by the AMLR NRM Board.  If interested in subscribing, contact Liz Millington, AMLR NRM Manager Volunteer Support .

For example ... the topics for Echidna Express of February 2013 are -
. Want to become a better grant writer? Come to a grants bootcamp
. Caring for Our Country Community Grants
. Free computer use and internet training
. Habitats for wombat health seminar
. Onkaparinga Environment Grants
. Sea Week 2013
. Dune Care Seminar
. Contemplative experience. . . in service of the earth

Note circulated 9 May2013:
The Echidna Express is sent routinely to all Friends groups in the AMLR region. However, if your group is outside of the AMLR but you wish to get the Echidna Express, please contact Liz Millington directly and she’ll be happy to add you to the list.
Her contact details are – 08 8273 9126 or .

3. Office for Volunteers' State of Volunteering On-Line

The Office for Volunteers’ fortnightly electronic newsletter, The State of Volunteering On-line, can be read by visiting e-Newsletter .
For further information or to provide feedback, visit the Office for Volunteers' website at  phone 08 8463 4490, fax 08 8463 4400 or email .

4. Victorian Friends news and FriendsNET newsletters

Should you wish to check what's going on across the border ... visit for Victorian Friends' news and an index to their FriendsNET newsletters (PDF format is used).  Contact for information.

5. Community Newsletters Listing

Message from the Office for Volunteers ......
Are you a volunteer organisation who publishes a community newsletter? Are you interested in sharing your newsletter articles with other like-minded organisations, or simply increasing your reach to volunteers across the State?

The Office for Volunteers invites you to join its new 'Community Newsletters Listing' to be launched on its website at on Friday 29 January 2010.

You can join this exciting initiative, and begin sharing and swapping your newsletter articles with other South Australian volunteer groups, by sending the following information to :

  Name of your volunteer organisation
  Name of your newsletter
  Newsletter Editor's email address/phone number
  Frequency of publication - i.e. Is your newsletter published weekly, fortnightly, monthly
  Type of information/stories your newsletter publishes
  Type of articles your interested in from other community newsletters

For further information, or to receive the Office for Volunteers newsletter, please contact Alexia Yiallouros by phoning 8463 4490 or emailing . You can also find out more about the Office for Volunteers by visiting

Linda Freeman
A/Principal Policy Advisor, Office for Volunteers
Attorney-General's Department
Phone: +61 8 846 34412 Fax: +61 8 846 34400
Address: Level 9, 50 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
DX 33

6. Link to Walking SA's newsletter ... visit Walking SA's website and look for the link to its newsletter

7. Links to many DEWNR related newslettters for Volunteers

These include - The newsletter Volunteers in Action ENews from  Northern & Yorke Region. To see current and back-numbers from these sources visit ...
To subscribe to Volunteers in Action ENews visit



1. Board structure, Board member roles
2. Working with DEH (DENR/DEWNR) - Volunteer Stocktake Action document
3. Discussion Paper: Future Directions 2012

1. Board structure, Board member roles
Descriptions of the roles of the Friends of Parks Inc Board have recently been added to this website, and can be seen here.  Friends are encouraged to serve on the Board.  Election to vacancies on the Board normally takes place at Friends of Parks Inc AGMs.

See also Board Structure.

Enquiries can be directed to David Mitchell, President, Friends Of Parks Inc on 8251 1088 or at


The AGM on Monday 14 May, 2012 was held at the Ted and Molly Hughes Conference Centre, Para Wirra Recreation Park.  The following officers were elected to the Friends of Parks Inc. Board:-

President David Mitchell
Vice president Charles Connelly
Public Officer Mandy Carter
Secretary to be appointed
Treasurer Kevin Osborn
Committee the above officers plus general members
  Bill Heaven
  Kosette Lambert
  Graham Henley
  Duncan Mackenzie
  Don Ransom
  Gill Ross
  Andrew Winkler (and CCSA rep)
  Patsy Johnson
  Andy Young
Patrons Dene Cordes, PSM
Dr. Barbara Hardy, AO
Jean McLaren
The Hon. David Wotton, AM
Hon. Solicitor to be appointed
Hon. Auditor Bruce Evans
Gift Fund Chair John Fuller
Webmaster Hugh Lambert
Ex-Officio Carol Schmidt (Volunteer Support Unit)
  Pam Smith (Volunteer Support Unit)

If you wish to attend any ordinary meeting of the Board, you are most welcome, but please let the Secretary know.  Click here to see fuller details of Board members, or here to see descriptions of Board roles.

The 19th AGM was held on Monday 14 May 2012 at Ted and Molly Hughes Conference Room, Para Wirra Recreation Park. See Reports etc.


1. Potential Sources of Funding
2. DEWNR VPU funding for training
3. VPU offer of PPE
4. Community Benefit SA Grants
5. GRANTassist - a single gateway to Information on State Government grants
6. 2015 State & Territory Landcare Awards

Grant application writing  workshop - to be available (permanently) on You-tube

Details of this workshop are given under the aegis of
Please click here to get there.

General Notes

Our Grants Facilitator, Mandy Carter, is happy to assist any groups with funding applications etc.
Mandy can be contacted on 0407 604 512, or by email at .
The Office for Volunteers website page at contains several pointers to grants possibilities.

Advice from VSU on grant application.  
For a comprehensive set of helpful hints on grant application read this HELPFUL HINTS document
You might also consider attending a grant application writing workshops.  Salient features treated are as follows -

If pursuing a grant and submitting an application through Friends of Parks Inc, when your group is itself unincorporated please remember to:
     1. discuss with your Liaison Ranger, any possible projects
     2. seek endorsement from the President, Friends of Parks Inc (David Mitchell
          ), if you are wanting to use Friends of Parks Inc as your sponsor
     3. Apply under your group's name (unincorporated body, but a 15 member group of
         Friends of Parks Inc which is incorporated)
     4. complete the application with all necessary details before forwarding to the
         Volunteer Support Unit for checking, signing, and lodgement (if appropriate).
         The following details will be required
         Sponsoring Organisation Name: Friends of Parks Inc ABN 32 457 858 155
         GST yes Incorporation Number A0021376X Incorporation Date 27 September 1993
         Contact Person: Pam Smith, Secretariat, GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001
         phone 8124 4784 fax 8124 4850 email

If pursuing a grant in your own right as an Incorporated body, a copy of your application would be appreciated (please forward to the Secretariat - Volunteer and Partnership Unit).

... also ...

if you are applying online, please make sure that you print a copy of the application and send to Pam Smith (Secretariat) at VPU for filing and future work should the application be successful.


Friends of Parks Inc funds held by the Board for successful grants - regarding requests for endorsment to pay accounts ...

Friends of Parks Inc Treasurer, Kevin Osborn, reports that he is finding that information supplied by groups seeking payment of grants is often inadequate to satisfy the documentation/auditing requirements for the grants process. He requests that all groups comply with the following:

1. Hand write on the tax invoice the name of the grant/granting body, and any ID number that the grant might have, for example, Caring for Our Country has a CAG number and year, i.e. CAG11-08006.
2. On the actual tax invoice, write directly on it that you have the endorsement to pay accounts in relation to grants.
3. Write the name of person authorising the payment, position, date, and signature.

These steps will greatly assist the Treasurer in dealing with the more than thirty or so grants annually that he is required to properly process and document (which sometimes he is not able to do from the information accompanying the endorsement request, necessitating much added time and energy to elicit).

Thank you in anticipation!   (if required,speak to Pam Smith, VSU, for further explanations)

1. Potential Sources of Funding
    [message from our president, David Mitchell ]

You might like to check out the following links in an effort to source more grants. You’ll need to read the fine print to ensure that your group and the work planned meet the specified criteria and you’ll also have to obtain DEWNR approval for the work to be undertaken. If you require FOP Inc sponsorship (most bodies like the applications to come from an incorporated body, or be sponsored by one) for a grant application please email me the essential details for endorsement and/or supporting letter in some cases) and make sure you keep Pam Smith from the VSU in the loop to ensure you/we get the administrative details correct (send a copy of the application) .

• Grant Guru – a searchable listing of national grants and funding programs for community     based and not for profit organisations.
•  GrantsLINK - this federal government directory has information on federal, state and local
   government funding.
•  South Australian local councils - a variety of grants are available through local councils.
   Contact them direct for more information.
•  Grant Search Australia - this database contains approximately 3,000 sources of financial
   support for various projects. This site has a subscription fee.
•  Volunteering Australia - this site has information on grants available specifically for the
    volunteer sector.
•  Our Community grants database - this site provides a comprehensive listing of grants from
    around Australia and internationally. For a fee you can subscribe to get access to the
    EasyGrants  newsletter and database.

2. DEWNR VPU funding for Training

The Volunteer and Partnership (formerly Support) Unit will be offering funding training in 2015, but has not yet announced its plans.  For enquiries and information, contact -

Pam Smith
Senior Administrative Officer
Volunteer Support Unit
Phone +61 8 8124 4784
Fax +61 8 8124 4850

3. VPU Offer of PPE
    [message from Senior Admin Officer, VPU]

"  The Volunteers and Partnerships Unit (VPU) has been able to purchase a small amount of PPE last financial year, for distribution to DEWNR Volunteers.

If your group would like some of the following equipment, please reply with the quantities needed (note that we only have a limited supply available).

Gloves, gardening: assorted sizes
Gloves, riggers: assorted sizes
Hi Vis Vests: medium and large
Ear Plugs
Dust Masks
Safety Glasses
Knee Pads

We will then reply and ask that you come to the Keswick office to collect (or arrange delivery). Please do not come until we confirm availability of items. We will be making another purchase later this year and will again send around a circular advising everyone.  "

Pam Smith
Senior Admin Officer, VPU (Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Partnerships and Stewardship Group, DEWNR.
P: (08) 8124 4784 F: (08) 8124 4850
Ground floor, 1 Richmond Road, Keswick, SA 5035
GPO Box, 1047, Adelaide, SA, 5001 AUSTRALIA

4. Community Benefit SA Grants
Community Benefit SA invites applications for one-off project grants to develop and strengthen communities across metropolitan, rural and remote regions of South Australia.
Grants aim to improve the well-being, quality of life, community participation and life management skills of disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.
Average grant amounts are $10,000 with a maximum of $50,000 for some projects.
Projects can include equipment, short term programs, facility upgrades or strategic improvements for non-government community service providers.
Funding guidelines are available from the CBSA website . Applications are accepted at any time.
Eligible organisations are strongly encouraged to contact CBSA on 1300 650 985 to discuss project proposals

This grant has four rounds per year. You would need to apply under Friends of Parks Inc as the incorporated body. You would need to send Pam Smith at VPU a request to seek endorsement from the President, David Mitchell. You would also need to chose a project contact person (1.5) who will be directly involved.

