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Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

6 September 2018


In this issue

Message from the Acting Regional Director
Get involved in protecting your local threatened species
Stay up-to-date with Environment SA News
The Countdown is on to Bushcare's Big Day Out!
Stepping into Leadership Program
Discounted Tree Scheme
2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards
Norman Wettenhall Foundation: Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Volunteer Grants 2018 - open for application
Upcoming events
Yakka brings you NRM news and stories from across Northern and Yorke region


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Narungga community members with staff from Natural Resources Northern and Yorke at Innes National Park

Message from the Acting Regional Director

While Trevor Naismith takes a hard-earned break, I am working in the Acting Regional Director role. Ordinarily I am the Manager of Parks and Sustainable Landscapes, where I am responsible for the management of National Parks, reserves and public lands across Northern and Yorke, and the planning and delivery of natural resources management programs and projects throughout the region.

Recently we met with Narungga community members for a two day workshop at Innes National Park to talk about co-management of the Park. For many years, Narungga have been interested in sharing the decision-making regarding the management of Innes. Importantly, co-management acknowledges the traditional owners of the Park and brings with it a broader perspective and opportunities for park management in the future. Co-management will strengthen the links between the Narungga people and the park, which will not only better recognise and protect Aboriginal Heritage, but also provide interpretive information for park users that has a Narungga perspective.  Increasingly, park users are asking for this sort of information. The 2-day workshop was the first meeting regarding co-management and was an opportunity to get to know one another, understand what is important to each and map out a process from here. This will be the first co-managed park within the Northern and Yorke region.  Co-management is a statewide program and is widely acknowledged as important act of reconciliation.

In August the Southern Flinders Upper North District relocated to a new district office at Wirrabara Forest in the former Forestry SA office. The new Southern Flinders Upper North office provides the team with a central location that will enable them to engage even more effectively with the community.

The new Government and the Minister for Environment and Water have commenced the Landscape SA Reform consultation process. Throughout August, a series of community consultation forums have been held across the state, including Port Augusta and Clare. These forums have been well attended and provided the community with an opportunity to provide feedback on the Landscape SA Reform proposed by the Minister for Environment and Water. If you missed either of the sessions held in the Northern and Yorke region, I’d encourage you to join the conversation online and get involved in the development of the new legislation. Visit YourSAy and provide your feedback on how you believe natural resources should be managed by Monday 15 October 2018.

By now you will be aware that the State Budget has been handed down and that whilst the new Government has provided additional funding to deliver its election commitments, the Department for Environment and Water also has clear budget savings targets to achieve over the next four years.  Natural Resources Northern and Yorke will continue to be flexible and nimble as we focus on delivering our “back to basics” agenda of being efficient, effective and accountable to the community.

All the best, Craig

Craig Nixon, Acting Regional Director, Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

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Renee Mead and Celia Manning banding Hooded Plovers at a past event

Get involved in protecting your local threatened species

Come along to the upcoming Hooded Plover Conservation Workshops and Guided Beach Walks in various locations across Yorke Peninsula.

Between Monday 17 September and Friday 21 September, BirdLife Australia and Natural Resources Northern and Yorke are holding THREE workshops and numerous guided beach walks where you can learn more about Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird, the Hooded Plover. Learn about their amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand. All are welcome.

Monday, 17 September

Guided beach walk at Port Victoria

Tuesday, 18 September

Start of season meeting at Port Julia – meet volunteers who help protect these birds and learn more

Guided beach walk at Port Moorowie

Wednesday, 19 September

Guided beach walks between Point Turton and Corny Point

Guided beach walks between Corny Point and Innes NP

Thursday, 20 September

Hooded Plover monitoring training workshop at Marion Bay

Guided beach walk at Corny Point

Friday, 21 September

Hooded Plover monitoring training workshop at Moonta Bay

Morning tea will be provided at the workshops (please let us know of any dietary requirements). For beach walks, please bring your binoculars (if you have them) and drinking water. Please dress according to the weather (rain coat, sun hat, appropriate footwear).

For details about venues and times and to RSVP, please contact Janet Moore at Janet.Moore@sa.gov.au or phone 0447 418 391.

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Stay up-to-date with Environment SA News

There’s now a new way to ensure you are kept well informed on environmental issues across South Australia and hear all the big news from the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

We are launching Environment SA News this month to share news and information directly to people who have a real interest in our work and want to stay up-to-date on environmental projects and priorities. Environment SA News will cover:

  • Information about Department for Environment and Water programs and projects
  • Details about how to connect and have your say on matters of interest
  • Inspiring stories and visuals about the importance of our natural environment
  • More comprehensive information for those who want a deeper understanding of the issues and what you can do to help
  • News about the department’s work managing our valued natural resources and wildlife, parks and places, and precious water resources.

