Park volunteer projects benefit from grant funding

Date posted: 02 February 2018

Volunteers will receive funding for 14 projects including habitat restoration, fencing, weed control and park planning, thanks to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources On-Park Volunteer Support Grants.

The grants provide up to $5,000 for volunteer projects in national parks and reserves. Up to $60,000 a year is available through the programme for on-park projects.

The funded projects:

NRM REGION APPLICANT NAME PROJECT TITLE AMOUNT
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Restoration of grey box grassy woodland $5,000.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges The Friends of Belair National Park Habitat restoration of significant communities, flora and fauna in Belair National Park $5,000.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Moana Sands Conservation Park Weed control and replacement with endemic species in Moana Sands Conservation Park $4,500.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc. Morialta chestnut-rumped heathwren and southern brown bandicoot habitat restoration $5,000.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park Continuation of Coolatai grass containment program $5,000.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Sixth Creek Catchment Group Incorporated Burdetts Scrub riparian zone restoration project $5,000.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park Southern brown bandicoot Habitat Restoration in Mark Oliphant Conservation Park $3,450.00
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Friends of Onkaparinga Park Inc. Punchbowl access trails beautification in Onkaparinga River National Park $4,925.00
Eyre Peninsula Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks Aleppo Pine control in Lincoln National Park $4,542.00
Northern and Yorke Friends of Clements Gap Conservation Park Track maintenance and fire prevention in Clements Gap Conservation Park $2,579.90
Northern and Yorke Friends of Whyalla Conservation Park Fencing of western boundary of WCP $5,000.00
South East Friends of Mount Monster Conservation Park Monarto mintbush management in Mount Monster $3,000.00
SA Arid Lands Friends of Vulkathunha- Gammon Ranges National Park Environmental monitoring in and near Weetootla Gorge $600.00
SA Arid Lands Friends of the Simpson Desert Park Witjira Environment Plan $3,900.00

Background

There are 113 Friends of Parks groups in South Australia, with more than 5000 active members who work in partnership with National Parks SA in areas such as trail maintenance, weed control, habitat restoration, caring for cultural heritage and helping engage the community.

For more information on volunteering with Friends of Parks, visit http://www.friendsofparkssa.org.au/

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

These 14 projects reflect the huge variety of landscapes and species that our parks protect, and the thousands of hours our volunteers spend on such valuable work.

The projects receiving grants range from removing Aleppo pines in Port Lincoln National Park and Coolatai grass in Cobbler Creek Recreation Park to beautifying the access trail to the new Punchbowl Lookout at Onkaparinga River National Park and restoring bandicoot habitat in Mark Oliphant Conservation Park.

For many people, this has been a long-term commitment with a number of volunteers recently recognised for 30 years of dedicated effort.