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FROM the beaches of South Australia's
coastline to the wildlife and bushland of
the Mount Lofty Ranges, there are natural
places and experiences that are special to
many of us.
In many of these special places the things
that make them so memorable are being pre-
served with the help of legions of volunteers,
with many opportunities for others to join in.
In the region surrounding Adelaide,
from Kapunda to Cape Jervis, the Ad-
elaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural
Resources Management Board co-ordinates
and supports a major community-focused
effort to preserve and enhance our natu-
ral resources -- land, water, vegetation and
To understand the size and significance of
the volunteer effort, the NRM Board's volun-
teers' funding last year supported more than
150 local volunteer groups, and 8600 indi-
vidual volunteers who contributed 178,000
hours of their time. Valued at $30 per hour,
this equates to a staggering $5.3 million worth
Volunteer work includes planting native
vegetation and removing weeds to restore
bushland, preventing erosion along creeks,
surveying wildlife populations and restoring
habitat for native animals.
Volunteering also creates mutual benefits.
Being in touch with nature, physical activ-
ity, social time and the feeling of contribut-
ing to the community add up to a big plus
for volunteers, for health and quality of
Contact Liz Millington at Natural Re-
sources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
(8273 9100) to learn about volunteering for
the environment in the Adelaide and Mount
Lofty Ranges region.
June 20/21 -- Para Woodlands, near Gawler,
planting days -- see What's On for details;
June 28 -- Highbury Aqueduct Reserve, help
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NRM grants for schools Applications are now
open for 2014/15 School Action Grants to initiate
projects that build school and community capacity.
Projects may involve practical on-ground activities,
environmental education and information exchange
or awareness-raising and promoting change to more
sustainable practices. For more information, contact
the central NRM o ce (8273 9100). Applications close
Woody weeds -- free eld day Natural
Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges presents
a eld day for landholders on identi cation and
e ective strategies for controlling various weeds in
the northern hills, coast and plains region. Problem
weeds include silver leaf nightshade, boneseed,
olives, blackberry, gorse, ash, broom, African boxthorn
and prickly pear. The eld day also covers property
planning for successful long-term woody weed
management. It will be held on Tuesday, June 17
(2.30pm to 4pm). For more information, contact
David Hughes (8523 7708, 0418 855 494,
Para Woodlands plantings: Held on Friday
and Saturday, June 20/21 (10am to 4pm). Help
with this long-term project to re-establish native
vegetation, including the critically endangered
peppermint box (Eucalyptus odorata) grassy
woodland. Bring sun/rain protection, gloves for
planting, trowel, rubber boots. Families welcome. Hot
drinks and a catered lunch provided. Toilets available.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 13.
Gawler Region understorey project Gawler
Regional Natural Resource Centre is now taking orders
for the understorey project, which provides local
native plants to match all of the main original plant
associations for the northern Adelaide Plains and
coast from Salisbury to near Port Wake eld and the
foothills from Salisbury through Gawler to Kapunda
and Barossa. Look on the Gawler NRC website for
details of several new species available for 2014.
THIS plant, with the
scientific name Malva
Lavatera plebeia), is
closely related to the
hollyhocks of English
Growing much like
the English hollyhock
in structure, it grows
to two metres or so in
height without being a
The flowers are quite large with five petals and,
while mostly white, have some interesting pale
pink and mauve tones.
After flowering in spring, the plant dies back in
summer before reshooting when cooler conditions
Originally most commonly found along the
banks of streams, this plant does not mind being
in a damp area in a garden and some summer wa-
tering keeps it green throughout the hot periods.
It is now uncommon, although present, along
some local rivers and is regularly found on the
south coast near Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.
While being a perennial, it only has a two-to-
five-year life span. Germination from seed takes
place quite readily so plants may replace them-
selves without you having to collect and germinate
The large soft leaves are a food source for the lar-
vae of caterpillars, which, in turn, are a food source
for other predatory insects such as wasps.
The flowers are a nectar source for adult in-
Watch out for tree mallow (Malva arborea), a
weed hollyhock from Europe, which looks similar
to Australian hollyhock and lives in similar habi-
tat, but taller with larger leaves and a more woody
Australian Plant Society meetings are at Gawler
East Primary School, on the second Wednesday
of each month. For further information, ring Bob
Wallace (8524 4693).
Volunteers at a planting event at Para Woodland -- worth the e ort just for the scenery.
Flower and buds of
Busy time for cyclists
LY cycling is big time in SA this
month, with the Velo-City 2014 bike
conference in Adelaide this week and
the official opening of the Jack Bo-
bridge bike path a couple of weeks
Unfortunately, with the Bobridge
path, the original plan to connect to
the Gawler town centre has not yet
occurred, with funding currently stop-
ping the project at Ann Milroy Lane
(near the CFS shed area, where the
Barossa rail line meets Calton Road
just east of Gawler).
Quite a bit of confusion seems likely,
with the The Advertiser and various
Barossa reports saying that the path
now connects to Gawler.
Let's hope the path proponents, the
Barossa Council, Gawler Council,
Barossa Regional Development Au-
thority and the Commonwealth Gov-
ernment, can get their act together to
finish the path.
It will provide a great boost for cy-
cling in Gawler and the Barossa, along
with benefits for cycling to school, get-
ting cars off the road and improving
Joining in the cycling fun, Transition
Gawler is organising a community/
family bike ride along the Tapa Pariara
shared path this Sunday, June 1.
RSVP to Kathy (0457 720 281) or
check the Transition Gawler website.
End of the Jack Bobridge path -- looking north-east from the eastern end of
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