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 valhunt@ahnrc.org 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 valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday.

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

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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 valhunt@ahnrc.org to book. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.

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.

A few firsts for SALA exhibition

There are going to be a few firsts in SALA @ the summit art exhibition this year.  In response to community feedback, there will be a mini craft market on Sunday 20 August. The Craft Market is a new feature, where visitors can buy directly from makers. Original craft items will include small mosaic pieces, knitted and woolen crafts, hand drawn Australian animal cards and T shirts.

 

 

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Another new element is the People’s Choice Award given to the artwork which has the most resonance with the theme – Adelaide Hills Wild. The presentation is on Sunday 27 August and local wines will be available during the day.

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.

2017 Quiet Green Achievers hit environmental benchmarks

3 wonderful people were presented with Quiet Green Achiever awards on Saturday July 1st. They were each nominated for their outstanding contribution to the environment. The winners were:

Jon Radford initiated a tree-planting scheme that has benefits for Hills landholders who have lost their ancient, giant isolated trees. The plantings had a survival rate of 80%, thanks to Jon’s organisational skills. Birds, bats and soil organisms are the real beneficiaries of his work.

 

L-R Andrew Davidson (AHNRC Chairperson), Jon Radford

Henry Short purchased a farm at Mantung in the Northern Mallee to experiment with organics and stop the use of super phosphate by mowing the weeds. The results were: improving the soil and checking erosion. He was also a champion of the Mallee Fowl and embarked on a program of fox and rabbit baiting. He monitored the number of birds and recorded the improvements in their progress.

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Jackqui Dekker joined Fourth Creek Catchment Group (FCCG) and has been active as a management committee member since its establishment in 2002; also providing practical assistance with the Group’s weeding and revegetation activities.

Congratulations to the recipients!