5. GRANTassist - a single gateway to Information on State Government grants
     [sourced from the most recent newsletter from the Office For Volunteers]

... a new single gateway to help South Australians access the support they need!

A single gateway is now available to provide South Australian community groups, clubs and volunteer organisations with online access to information about State Government grants. GRANTassist already connects South Australian businesses to the broad range of funding and support services on offer from both State and Federal governments.

The website has now been extended so that all information about funding and support services available to community, volunteer and sporting groups can be accessed through a single gateway. GRANTassist provides a simple online guide to what is available for community groups for a variety of purposes, including upgrades to sporting facilities and clubrooms. The website also provides tips on navigating the application and assessment process.

The community section is now available at

6. 2015 State & Territory Landcare Awards
For those involved in protecting or improving your local environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region, catchment or backyard.

Visit the links shown for information on these awards. Categories (9 in all, 5 shown) are:

• Sustainable farming
• Coastcare
• Junior landcare
• Indigenous land management
• Landcare community group

Entries close 31 May 2015


SA Landcare Awards brochure at:

Previous SA projects listed at:

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia, Ph: 02 8440 8811
Email: .



1. Gluepot Education 2015 courses
2. Snake Awareness e-course
3. Trees for Life - workshops
4. Grant application writing workshop - available on You-tube
5. BCSA Public Talks Program 2015
6. Venomous Animals Hazards Seminar for DEWNR Volunteers (30 May)

1. Gluepot Education 2015 Courses
Gluepot Reserve continues to run education courses.  See Gluepot's website page or PDF courses brochure for 2015 details.


2. Snake Awareness e-Course
Geoff Coombe’s Snake Awareness course (held last year) is now available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, giving you a ready opportunity to refresh your knowledge of these wonderful creatures, and introduce other people you know to the way snakes act and react in certain situations.

The e-course is engaging and interactive, with multiple choice questions to ensure that by the time you have finished you have a good understanding of snakes and their habitat. A course fee of $220 applies.

For more information click here or contact

Jim Manning
Managing Director, Compliance & Competency Management
(Partner & supporter of Living with Wildlife)

Phone: +61 8 8412 5100 or Free Call 1800 001 999
Fax: +61 8 8232 0555
Mail: PO Box 3640, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000.


3. Trees for Life -Workshops

DEWNR usually purchases a number of spots for DEWNR Volunteers to attend Tress for Life workshops.  At workshops, participants typically learn:

• why the bush needs your help;
• the best strategies for restoring ecological processes;
• minimal disturbance techniques;
• how to work safely in the bush;
• how you can get involved as a Bush For Life volunteer

Attendance at these has usually been free to Friends volunteer participants, but your booking must be made via your Friends Group President or Secretary, to the Community Partnerships & Volunteer Programs Unit.  Please check beforehand with Pam Smith, Senior Admin Officer, CPVPU (Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays)  P: (08) 8124 4784 F: (08) 8124 4850.

Continuous learning opportunities are also provided through Trees for Life programs, ensuring participants discover the best techniques to get native plants regenerating and how to defeat invasive weeds.

For more information on  these offerings please visit the Trees For Life website:  or call their office on 8406 0500.


4. Grant application writing workshop... now available on YouTube

Increase the success of your applications!
....  by visiting  here .


5. BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION SA INC's Public Talks Program 2015

You are invited to attend BCSA's Public Talks Program
held at Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest.
Please arrive at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Gatherings end circa 8.30pm

• 5 May: Restoring Wetlands in Se of SA and Western Victoria
• 2 June: Woodland recovery initiative: Restoring habitat for Woodland birds
• 7 July: Mawson of the Antarctic
• 4 August: Flora of Golden Grove 50 Million years ago
• 1 September: Frogs of the Adelaide Plains and Mt Lofty Ranges
• 6 October: Torrens Island - history and conservation
• 3 November: Rain moths.

For fuller details on these talks, visit the BCSA website.

For queries, please contact:
Jan Forrest OAM
Chairman, Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.,
C/- South Australian Museum, North Terrace, ADELAIDE. SA 5000

Ph H: 08) 8297 8230  |  Ph W: 08) 8207 7503  |  Fax W: 08) 8207 7222
Email H:   |  Email W:


6. Venomous Animals Hazards Seminar for DEWNR Volunteers (30 May)

Volunteers working outdoors may come across different venomous animals going about their business. Why not come along and discover more about these fascinating creatures, and what to do if they bite. Cleland Wildlife Park Volunteers have kindly agreed to host the above seminar, details as follows:

When and where:
 Saturday, 30 May, 10.00 am – 12 noon
 Valente Centre, Cleland Wildlife Park - see map on attachment. All volunteers attending this training will be able to have free entry by identifying themselves at the front counter where they will be given directions.
Cost: -No cost to DEWNR Volunteers.

Trainer: Geoff Coombe – Living with Wildlife

• Arachnids (spiders, ticks)
• Scorpions & centipedes
• Hymenopteran insects (bees, wasps & ants)
• Flies
• Stinging caterpillars
• Beetles
• Snakes (briefly)

Spiders are dealt with in more detail than the others. With all groups considered, the following points are covered:

• Identification (photos)
• Location & habitat
• Causes of bites or stings
• First aid for bites or stings
• Hazard identification
• Rectifying hazards
• Protective clothing required

Please note that this presentation is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

Please RSVP by 18 May, as there are a limited number of places available. Please note that two registrations will be accepted per group, and names can be added to the waiting list should there be any places available.

Registration forms must be endorsed by the Friends Group President or Secretary.
To: Sue Mackenzie Volunteer Coordinator
Cleland Wildlife Park, Customer and Commercial Services, DEWNR
365 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, CRAFERS 5152 |  PO Box 245, STIRLING 5152
Phone (08) 8130 9008  | Email:


A new DEWNR Vehicle Access Policy and Procedure were recently produced by the Visitor Management Branch to guide the planning and management of sustainable vehicle access to parks and reserves across South Australia.

Developed in conjunction with representatives from DEWNR, Friends of Parks, Four Wheel Drive SA, Conservation Council of SA and the Australian Motorcycle Trails Riders Association, and affecting mainly 4WDs and motor bikes, the Policy and Procedure define track planning, closures and special access, impact management and community involvement.

Vince Monterola represented the Friends of Parks Board on the policy reference group during the development of this policy. Vince's input, advice and knowledge of the issues were greatly appreciated, and Visitor Management Branch looks forward to working with Friends of Parks on future policy projects.

If you have any queries please contact Michael Kidd on (08) 8124 4874 or email .
You can download the Policy and Procedure documents (PDFs) from:


1. General
2. NRM Regional Plan 2014-2015 to 2023-2024

1. General

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board invites visitors to its website at website, where a wealth of NRM information is to be found, and also to subscribe to its "Echidna Express" newsletter, which you can do by emailing your request to Liz Millington, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board at .  You can also access the "Echidna Express" (including back numbers) at any time by visiting and selecting the edition of interest.


2. NRM Regional Strategic Plan 2014-2015 to 2023-2024

It is suggested the summary be read first -
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Plan Summary (1.15mb pdf)

Primary headings in this summary are:

- Why have a regional NRM plan?
- What approach does this plan take?
- What are the plan's conceptual models and targets?
- Strategic directions
- The big picture
- The seven subregions of the Aelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
- Case studies
- Summing up
- Managing for the future

The Regional Strategic Plan is made up of two volumes. Volume 1 has been split into two files for ease of access:
Volume 1 - part1: Strategic plan for the region 2014-15 to 2023-24 (9.84mb pdf)
Volume 1 - part2: Strategic plan for the region 2014-15 to 2023-24 (9.90mb pdf)

Volume 2: Board business and operational plan 2014-15 to 2016-17 (1.14mb pdf)

... or if you would like to be sent a USB with the plan, please phone the NRM office on 8273 9100.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges
P (08) 8273 9110 | 8273 9100
205 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, SA, 5063



1. DEWNR management plans
2. Fire management plans
3. People and Parks - A Visitor Strategy for South Australia's National Parks,
    Marine Parks and Reserves

4. Strategic Assessment of DEWNR Fire Management

1. The status of DEWNR management plans can be viewed at, and downloaded from:

2. Fire Management Plans for Reserves of the Southern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Chase and Cape Forbin, Reserves of the Southern Foothills, South-western Fleurieu Peninsula

Your interest is directed to the now-released Fire Management Plans for:

Reserves of the Southern Eyre Peninsula (contact: , Regional Fire management Officer)
Flinders Chase and Cape Forbin
(contact: , Kangaroo Island Fire Management Officer)
 Reserves of the Southern Foothills (contact: , Deputy Regional Conservator, Adelaide Region)
 South-western Fleurieu Peninsula
 (contact: , Senior Fire Planner)
covering the following the following parks

  Aldinga Scrub CP
  Charleston CP
  Kenneth Stirling CP
  Mark Oliphant CP
  Moana Sands CP
  Montacute CP
  Mount George CP
  Mylor CP
  Onkaparinga River NP and RP
  Porter Scrub CP
  Scott Creek CP
  Totness RP

The first four (and others) may all be seen by accessing (see "Adopted Plans").  Queries in relation to these plans may be made by contacting/emailing the DEWNR officers indicated, or the DEWNR Fire Management Branch on 08 8124 4834.

3. People and Parks - A Visitor Strategy for South Australia's National Parks, Marine Parks and Reserves

This strategy document was released on 22 November 2012.  It is available for download from (follow the  'People and Parks' link).

