August 2018 newsletter

Some of items of interest for Landcare Group members and supporters

  1. State Government NRM Reform in SA – Have your say
  2. Pygmy Possum & Antechinus survey boxes
  3. Aldgate Valley Organic Food Co-op 21st birthday celebration
  4. ‘Friends of Nature Forum’ hosted in Aldgate by Josh Teague
  5. Landcare Association of SA AGM this Thursday, 30 August
  6. UniSA survey into youth environmental volunteer engagement

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(1) State Government NRM Reform in SA – Have your say
– Major overhaul of NRM Board, landcare grants etc.

The South Australian Government is carrying out a major overhaul of the Natural Resource Management system in SA, and has promised new legislation and a new structure to replace the existing Adelaide & Mt Lofty NRM Board.

The reform process has major implications for environmental priorities and funding in the Adelaide Hills, including our area.

The Government has issued a ‘discussion paper’ to outline the proposed changes. You can comment on it via the ‘Your say’ website (click here). There are also various other means of commenting – including a series of regional forums, which unfortunately have mostly been booked out.

(2) Pygmy Possum & Antechinus Survey boxes
– Application for Federal Landcare grant unsuccessful

The bad news is that the Aldgate Valley Landcare Group has been unsuccessful in our application for a Federal Government landcare grant. We applied jointly with the Friends of Mylor Conservation Park, Mylor Parklands Bushcare Group and Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park for a grant to survey our various areas for Pygmy Possums and Antechinuses, and for money for new and emerging weeds and other issues.

The good news is that despite the knock back, we now have access to some of the 75 Pygmy Possum survey boxes which were prepared in anticipation of the project (see picture). We are not really expecting to find pygmy possums in the Aldgate Valley reserves, but the boxes have also proven very effective at attracting antechinuses, so we are hoping to employ some of them to check our local antechinus population. Three boxes will be placed on different reserves by AVLG volunteers over the next few weeks.

(3) Aldgate Valley Organic Food Co-op 21st birthday celebration
– Calling all former members, Rebekha Sharkie guest of honour

The Aldgate Valley Organic Food Co-op turns 21 this year, and is celebrating with an event this Friday morning at the Aldgate Valley Community Hall.

The Co-op is especially keen to hear from past Co-op members from over the past 21 years – including from the early days.

The guest of honour at the celebration will be the Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie.

  • When: 10:15am Friday, 31st August
  • Where: Aldgate Valley Community Hall, Nation Ridge Road, Aldgate
The birthday celebrations will be followed by the regular weekly shop for current Organic Co-op members.

Here is a note from the organisers:

“As you know, over the last 21 years, our co-op has provided very affordable organic food to its members and provided a friendly and supportive community of like-minded people for hundreds of local people wanting to eat and live healthily and in harmony with the environment.

Together we have helped to educate people about the importance of organically grown local food and of working together for the greater good of our community. As part of our celebrations we would like to acknowledge the hard work all our previous and current members have invested to keep our community cooperative flourishing, so we’d love to see you for this special morning tea.”

For information contact Lyn, 0466 250 873 or Robin, 0407 711 335 or email:

(4) ‘Friends of Nature Forum’ hosted in Aldgate by Josh Teague
– Large turn out for ‘Heysen’ forum event

More than 100 people turned out last week for the ‘Friends of Nature Forum’ event, hosted by the State Member for Heysen Josh Teague at the Village Well in Aldgate.

A highlight was the opening speech by Chris Daniels, the newly appointed director of South Australia’s Cleland Wildlife Park. Numerous presenters discussed the issues facing conservation volunteers in the Heysen electorate (including a brief presentation by the Aldgate Valley Landcare Group).

(3) Landcare Association of SA AGM this Thursday, 30th August
– Peter Watton keynote speaker

The Landcare Association of SA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held this Thursday, 30 August at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

The guest speaker is Peter Watton from the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park, on the topic: ‘Taking the problem of environmental funding to the community – an innovative approach’

Admission is free.

Visit the Landcare Association’s Facebook page for more details

(6) UniSA study into youth environmental volunteer engagement
– Researcher asks all volunteers to complete survey

UniSA researcher Benjamin Page contacted the Aldgate Valley Landcare Group last week with the following request:

Dear Conservation Groups,

I am an Honours student at the University of South Australia, who is researching ways to help conservation groups recruit and retain young volunteers. You may have even seen this study featured in this month’s Sedge Snippet! I am seeking members of conservation groups to complete a questionnaire that will help me identify ways to make youth recruitment easier for volunteer groups, and allow me to highlight the benefits of volunteering to young people.

Would you please consider handing out the attached surveyto the members of your group at your next meeting or event? The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The results of this research are intended to assist conservation organisations like yours to increase recruitment and retention of young volunteers. This study has the potential to benefit young people, conservation groups, the natural environment and the wider community.

Please let me know if you are able to help and I will deliver printed copies of this survey to you, so that they can be handed out at your next meeting/event. I will collect the completed surveys from you. I greatly appreciate your assistance.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee (ethics number: 201422).

Thank you,
Benjamin Page
Bachelor of Sustainable Environments, UniSA


Click hereto download a copy of the survey


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