How Indigenous People Used Plants

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.

If, you want further information from the AHC go to:…


Many of us dream of building or owning a sustainable home, but many of us live in old houses, some built well before sustainability was talked about.

Old architecture in the current techno years usually means high energy wastage. With rising costs, many of us are eager to find ways to reduce bills. People who live in old houses often have to choose between living sustainably or living comfortably – but achieving both can be a challenge.

Andrew Marsh is the author of Sustainability and the old Australian house and he will be talking about Eco Tips for the Home Renovator at the Hills Environment Centre on Tuesday March 17th at 7.30pm. Copies of his book will be available for sale on the night for $15.

Andrew will be sharing dozens of tips and retrofit techniques ranging from simple habit changes to advice on the energy conservation aspects of a major renovation.

Bookings are essential, so if you would like to attend please email The talk will be held at the Hills Environment Centre. 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. The cost is $5(pay on the night) and includes a light supper.


Hills Environment Centre invite you to look at our half yearly program. We have workshops such as photography, bush tucker, permaculture, Quiet Green Achievers Awards and more.

Registration is essential for all these events. Email Val at unless otherwise stated. All events will be held at the Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.



Grab the kids, rustle up your neighbours and friends to enjoy the great outdoors while you turn rubbish into an endangered species! Bring your gloves, hat, water and snacks. Rubbish bags, sharps containers and high viz vests are provided.  The full rubbish bags will be collected and taken to the pick-up station.  Meet at the front of Hills Environment Centre,  4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit at 9.30 am to sign on- this is essential. Children must be supervised by an adult. The Clean-up event will be cancelled if it is a catastrophic or extreme fire risk day.

Community smallPlease email to register yourself or your group so we know how many people to expect.

Huge thanks go to the 4th Creek Catchment Group for facilitating this event.