Park friends awarded for service

On Saturday, August 11, the Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park braved cold conditions to celebrate their 30th anniversary in Waitpinga Campground. The volunteer group held their initial meeting in 1988, and this special day marked 30 years of voluntary conservation work in the park.

This group of dedicated volunteers assist with park projects including weed control, revegetation and most recently, monitoring Western Pygmy Possums to study population and distribution in the area.

The park is renowned for its superb fishing and surfing beaches, rare and endangered species of plants, birds and animals, stunning coastline and beautiful walking trails.

The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, attended and gave out awards along with Senior Ranger Seiji Iwao and member of the Friends group Winston Syson. Some members also celebrated 20, 10 and five years of volunteering with the group. Previous members Ron and Pam Taylor were acknowledged for 20 years of outstanding contribution to environmental conservation in the park. They were key founders of the group.

Group members gathered at Dennis Hut in Waitpinga campground for awards ceremony and a BBQ lunch. A special ceremony was held in the afternoon to remember previous member Robin Rowett who passed away 15 months earlier. Robin was a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, so the group used this opportunity to celebrate his contribution to the park and passion for the area. Family members planted trees to commemorate Robin in a place held dear to his heart overlooking the ocean.

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park are supported by Department for Environment and Water National Parks staff and Friends of Parks Inc., along with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Volunteer Support Program. 

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park currently hold weekly Friday working bees in the park and monthly working bees on a Saturday. In addition, the group participate in six-weekly monitoring surveys of Western Pygmy Possums checking nesting boxes for activity. Anyone interested can contact Simon and Lee on simonandlee01@gmail.com.

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