PARK FRIENDS

A community environmental education project

Introduction
Park Friends is now in production at PBA FM in Adelaide, and this website is a work in progress, prior to broadcast in April 2012. Produced as a Community Environmental Education initiative, Park Friends will explore the importance of parks, issues around biodiversity and sustainability, involving young people, the role of volunteers and the future of our parks.

While much of this series was recorded in the Adelaide Hills, and especially in and around the Black Hill, Morialta and Horsnell Gully Conservation Parks, the programs would be of interest across South Australia and nationally as well. Interviewees, and other contributors to this community environmental education initiative, are listed below.

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Broadcasts in South Australia
PBA FM – 89.7 on the FM Band in Adelaide
And live streaming on www.pbafm.org.au
Monday evenings 8.30pm, Repeat Friday mornings 9am
Podcasts available on this site, following broadcast.

Programs
There are twelve programs in this series, each of up to 15 minutes’ duration. Program details and information on contributors will be added here at the time of each broadcast, together with a link to the Podcast of the program.

Program 01 – A Walk in the Park
Monday 16 April 2012. Podcast 14’ 12”

Recorded on various locations in the Black Hill, Morialta and Horsnell Gully Conservation Parks in the Adelaide Hills close to the City of Adelaide, the twelve programs in Park Friends reflect the diversity of our Conservation Parks and the work of many people across South Australia to ensure that the natural environment is preserved and wherever possible restored. One of the contributors in this first program quotes Charles Jordan of the Nature Conservancy in the USA – “What they do not value, they do not protect, and what they do not protect, they will lose”. Most of this introductory program was recorded during a walk in Morialta Conservation Park; this helps sets the scene for the Park Friends series.

Contributors
The Honourable Paul Caica MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, South Australia
Graham Churchett, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
Reg Clark, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
John Fleming, President, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
Amelia Hurren, Cape Borda to Barossa Naturelink Coordinator, Department for Environment and Natural Resources

Program 02 – One Park Many Users
Monday 23 April 2012. Podcast 14’ 18”

Parks provide many opportunities for people to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities. In this program, the use of a park by a very experienced and environmentally aware rock climber is representative of many user groups who have specific activities they wish to undertake. The interview includes reflections on the pleasures of abseiling and rock climbing, safety issues for climbers and for other park users, liaison with park management on a range of matters, and involvement in activities to ensure the preservation of natural environments in our parks.

Contributor
Rock climber Michael

Program 03 – Some Park Science
Monday 30 April 2012. Podcast 14' 19"

How have our landscapes changed in the past 200 years? What is being done to prevent the decline in the number of bird species in this region? We hear about biodiversity – the number and different types of species of plants and animals in our Conservation Parks in South Australia, from the perspective of a scientist. The increasing role of volunteers, and the essential training that is required, are both noted in providing a service to look after those resources for future generations. The question is asked – can we go back to what the parks were like 200 years ago. The concept of sustainability is revisited – living in ways to make it possible for future generations to live as well as, if not better than, we do in this world. Also in the program, the importance of fostering a sense of place, in the context of education for sustainability.

Contributors
Associate Professor David Paton, The University of Adelaide
The extract from Elizabeth Warburton’s book Old Stradbroke (Lynton Publications 1976) is read by John J McGowan. To read this story, go to the Learn More section of this website.

Program 04 – Getting Involved
Monday 7 May 2012. Podcast 13’ 50”

Why do people become involved as volunteers in parks across South Australia? How do volunteers commit to involvement in our parks when the task can sometimes seem so vast? A closer look at some of the people who work in our Conservation Parks and the role of Natural Resource Management Boards in facilitating and supporting the work of park volunteers.

Contributors
Reg Clark, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
Amelia Hurren, Cape Borda to Barossa Naturelink Coordinator, Department for Environment and Natural Resources
Liz Millington, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Program 05 – John Horsnell’s Legacy
Monday 14 May 2012. Podcast 14 18

if you live in Adelaide and have travelled along the Old Norton Summit Road from the city centre towards the Adelaide Hills, you will have seen the turn-off to Horsnell Gully. Arriving in Adelaide in 1839, just two or three years after Adelaide was established, John Horsnell was a true Pioneer in South Australia. And there is an interesting link between the Horsnell family and the now very famous Penfold Hermitage red wines. In this program, we visit the house, dairy and elm grove established by John Horsnell in the 1840s, and walk through the Nature Trail initiated by the scouts from Pembroke School and Pembroke teacher John Mugford back in 1993.

Contributors
Joy and Bruce Stewart, Friends of Blackhill and Morialta Inc.
The account of John Horsnell’s arrival in 1839, written by descendant Ken Horsnell and used with permission in this program and online, is read by Norman Athersmith. To read this story, go to the Learn More section of this website.