4. Strategic Assessment of DEWNR Fire Management
    [message forwarded by our president, David Mitchell, to Friends of Parks Member Groups]

"    I draw your urgent attention to the following link:

As you know DEWNR conducts prescribed burns and other activities as part of its fire management program to strategically reduce the risk of impacts from bushfires in areas of the State’s parks and reserves. DEWNR's planning for these activities includes conducting environmental assessment and management to mitigate or minimise impacts on biodiversity and other values. DEWNR has recently completed the preparation of a draft Strategic Assessment Report for conducting environmental assessment and management for its fire management program. The aim of this assessment is to assess the compliance of its environmental assessment and management for its fire management program against the requirements of the Commonwealth EPBC Act. If successful, The Minister for Environment (Commonwealth) will endorse the policy and procedures under the Act, allowing DEWNR to use the policy and procedures to minimise impact to matters of National Significance.

Interested stakeholders and members of the public are invited to comment on the draft Strategic Assessment Report, before it is submitted to the Commonwealth for consideration.

Comments (NOTE: The original closing date of 28th March has been extended to Thursday 17th April) can be made online via the above link or in writing to:

Fire Management Unit
Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047
T: (08) 8124 4833                                                  "


1. Trail Maintenance Opportunities
2. The Third Bird Atlas of the Adelaide Regions
3. Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group
4. Minton Farm Appeals
5. Help from Moth photographers
6. Help requested by Trees for Life
7. Invitation to Contribute to LoveEP Survey from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
8. Invitation to help the Nature Foundation SA Inc - several areas

 1. Trail Maintenance Opportunities
The Walking Trails Support Group (a Friends group) is always interested in finding folk who would be willing to spend time and energy to assist its on-going series of trail betterment projects. These occur as far afield as the Gammons or as close at hand as the Barossa and Burnside.  An explanation of what's entailed and the current projects is provided on the WTSG website at  by following, respectively, the links to  Field Arrangements and Program 2015.

2. The Third Bird Atlas of the Adelaide Region
[message from David Paton, Birds SA]

"  In 1974-5, and 1984-5, SA Birds documented the distribution of birds in the Adelaide region.

It has been almost 30 years since any concerted bird surveys have been done and there will have been changes to the distribution of the previously documented bird species. The “Adelaide region” covers an area of about 27,000 km2 and runs from north of Port Wakefield to the other side of Morgan and from Cape Jervis to south-east of Meningie. Moreover, this time the Atlas will take in surveys from Kangaroo Island until the 30th of June 2014. Documenting the presences of bird species across the region and Kangaroo Island will help us know if the distributions of the birds have shifted. This is of particular importance as several woodland species are declining, and if they are continuing to decline then this would warrant further action to stop this trend. We will probably also see increases in the presence of some species, which will help us construct a picture of what is happening.

It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced or inexperienced bird watcher, if you would like to be involved, please contact David Paton at , or collect some cards and instructions at the Birds SA general meetings (you can find out dates on their website at Already hundreds of sets of data have been submitted by numerous participants, but more help is needed.

You can find more information in the attached pdf file or find the pdf online by following the link below.   "

 3. Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary (ADS) Action Group
Become a volunteer with DEWNR at the ADS and help protect the Port River Dolphins. Members of the ADS Action Group are proactive volunteers who give their time to help monitor and care for the Port River Dolphins and help make the Port River and Baker Inlet a safer place for them to live.

The group's focus is -
Protect the Dolphins
Provide information and education to the community
Promote the environmental importance of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
Help with the delivery of the ADS management plan.

No previous experience is required but medium or long term commitment is needed.

Particular care is needed for 'Captain Hook', a 35 year old dolphin which has been wounded in several ways and is at serious risk of further injury or death, this risk exacerbated by the well-intentioned but ill-advised feeding by humans.

ADS Ph. 08 8240 0193 (weekdays 9am-5pm);
Marine Mammal Emergencies Ph. 1300 650 411 (quote pager number 465 281); website:

 4. Minton Farm Appeals

Please help us in caring for those who cannot care for themselves.

The forthcoming year will see an increased demand for the care of animals who are sick, have been injured and/or are homeless, and of injured wildlife, especially as holiday makers and others take to the road.

Food: The donation of products such as
* dry puppy and dog food
* Sunflower seed and small parrot mix
* Nuts and dried fruit
* Breakfast cereals including muesli, rolled oats, rice cereal, Weetbix,
   Farex Baby Cereal, Allbran
* Pureed apple, tinned corn and peas
* Lorikeet mix and Divetelact formula and wombaroo kangaroo milk formula

... will help Minton Farm cope with the extra mouths to feed.

Any toys for kittens, puppies, adult cats and dogs.
Bedding:, old jumpers, pillow cases, sheets, flannels, blankets and towels.

Drop Off points:
• Minton Farm Animal Rescue, 455 Cherry Gardens Rd, Cherry Gardens.
• O’Toole Lawyers, 65 Flinders Street Adelaide – contact person Susan O’Toole (8232 6263)
• Lillys Doggy Day Care 934 South Road Edwardstown– contact person Rosanne Rositano
• Priya Subramaniam, Barrister and Solicitor, 213 Greenhill Road Eastwood
   – contact person Priya Subramaniam (0420789596)
• Legal Services Commission Adelaide office, 82 Wakefield Street Adelaide
   –contact person Diana Thomas ( 8463 3555)
• The Law Society of South Australia 124 Waymouth Street Adelaide

OR if your donations are substantial or if you have difficulty in attending at any of the drop off points please contact Susan O’Toole on 8232 6263 and she will arrange to attend at your work or home and collect your donations.

Minton Farm is a totally self-funded volunteer organisation.

Further information from Bev Langley,  |    |  ph. 0422 938 439


5. Help from Moth photographers
     [message from Jan Forrest, Chairman. Butterfly Conservation SA Inc]

"    Dear Friends of Parks members,

The next project for Butterfly Conservation South Australia is the production of a book on “Common moths of the Adelaide Region” to replace the now out of print book by Peter McQuillan, published by the SA Museum in 1982. This new book will be a companion to our “Attracting butterflies to your garden” book still on sale at various outlets in Adelaide including the South Australian Museum and directly from Butterfly Conservation SA.

We have been fortunate to receive a seeding grant from the AMLNRM and a small team are working with author Peter McQuillan on content for the new book.

We have chosen around 120 common moths and would like to include images of not only the adults but their caterpillars as well. This is where we need help from Friends of Parks members.

We are seeking high quality images of local moths and caterpillars for possible inclusion in our book. The photographer of all images used in the book will be acknowledged and photographers should be willing to sign a release form making their image available to us for this project.

Images should be emailed directly to David Keane on   or put on a CD and posted to D. Keane C/- Post Office, Inglewood SA 5133 with the following information:

  Photographer's name in the title of the image.
  Location, date, identification (if possible), habitat and any other
  information that may make it easier for us to identify the specimen.
  Contact details of the photographer (mail address or email).

Thanks for your help,     "

Jan Forrest OAM
Chairman, Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.,
C/- South Australian Museum, North Terrace, ADELAIDE. SA 5000
Ph H: 08) 82978230 | Ph W: 08) 82077503 | Fax W: 08) 82077222
Email H:   | Email W:

6. Help requested by Trees for Life

Volunteering help is requested by Trees for Life in the following areas of its activities:
- growing native plants
- conserving bushland
- collecting seed
- helping through fundraising
- planting seedlings
- Corporate Volunteering

Visit youtube for minivideos on how to become involved.


7. Invitation to Contribute to LoveEP Survey from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
     [message from  Denise Sharp, Education & Volunteer Officer, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP)]

"    FNREP are encouraging people, particularly those all across Eyre Peninsula, to partake in the LoveEP survey and it would be great to receive feedback from volunteers, individuals and groups on what is their favourite place. 5-10 minutes is all it takes, and will be of great benefit in shaping the new strategic NRM plan. Prizes are offered for the most innovative responses.

NREP need to know
- Why is Eyre Peninsula a special place?
- About your favourite places - where you play, work or simply relax - as many of these amazing areas rely on natural resources (clean air, water, soils, plants and animals).

The survey is located on line at  "

For further information contact either Liam Sibly, Planning Officer with NREP, on 8688 3111,
Denise Sharp, Education & Volunteer Officer, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
Ph. (08) 8640 3480   |   Mob. 0427 188 546
Address: Darling Terrace, PO Box 202 Whyalla SA 5600

See also


8. Invitation to help the Nature Foundation - areas

Volunteering help is requested by the Nature Foundation in several areas - for instance:
3 May: Witcheline grand working bee
20 June: Para Woodlands tree planting
5 July: Kangaroo Island planting festival
6 September: Tiliqua Lizard crawl

Visit this Nature Foundation website page for details.



1. Volunteering SA's free training opportunities
2. Gluepot Reserve courses for 2015
3. First Aid training
4. Volunteer Training Program 2015 and Personal Protective Equipment
5. Master Classes offered by the Industry Advisory Group
6. Venomous Animals Hazards Seminar for DEWNR Volunteers (30 May)

1. Keep an eye on Volunteering SA's website at for free training opportunities that are available in the greater Adelaide metropolitan area.

2. Likewise keep an eye on Gluepot Reserve's varied and active program of trainingSee Gluepot's website page or PDF courses brochure for 2015 details.

3. First Aid training


The Volunteer Support Unit has purchased a small number of spots in Basic First Aid Training (also called Emergency First Aid), and Senior First Aid Training (two days or one day online/one day practical) via St John Ambulance and the Australian Red Cross.

We have had difficulty in the past with Friends registering themselves and seeking a tax invoice to be sent to DEWNR, so after your registration has been accepted by the Volunteer Support Unit, you will be contacted to be advised to look up the course details and choose the agency to provide the training, plus the date and venue - this information will then need to be sent back to the Volunteer Support Unit for the booking to be made.

