Great achievements by working together

Landcare Column with Mark Webb

For the past five months I have been on work placement at District Council of Mallala, working on a number of projects within our region.

Having lived within our district for more than 25 years and involved with numerous community groups, it has been a great opportunity to work and gain a better understanding of some of these projects and to see the tenacity and resilience of the many volunteers who work tirelessly to improve our region’s assets. This is what keeps our community strong.

But the work done by our volunteers is only part of the story.

The successes of any community-driven project is measured by how the wider community value their contributions, be it the local football club or a revegetation project involving the Landcare Group.

I believe the recent Two Wells street parade attended by about 5000 people was a perfect example of what a community values and what can be achieved when we all work together.

• District Council of Mallala contains some of the most sensitive and significant Coastal ecosystems of all of metropolitan Adelaide.

Several years ago a concerted effort involving a number of community groups established the Thompson Beach South to Third Creek Trail.

This trail provides an opportunity for people to re-engage with nature, and learn about these relatively unmodified coastal/estuarine habitats and of the ecosystem services that these coastal environments provide.

Unfortunately, instances of vandalism and people illegally riding their motor bikes through this fragile coastal reserve have damaged some of the improvements these community volunteers had constructed.

Funding through the Natural Resource Management Coastal Seascapes program has enabled a number of community groups including Friends of Thompson Beach, Port Parham Social Club, Two Wells scouts group, Landcare and  the Aboriginal Learning on Country team ,to work towards reinvigorating the trail to its former glory.

When Finished these improvements will make anyone’s visit a memorable experience with extensive interpretive information about the flora and fauna, seating throughout the trail where you can sit and watch the birds on the local lagoons, or have a picnic on one of our region’s best sandy beachs.

One of the best ways we can protect these environments is to value them.

For this to happen it needs a combined effort from all of us, so next time you want some time out or somewhere for the kids to fish, crab or just swim in warm shallow waters, then Thompson Beach South Third creek trail is a great place to explore.

To get there, travel to Dublin and turn left and follow the signs to Thompson beach. When you get to Thompson beach turn left along the esplanade and follow until you reach the interpretive shelter at the entrance to Thompson beach trail. Enjoy and see what our local communities are involved with.

If you are interested in being involved you can email: or

The traditional custodians, the Kaurna people visited our region because of the availability of food and water resources.  The NRM Seascapes program would like to know if there is anyone who is aware of any indigenous sites within our coastal region. For further information, contact  Warrick Barnes Coast, Estuary& Marine Officer  on 85 20 3 360 or email:

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