Program 06 – From Nature Study to Education for Sustainability
Monday 21 May 2012. Podcast 13 34

Many years ago, school students did “Nature Study”. Today students and young people are more actively involved in Environmental Education, and Education for Sustainability. In this program, we first look at student involvement in the conservation of Morialta Park, and then, as just one example of preserving the biodiversity of this park, some of the work being done to stop the spread of olive trees and encourage the return of many native species.

Contributors
Graham Churchett, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc
Richard Smith, SA Convener, Australian Association for Environmental Education

Program 07 – From Little Seeds …..
Monday 28 May 2012. Podcast 14 22

Today we return to Horsnell Gully with two of the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Carolyn and Dennis Slade; both are seed collectors, having gained early experience with Trees for Life and then planting on the Heysen Trail. Over the past twenty years, they have planted over 20,000 trees, and everything they plant here in Horsnell Gully has come as seeds from this conservation park. Liz Millington, Volunteer Program Coordinator with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board has worked with “the most fabulous sets of people who were really passionate about caring for our land in all its aspects.” She speaks about the support that all NRM Boards provide in supporting the efforts of volunteer and friends’ groups to achieve their goals, including access to free insurance and grants for new community projects.

Contributors
Carolyn and Dennis Slade, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
Liz Millington, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Program 08 – Athelstone Wild Flower Graden
Monday 04 June 2012 Podcast Duration 13’ 22”

Before we head into the Athelstone Wildflower Garden, Richard Smith from the Australian Association for Environmental Education revisits the concept of sustainability – in simple terms, ensuring that people live in ways so that future generation are able to live as well as or better then we do. Developing a sense of place is essential, as is a sense of agency – being able to take on a project and see results in our lifetime. Education for Sustainability is in many ways ensuring that we get as many people as possible involved in enhancing biodiversity and enjoying nature.

Black Hill is a prominent feature of the Adelaide Hills skyline, close to the suburbs of Rostrevor, Newton and Athelstone. For Park Friends, back in spring 2011, we paid our first visit to the Athelstone Wildlife Garden and met two enthusiastic volunteers, Project Coordinator Russell Dahms and Ann Taylor. A small group meet here twice a month to revegetate the wildflower garden. Russell tells of his interest, over more than 15 years in growing native plants from cuttings. While there is a vision for the whole garden, with the present level of volunteers, the main emphasis is on bush care and keeping weeds down.

While working on removing weeds, which may include Iron Grass and Bridal Creeper, Ann Taylor speaks of the history of this garden, originally in private hands. As well as local flora including golden wattles, orchids and bottlebrushes, there is much fauna as well – including lizards, echidnas, kangaroos and an occasional snake. Ann also talks about how her interest in this wildflower garden began and about the comments of the many people who visit and appreciate the work being done in this wildflower garden by volunteers in the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.

The Athelstone Wildflower Garden is managed by the South Australian Department for Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and is part of the wider Black Hill Conservation Park.

Contributors
Richard Smith, SA Convener, Australian Association for Environmental Education
Russell Dahms, Friends of Blackhill and Morialta Inc.
Ann Taylor, Friends of Blackhill and Morialta Inc.

Acknowledgements
PBA FM acknowledges financial assistance from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board in the production of Park Friends.

The President and members of the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc. provided invaluable advice in the planning of this series and in providing interviewees. The Reference Group for this project is especially thanked - John Fleming (President), Bryan Forbes and Ann Taylor.

Horsnell Gully working bee

Interviewees / Contributors

PBA FM sincerely thanks all contributors to this community environmental education initiative:

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

The Honourable Paul Caica MP

The University of Adelaide
Associate
Professor David Paton

Department for Environment and Natural Resources

Amelia Hurren, Cape Borda to Barossa Naturelink Coordinator

Liz McTaggart, Volunteer Support Ranger

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Liz Millington, Volunteer Program Coordinator

Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.

Graham Churchett

Reg Clark

Rebeka Cooke

Russell Dahms

John Fleming (President)

Carolyn Slade

Dennis Slade

Bruce Stewart

Joy Stewart

Ann Taylor

Friends of Parks Incorporated, South Australia

David Mitchell (President)

Adelaide Hills Natural Resources Centre

Val Hunt

John Richards

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Australian Association for Environmental Education

Richard Smith (South Australian Branch Convener)

Other Contributors
Cath Deans - Australian Retired Persons Association

Peter Sydenham and Peter Doumouras - Morialta Residents' Association

Phil Smyth and Bob Elliott - Athelstone Kiwanis

Michael Caruana

John Horsnell Story - Program 5

Thanks to Ken Horsnell for permission to make use in this project of this extract about his ancestor John Horsnell. The reader is Norman Athersmith.

Video Production
 - Park Friends
Dr Ian Henderson

Music – Morialta Dreaming

The original music, used with permission in the broadcasts and online, was composed by Kevin MacLeod, Incomptech (USA)

Production
Tony Ryan, PBA FM, Salisbury, South Australia.
learningworks@pbafm.org.au