Helping hand for Friends of Whyalla Conservation Park to replace stolen equipment

Date posted: 26 June 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation 

The State Government will provide $10,000 to the Friends of Whyalla Conservation Park to replace vital equipment and resources taken when their storage shed was broken into earlier this year. 

The grant from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) will enable the group to replace a trailer, portable generator, chainsaw, first aid kit, fuel cans and other equipment taken during the robbery. 

Background

The Friends of the Whyalla Conservation Park are one of more than 100 Friends of Parks groups spread over South Australia. 

The Whyalla group was formed in 1987 and has won several awards including Friends Group of the Year, Friends Group of the Decade, and three members have been named as South Australia's Friends of Parks Volunteer of the Year. 

The Friends, in conjunction with DEWNR rangers, are involved in controlling pest animals and plants, maintaining facilities, removing rubbish, providing regular park checks and revegetation activities. 

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

I appreciate the Friends of Whyalla Conservation Park for their outstanding commitment and for the work that they do in our parks and reserves. Hopefully this assistance helps to acknowledge how much we value them.  

Quotes attributable to Member for Giles Eddie Hughes

This is well deserved support as I know just how much voluntary effort has gone into the Wild Dog Hill Conservation Park. 

The Friends of the Park group have contributed thousands of hours of work over the years. The volunteers carry out regular inspections of the park, undertake projects and assist with eradicating feral pests and plants. 

Without the work put in by the park’s volunteers I doubt whether we would have a park. Their effort deserves our support.

Quotes attributable to Friends of Whyalla Conservation Park President Denise Sharp

Our volunteers are overwhelmed with the generosity of this gesture, which will allow us to replace all of our stolen resources and equipment. 

We’ll now be able to get back to our work both inside and outside of the park and to continue promoting the importance of conservation work. 

It took us 29 years of fundraising, grants writing and holding events to build up our resources and equipment and it was horrible to have everything taken in one swoop.

We’re now keen to get to our on-ground works, attending to vandalism, repairs and conservation work – all important work that supports DEWNR and our park.