To all the friends of the Hills Environment Centre

Thank you for your continued support through what was a very difficult year for many.

We have all needed to adapt, adjust and work outside the square to retain some sense of normal in our lives. Through this, we have found unknown strength, inspiration and flexibility which may make us stronger in the future.

May your Christmas be merry, health and full of love and we hope the New Year brings peace and happiness to you all.

With best wishes from the Hills Environment Centre Management Committee, Coordinator and Volunteers.

Hollow Habitats – Who lives there?


Photo: Jordan Spalding

Bushfires, land clearing and spreading housing developments have all contributed to the loss of vegetation. Revegetation projects will replace a lot of the trees and shrubs but what about the many animals that rely on old trees with hollows for protection and breeding sites?

Old trees are often removed because they are not attractive in the landscape or perhaps in danger of falling. But are they home to a family of possums or rosellas? Where will they go when the tree disappears?

We can’t immediately replace these old trees but we can provide alternative homes for the wildlife that depend on them.

James Smith, author of “Wildlife of Adelaide”, will be talking about Hollow Habitats at the Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive on Thursday September 24th at 7pm.

James will talk about the various native species that rely on hollows, the importance of naturally occurring hollows and how we can provide these essential resources – but for how long?

James has an extensive knowledge of Australian wildlife and South Australian wildlife in particular. He has installed nesting boxes for possums, bats and a variety of bird species, which have proven to be successful breeding sites. There can be problems associated with them too, which James will explain.

Mature trees provide habitat for a vast array of insects, birds and mammals. Stand by a tree and watch the traffic in the canopy, the critters on and under the bark, then the wildlife that come out at night. It is extraordinary!

You will learn about who is living in the hollows and how you can help the homeless wildlife by attending James talk “Hollow Habitats”. To reserve your seat, register by emailing The cost is a gold coin donation.

Our sustainable home – turning dreams into reality

If you are thinking about building a sustainable home or making alterations to your current home, then this workshop will be valuable to you.  “Our Sustainable Home – Turning Dreams into Reality”, presented by Andrew Davidson, a property development consultant, who will take you through the processes and decisions he and his partner made when building their dream sustainable home.

Andrew will cover all the issues from site selection, submitting plans, contractors, room layout and accessibility. Even life without air-conditioning or flushing loos!

Andrew will share his own experiences and professional advice so that you can enjoy the process of turning your dream into a reality.

The workshop will be held at Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit, on Tuesday September 8th starting at 7pm. A light supper will be provided (depending on COVID restrictions), and the cost is a gold coin donation. Bookings are essential so please email to register your attendance.

How Indigenous People Used Plants – FULL

A talk will be presented by Neville Bonney at the Hills Environment Centre on August 18th. Titled “Useful Plants of the Adelaide Hills and Plains Before European Settlement, Land of the Kaurna and Peramangk Peoples”. Neville will share his extensive knowledge of native plants and food plants and their role in aboriginal culture. The presentation will be held at Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on August 18th starting at 7pm. The cost is a gold coin donation. Seating is limited so it is essential to book by emailing to reserve a spot.

Neville Bonney has been at the forefront of promoting and studying native flora for over 50 years and is the respected author of many books, including “Knowing, Growing and Eating Native Food Plants”.

Nominations extended for the Quiet Green Achievers Awards 2020!

The nominations are being extended for the 2020 Quiet Green Achiever Awards! Forty seven people have been recognised over the past seven years as Quiet Green Achievers. They have come from the hills and the plains and have been nominated for a variety of worthy reasons.

But we know there are more out there! Please give a thought to a friend, neighbour or work colleague who is passionate about environmental volunteering.

The awards are our way of celebrating World Environment Day (5th June 2020) but the presentation date will be in October (TBA), subject to COVID 19 restrictions. The nominations have been extended to Thursday 27 August 2020. Further information is here

Email: Val Hunt HEC Coordinator:

Post: Quiet Green Achiever Award, Hills Environment Centre, PO Box 165, Norton Summit SA 5136

Deliver to: Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit

Phone: (08) 8390 1891 open Tuesday-Thursday 9 am – 3pm

Photo by Kane Taylor on Unsplash:

COVID-19 update

In line with the Adelaide Hills Council’s COVID-19 policy, the Hills Environment Centre will be closed to the public until further notice. The Summit Community Centre has postponed all events and room hire facilities.

HEC will continue to share environmental news and stay connected with our members and followers via our face book, emails and other social media.

Please direct any enquiries by email to Val who will continue to work from home or the office. Email

We urge you all to stay safe and well, to look out for family, friends and neighbours until we can pick up our lives and move on from these days of uncertainty.

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