National Parks and Wildlife Services South Australia (NPWSSA) staff were busy welcoming the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le to the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara recently.
With early connections to the establishment of the park, Governor Hieu Van Le was interested to hear from NPWSSA staff and partners about work that is being undertaken to protect this internationally significant national park
As part of the visit Governor Hieu Van Le was accompanied by the Adelaide Plains Council Mayor Mark Wasley and Chief Executive Officer James Miller.
Several members of the AIBS partnership group were also present including Chair Duncan MacKenzie, Kaurna and Narungga Elder Jeffrey Newchurch and Birdlife Australia representative Aleisa Lamana.
Representing NPWSSA were Regional Operations Director Stuart Paul and AIBS District Ranger Stella Kondylas.
AIBS was proclaimed in 2016 and stretches 50 kilometres along the eastern side of Gulf St Vincent, covering 14,633 hectares of coastal land and intertidal areas in the vicinity of communities including St Kilda, Port Gawler, Middle Beach, Thompsons Beach and Parham.
It provides critical habitat for large numbers of shorebirds, many of which are migratory birds of international significance such as the eastern curlew.