Friends of Parks scholarships for regional schools

Friends of Kangaroo Island Parks, Western Districts member Carole Pinnock and State Member for Fisher Nat Cook

The Friends of Parks Inc. Board and DEWNR created the annual Educational Scholarship Program for regional area schools in memory of two of Friends of Parks’ most dedicated and longest standing members, Tom Hands and Colin Malcolm, who both passed away in 2015.

The program was designed to financially support primary school or high school students to carry out environmental activities with local Friends of Parks groups.

Hawker Area School

The scholarship was awarded to Hawker Area School in support of a project to help stabilise an area of land recently included in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park at Sacred Canyon.

During Term 2 and Term 3 students from Reception to Year 2 will work with the Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park to research tree and shrub selection for the site, order and plant vegetation, and tend to the plants.

Parndana Area School

Parndana Area School received the scholarship for a year-long project teaching students about bandicoots, including a visit to Flinders Chase National Park with DEWNR staff and Friends of Kangaroo Island Parks, Western Districts.

With the Friends of Parks group’s help, students in a Reception/Year 1 class will set up a motion sensor camera in the park to monitor bandicoots and share the images with DEWNR and Friends of Parks groups, who are also monitoring the animals.

In memory of Tom Hands and Colin Malcolm

Tom Hands was President of the Friends of Scott Creek for 25 years, and Colin Malcolm was President of the Friends of Onkaparinga for almost 30 years.

They were both deeply committed to ensuring South Australia’s parks and reserves maintained their rich biodiversity, as well as provided educational and recreational opportunities for the community.

The Educational Scholarship Program was created in their honour in support of these values.

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Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park President Vince Monterola, Hawker Area School teacher Mphilisi Manombe and State Member for Fisher Nat Cook