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WORLDS END CONSERVATION   
AUTUMN 
NEWSLETTER 2017

Logo created by Kate Jenkins. Illustration kindly prepared and donated by Gilbert Dashorst
Our new Worlds End Conservation website is now LIVE! Check out worldsendconservation.org.au

See the dates for our 2017 Working Bees and news of the progress we've made with planning for the future as well as our revegatation project.

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Come join our first 2017 working bee!


We’ll be up at Read Creek Hills on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March preparing the property for on-ground action in 2017 and a school camp booked in when the weather is cooler.

There’ll be a wide variety of activities to suit all energies and interests: from clearing cobwebs from the cottage to clearing tracks and fencing to, if we’ve had no rain by then, watering our new revegetation. If it’s not too hot, a posse will tour the property checking out horehound infestations that we’ll target on later working bees.

And, of course, there’s the joy of being outside in our great landscape and good company to boot!

Please let Peter Knapp know which day/s you’re able to come up and what you'd like to do. (Peter's mobile: 0431 161 954)
 

Working bee schedule for 2017


For a chance to enjoy the Hallelujah Hills and guaranteed good company be sure to put these in your diary! 
  • Friday 17 and/or Saturday 18th March
  • Friday 21st and/or Saturday 22nd April
  • Saturday 27th May
  • Friday 23rd and/or Saturday 24th June
  • Saturday 22nd July
  • Saturday 19th August
  • Saturday 9th September
  • Saturday 7th October (provisional – weather dependent)

There will always be a range of activities to suit all capabilities: from fence and trail clearing to weed control (by hand or spot spraying) to seed collecting. 

The contact person will mostly be Peter Knapp (0431 161 954) except for July and August when Liz Millington will be the contact (0468 530 831).

Successful Planning Day


Worlds End Conservation held a most productive and stimulating Planning Day on 14th January.

Twenty shareholders came together to share ideas and strategies to help us achieve our vision: “the protection of unique grassland, woodland & scrubland communities in the mid north of South Australia.”

Six broad areas of action were identified with time-frames and working groups set up to ensure we have a blueprint to guide us in the years ahead.
  • Finance – one working group will explore attracting donors by pursuing deductible gift recipient status for our Company with the Tax Office. They will also make sure we’re aware of and apply for all relevant grants. We are currently planning smaller scale fund-raising events.
  • Education – as well as sharing knowledge at our regular Field Days we’ll explore offering our properties as outdoor classrooms for school and TAFE students to learn about the unique environment of the Hallelujah Hills. Facilitating scientific surveys of flora and fauna is also a priority.
  • Property Management – we’ll continue works to manage threats to biodiversity on our properties with our successful feral animal and weed control programs and regularly review our management plans.
  • Property Development – we’ll work to develop facilities for campers and others to stay longer at both our properties. Solar lighting at the Read Creek Hills cottage, new campsites with access to water and potentially an upgraded shearing shed will expand options for student visits, scientific survey teams and shareholders.
  • Communications and Human Resources – we’ll focus on making participation in our activities fun, safe and rewarding for all our shareholders and supporters. We’ll use our website, newsletters, Facebook, field days and workshops to spread the word about our activities and invite participation and feedback.
  • Partnerships – we’ll continue to build strong partnerships with government and other organisations working to protect the environment in mid-north SA. We’ll continue to foster constructive relationships with our neighbouring landholders
These are mighty plans! We’re confident the energy and enthusiasm of our shareholders will see many come to fruition. If you’d like to join one of the working groups, please contact Wendi on 0488 492 121.
 

Visitor Safety Reminder

 

If you intend to visit either Hallelujah Hills or Read Creek Hills please give notice of your intended visit to Judy Knapp (0402 683 347) so that she can let our shooting contractor Ron Dunstan know that he cannot engage in any shooting activities while you are there.

Ron plans his activities when he knows weather conditions will be right for tracking, usually less than a week ahead. Last minute decisions to visit the properties cannot override these arrangements, otherwise we will not be able to complete our funded feral control program.

Thanks for your cooperation … and please keep coming up to  enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of our land!

Burra to Kapunda Landscape Program


Worlds End Conservation was fortunate to win a Native Vegetation Council grant to revegetate our front paddock at Read Creek Hills in the wettest and therefore the best possible year in decades.

This revegetation is part of a larger project to link native vegetation from Burra to Kapunda.

Over 250 tube-stock and 5.6 kilometres of direct seeding miraculously appeared in our most degraded area seemingly overnight. The soil is rocky, there is plenty of horehound, not much pre-existing native vegetation but there are now about 200 trees, shrubs and grasses peeping over the tops of the tree guards!

Mother Nature has watered them several times over summer, and a small band of volunteers have added to this to give the plants a terrific start.

The tube stock were grown from seeds collected locally; many came from our seed collection workshop last year. We weren’t optimistic about their survival, but we have lost fewer than 50 plants - less than 20%.

Tiny seedlings were visible in the direct seeding lines initially, but despite the excellent rains, these have died off, but here’s hoping some may germinate and survive in future years.

The entrance to Read Creek Hills will be beautified by these plantings, and a very weedy paddock transformed with native vegetation linking our property with remnant native vegetation on roadsides and nearby properties.
 

Field Days for 2017 

 
See our website and the next newsletter for our 2017 Field Days!  
(P.S. They'll include  plant identification, bird watching and learning about tracks and scats)



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