Snake Awareness Workshop

Spring is finally here and we will soon venture outdoors and into our gardens or go for bushwalks before the weather is too hot.

It is also the time when snakes are on the move seeking food. Do you know what to do if you meet a snake?

Geoff Coombe from Living With Wildlife and Rudy from Adelaide Snake Catchers will present a Snake Awareness Workshop on Sunday October 8th from 1 – 3 pm. The workshop will provide practical information that you can apply at home. It will include an introduction to snakes and snake behaviour,  tips of how to identify snake hazards around the home and what you can do about them, advice on how to act when meeting a snake, plus the correct and up to date first aid for snake bites.

This workshop is vital for hills dwellers, people who work in the hills, gardeners and bush walkers.

Geoff will show you simple but effective ways of reducing snake habitat around your home and improve your awareness of snake behaviour. This information could save you and your family from snake bites or frights!

The session includes live, local snakes under controlled and safe conditions and will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light afternoon tea. It is not suitable for children under 12 years due to the length of the presentation.

Registration is essential, so please email or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday to book.

Nature crafts for aussie kids

This event is an exciting opportunity for kids to extend their artistic and imaginative skills, facilitated by Kate Hubmayer. Native seed pods, leaves and flowers are used in three creative activities. Suitable for children between 5 and 12 years, it will take place at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre on Wednesday October 11 at 10.30 – 11.30 am. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Numbers are limited so book early.

Registration is essential. To book email or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday.

Kate Hubmayer will be selling copies of her two books @ $20.00 each.



A challenge to consumers! – Deferred

“Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design”, presented by the author Robert Croker, DPhil (oxon) on Thursday September 28th, 6.45 for 7pm start.

“Somebody Else’s Problem” calls for a radical change in how we design, make and use the products and services we need.

Rejecting the idea that individuals alone are responsible for the environmental problems we face, and also the idea that technological innovation on its own can save us, the book challenges us to look again at the systems, norms and values we now take for granted in daily life.

In his talk, Robert Croker will challenge many of the assumptions we hold about how our environmental problems might be best solved. This will be an insightful discussion for students, designers and anyone concerned about the cumulative effect consumerism has on our ongoing environmental crisis.

Robert Croker DPhil (oxon) teaches the history and theory of design and design for Sustainability in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. His research focuses broadly on consumption, sustainability and design.

Robert Croker will be talking at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Sept 28th. Registration is essential. To book phone 8390 1891 or email A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Robert will have a few copies of his book available at the end of the talk. The price is $40 – cash only. Please pre order when you register your attendance.

Looking to summer!

“Bushfire Protection for houses: from a sustainable home perspective”  is being presented by Emilis Prelgauskas on Tuesday September 19th, 6.45 for 7pm start.

Emilis Prelgauskas is a well-respected architect who has helped clients build climate appropriate, low energy buildings.

Following the Sampson Flat fires, Emilis led a team of architects and planners who worked pro bono to help victims of the bushfire to rebuild their houses and sheds, supporting them through the maze of planning regulations.

He also spent several weeks coordinating the retrieval of animals from the fire zone.
Emilis has published in many professional papers including the bushfire section of the AGO “Your Home” manual.

Emilis will focus on essential design issues for buildings in bush fire prone areas: looking at the site in relation to natural landforms, creating barriers and reducing fire loads, and fire resistant building constructions, that is – going beyond minimum compliance.

This talk will be invaluable to anyone living in bush fire prone locations, to gain some good advice before building or renovating and to re-evaluate your current situation to improve your home’s bushfire resistance.

Emilis Prelgauskas will be talking at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Registration is essential so please phone 8390 1891 or email to book. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.



Paul Bouchereau from Ashton, won the People’s Choice Award for his beautifully detailed lino cut “A Twenty Season Dream”.

With 163 pieces from 53 artists, the votes were widely spread, an indication of the high quality work submitted this year.

Sean Wessex- Brown, the curator of the SALA@the summit, presented Paul with his prize at the closing of the exhibition on Sunday August 27th.




SALA @ the summit


The Summit Community Centre in Norton Summit is presenting its fourth exhibition profiling the rich talents of Hills artists in the middle of August.

The idea for this year is Adelaide Hills Wild. It may be suggestive of nature, space and light but artists are invited to use their own interpretations of the theme which hopes to encourage  open and flexible responses . The exhibition is open to all mediums including painting, photography, mosaics, textiles, jewelry and sculpture.

The Summit is one of the few venues left that do not charge a hanging fee or commission and is extremely supportive of emerging artists. There were 11 artists in 2016 who had never exhibited before. With over 190 square metres of space in a beautiful setting, it is a perfect venue to showcase their work.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday 18 August and will be open to the public from 9am – 3pm on week days and 12 – 4 pm on Sunday 20 and 27 August.