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FRIENDS of the PARNKALLA WALKING TRAIL INC.
‘Caring for our coastal environment’
The Parnkalla Walking Trail, one of S.A.’s best-kept secrets, was named after the Barngarla Aboriginal tribe whose Dreaming was about the beauty of Port Lincoln.
The first section from Mundy’s Mooring to Snapper Rock was established in 1988 by the Port Lincoln City Council Coastal Reserve Committee to protect the biodiversity and cultural significance of the bushland in the Kirton Point area and to provide a set path for naturelovers to follow.
The trail now extends between the town boundaries (about 14km) and joins the Investigator Trail at each end.
In 2000, the Port Lincoln City Council resumed total responsibility for the trail.
The ‘Friends of the Parnkalla Walking Trail’ formed in June 2001.
Our aims are to
- ensure the trail is kept in a safe condition for all foot traffic, young children & accompanying adults on bikes, and, in some areas, wheelchair users.
- help conserve native flora & fauna and eradicate damaging introduced species.
- erect interpretive signs about the ecosystem, Aboriginal culture & early European history.
Our main activities, with the help of the City of Port Lincoln, are weeding, replanting with endemic flora, lopping and rubbish collection. Working Bees are advertised in the ‘ Port Lincoln Times’.
Other activities include
- research & photography
- producing & installing Interpretive signs
- production of the PWT brochure (available from the Visitor Information Centre)
- raising community awareness through displays & the media
- guided walks for local and visiting groups
- grant applications (Govt. grants enable us to employ contractors to remove large woody weeds and grants from Govt., Council & local benefactors have helped with the costs of signage.)
Contacts: Margaret Tilsner 86823975 Lesley Easson 86826999
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Parks & Reserves Port Lincoln Inc.
PH : 08 86 826233 Fax : 08 86 826500
Secretary: Marion Savage
PO Box 1334
Port Lincoln S.A. 5606
email : email@example.com
Communities Helping Communities
Parks & Reserves Port Lincoln was formed in 2007 to assist the City of Port Lincoln and other local groups to manage public land in the Port Lincoln area. Group members include councilors, local business people and locals with an interest in the management of community assets.
Our charter of interest includes –
- Environmental management
- Fire risk assessment and management
- Visual amenity, landscaping and aesthetics
- Walking and bike trails
- Pest and weed assessment and controls
- Coastal amenity
- Signage – historical and informative
- Waste management
- Sustainable tourism
- Storm-water management
- Open space management
- Playground management
The City of Port Lincoln contains over one hundred parks, reserves and pieces of infrastructure owned and managed by council and the local community. Some, like Eyre Park, Flinders Park and the Tasman Terrace foreshore receive a very high level of management while others such as road reserves and hidden corners may be completely neglected. The aim of our group is to visit and assess all public assets and lobby or seek funding to improve the quality of those assets.
Some of our achievements include –
- Hosting an annual combined National Tree Day and Environmental Expo to showcase local community environmental groups and businesses and their achievements.
- Successful funding applications both state and federal for a total of over $150,000 to remove infestations of woody weeds such as Aleppo pines, Boxthorns, Polygala and Italian Buckthorn from local reserves and to replant those areas back to indigenous species.
- The development of new cost saving techniques of weed management such as the basal barking of woody weeds.
- Successful funding applications in partnership with council to build constructed wetlands to prevent polluted storm-water from entering our waterways with the possible future re-use of that water.
- The inception of the first Youth Conservation Corps team outside of metropolitan Adelaide. The team consists of unemployed people between 17 and 25. They carry out valuable and sometimes dirty work while at the same time encouraging young people to care for and take pride in community assets.
Meetings consist of a one hour site assessment followed by a formal meeting at various venues beginning at 4.30pm on the second Thursday of each month. If you are interested in joining us, please contact our secretary Marion Savage on 0439861793.
AUSTRALIAN PLANTS SOCIETY
Southern Eyre Group Inc.
First formed in 1979, the Southern Eyre Branch of The Australian Plants Society is one of the oldest environment related groups on the Eyre Peninsula. The group is still very active, holding monthly outings to various sites of natural beauty around the Lower Eyre Peninsula.
The Australian Plants Society has member groups across Australia and occasionally our group will travel further afield to weekend outings hosted by the Kimba and Eastern Eyre branches or to forums around Australia.
Group members have extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna and a strong interest in the historical value of natural assets. This knowledge often allows members to gain access to properties and places of interest not normally accessible to the general public.
Outings are held monthly on the second Sunday of each month with August and September the being the most popular due to the wide range of native plant species flowering at that time. Meetings are fairly informal and held with a shared lunch during the outings. Bring a hat, solid footwear, a chair and lunch. Vehicle sharing is usual.
The group has also produced the first local plant Identikit book for the Lower Eyre Peninsula and it is available from our members.
Local native plants drawn by one of our founding members and well known local artist, the late Christina Haldane.
If you are interested in the native flora of the Eyre Peninsula, this is definitely the group for you. Please contact our secretary John Ison on 86821411 or firstname.lastname@example.org