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A bi-monthly bulletin co-ordinated by the
Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc.,
supporting ideas and actions for a healthier Catchment.
AdelAide And Mount lofty RAnges
nAtuRAl ResouRces MAnAgeMent BoARd
LIVING IN THE CATCHMENT
Groups represented on the day included Friends
of Dalaston Reserve, Native Orchid Society of SA,
Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, Transition
Gawler, Friends of Hewett Centre, Friends of Sandy
Creek, Mallala Greenway, Williamstown and Lyndoch
Landcare Group, Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action
Group, Kapunda Greening and Landcare Group,
Whitelaw Creek Catchment Group and Gawler
Community Natural Resource Centre.
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty
Ranges recently held a lunch at the Hewett Centre
to thank the many wonderful and hard working
volunteers from the northern hills, Barossa, and
northern Adelaide Plains, who work tirelessly to
create a better environment for the future.
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board
member Russell Johnstone gave the official speech
of thanks, followed by presentations and networking.
Accept the Challenge:
Plastic Free July!
The Gawler Regional Natural
Resource Centre is encouraging
local households, businesses and
schools to accept the Plastic Free
July Challenge. The challenge is
very simple: attempt to consume
no single-use plastic during July.
Single-use plastic is anything
that is intended to be used
once then thrown away. If all
single-use plastic sounds a bit
daunting, just try the “big four”
single-use plastic items are
plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic
straws and plastic containers.
Plastic Free July started as a
local initiative in Perth, Western
Australia and has grown into a
Plastics were developed in
the early 20th century and were
replacing ivory, tortoiseshell,
horn and other plant and animal
products. By the 1960’s plastic
had gone from being used in
durable items to widespread
use including disposable plastic
Every piece of plastic
ever produced still remains
somewhere in the earth today. In
the last half of the 20th century
over 1 billion tonnes of plastic
was produced. This figure has
already doubled in the first ten
years of this century (Scientific
Every day we encounter
single-use plastic: bags, water
bottles. straws, food packaging
& takeaway coffee. We can
all take steps to avoid plastic
becoming a problem. Remember
your shopping bags and water
bottles, refuse over packaging
(like those ridiculous bananas
packaged in a polystyrene tray
wrapped in clingfilm!), choose
reusable alternatives and pick
up plastic litter.
People can register for the
challenge; and share their
experiences, ideas and tips at
Mount Pleasant Community Garden
In the winter months, you might think that garden
work tends to slow down. But the Community
Garden surrounding the Recreate shop of the Mount
Pleasant Natural Resource Centre is a veritable hive
“We seem to have no end to the tasks of working
our garden,” says Faye McGoldrick, coordinator of
the Resource Centre. “Our volunteers have had a
busy autumn sorting and potting fruit, vegetable,
and native plant seedlings. And we are reorganizing
our garden space and doing all the things necessary
to prepare for spring...planting, mulching, pruning...
you name it. We are also busy organising signage
and plant labels for the garden. If you love to garden
and are interested in working with other friendly
volunteers, we need you!”.
The MPNRC’s community garden is also the
inspiration for the monthly Garden Share program,
which brings together novice and experienced
gardeners to share produce, skills and learning
over a hot cuppa in a friendly atmosphere. All are
welcome to the monthly sessions.
“You are as likely to meet a botanist, a mushroom
expert, a small business owner, retired schoolteacher,
or farmer as you are a home gardener,” says Faye
McGoldrick. “Our community garden has become
a social as well as gardening hub. We’d love to
encourage more people to participate. Whether you
just want to check us out or join us as a volunteer,
we’d love to see you.”
If you would like to join the garden volunteers or
attend a monthly session of Garden Share, check the
MPNRC website, www.mpnrc.org.au or contact Faye
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular workshops
covering a wide range, including gardening related
topics, are also available. Visit www.ticketebo.com.
au/mpnrc for more details.
The 11th State Community
Landcare Conference will be held
in Waikerie in South Australia’s
Riverland from September 14-16,
You are invited to submit abstracts
for presentations, posters and
workshops addressing the theme of
Landcare – Connecting people and
healthy landscapes encompassing
the four Conference streams of
• Indigenous Land Management
• People/Volunteers, and
• Sustainable Farming and Fishing
Contributions on the suggested topic
are indicative and not restrictive,
and we would welcome suggestions
on aspects of innovation that
could be of interest to delegates.