The websites/phone contacts are:

St John Ambulance:         phone 1300 360 455
Australian Red Cross:     phone 1300 367 428

The course is free to the participant (as DEWNR will pay for several places), but your booking must be made via your Friends Group President or Secretary, to the Volunteer Support Unit. If your Friends Group identifies any individuals who need this training, please register their name on the attached sheet. A discussion also needs to be held with your liaison staff member (both signatures required on attached registration form). Please note that we cannot possibly fund enough courses for all groups. Another alternative for this type of training is to apply for a grant via the Office for Volunteers, Volunteer Support Grants (to be advertised in May), or other agencies.


4.Volunteer Training Program 2015 and Personal Protective Equipment

The Volunteers and Partnership Unit (VPU) co-ordinates an annual training program for volunteers who undertake activities that contribute to DEWNR and NRM Board program outcomes. This year’s training program includes core safety training that have been run in in the past as well as some new opportunities. In the future, this program will be expanded to include some new and exciting training opportunities so stay tuned.

For instance ... The Friends of Parks Inc. Board in partnership with the Community Partnerships & Volunteer Programs Unit (CPVPU) have agreed to jointly fund and co-ordinate an annual training program specifically for Friends of Parks members. In the future it is envisaged workshops such as bat identification, frog identification, and photography will be offered, and depending on the uptake, further extended field trips for members (see below under Joint FoPInc Board and CPVPU Program).

Asap please complete and forward your expression of interest, via your Volunteer Coordinator, to Pam Smith, Volunteers and Partnerships Unit, GPO Box 1047, ADELAIDE SA 5001.

An ‘Introduction to Birdwatching’ workshop on 17 May 2015 at Hindmarsh Island & site visit to Goolwa Barrages Wetland.

Please RSVP your interest to Pam Smith on 8124 4784, supplying the following details:
Friends Group:

TRAINING courses
Chainsaw and Brushcutter Use and Maintenance
First Aid [Apply First Aid, Remote Area First Aid] - (see also  item  3. above)
Defensive Driver/Four Wheel Drive training
Manual Handling
Safe Chemical (glyphosphate) Handling
Volunteer Management Framework Activity Team Leader training
Workzone Traffic Management Program
Bush for Life

The VPU will fund a limited amount of personal protective equipment for volunteers if there is funding available this year.

5. Master Classes offered by the Industry Advisory Group

The Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence (TACHE) has developed an industry advisory group to provide advice and support for the educational activities of The Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence. This group will ensure we continue to deliver world class qualifications and units are relevant to industry needs.

Master Classes are specialist courses run by industry experts on relevant and current horticulture topics. They are a great opportunity to network with others with similar interests, extend your expertise and stay up-to-date with the latest techniques.

Topics covered in the 2014 Series include introduction and advanced propagation, pruning for fruit, composting, understanding soil, rhododendrons, economic botany, herbs, ferns and gardening in a Mediterranean climate.

These Master Classes book out quickly and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Avoid disappointment and register your interest below to be contacted when the program becomes available.

Visit the Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence website at for a broader description of training offerings which include training at Certificate III and IV levels.

To view TACHE  Master Class Cancellation Policy, please click here.


6.Venomous Animals Hazards Seminar for DEWNR Volunteers (30 May)

Volunteers working outdoors may come across different venomous animals going about their business. Why not come along and discover more about these fascinating creatures, and what to do if they bite. Cleland Wildlife Park Volunteers have kindly agreed to host the above seminar, details as follows:

When and where:
• Saturday, 30 May, 10.00 am – 12 noon
Valente Centre, Cleland Wildlife Park. All volunteers attending this training will be able
   to have free entry by identifying themselves at the front counter
   where they will be given directions.
• Cost - no cost to DEWNR Volunteers.

Trainer: Geoff Coombe – Living with Wildlife

• Arachnids (spiders, ticks)
• Scorpions & centipedes
• Hymenopteran insects (bees, wasps & ants)
• Flies
• Stinging caterpillars
• Beetles
• Snakes (briefly)

Spiders are dealt with in more detail than the others. With all groups considered, the following points are covered:
• Identification (photos)
• Location & habitat
• Causes of bites or stings
• First aid for bites or stings
• Hazard identification
• Rectifying hazards
• Protective clothing required

Please note that this presentation is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

RSVP: Please RSVP by 18 May, as there are a limited number of places available. Please note that two registrations will be accepted per group, and names can be added to the waiting list should there be any places available. Registration forms must be endorsed by the Friends Group President or Secretary.
To: Sue Mackenzie Volunteer Coordinator

Cleland Wildlife Park, Customer and Commercial Services, DEWNR
365 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, CRAFERS 5152/ PO Box 245, STIRLING 5152



Membership fees for the year ahead are due on 1st January each year.  Fees are: 

Full Member Group - $10/year; 
Affiliated Member Group - $15/year

Please send your cheque and renewal form to:
     Mr Kevin Osborn
     Treasurer, Friends of Parks Inc.
     1 Pacific Avenue
      ROSTREVOR  SA  5073




Groups are invited to email information to the Friends webmaster, Hugh Lambert, at or to the Friends of Parks Inc Secretariat at that they would like included on the Friends website, especially about their own events which they would like publicised.

The webmaster also welcomes/requests being notified of needed corrections, including out-of-date stuff.

The address of this Friends of Parks website is 
The DEWNR's website page at
has a link to it and to many other volunteer activities.



1. Butterfly Conservation SA Public Talks Program 2014
2. Fire Recovery OPEN-DAY (24 May)
3. Family Fun Day -Cobbler Creek RP (31 May)
4. NRAMLR Thank-you events (23 & 24 May, 14 Jun)
5. Talk - Fungi of the Adelaide Hills and Plains (27 May)
6. Bushcare’s Major Day Out (13 Sep)
7. Deep Creek Conservation Parks Open Day (20 Sep)

1. Butterfly Conservation SA Public Talks Program 2015
     [Message from Jan Forrest OAM, Chairman, Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.]

Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc. (BCSA) presents

When: On the first Tuesday of the month March to November, 6.15 pm for a prompt 6.30 pm start.
Where: At the Clarence Park Community Centre
    72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest.
    Bus route W91/W90: stop 10.
    Noarlunga Train service: Clarence Park Station.
    Glenelg Tram: Forestville stop 4, 9min walk south.
Cost: Entry by donation (minimum of $2).

Please bring supper to share, tea/coffee will be supplied.  Meetings should conclude by 8.30pm.

At the start of each meeting a ten minute presentation on a ‘Butterfly of the Month’ will be given by a BCSA committee member.

• 5 May: Restoring Wetlands in Se of SA and Western Victoria
• 2 June: Woodland recovery initiative: Restoring habitat for Woodland birds
• 7 July: Mawson of the Antarctic
• 4 August: Flora of Golden Grove 50 Million years ago
• 1 September: Frogs of the Adelaide Plains and Mt Lofty Ranges
• 6 October: Torrens Island - history and conservation
• 3 November: Rain moths.

In the case of an advertised speaker not being available, a speaker of similar interest will replace that advertised.

c/- South Australian Museum, North Terrace, ADELAIDE
Further Information Secretary: Jan Forrest 8297 8230
Membership is $10pa

Website: Butterfly Gardening -

Resources for sale:
Our book ‘Attracting butterflies to your garden, what to grow and conserve in the Adelaide region’ is available from the secretary. RRP $29.95 (at the talks program - $25ea).
Posters (set of two) “Moths of the Adelaide Region” $10 a set.
A ‘Butterfly Gardening’ DVD is also be available.

If you have any queries, please contact:
Jan Forrest OAM, Chairman, Butterfly Conservation SA Inc., C/- South Australian Museum,
Ph H: 08) 82978230 Ph W: 08) 82077503 Fax W: 08) 82077222
Email H:   Email W:


 2. Fire Recovery OPEN-DAY (Sunday 24 May)

... on Sunday 24 May between 10 am and 2 pm, hosted by the Arbury Park Outdoor School & Deanery Community Landcare Group, celebrating post-fire recovery & monitoring in APPY GULLY with partners – Bridgewater CFS & Natural Resources AMLR ...

... an invitation is extended to the community from Arbury Park Outdoor School & Deanery Community Landcare group to visit APOS Appy Gully burnt in November 2013 on Sunday 24 May to see the results so far of post-fire recovery of the Stringybark Forest

Visitors can go on guided walks up the gully, see pre- and post-fire comparisons and monitoring results and management strategies, hear from the local CFS and join us on the lawn for a shared BBQ lunch!

• Join in expert guided tours - starting at 10.15 am .
• Visit the burnt Stringybark Forest and see the recovery since November 2013.
• Attend a CFS Fire Awareness Presentation - 12 noon on lawn, then
• Stay on for BBQ lunch on the lawn from 1 pm, meat, veggie burgers & salads,
   with tea/coffee provided.

Guests please enter and leave via the 'visitors gate', Arbury Park Road, Bridgewater - park in top carpark.

RSVP (by 18th May) and enquiries:
APOS Ph: 8339 3237 or Email:


 3. Family Fun Day - Cobbler Creek RP (31 May)

Friends of Cobbler Creek Celebrating 25 years

Sun 31 May 2015, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm | Official opening 10.30 am

Minister Hunter will attend and it is anticipated that he will perform the 'official opening'

 Guided Nature Walk at 11am
 Food Stalls
 Scouts
 Mountain Bike trails to explore
 Face Painter - Dione Thompson
 CFS Display Geocache information
 Dogs on leads okay
 Gemstones to find
 Trees for Life  Snake Display
 Balladeer - Nathan Hansen

Free Entry - Enter via Smith Road & Bridge Road intersection Salisbury EastSigns posted on the day


 4. NRAMLR Thank-you events (23 & 24 May, 14 Jun)
    [message from Andrew Raymond, Volunteer Program Coordinator,
     Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (NRAMLR)]

NRAMLR would like to invite YOU and your fellow environmental volunteers to one of three volunteer THANK YOU events across the region during May and June.

These events are a nod to National Volunteer Week (11 to 17 May) and is our opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the effort you have put into managing our natural resources and helping us engage with the community during the last 12 months and beyond.

Please join us at one or more of these events. They are scattered across the region and each event will be different so please check the attached flyer for more information.

