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.



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.

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.




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.

Kersbrook Landcare celebrates new publication!

Focus on Flora, Native Plants of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa is a response to a need expressed by lovers of native bushland for more information about what they see when they walk in the North Adelaide Hills.

Kersbrook Landcare Group spent seven years compiling the book, which depicts 280 local plant species, with full colour photographs.

It is a key guide, a soft cover book which is easy to carry and consult on walks . “Focus on Flora” also includes clear descriptions of each plant and will be extremely useful for the beginner or anyone with a knowledge of native plants.

Chapters include: Ground Dwellers, Creepers and Twiners, Small, Medium and Large Shrubs, Trees and Water Lovers over 313 pages.

There is a glossary, index, maps and other electronic and hard copy resources.

The book is now available and we have copies for sale at $39.95.

You can purchase a copy of the book from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 3pm.

If you would like a copy posted to you, please add $13.00 to cover postage and packing. Cheques can be made out to Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.

Alternatively, you can pay direct to our Bank SA account no 036349940 BSB 105 – 141.

Please include your name and address for posting, total cost is $52.95.

Please note that we do not have any credit facilities.

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.

L-R Andrew Davidson, Henry Short

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!