A group of 16 local community members picked up a whopping 6 cubic metres of rubbish over three hours last Sunday morning.

Ray and Jean White coordinated the Clean Up Australia Day in Norton Summit for the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre with the help of several members of 4th Creek Catchment Group, some local residents and 4 children.

Much of the rubbish collected was able to be recycled, including cardboard, glass bottles, aluminium cans and steel. While the children reaped the benefit of the cash refund, it is a poor reflection on those who toss these products out of the car. Other items collected included tyres, plastic bags, car parts, rural and building waste, plus fast food containers. Guess how far you can drive eating a big Mac?

Most of these items were collected from roadsides adjacent to 3rd Creek and 4th Creek catchment areas and had the potential to cause harm to wildlife, aquatic creatures and to the health of the creeks.

What a great effort by everyone who helped. It is a pity that we still need to run these programs to clean up the rubbish carelessly dispersed by others.


clean-up-aust-day-symbol_optCLEAN UP (NORTON SUMMIT) AUSTRALIA DAY  – SUNDAY MARCH 4th

Removing rubbish from our roadsides helps to reduce water pollution, injury to wildlife and improves the ambience of our area. Join a team or get friends and neighbours together to clean up your patch. You must register and turn up at the AHNRC at 9.30 to sign on and collect bags, sharps containers and high viz vests.  BYO hats, gloves, sunscreen and water.                                                                

For information about how we did in 2017 see 2017 RUBBISH REPORT – SOUTH AUSTRALIA


CHILLIESSUMMER TOMATOESCan you help save our tomato plants?

We make volunteering fun when you join our Wednesday morning gardening team.


Our vegie wicking beds need lots of care over the summer months. The tomatoes need harvesting and there are new seedlings to be planted.

Training can be provided but some gardening knowledge would be an advantage. Email Val ( if you have some time and energy to volunteer!



Do you and your family spend a lot of time in the garden – playing, working, reading or just sitting? You can share this space with some beautiful native birds, insects and wildlife if you know how to attract them to your garden. Many are essential foSOPHI E THOMSONr pollinating plants and vegies, but they will all thank you for providing water, food and safe nesting sites.

Come along to hear Sophie Thomson discuss the benefits of providing habitat through plant selection and garden design.

Bookings are essential.

Sophie’s talk will follow the Hills Harvest Exchange from 10 – noon. Join us for a shared lunch on the patio and let us know when you book. This event will be free to all HHE members.

Christmas break

Bursania Spinosa (the Christmas Bush)

The Committee, staff and volunteers at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre wish you a wonderful festive season.

We thank you for your support and friendship throughout the year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

The AHNRC will be closed on Wednesday December 20th and reopen on Tuesday January 9th, allowing us to have a well-deserved break.

The Hills Harvest Exchange will be held on January 6th.


Photo courtesy of Angus Stewart,

Christmas Callout

It is nearing Christmas and most people will be shopping for gifts in the next few weeks.  At the AHNRC, we have a wide range of gifts for admirers of Jeremy Boot, one of Australia’s finest wildlife artists.  He made his name with his realistic and detailed paintings of Australian birds which are captured on a number of different quality products.

  • Birds of Australia Fine Bone China Cups and Plates    $19.95
  • The Art of Jeremy Boot Tea Towel  $17.50
  • Illustrated Birds of Australia 2018 Calendar $25.00

There are also cards, prints, fridge magnets and note books for sale.

For those people who are more interested in identifying native plants of the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley, we have a book written, designed and produced by the Kersbrook Landcare Group.  At $39.95 a copy, it is a must for a greater appreciation of walking and hiking in the bush in those areas.