The events will be run across the region in May and June:
• Northern event: Sat 23 May, Hewitt Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Hewett SA (near Gawler),
   11am-3pm, RSVP by 16 May
• Central event: Sun 24 May, Wittunga Botanic Garden, Blackwood, 10am-2pm,
   RSVP by 15 May
• Southern event: Sun 14 June, Aldinga Beach Holiday Park, Cox Road, Aldinga, 10am-2pm,
   RSVP by 8 June

Registrations/RSVPs to Carly Cocks (Ph. 8273 9100 or ) are a must so we can cater appropriately. Please let her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges
P (08) 8273 9102 | M 0429 670 074
205 Greenhill Rd, Eastwood SA 5063  | follow us on Facebook


 5. Talk - Fungi of the Adelaide Hills and Plains (27 May)

The Friends of Waite Conservation Reserve extend an invitation to attend a free talk on Fungi of the Adelaide Hills and Plains, to be given by Pam Catchside on 27 May at 7.30pm at Urrbrae House, Urrbrae. It will be preceded by a short AGM. Supper provided.

Where: URRBRAE HOUSE, Waite Campus, Urrbrae. Enter from Fullarton Road.

When: Wednesday 27 May 7.30–9.30pm.

Enquiries: Jennifer (ph. 8313-7405) or Helen (


 6. Bushcare’s Major Day Out  (13 September)
     [message from Friends of Parks President, David Mitchell]

Bushcare’s Major Day Out is a national day designed to encourage us all to take part in the restoration and maintenance of our remaining bushland. In 2015 the main date will be Sunday 13 September, and this is part of Landcare Week. However, the day for Bushcare’s Major Day Out is flexible, so individual sites could choose slightly different dates to coincide with a regular working bee perhaps. Several Friends groups have taken part in the past and Friends of Black Hill/ Morialta have already registered* this year.

Registration is pretty simple and here’s the link to the BMDO website:

* also NHSSA's Moorunde Wildlife Reserve


 7. Deep Creek Conservation Parks Open Day (20 September)
     [message from Coral Marsden, Senior Ranger, West Fleurieu and Willunga Basin District Natural Resources, AMLR]

I and my colleagues are keen to have you all come along as exhibitor or visitor on this Open Day, and make the event as outstanding as it was last year.

If you wish to confirm ahead of time that you will be a stallholder or would like to assist with this significant community event, please contact Coral Marsden or Simon Oster on 8598 0263 or via email at   or .
All previous stallholders will be contacted again to encourage attendance.

Coral Marsden
Senior Ranger - West Fleurieu and Willunga Basin District
Natural Resources, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
Ph: (08) 8598 0263
M: 0409 093 629
Fax: (08) 8598 0269
Postal: Deep Creek Conservation Park, C/- P.O. Delamere, SA 5204



   Membership subscription renewals are due on 1 January each year.
See important note.

   Friends of Parks Inc AGM 2015 will be held at the Hughes Resource Room,
Para Wirra Recreation Park on 25 May .
See related documentation.



1. Bridal creeper issues
2. Chilean weed grass mgmnt manual
3. Boneseed and Bitou bush eradication
4. Blackberries and their control
5. Weed control more generally
6. More Weeds of national Signficance identified
7. Alert on Billardiera heterophylla (Bluebell creeper)
8. Society for Underwater Historical Research

1. Bridal Creeper Issues
The eighth edition of The Bridal Creeper Vol 3 No 2, the newsletter of the National Asparagus Weeds Management committee can now be downloaded from the bridal creeper webpage at
Scroll down the page, past the Best Practice Control Manual,  the Plant Protection Quarterly Special Asparagus Edition and the Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference. The newest newsletter is the last in the newsletter section.

2. Chilean Needle Grass National Best Practice Management Manual now available
Chilean needle grass is a Weed of National Signfiicance.  It is now widespread and well established in parts of Victoria, NSW and the ACT and has naturalised in localised areas of South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, though Chilean needle grass has not yet been reported in Western Australia or the Northern Territory.

Today, a best practice Management Manual has been released at the following website: It is suggested that this is very useful information for groups such as our regional NRM bodies.

3. Bitou bush and boneseed management
For those concerned with management of boneseed and bitou bush - the Proceedings of the National Bitou bush and Boneseed Forum are now available for free download on the WONS website (  A link to the recently published Plant Protection Quarterly Journal – solely dedicated to bitou bush and boneseed management - is

4. Visit the website following for a comprehensive treatise on Blackberries and their control
(but be warned that it is a rather large .PDF file of about 6MB):
(Thanks to Weed Management Society of SA at for this info 'tip' and for No.5 following).

5. Visit the website following for one source of information on Weed Control, namely, the Australian Weeds Research Centre at
the Weed Management Society, South Australia (WMSSA), whose website is at
WMSSA offer free e-Memebrship.

6. More Weeds of National Significance identified
      [message from Shauna Potter, Weeds of National Significance Coordinator Biosecurity SA]

The Australian Weed Committee has announced the introduction of 12 new WoNS (Weeds of National Significance).

This now includes other Asparagus species, specifically A. aethiopicus, A. declinatus, A. africanus, A. plumosus, A. scandens and the western cape form of bridal creeper.

Please see the following link and attachment for more information

Asparagus weeds are now being coordinated by Hillary Cherry, who also manages the bitou bush and boneseed program. Her details are:
     Hillary Cherry
          Weeds Of National Significance Coordinator Pest & Ecological Management Unit Office of
          Environment & Heritage PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW 1481
          Phone (02) 9585 6587, Fax (02) 9585 6401, Mobile 042 710 4448

For further information and enquiries contact -

Shauna Potter (who will also be working on a new group of WoNS- the opuntioid cacti)
ph: (08) 8303 9748
Mobile: 0428 100 951
Fax: (08) 8303 9555
Postal address: GPO Box 1671 Adelaide 5001

7. Alert on Billardiera heterophylla (Bluebell creeper)
     [essence of message from Marne Durnin, Friends of Mylor Conservation Park]

Kirstin Abley from the Fire Unit has recently made us aware of the invasive potential of Billardiera heterophylla (aka Sollya heterophylla or Bluebell creeper), a native of Western Australia. Numerous plants have been found in Mylor Conservation Park.

For information, link to the fact sheet on identification and control of Bluebell creeper for southeast SA (... still looking for one pertaining to the Adelaide Hills area. Much general information is found by Googling for "South Australia sollya heterophylla bluebell creeper").

Note: Bluebell creeper can be confused with the native Sweet Apple Berry (Billardiera cymosa).

Marne Durnin

8. Society for Underwater Historical Research(SUHR)

The SUHR advises that its latest publication, The Society for Underwater Historical Research: Publications 1974-2004 is now available on CD-ROM. This publication is a digital collection of newsletters, annual & special reports and other material prepared during the SUHR’s first 30 years of operation. An online version is proposed for launch in 2012. Copies can be ordered from More information is available at

The following publications (in Adobe 5 PDF format) can be downloaded from the above website:
1. South Australian Shipwrecks 1802-1989: A Database by Peter Christopher (242 pages)
2. The Morgan Project Volume 1 by Brian Marfleet (120 pages)
3. The Morgan Project Volume 2 by Brian Marfleet (74 pages)

The 1990 paperback edition of South Australian Shipwrecks 1802-1989: A Database is still available and can be purchased from the following museums - Port Victoria Maritime Museum (PO Box 197, PORT VICTORIA SA 5202) and the Port Elliot National Trust Branch Museum (PO Box 260, PORT ELLIOT SA 5212).

Also SUHR announces, on behalf of Gifford Chapman, the availability of the revised edition of Kangaroo Island Shipwrecks (2007 edition, 317 pages). To order, please contact Gifford at 8 Stocker Street, MOONTA, SA 5558 or by phone at 0427 799 463.  SUHR advises that it is not a distributor of this book.



Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2015 awards - Presentation Dinner on 7 May

Links to criteria and nomination forms for the 2015 Rotary Club of Burnside -
Leadership in Conservation Award:
      Criteria (Word) and Criteria (PDF)
      Nomination form (Word) and Nomination Form (PDF)


Volunteers of the Parks awards:
       Criteria (Word) and Criteria (PDF)
      Nomination form (Word) and Nomination Form (PDF)

However, please note nominations closed on 28 February, 2015.

The presentations will be made at the Belair Country Club on Thursday, 7 May 2015.

Please feel free to forward this information on to any others who you think might be interested in nominating.


1. Attracting Butterflies to your garden
2. "ICE" - a simple emergency precaution
3. VolunteeringSA - info and aims
4. Free download - Australian Native Plant Guide
5. Information on Myrtle Rust
6. e-Membership of Weed Management Society SA
7. Reducing Fire Risk in Gardens
8. PARKSA - new DEWNR brand
9. Backyards for Wildlife program
10. It's Blue With Five Petals - Wildflowers of the Adelaide Region.
      A Field Guide. Second Edition

1. The book "Attracting Butterflies to your garden - What to plant and conserve in the Adelaide region" is now available from members of Butterfly Conservation SA, the Museum Shop and some book stores at $29.95 rrp.  For ordering information contact .

2. "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) - Click here for a simple emergency - possibly life-saving - precaution recommendation offered by the NSW Ambulance Service.

3. VolunteeringSA - Visit for an appreciation of the broader aims of this organisation, including a link to VolunteeringSA's e-newsletter and a summary of training opportunities.

4. Free download* - Australia Native Plant Guide
(The following has been received from Tim Langdon of EcoVoice (whose website can be visited at
htttp:// . Also of relevance to this area of interest is the website at

" Please consider this (offer of a free download of the Australian Native Plant Guide) as a very special gift and a thank you to our subscribers & valued customers - past, present & future.

After hundreds of hours of development, I am delighted to announce that the new version of the Australian Native Plant Guide is now complete and it is available as a FREE online download.

The Australian Native Plant Guide caters to the needs of a wide variety of groups and people making it an ideal tool for: Home & Landscape Gardeners, Farmers, Nurseries, Government Departments, Councils, Landcare Groups, Libraries, Students and anyone interested in Australian native plants.

