Thank you for supporting our young ‘Army’

Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group with Mark Webb

I mentioned previously that I was supervisor for the Northern Samphire Coast Green Army Project working along our coastal landscapes.

Within this project we worked across four council areas including Pt Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, Playford and Adelaide Plains Councils.

Our team erected and fixed fences planted over 11,000 plants and surveyed most of our coastal areas logging pest plants and pest animals on to GPS, and helped remove an estimated 6 tons of rubbish.

Our project finished recently and I believe the participants involved have made significant impacts in the better management of our coastal regions.

They have made some great friends along the way, gained new skills and knowledge, which will lead them into future job opportunities.

I personally would like to thank our communities for the support you have shown to these young people.

Your support has given these young people confidence in themselves and as a team. 

On 27 October, the Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara (pronounced Wee-nay-chi-nay-chi Pan-ker-a).

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) covers an area of 2457 hectares of land.

The (AIBS) encompasses over 60km of coastline from St Kilda, Port Gawler, Middle Beach, Port Prime, Thompson Beach and Parham.

The AIBS is a vital link as it is located at the southern end of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), which is one of the key feeding and roosting sites for migratory birds that use the flyway each year.

Birds fly from as far as Siberia and Alaska, passing through 22 countries.

More than 5 million birds each year use the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) with an estimated 27,000 birds calling bird sanctuary home.

I believe AIBS is an investment in our children’s future, and one that can and will secure ecological and economic sustainability for our region.

To find out more please visit ‘Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary’, ‘Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Collective Action Group’, ‘Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges’ and ‹National Parks› Facebook pages.

Working together we can and do make a difference.

This is a bold statement but I have worked across many sectors with many people and together we have made many opportunities for people to get involved.

Never underestimate the value you play in enriching our young people’s view on our environments.

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary offers many opportunities for our regions and working together we can make significant impacts in protecting our coastal environments.

Last month I was involved in the Aussiebird count.

For 20 mins I counted the birds on my block.

Only when you stand back and spend some time looking and counting the different birds that visit your patch can you appreciate what you have achieved.

Without your involvement many of these birds would not be visiting if you never provided the right habitats for them, such as plants that provide food and shelter, or a water source such as a pond.

I counted 15 different species from black birds, Corellas, Magpies, Murray magpies, and Willy wagtails, to New Holland honey eaters, Wattle birds and Rosellas, just to name a few.

All this in just 20 minutes of watching the environment around me.

The information I collected tells me that my block provides opportunities for these birds to visit and if they are visiting mine they are visiting my neighbours and their neighbours.

I guess what I am trying to say is that we all play a vital role in creating our own piece of paradise and when you do, it encourages other people to appreciate the nature around them.

Our future depends on these young people valuing what we have today so we can have it tomorrow.

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