The representation of diverse
voices is also encouraged, to
include education, land managers,
indigenous experience, businesses,
researchers, specialist consultants
The deadline for receipt of abstracts
is Friday 26 June 2015. For further
information visit the website: www.
State Community Landcare
Conference: Call for abstracts
Wrapped in a Jar- Recreate Rethink Waste Workshop
Monday 6 July - 9.45 for 10am start - noon. Cost: $12/child. Age: 5+
Using a variety of threads, cord wire, fabric, buttons & recycled bits ‘n’ pieces from the recreate craft store, we will wrap a chosen jar or containter to create an individual storage vessel or vase.
Participants will be encouraged to consider pattern making & explore their creativity with their designs. The humble jar never looked so good!
Monday 6 July - 1.15 for 1.30pm start - 2.30pm. Cost: $15/child. Age: 8+
Join conservation Biologist Chris Grant to discover the wonderful world of bats! Our local bats are essential for eating tonnes of insects such as mosquitoes each year. Your child will learn about our
local bat species and how to provide habitiat for these important native mammals. Each child will assemble their own timber micro bat box ready to take home and install. A demnstration of how best
to install a bat box to encourage our furry insectivorous friends to take up residence will also be included in the session.
Let it Fly - Bird Sculpture - Recreate Rethink Waste Workshop
Tuesday 7 July - 9.45 for 10am start - 12.30. Cost: $14/child. Age: 8+
Using an assortment of recycled treasures from the recreate store we will be building flying forms to hang or stand. Participants will learn a range of skills, tool use & techniques including the electric
drill, how to wire twitch & pop rivet metal & plastics to create a wonderful sculpture. Led by artist Yvonne Dalton, this workshop is a great way to get young creative minds using a range of reclaimed
materials. Their completed wonderous winged sculptures will be ready to play with or will look fabulous in the home or garden.
Kids in the Garden
Wednesday 8 July - 10.30am - 12noon. Cost: $12/child . Age 2+
A great workshop to get little hands dirty and minds active! Led by Botanist Bev Lane, each child will plant and take home a mix of seasonal flowers, herbs & veggies, & learn about wonderful
compost worms. Extra seeds to take home and plant in the garden will also be available.
The Bat Cave
Monday 13 July - Multiple Sessions, 45mins starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm. Cost: $12/child. Age: Sessions for 4 to 10yrs+
Conservation Biologist Chris Grant will lead children on a wonderous adventure through the bat cave. A fun session learning about the caves & the creatures who live in them including bats. Children
will be armed with a torch as they explore the bat cave. Be prepared for crawling, discovery, sound effects and lots of fun!
Dragonfly Sculpture - Recreate Rethink Waste Workshop
Tuesday 14 July - 9.45 for 10am start - 12noon. Cost: $12/Child. Age: 4+
Creating a beautiful dragonfly to hang and float in the breeze or zoom around the yard. Utilising recycled materials this threading exercise with embellishments is perfect for little hands to manage
whilst improving dexterity and encouraging creativity. Each child will complete and take home their unique sculptural dragonfly ready to play with and enjoy.
Nature Loom Weaving - Recreate Rethink Waste Workshop
Wednesday 15 July - 9.45 for 10am start - 12noon. Cost: $12/Child. Age: 3+
Led by artist Emma Shobbrook, children will create a beautiful nature inspired weaving. After making their loom from collected branches and remnant yarn, they will select items from a selection of
natural & recycled materials to incorporate into their individual design. This is a great technique that will keep littlw hands busy and minds engaged for many more hours at home!
Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre inc. SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
Above left: Robert Lawrence, who is President of the Native Orchid Society of SA and his
wife Rosalie show off a stunning display of native orchids hand crafted from paper.
Above right: Congratulations to all the northern volunteers!
Bookings Essential www.ticketebo.com.au/mpnrc
For more information contact MPNRC on 8568 1907
or email email@example.com
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