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Enjoyment Day - Sunday, the 17th of November!

NOTE: Change of Time of access – 10.00am to 3:30pm on the Sunday.

The forcast for Sunday is partly cloudy with a Max of 20°C.  What beautiful Spring weather!  We will be very busy enjoying ourselves, doing a bit of weed control (hand weeding around plants and brush cutting) and guarding and mulching plants previously planted.

Other things you may like to bring:

Things to do at Glenthorne:

To find us, go through the Main Gates on Majors Rd. Go down the entrance road into the property (heading south) until you reach the large pine tree near the Old Barn. (A Bitumen Parking area is available by turning right at the large pine tree and following the road behind the old CSIRO laboratory buildings). Once you are at the large pine tree, follow the road through the gate, along the dirt track, to where you will see our vehicles and equipment.

Be sure to present yourselves to someone in our group, so we can "sign you in", and give you a brief intro to being on Glenthorne.

As always on a property with Gates, please always leave gates as you find them. If open then leave them open, if closed, then close them after you go through.

Visitors are always welcome, and we are happy to show people around our revegetation sites and the heritage structures later in the day after Afternoon Tea.

Please call Alan on 0411 595 910 if you have any difficulties but there will be volunteers at the gate around 10 am.

If you are coming along, please respect the property and its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.

Glenthorne National Park Update

Can we believe it?  After over 16 months wait, Glenthorne was finally signed over to the Department of Environment and Water, to now continue with the work of making Glenthorne a National Park. This may still be another 12 months away, as the Department have to do a lot of work on the property before it is open to the public.  Any visitors to Glenthorne will still need to be "guests" of "Friends of Glenthorne" and follow any obligations that we have to. But, our patience has been rewarded.  This wonderful news was presented to the Glenthorne Partnership committee, personally by the Hon. David Speirs, the day the document was signed.  It was wonderful that Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Pat Smythermann attended.  Peter was the Friends of Glenthorne's inaugural President, when it was formed in the late 1990's.  What a wonderful and emotional surprise it was. 

The following days (the recent "Open Days") the Dept. presented the Glenthorne National Park Master Plan.  If you missed this, you can see a video of this presentation, taken at one of the Open Days. 


In an email update from the University, the Vice-Chancellor had this to say:

"The University has owned Glenthorne since 2001. Now transferred to the State’s Minister for Environment and Water, the property will become a hub for the creation of Glenthorne National Park, Adelaide’s second major metropolitan national park. It’s history in the making."

Glenthorne Action Team

On Saturday 30 November, the "Glenthorne Action Team" will have an exciting event. An event to meet, and start work on the "Upper Field River".

If you would like to meet some locals, who want to restore this beautiful area back to Native bushland, reduce the weeds, and make it more Bird and Butterfly friendly, then you can meet them at the Barton Drive Reserve/Playground, Sheidow Park, from 2pm to 5pm, Sat 30th Nov. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing, and maybe even a Hat, sunscreen, enclosed shoes, and some water.  Come and see what they plan to do with this site.

Sedge Snippets

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This past week has been "Australian Pollinator Week" which acknowledges our incredible insect pollinators. Did you know nearly two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production relies on our pollinators? Why not celebrate their importance by raising awareness of their significance and sharing ways we can support them? Perhaps you could create an insect hotel at an upcoming activity day or conduct a wild pollinator count? You may already have ideas for a pollinator event to run in your community or organisation. If not, here are a few ideas to inspire you.


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Dark Emu

In 2014, Bruce Pascoe wrote a book called Dark Emu that challenged the belief that the First Australians were hunter-gatherers.

In researching his book, Bruce examined the journals of the early explorers and found evidence of a complex civilisation that was using sophisticated technologies to live, farm and manage the land.

The ABC have a fascinating series of short videos that explain this further. Click this link.

Or, go to the ABC Education Website:, and in the Search Box, type "Bruce Pascoe"

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