Environment SA News will carry the department’s big news stories, and is designed to complement the Good Living Blog which shares magazine, or feature-style news on environmental matters. 

Environment SA News will be hosted on the Department for Environment and Water website, and stories appearing there will also be promoted on a new Environment SA News Facebook site and through a regular email.

Subscribe today by clicking here.

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The Countdown is on to Bushcare's Big Day Out!

Spring is nearly here, and that means it's nearly time for Bushcare's Big Day Out. While the official date for BBDO 2018 is Sunday September 16, some groups are holding their events on different dates - for reasons as varied as getting the most out of Spring wildflower blooms to fitting in with their volunteers' availability. Events are being held as soon as the end of August, so make sure you check out the map and confirm the dates of your local events.

It's exciting to see so many groups already registered, and if your group hasn't registered an event yet there's still time to get on the map - just complete the online form and share the event page with your contacts.

Click here to find out more informaiton or to register your event today

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Stepping into Leadership Program

Expressions of interest are open for the PIRSA Stepping into Leadership Program, which empowers women in agribusiness across South Australia by assisting them to develop professional and personal leadership skills.

The program, run by Ag Consulting Co, is aimed at women who are taking their first steps into leadership. It focusses on enabling women to understand their personal skills and strengths, identify core values and assist them to build industry support networks through one on one coaching, mentoring and workshops throughout the year.

Click here to apply.

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Discounted Tree Scheme

Discounted seedlings for Pinery fire-affected landholders

Trees For Life (SA) is again offering a 50% discount on native plant orders and tree guards to landholders and groups affected by the Pinery fires thanks to the support of our new partner ElectraNet. Working together, we aim to get plants back into the landscape.

Tree Scheme orders for Pinery landholders 2019 close 31 August, 2018.

Contact Trees for Life on (08) 8406 0500 or info@treesforlife.org.au to receive a Tree Scheme order form.

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2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

Do you know an individual or organisation that is leading climate change action in South Australia?

Entries for the 2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards are now open!

The Awards are an initiative of the Premier's Climate Change Council, the State Government's key advisory body on climate change.

Actions by others can be powerful drivers for change – and with more action, so much more can be achieved!

That’s why the SA Climate Leaders Awards are shining a light on action being taken by individuals, the community, business and government to address climate change in South Australia.

We want everyone to know about the great work happening in our state to grow our future sustainability and build resilience!

A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the overall winner.

Entries close on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Click here to find out more.

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Norman Wettenhall Foundation: Small Environmental Grant Scheme

The objectives of the Small Environmental Grant Scheme are to support biodiversity conservation projects in Australia that are concerned with one or more of the following:

  • monitoring and recording data
  • community education
  • community capacity building (training)
  • research and science

The grants provide support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

Grants are available for up to $10,000. The current funding round is now open - for more information, click here.

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Volunteer Grants 2018 - open for application

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity.

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers by:
• providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers
• forming part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 18 September 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Funding Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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Mid North Horizons bus tour earlier this year

Upcoming events


Hart Field Day

Tuesday, 18 September, 2018
Hart Field-Site

With a rolling program of half hour sessions conducted simultaneously throughout the day, highly regarded specialists speak at each trial, backed up by a comprehensive take-home Field Day Book included in your entry fee. 

In addition to the extensive trials, the Field Day also features a marquee of cropping and agribusiness related displays and a lunch and refreshments marquee.

Click here for more information.



Hart Spring Twilight Walk

Tuesday 16 October 2018
5pm, Hart Field-site

An informal opportunity to inspect the trial site prior to harvest, with guest speakers presenting their observations on current trials. 

The Spring Twilight Walk is followed by drinks and a BBQ in the shed. 

Click here for more information.


The Farmers' Friends: The Buzz about native bees and birds

Sunday, 21 October 2018
2pm - 3:30pm, Stenhouse Bay, Innes National Park

Renowned South Australian scientists will offer a unique presenation to Yorke Peninsula residents about the critical role native bees and birds can play in agriculture.

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What's on in Northern & Yorke?

Keep up to date about upcoming events, workshops, field days and volunteering opportunities by visiting Get Involved on the Northern and Yorke website and 'Liking' the Northern and Yorke Facebook page. 

To submit your upcoming community, volunteering, farmer group or other NRM events or to share a good news story, please send me an email at jessica.henderson@sa.gov.au.

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