Grants for national park volunteer projects announced

Date posted: 07 June 2019

National Parks volunteer groups across South Australia will receive funding for 18 projects under the Volunteer Support Grants program, jointly funded by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), and the Friends of Parks Inc. Board.

DEW Regional Programs Director Stuart Paul said grants of up to $5000 each are being made available to Friends of Parks groups across the state.

“There are some 120 Friends of Parks groups in South Australia, with around 4000 dedicated and active members. The State Government is grateful for their continued contribution,” Mr Paul said.

“These volunteers spend many thousands of hours each year supporting National Parks SA in areas such as habitat monitoring and restoration, caring for cultural heritage, protecting endangered flora and fauna, weed control, and helping to engage the community.

“The successful projects reflect the huge variety of landscapes and species that our parks protect and I take this opportunity to congratulate them on their success.”

This year’s grant pool of $73,000 is jointly funded by DEW and the Friends of Parks Inc. Board.

Friends of Parks Board President Duncan MacKenzie said that this was a further example of the strong and enduring partnership between the Friends of Parks and the Department.

“It’s great to see the Department actively supporting our Friends groups’ by continuing to fund the Volunteer Support Grants,“ Mr MacKenzie said.

“This year the Friends of Parks Board has been able to add to the total grant funding, enabling more projects to be undertaken by friends groups in our national park reserves.”

Funding will enable projects such as:

• Plants for habitat restoration for Southern brown bandicoot at Brownhill Creek;

• Long-term monitoring of microbats in Onkaparinga River National Park;

• Monitoring of fauna in Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park; and

• Restoration of the heritage garden at Old Wilpena Homestead in Ikara-Flinders National Park.

Friends of Parks volunteers participate in activities across the state, either undertaking activities with groups on regular working bees while others travel to more remote parks to work on projects for a week or more at a time. Members of the community interested in volunteering can find out more information at: 

Region Applicant name Project title

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Scott Creek  

The Panhandle Creek system is in the North West of the park, and contains some quite degraded areas which the group has been working to restore over many years.


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Belair  

Habitat Restoration of Significant Fauna and Flora Communities


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Onkaparinga Park  

Long-term monitoring of microbats in Onkaparinga River National Park


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Mark Oliphant  

Southern Brown Bandicoot Habitat Restoration in Mark Oliphant Conservation Park – Northern Section


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges


 Friends of Black Hill / Morialta  

Morialta Chestnut-Rumped Heathwren and Southern Brown Bandicoot habitat restoration


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Shepherds Hill  

Restoration of Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) Grassy Woodland


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Brownhill Creek  

Plants for Habitat Restoration for Southern Brown Bandicoot at Brown Hill Creek


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

 Friends of Cobbler Creek  

Coolatai grass is an invasive pest plant that has invaded large areas of the park threatening the biodiversity, particularly the riparian zone of the park.

 SA Arid Lands  Friends of Innamincka  The eradication of the Noogoora Burr in an area on the edge of the Innamincka Regional Reserves along with each year FOIR Members repairing border fence to Coongie Lakes
 SA Arid Lands  Friends of Vulkuthuna Gammon Ranges  Balcanoona Park HQ and Historic Precinct Re-vegetation Project
 SA Arid Lands  Friends of Ikara Flinders Ranges  Old Wilpena Homestead Heritage Garden Restoration
 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges  Friends of Sturt Gorge  Developing an online mapping tool that assists the group to collect data on the biodiversity of the park and to map its location within the park and contribute to DEW’s Biological database of S.A.
 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges  Friends of Kaiserstuhl  ‘Protecting Biodiversity within Kaiserstuhl Project’ will support the Friend’s group ongoing weed control efforts through engaging a contractor to conduct targeted weed control on blackberry and cape tulip within the park in 2019-2020.
 SA Murray-Darling Basin  Hindmarsh Is Landcare Group  Located in Lawari Conservation Park, ‘Grey Paddock’ is the site of over 40,000 plants planted at the site. Growing and planting additional understory plants will further increase the biodiversity of the area.
 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges  Friends of Aldinga Scrub  Monitoring Fauna in Aldinga Scrub
 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges  Friends of Anstey Hill  Controlling Naturalised and Exotic Plants Around Newman's Nursery Ruins
 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges  Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary  Optimising Stewardship and Awareness of Sanctuary - to effectively engage visitors a spotting scope to assist in the identification of migratory and resident shorebirds is required. Additional office equipment for promotion and ongoing management of site.
 SA Arid Lands  Friends of Simpson Desert  The grant will be used to upgrade the Witjira/Dalhousie Storage Facility