Features of the new version:

  Packed with over 500 brilliant colour photographs of native plants
    in their mature state and/or in flower.
  A selection filter that enables even those with little knowledge of native plants
    to select native plants which suit their requirements.
  The details function gives a visual display of the criteria of the plant selected.
  The program produces a colour fact sheet with helpful information that can be printed.
  A notes function enables the user to store additional information of a specific plant.
  The program can be used to create lists of plants by botanical name or by common name.
  You can add new species or delete species that are not required.
  Many of the plants contained in the Australian Native Plant Guide can be purchased
    by clicking through to The Native Shop.    "

Contact/Information through

[* Caution: The EcoVoice website instructs that it will be necessary to install the Adobe AIR plug-in (a link to do this is provided). That website doesn't state the sizes of the plug-in or of the Plant Guide itself, but from the extent of information given and the number of images mentioned in the Guide (i.e. over 500) both are likely to be many megabytes.]

5. MYRTLE RUST (Uredo rangelii)
[the following is the substance of an Exotic Plant Pest Alert flyer from Biosecurity SA]

" This plant disease is closely related to the fungi causing guava rust, which is also
known as eucalyptus rust, and is part of a complex of rusts that infect the Myrtaceae
family of plants which include many Australian native species.
Rusts are highly transportable. Their spores can be spread via contaminated clothing,
infected plant material, on equipment and by insect movement and wind dispersal.
These types of rust affect commercial plant growing operations and native ecosystems.

Rusts are highly transportable. The most common dispersal mechanism is via wind but
they may also attract bees which work the spores on leaves. The spores can also be
spread via contaminated clothing, infected plant material and insect movement.


Myrtle rust produces lesions on young, actively growing leaves and shoots, as well as
on fruits and sepals. Leaves may become buckled or twisted as a result of infection.
On turpentine and callistemon rust lesions are purple in colour, with masses of bright
yellow or orange-yellow spores. Occasionally, they may have dark brown spores.
Severe rust disease in young trees may kill shoot tips, causing loss of leaders and a
bushy habit.

Host Species:
In Australia, Myrtle rust has recently been detected on Agonis (willow myrtle),
Syncarpia (turpentine) and Callistemon (bottlebrush) species. Internationally,
there are unconfirmed reports of infection on some Eucalyptus species. It has
also been confirmed on Myrtus, Syzygium and Heteropyxis species overseas.

Report suspect detections to your local department of agriculture or primary industry by calling the EXOTIC PLANT PEST HOTLINE 1800 084 881  "

6. Free e-Membership offer to all community groups
      [message from Sheree Edwards, President Weed Management Society of SA]

" In recognition of all the great work undertaken by our state’s environmental volunteer base, the Weed Management Society of South Australia is offering a great opportunity for community groups and volunteers to sign up for FREE e-Membership.

E-Membership gives you the opportunity to receive regular information about weed management via email, including our quarterly newsletter WeedWise. Through WeedWise, the WMSSA promotes weed management initiatives and provides information on weedy work undertaken throughout the state. Regular updates are provided on up and coming seminars, workshops and Australian and international conferences.

By being a member of the WMSSA you get the chance to learn from, and contribute to the body of weed knowledge in this state. You will be a part of an organisation that actively develops constructive policy positions to inform governments on weed management policy. Past examples include the WMSSA’s position paper on Olives and participation in the Senate inquiry into invasive species legislation.

If you are interested in registering your community group for FREE e-Membership please email the WMSSA at with your email address and the name of your community group. See also the WMSSA website at  "

7. Reducing Fire Risk in Gardens 
[content of message from Maria Johns, Heritage Agreement Grants Officer, DEWNR Native Vegetation and
        Biodiversity Management Unit of the Policy Directorate (now located at the Waite)]

"   ... of possible interest to anyone who lives in bushfire prone areas ... a PDF document on
sustainable landscaping through reduction of fire risk in gardens.

The document may be downloaded from the DEWNR/Botanic Gardens website at -  
A search using keywords "sustainable gardens and fire" will also locate the document.

The document contains sections on Fire Ecology, Bushfire Behaviour, Landscaping to Minimise Fire
Risk, Plants with Low Flammability.

There is also CFS demonstration garden at Barossa Bush Gardens (up at the back of this property).
This garden uses only native plants. "

For further information contact Maria Johns
Ph. 8303 9322, Email: (Note: office times Mon, Wed, Thurs)

8. PARKSA - new DEWNR brand

[message from Penny Gunner, Director Communications and Community Engagement, DEWNR Corporate Communications]

PARKSA (pronounced Parks SA) is a new brand that has been created to market DEWNR’s parks and engage new audiences.

The brand has been approved by the DEWNR Executive and the Premier’s Communication Advisory Group (PCAG) in October 2012.

The PARKSA brand will be used for communications, promotional and marketing activities. It will also help to position South Australian parks as part of the State’s growing tourism industry.

The new name and identity will not replace the National Parks and Wildlife (NPW) logo (the Sturt Desert Pea). The NPW logo will continue to be used to emphasise DEWNR’s work and commitment to conservation and management of protected areas. The PARKSA brand is a motivational marketing brand that has been designed to increase park visits and connect more people with nature.

The new PARKSA brand was launched to the public in October at WOMAD Earth Station and to the tourism industry at the recent South Australian Tourism Awards.

The new brand is underpinned by a brand strategy that will support the delivery of DEWNR’s Corporate Plan and our People and Parks visitor strategy

The marketing team from the Communications and Community Engagement branch will coordinate the brand roll-out and application usage of the new identity.

Some examples are attached to demonstrate how the new branding might apply to parks marketing materials.

For more information please contact , Senior Parks Marketing Advisor in the Communications and Community Engagement Branch.

Subject areas referenced in PARKSA literature:
Free entry to parks
Parks planting sessions
Belair NP events
Celand wildlife park
'Explorer' magazine


9. Backyards for Wildlife program

Through the Backyards for Wildlife program advice is available on empowering communities to implement best land management practices within their own properties by provision of knowledge so land holders can make informed decisions in sustainable land management practices. For example, booklets titled 'Environmental Weed Brochures' and 'Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden' are available as hard copy, or these and much other information are available for download from the very informative website .

For further information contact Mark Webb, a member of the Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group, who currently works within the Urban Biodiversity Unit at Wittunga House. His email is .

10. It's Blue With Five Petals - Wildflowers of the Adelaide Region.
      A Field Guide. Second Edition

      [message from Ann Prescott at ]

Pre-orders of the second edition of this popular field guide can be made via the website:



It is likely that there are many Friends who are bird-watchers and are greatly concerned about threats to bird life.  The following items which have been sent to VSU are passed on for the information of such Friends, to pursue as they deem fit. Friends of Parks Inc accepts no responsibility this information.

1. Training in Bird Watching and Bird Monitoring
 Presentation/instruction on Bird Watching and Bird Monitoring is offered by Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin, on 7 September and 10 October 2013.  Click here for details.

2. "" - Video Sharing for Bird Watchers -
The creators of the  wish to bring their site to your attention, claiming that the site would be a great place for you to share your conservation experiences with bird watchers, that is also a great place where you can place your videos and pictures, and that Birdcinema is also a great place for to educate and promote conservation.

 3. Birds Australia Membership have brought to Friends of Parks' attention the potential threat to the survival of migratory birds, including those from Australia, posed by proposed development of a "way-station" area for migratory birds in South Korea.  To learn more, visit

The Third Mount Lofty Ranges Bird Atlas - can you help?
[message from Jody Gates, Manager Conservation Planning, Landscape Conservation Branch, Keswick, DEWNR. The message is formulated with DEWNR staff in mind, but contribution to the survey from Friends who have a keen interest in birds is welcome]

“   In 1974-75 and 1984-85 'Birds SA' documented the distributions of birds in the greater Adelaide region. Nearly 30 years have elapsed and a lot of changes have occurred in this time. A third Bird Atlas of the Adelaide region has just commenced to help identify the changes in bird distributions and abundances, which is essential to inform management.

The Third Atlas will run over two years until 30th June 2014 and is being coordinated by David Paton, University of Adelaide.

Pete Copley and myself have volunteered to distribute and collate survey instructions and data-sheets to DEWNR staff at Keswick. If you would like to contribute to the third Atlas by recording the birds you see in your travels around the Adelaide region please contact us (ph. 8124 4797, or ph. 8124 4732, “


1. In either the Barossa or the Flinders/Gammons region
2. The Kidman multi-use trail
3. 12 Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks
    12 More Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks

4. Message for Park Pass holders planning to camp in
    Mt Remarkable NP or Innes NP
5. New Heysen Trail Map Series

1. In either the Barossa or the Flinders/Gammons region

If you'd like suggestions for bushwalks in either the Barossa region or the Flinders/Gammons region, visit the Walking Trails Support Group's website at where you will find downloadable trail notes, trail maps and pictures for 24 bushwalks (10 in the Barossa, 14 in the Flinders/Gammons area).  Extensive geological notes (also downloadable) are now a feature of the Flinders/Gammbushwalkons information supplied.

2. The Kidman Trail - of interest to Walkers, Cyclists and Equestrians

The Kidman Trail is a multi-use (walking, cycling, horse riding) recreational trail which officially opened on 19 May in South Australia. The trail extends from Willunga in the south, to Kapunda in the north, linking the following places - Willunga | Kuitpo Forest | Echunga | Macclesfield | Nairne | Rockleigh | Mt Pleasant | Mt Crawford - Starkeys Campsite | Rams Head Corner | Stockwell | Kapunda.

The website* supplies relevant information, including how to order 'working' maps. Overview maps can also be seen by accessing*.
(*Note: scroll down below the rather large introductory picture for the information sought)

The implementers of the Kidman Trail encourage use of the trail, and would appreciate any help in promoting it.  You are encouraged to make enquiries to:

Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer, Horse SA, at:
PO Box 483 Plympton SA 5038 | Ph. +618 8294 2460 | Fax +618 8294 2860 |


3. 12 Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks
       12 More Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks

12 Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks” and "12 More Walks in the Onkaparinga River National & Recreation Parks" are two recently published  books written by Michael Whitaker.
Full colour maps, photographs and detailed descriptions of each walk are included, as well as some of the history of the Onkaparinga Parks.
All profits from the sale of the book support the environmental work of the Friends of Onkaparinga Park.

