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Lavender Trail opening
ECHIDNA VISIT...Nature came to a yard in Finniss Street, Gawler, last
weekend when a half-grown echidna turned up in the middle of the
day. RIGHT: Perhaps attracted by the tucker in the backyard nursery
or perhaps just wandering, it seemed a lot happier digging in back on
the bank of the nearby South Para River.
SEVEN northern Adelaide
and Barossa schools have been
awarded environmental project
grants by the Adelaide and Mout
Lofty Ranges Natural Resources
The School NRM Action Grants
encourage schools and preschools to
develop projects that help students
connect with nature and learn about
Roseworthy Primary School will
use its $1300 grant to advance
recycling initiatives at the school.
A $1500 grant to Adelaide North
Special School at Munno Para will
go towards a wicking bed garden
Other schools receiving School
NRM Action Grants include:
• Mark Oliphant College ($1380
for a transportable vegetable,
herb and flower garden);
• Tanunda Lutheran School
($1500 for sustainable outdoor
• Nuriootpa Community
Childrens Centre ($1500 for
connecting children with nature
• Nuriootpa High School ($1000
to help educate students
separating general waste);
• Good Shepherd Lutheran
School, Angaston ($1500 for
reducing school waste that goes
Chris Daniels, who chairs the
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
NRM Board, said the grants
supported practical, hands-on
projects that involve and enthuse
students about nature and the
He said they provide a step
towards a lifelong love and
appreciation of the environment for
young people in the region.
is not a great name, but a common
name of 'Scaly Billy Buttons' is not
This is another of the numerous
native daisies in our region and is a
widespread but fairly inconspicuous
A wiry perennial, it normally greens
up in late winter into early spring and
has large numbers of small yellow
In nature it can 'die off ' during the
dry period of summer and autumn
before reappearing when rain and cooler
The plant attracts large numbers of
the small butterflies.
For this alone, consideration should
be given to finding a place for it in your
Given kinder conditions in a garden,
this plant will grow quite densely to a
height of 30 centimetres and a width of
near one metre and live to 15 years or
The leaves are soft to the touch and
Quick pruning once a year after
flowering will help maintain a good
One or two waterings during summer
will keep it looking quite green year-
round (my best plant is on a dripper line
with controllable drippers).
Another advantage of keeping the
plant growing relatively lushly is that
the leaves can develop an almost silver
colour in frosty conditions
-- Bob Wallace, for Para Districts
branch, Australian Plant Society.
THE grand opening of the
Truro-Eudunda section of the
trail at Eudunda Centennial
Gardens (Colin Thiele Park)
will take place at 1pm on
September 28 by Dan van
Holst Pellekaan, MP for
Stuart and Shadow Minister
for Recreation and Sport.
The opening will feature live
music from 'Eudunda Rocks',
a lot of food and drinks stalls
(including a Eudunda Area
School fundraiser) plus sale of
maps by Carto Graphics and
The day will include three
organised walks in the morning,
starting at 9.30 or 10 and a
Eudunda walk in the afternoon.
More information is available
from Peter Herriman (8120
0540), or find Lavender Trail
Eudunda on the web.
The Lavender Trail started
15 years ago with a plan to join
Murray Bridge to Clare.
With the new section to
Eudunda, it now has more
than 200 km of walking trail
through or near Monarto,
the Bremmer Valley, Mount
Beevor, Springton, Eden Valley,
Keyneton, Moculta, Truro, and
now Dutton to Eudunda.
The trail is managed by
volunteers through the SA
Recreation Trails Inc and Friends
of Lavender Trail.
It has received support from
the SA Government and local
councils along the route.
Along the trail are wonderful
views across the Murray Plains
and Adelaide Hills.
The area's ecology is a mix
of native grassland and open
woodland, with farming and
Also featured are many of SA's
iconic rural dry-stone walls.
In the Truro-to-Eudunda
section you can pass through
iconic irongrass grassland
which is a national critically-
In spring there is an array of
small grassland daisies, lilies and
other herbaceous plants.
The creeks in the area have
some spectacular gorges, with
many fed by natural springs,
which provide interesting
Also look out for some
southern hairy-nose wombats
which build large warrens in
parts and a range of raptor birds.
Nature in Gawler: Restoring
original vegetation and animal habitats.
A Gawler 175 event on Saturday,
October 18 (1.30pm to 5.30pm).
Organised by Gawler Environment
& Heritage Association and Gawler
Foodforest, the event is a look at the
ora and fauna of the Gawler area as it
existed in 1839 and seven interesting
local restoration projects on Gawler
River, local gardens, reserves and open
There will be a small bus with priority
for people with mobility problems.
Otherwise tagalong cars with car
pooling. Free event.
RSVP by October 15 and get more
details from Adrian Shackley and Sue
Coldbeck (8522 4363, 0429 004 363 or
Sustainable Living Festival
2014: On November 16, at Gawler
Regional Natural Resource Centre, 8
Adelaide Road, Gawler.
A fun day out with a sustainable and
environmentally friendly focus.
Stalls, workshops and educational
displays, while ABC's Gardening
Australia presenter Sophie
Thomson will be there, plus cooking
demonstrations using local produce.
Workshops on wicking beds and
vertical gardening and lots of activities
for the kids.
SPADE Snake Catchers will be
running educational demonstrations on
local venomous snakes.
For more information, contact
nrcgawler.org.au or 8523 7715.
Federation Trail open grassland and (inset) Onion Orchid owering along trail
a week ago.
Schools gain grants
Scaly Billy Buttons
Scaly Billy Buttons owering.
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