It is available by mail order from the Author. Send a cheque or postal order for $20 (this includes Post & Packing) to:
Michael Whitaker, 16 St Nicholas Avenue, Port Willunga, SA 5173 (Tel: 08 85577498)
and a copy of the book will be posted to you by return.


4. Message for Park Pass holders planning to camp in  Mt Remarkable NP or Innes NP

Are you planning a trip to Mount Remarkable National Park or Innes National Park?
A new system has been introduced to make it easier and fairer to camp at sites in these parks. Camp sites must now be booked prior to arrival at . To book your site please visit  and follow these steps:

1. Select ‘find a park’ and find the park you wish to visit.
2. Select camping from the side bar at the left.
3. Select the campground and site at which you wish to stay.
4. Answer the booking questions. You will be asked to enter your current pass number.
5. Select ‘buy now’.
6. At checkout fill in your details.

Note: If you have a Park Pass + Camping you will not be charged for camping, but the system still requires a credit card number to be entered to complete the transaction.
If you have a Park Pass without camping you will be charged for camping and you will need to enter your credit card number to complete the transaction.

The website includes information to help with your booking, such as:
• Images of individual sites.
• Information on what vehicles are suitable for the site, for example caravan, campervan, tent etc.
• Information on where the site is located in proximity to amenities such as toilets.
• Other site information such as shady site, near creek, fire pit etc.

Once you have completed your booking you will receive a confirmation email with the details of the site you have booked.
The website will only display available camp sites, giving you an indication of how busy it will be on the particular night you wish to book by the number of available sites.

If you have any enquiries please email .

Sarah Ahlin, Project Officer
Regional Coordination | Partnerships and Stewardship | DEWNR
Ph. (08) 8124 4943 |
L2, 1 Richmond Road KESWICK
GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001

5. New Heysen Trail Map Series
[message received 25 Sep 2014]

A new series of Heysen Trail maps will be released.
Over the next 12-18 months the Southern and Northern Guidebooks are gradually being replaced with fold-out map sheets.The first two map sheets are available for purchase now via our online store for $15 each with postage from $1.45.

The maps are double sided and printed on water resistant paper. The maps include elevation profiles with kilometre markers and crossing point names. The new map style allow walkers to gain a “big picture” understanding of where they are on the trail, with a continuous trail line and a constant 3-5km of mapping around the trail.

There will be 8 maps in this series:
• Map 1: Cape Jervis to Kuitpo Forest – available now
• Map 2: Kuitpo Forest to Tanunda – available now
• Map 3: Tanunda to Burra – coming soon
• Map 4: Burra to Spalding – coming soon
• Map 5: Spalding to Wirrabara Forest – coming soon
• Map 6: Wirrabara Forest to Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park – coming soon
• Map 7: Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek – coming soon
• Map 8: Mernmerna Creek to Parachilna Gorge – coming soon

For further information consult -
The Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc
10 Pitt Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
Phone (08) 8212 6299  Fax (08) 8212 1930
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm
View  shop/office map

Perhaps you'd like to get involved? Friends of Cleland Conservation Park have regular weekend activities including planting, social functions and fundraising with a junior section associated with the group.
Contact: Veronica Sullivan, tel. 8390 1798

The Cleland area has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and European settlement. Vegetation on the higher slopes is predominantly stringybark forest with a complex understorey of small trees and shrubs.  The lower woodlands on the northern side of the park contain significant stands of Blue Gum and Manna Gum which give way to open grasslands. In the 1830s, large forest trees native to the area were felled, leaving a network of trails that were used to haul timber through the hills to the city.

There was clearly a need to protect the area from further destruction, and in 1912, the National Pleasure Advisory Board opted to protect Waterfall Gully and Mount Lofty Summit. Logging in the remaining unprotected section of Cleland continued until after the Second World War, and it wasn't until 1945 that the remaining area was purchased by the government in a public auction.  The government's action was largely due to Professor John Cleland, who had been lobbying for protection of the area from 1924.

The land came under the management of the Tourist Bureau and although timber felling ceased, grazing continued in areas still held under pastoral lease.  In 1963, the land was transferred to the National Parks Commission, but it wasn't until the land surrounding Waterfall Gully and Mount Lofty Summit were added to the reserve that the area became known as the current-day Cleland Conservation Park.

The park now comprises 1,000 ha of open bushland habitat, which is traversed by walking trails linking the three main business sites (Mount Lofty Summit, Cleland Wildlife Park and Waterfall Gully).

The wildlife park has been a major tourist attraction in South Australia since 1967.  Nestled within the natural bush setting of Cleland Conservation Park and adjacent to Mount Lofty Summit, the park provides 35 ha of open bushland habitat where visitors can interact with Australian wildlife.

Get Involved!
Friends of the Urban Forest winter planting events will be advertised soon.
Join at, or follow them on Twitter or become a fan on facebook.


1. Linking Adelaide with Nature Trail Strategy document
2. Volunteering Strategy for South Australia
3. For attention of Friends groups Presidents/Chairs
4. Release of the Reserves of the Onkaparinga Valley Fire Management Plan
5. Protected Area Strategy - Conserving Nature 2012-2020

2. Volunteering Strategy for South Australia
      [Message from Paul Donnellan (DCSI)]

"  The Volunteering Strategy for South Australia was released on Friday 14 February 2014.

Developed through a unique partnership between four sectors, the Strategy articulates a vision for volunteering that is distinctly South Australian and reflects our unique social and economic way of life.

The Strategy was jointly developed by a partnership between the Government of South Australia, Volunteering SA&NT, the Local Government Association and Business SA. It is a collaborative blue-print for action that sets in place the vision for volunteering in South Australia over the next six years.

Over 500 people provided input into the strategy over the last few months through roundtable discussions, surveys and a LinkedIn discussion group. A big thanks to all of you have participated and we look forward to your continued involvement.

The partners will start meeting next week to plan the Strategy’s implementation. If you have not yet nominated for a working group, please get in touch via the Strategy’s website. Here you will find the strategy document, the three-year operational plan and how stakeholder feedback was used in its development.

Check out the website today at: . "

3. For the particular attention of Friends groups Presidents/Chairs.
[Message from Carol Schmidt, Manager VSU, and David Mitchell, President, Friends of Parks Inc]

Annual meetings between Regional Conservators and the Presidents/Chairs of Friends of Parks groups have now been held in some form in each Region over the last 2-3 years. You may recall earlier this year, the Volunteer Support Unit sent out a questionnaire to you all seeking feedback on these meetings, following on from the Volunteer Stocktake. Thank you to the majority of you who sent in feedback.

From your feedback, the Volunteer Stocktake Working Group has developed a set of guiding principles, to help make these meetings as effective as possible for all concerned. Please click here to see the proposed guidelines for your use.

Most of you will have already attended your meeting for this year. Those of you who are yet to have your meeting may wish to include the guidelines on your agenda, and/or refer to them when planning or running your meeting.

Regional Conservators - can you please discuss with Regional staff at your next Leadership Team meeting.
Friends of Parks Presidents/Chairs - can you please discuss with interested members of your group.

If you have any further comments on the guidelines, please send them to Ian Radbone, Senior Project Officer, Volunteer Support Unit via email , telephone 8124 4838, or post GPO Box 1047 Adelaide 5001.

Carol Schmidt
Manager, Volunteer Support Unit, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
David Mitchell, President, Friends of Parks Incorporated.

4. Release of the Reserves of the Onkaparinga Valley Fire Management Plan
[Message from Greg Pelton, Senior Fire Planner, Regional Services Fire management Branch, DEWNR]

"  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to present the final version of the Reserves of the Onkaparinga Valley Fire Management Plan. The plan was adopted in January 2011 and will remain current for ten years, however may be revised earlier if required.
If copies of the plan are required, please contact the Senior Fire Planner Fire Management Branch on 08 8124 4834. Please note that the plan is also available from our website:

Should you have any queries in relation to this plan please contact James Crocker, Deputy Regional Conservator, Fire Management, on 8336 0922 or . "

5. Protected Area Strategy - Conserving Nature 2012-2020
[Message from Jason Irving, Manager Protected Area Policy and Planning, DEWNR]

"  The strategy seeks to build a protected area system that achieves three objectives:
(i) protetct the full range of ecosystems; (ii) build the resilience of natural systems to climate change and other stressors; and (iii) protect what matters to people.

The strategy* can be viewed on

For further information on the strategy please contact Jason Irving on ph.08 8124 4707 or email . "

*or VSU can post you a hard copy if you want one (6 available).


... an opportunity to have your own easily maintained website

If your group doesn't currently have a website, but wishes to have one, and is nervous about the skills and commitment required ... see the offer below.

Free websites and hosting for non-profit/community groups through UniSA's Sustainable Online Community Engagement
[Message from Alice Dodd, Sustainable Online Community Engagement, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, reflecting an initiative by the Office for Volunteers in partnership with the UniSA's Sustainable Online Community Engagement (SOCE) Program]

"   UniSA web design students build websites for community/non-profit organisations for free as part of their coursework. These websites are placed in a content management system, making them easier for group members and volunteers without specialised knowledge to manage. The websites are hosted at  indefinitely and community organisation members can attend hands-on training to manage their site. We provide an email and phone help desk service.

To participate groups need to be:

• SA or NT based, or national
• willing to maintain contact with a student over the course of a semester (15 weeks)
   via email
• able to contribute ideas, content and feedback in a timely manner
• happy for the site to take 4 to 5 months from start to being placed online.

This is a service learning initiative partnership between the Office for Volunteers and the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, UniSA. By participating you help a student develop skills; gain an organisational website and broaden your networks.

We are now taking applications to participate during first semester (March – July 2014). Closing date: 24th February 2014. For more information please view our website at
You can apply directly via  or contact Alice Dodd via   or phone 8302 4683 and leave a message. "


"OHS VMF - Occupational Health and Safety   Volunteer Management Framework

1. Introducing the Volunteer Management Framework
2. Training for the Volunteer Management Framework
3. Forms under the Volunteer Management Framework

1. Introducing the Volunteer Management Framework
[message from Ian Radbone, Senior Project Officer, VSU,
Partnerships and Stewardship Group,  DEWNR]

Referred to as the OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Volunteer Management Framework (VMF), it is a management tool for staff when organising or co-ordinating a volunteer activity. During a recent audit, WorkCover highlighted a few areas that DEWNR needed to address under the OHS Act , the bottom line being that the employer, in this case DEWNR, has a duty of care for volunteers as well as employees when it comes to safety.

Over the years many Friends of Parks groups have become proficient at organising and running activities in parks, often independent of staff. Several have developed their own procedures and forms which work for them Consequently the VMF has been designed so that it can be used in a flexible manner, allowing for some discretionary decisions being made on the day.

The VMF is predominately a staff management tool; volunteer activity team leaders, however, will need to understand how and when to apply it in the field in the absence of staff, and when they can use existing forms or procedures their group has developed. So the Volunteer Support Unit will be organising a training program for as many volunteer activity team leaders as possible. It is envisaged that 2-3 hour workshops (which will include morning /afternoon tea) will be run around the state. While it is recognised that many volunteer activity team leaders are very experienced at leading group activities, this workshop is really about ensuring that they are familiar with DEWNR OHS policy as it relates to volunteers and how to use the VMF as a management tool when on site, including the use of your own forms they may have developed over time.

It is really important that as many volunteer activity team leaders attend as possible. As the OHS VMF is rolled out across DEWNR, over time it will become the benchmark for all staff and volunteers. DEWNR's OHS Unit staff will be working closely with the VSU in delivering this training.

Can you please nominate members (provide names and contact details on the attached reply form) from your group who lead or are likely to lead working bees/activities who are interested in attending, and some indication of preferred session times (ie mornings or afternoons; weekdays or weekends)? The Volunteer Support Unit will then organise venues dates and times and get back to you. "

" We envisage that the workshops will commence from February 2013. It would be much appreciated if we could receive on indication of attendees from all groups by 30 November, 2012, to help us with planning the venues around the State. "

2. Training for the Volunteer Management Framework
[message from Ian Radbone, Senior Project Officer, VSU, ]

Volunteer Activity Team Leader training
The purpose of these sessions is not how to run an activity, but rather introduce the new Work Health and Safety Act, DEWNR's responsibility, and how the new OHS Volunteer Management Framework is applied in the field.

A program and timetable will be sent out to all volunteer groups and staff at the end of February to beginning of March. The sessions will be conducted throughout April at various locations throughout the state'.

We will be attempting to get out to all regions and perhaps even some districts depending on facilities and numbers.

3. Forms under the Volunteer Management Framework

DEWNR has recently changed the volunteer activity registration form (the 'pink form') to one (Form 1) that that now more closely reflects their Occupational Health and Safety obligations around risk management. Form 1 can still be initiated by Friends groups and then forwarded to a staff member who will then follow up with a manager to endorse the activity and any associated risk management requirements.

Additionally, to take the guess-work out of possible on-site hazards and their management, generic checklists are also available for you to use.

Links to interactive PDF forms relating to Volunteer Activity Registration (Form 1) and two commonly used Hazard Checklists and their controls are available in -

where they appear as -

•  Volunteer Activity Registration (323kb pdf) [this is Form 1]
•  Hazard Identification Checklist - Bush care, weeding, planting and seed collecting (387kb pdf)
•  Hazard Identification Checklist - Surveys (340kb pdf)

... and FAQs about VMF:
•  OHS Volunteer Management Framework - frequently asked questions (56kb pdf)

Any queries should be forwarded to your local staff liasion officer.

Further information from Ian Radbone, Senior Project Officer, VSU,
Partnerships and Stewardship Group,  DEWNR.
Ph. 8124 4838 Email:


[essence of a message from Paul Sullivan, CEO, Birdlife Australia]

FYI - Letter from Birdlife Australia to Michelle Lensink, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Media Release (both of 12 March 2014) outlining BirdLife Australia’s position regarding the about-to-be decomissioned Dry Creek salt fields, and a proposal to establish an International Bird Sanctuary there.

Visit BirdLife Australia's website   and   Facebook site.


[sourced from the most recent newsletter from the Office For Volunteers]

Community Voices (opening Monday 3 November 2014) is designed to assist community groups to promote a unique opportunity for community groups to work in partnership with Screen and Media students from Flinders University to produce:

• community documentaries which are used for promotion, training or recruitment
• online video commercials to promote, retain and recruit volunteers.

Participating in the program benefits all involved, with volunteer organisations gaining access to new, promotional products and Screen and Media students gaining valuable professional experience that will assist them to gain employment once their studies are completed.

Who can apply: Community based, not-for-profit organisations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 are eligible to apply.
How to apply: The online application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the Office for Volunteers website at

For more information phone the Office for Volunteers on 1300 014 712.

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 12 December 2014.


Please not that if your group is not incorporated, you will need to obtain endorsement from David Mitchell, President, Friends of Parks Inc - the grant/application might simply need to be lodged via Friends of Parks Inc, or in some cases, a letter may need to be sent with the application. Please contact Pam Smith. VPU, if you need any assistance.




Invitation to comment on the Friends of Parks strategy
  [Message to Friends of Parks Member Groups from David Mitchell, President]

The Friends of Parks Inc Board has been developing a strategic document over the past couple of months. It’s now reached a stage where we would like your comments, suggestions and input. There’s little that’s radical in the draft document and we are intending to concentrate our attention over the coming months on raising the profile of the Friends movement and developing improved ways of communicating with members and the department on a regional basis. This was the strategic direction proposed at the AGM at Para Wirra in May 2012.

Please discuss our ideas amongst yourselves and let us know what you think and how we can improve the document. We need to continue to make our presence felt not just in our parks and reserves but in the wider community where we remain the quiet achievers without whom the parks would fall into disrepair. I’m happy to receive your calls but you can email me on   or if you prefer simply send me a letter.

David Mitchell
President, Friends of Parks Inc
19 July 2012

The draft strategy is one outcome of the Board deliberations described under item No.3 of BOARD MATTERS, Discussion Paper: Future Directions 2012.

Somewhat allied to the above message from Friends of Parks President is the recent (20 July 2012) email message to all Friends groups from DEWNR/VSU titled ... The Volunteer Support Unit (VSU) needs your help! ... stating that in order to "reduce our impact on the environment and to continuously improve the way we communicate with our volunteers, the VSU is planning to reduce our hard copy mail outs to Friends of Parks Groups" ... etc ... generally requesting a fuller adoption of communication by email and advising steps to achieve this.


A Visitor Strategy for South Australia's National Parks, Marine Parks and Reserves

Minister Paul Caica and our own Friends of Parks Inc president David Mitchell exhort Friends to study the People and Parks Strategy issued in November 2012 by DEWNR, and to ponder its implications for the role of Friends of Parks Inc as a body and for Friends as individuals.

Carol Schmidt, Manager VSU, amplifies that the Strategy:
• Covers all of South Australia's national parks, marine parks and reserves.
• Is more than a recreation and tourism strategy - it outlines how people will be encouraged
   to visit parks, learn about nature and get involved in the State's NRM efforts.
• Does not diminish our commitment to conservation or alter our objectives (which are
   set out in the National Parks and Wildlife Act, Wilderness Protection Act and
   Marine Parks Act).
• Includes a series of 'light house' projects (such as cycling in the Mount Lofty Ranges) which
   seek to demonstrate how the enjoyment of parks by people can lead to improved outcomes
   for conservation.

Links to these documents are:
Minister Paul Caica's message
People and Parks Strategy.


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    [message from FOPInc president David Mitchell (19 August)]

"  To FOP Member Groups

I had hoped to provide you with some clear cut and definitive advice regarding ACNC correspondence that some of you have received. Unfortunately it’s not quite that clear with many groups not being registered and the administrative switch from the ATO to the ACNC being a work in progress with the possibility of the enabling Bill being repealed if a Coalition government is elected in 3 weeks’ time.

Our conclusion, however, is that even if a group is not registered with the ACNC it would be advisable to consider completing the not for profit self-assessment process via the ATO website ( This will obviate the possibility of any penalty being incurred in the event of an infringement of the tax regulations sometime in the future.

For your assistance, link to guidelines prepared by Bill Heaven who is a current FOP Inc board member, treasurer of our Gift Fund and someone with considerable experience in taxation matters. For your information you may wish to refer to the FOP Inc Constitution which most member groups have adopted as their governance guide. We have tried hard to make things as simple as possible but remember we are dealing with government legislation and regulation; I don’t believe it’s something to panic over but it does warrant your serious consideration especially if your group generates significant income (excluding grant funding accessed via FOP Inc).

Bill Heaven has indicated that he is prepared to assist with queries on the matter but would prefer them in email form so that he can give due consideration to the issues raised. His email address is   "

David Mitchell



The Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Volunteers, invites all South Australians to celebrate the commitment of our volunteers, and the contribution they make to our state, by attending a free Volunteers Day concert.

The event will feature presentation of the State Volunteer Awards and Adelaide Cabaret Festival performances by Cabaret artists Caroline Nin and Amity Dry.

When: Monday 9 June 2014
Doors open: 10.30am. Official proceedings: 11am-1pm.

Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre,
Festival Drive Adelaide
Limited parking available at the Torrens Parade Ground from 10am.

Registration is essential. Tickets are limited, and will be issued on a first come, first served basis until all available places are filled.  Click here to register online.

Tickets will be posted after registrations close on 31 May 2014.

More information is available on the Office for Volunteers website .

For any inquiries please email   or phone (08) 8413 8174.


[essence of message from Liz Millington, Manager Volunteer Support, NR AMLR]

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges is willing to provide VPU with 20 copies of the Green Hand Book - a handy pocket guide to environmental volunteering in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region.

The Green Hand Book showcases the top environmental volunteering opportunities available to people living, working or visiting Adelaide and its surrounding region. If you would like a copy please contact Pam Smith, VPU (ph.8124 4784   email: ).

For other enquiries phone Katie Littlejohns on 8273 9142 or email
Natural Resources, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
Natural Resource Centre
205 Greenhill Road
Eastwood SA 5063
DX174 Adelaide
Ph: +61 88273 9100
Fax: +61 8 8271 9585  

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