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Where is Glenthorne Farm?  O'Halloran Hill, Adelaide.  To see map for Gate Entry click here

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Enjoyment Day  - This Sunday, the 15th of July!

NOTE: New times of access – 10.00am to 4.00pm this Sunday – we hope to see you there.

Our second Enjoyment Day for July will be this Sunday, and at this time of the year there is much to enjoy.  Please join us, and see why we are so excited about our National Park. Last visit we saw a male Golden Whistler, a Grey Fantail and numerous Yellow-rumped Thornbills, just to name a few bird species.

We meet at the Majors Road gates just before 10.00am but if you are intending to come along a little later, the gates will be unlocked. Please make sure that you close and bolt the gate once you have entered.
Follow the road until you reach the large pine tree near the Old Barn and head right through, along the dirt track, to where you will see our cars parked. Again, please always close the gates after you pass through them as sheep are grazing.
You are welcome to park on the bitumen carpark, if you prefer (turn right at the large pine tree in the "middle" of the Glenthorne Track, around past the old CSIRO laboratories) and park behind the buildings. You will need to walk back down the track to where we will be working.
Visitors are always welcome and we are happy to show people around our revegetation sites and the heritage structures.
Please call Alan on 0411595910 to advise that you are coming along or we may be off down the water course when you arrive.
We usually have tea or coffee and a discussion of recent events from around 1.00 pm but must vacate the property at 4.00pm, under University of Adelaide rules.
If you are coming along, please respect the property and its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.


Glenthorne Park - Update

There has only been a little news about the Glenthorne National Park in the media, since the March 17th 2018 State election. This is because Minister David Speirs and his Department, have been in discussions with the University of Adelaide regarding the State taking back ownership.

The Friends are happy to now advise that on the 21st of June 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both parties, meaning that an agreement had been reached. The State will take back ownership once the legalities are finalised, hopefully within a few months.

This will secure the Farm’s future forever and mean that the 2001 Deed of Sale’s “no urban development” clause will be honoured for all time. The National Park will encompass all of the local smaller parks, but importantly, they will maintain their identity and those Friends groups will continue. As a part of the deal, the University of Adelaide will, to some extent, be involved in ecological research on the property and will receive some financial support for its research work and associated administration costs. It is not believed that this will hinder the Department of the Environment and Water’s (DEW) own revegetation work.

The Minister is looking forward to the local Friends groups and community having a say in the development of the National Park and considers community governance as being an extremely important part of the property’s management. Major decisions, such as involvement of the RSPCA and Adelaide Cemetery Authority (natural burials) in the National Park will be made by the Minister, but the community will have some input.

The Friends of Glenthorne welcome this news. There will be an on-site ranger station and the current sheep grazing activities will continue for some time, assisting to control weeds. Corporate sponsorship and grant funding will be necessary, as will volunteer labour.

It is hoped that as part of the first review of the property, a full heritage survey will be conducted across the entire property, looking for sites of significance and artefacts not yet discovered. Until the title is in the hands of the State, things will remain as they currently are. The Friends will begin working on a wish list, so that the work of the Friends is supported but also so that high priority actions, such as protecting the remaining paddock and remnant trees and the ephemeral water course, are enacted as a matter of priority. Funding will be tight and all Friends groups will need to continue to stretch funding as only Friends groups can.

Director, Community Engagement, Mr Michael Garrod, has already been in discussion with the Friends of Glenthorne and plans to speak to the other groups very soon. This project will have both national and international interest and significance and it is hoped that many important environmental research projects will be run on the Glenthorne property. It is understood that a number of organisations may be involved in the revegetation works, which will be large-scale and cover most of the Glenthorne property, as well as recreational activities, such as a major Nature Play area for children and families.

We encourage the local community to join their local Friends’ groups in order to have input into this exciting plan and we thank all of our supporters over so many long years of struggle. Our efforts are about to be rewarded and we must also thank Minister David Speirs for delivering on his promise to save Glenthorne farm and create South Australia’s newest National Park. Very soon the real work will begin, which after 22 years, will be a pure joy. We hope that you are able to assist us along the way or at least come along to enjoy the local open space we are so lucky to have.


Membership

Now is the perfect time to join the Friends of Glenthorne. Get involved in helping to plan the National Park or simply come along and help plant some shrubs and trees. If you aren’t able, simply join and come along to enjoy the views and fresh, clean air. Many interesting and fascinating birds are to be seen on a visit to Glenthorne Farm and at 1.00pm the Friends break for tea and coffee and a chat. Membership details are also found on our web site at http://www.friendsofglenthorne.org.au/wp-content/uploads/FoG_Membership_Form.pdf where you can download a membership form and payment can be made into our bank account (details also on the web site) or you can come along to one of our Enjoyment Days and pay there. Just $10.00 for individuals and $20.00 for families.


Book: Glenthorne , a Defining History & Indefinite Politics

Sales of the newly released book, “Glenthorne, a Defining History & Indefinite Politics” are going very well and members and supporters are encouraged to log onto the Friends of Glenthorne web site here to order their copy.

Or you may like to telephone Keryn on 0412356387

The first print run was only 500 copies and it has not yet been decided whether a second run will be printed, so to avoid disappointment we recommend that you order your copy now and perhaps a copy for a special friend for Christmas.

At just $40 ($30 plus $10 postage and handling), it makes a great gift and is a great read. It is the most detailed written history of the Glenthorne property and we are very proud of it.

Payment can be by way of cheque (posted in the mail) or electronic or cash deposit into the Friends bank account. Note that order forms must also be forwarded with payment to ensure your copy is accurately posted to you.

  Bank Account Details
Account Name: Friends of Glenthorne Inc.
BSB: 015-209
Acct No: 198 876 197
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Glenthorne National Park - What could it be like?

Have you ever visited Braeside Park, in Melbourne?

Visit the Friends of Breaside Website, and see what is happening there.  This could be happening at Glenthorne to further enhance our beautiful city  www.braesideparkfriends.org.au

Now that the new SA Govt. has promised that Glenthorne National Park will be formed, our local member, and the current Minister for the Environment, Mr. David Speirs, MP, is planning to consult with the community over the coming weeks and the best way to be involved, is to join your local Friends group. The Friends of Glenthorne committee will keep you informed via this newsletter.


"Friends of Glenthorne" on FaceBook

If you haven't "Liked" us on our facebook page, then please do this here. This will help spread the news about what is happening at the Farm. Now that the campaign to save Glenthorne has been won, we are looking to attract the community to opportunities to be involved, which will start to appear in the coming days.

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Vale, Don Webster

The Friends of Glenthorne join many in the SA environmental movement and local community who were saddened by the recent passing of the Friends of the O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park’s President, Mr Don Webster. Don had been active in the local community, holding many sporting positions as well as working for Trees for Life and in the O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park. I remember Don joining the Friends of Glenthorne at the youthful age of 76 and the only Acacia victoriae ever planted on the Glenthorne property were planted by Don. Don was passionate about the O’Halloran Hill park and worked tirelessly over many years to secure grants and organise plantings and social events for the OHHRP Friends. He will long be remembered for his hard work and friendship and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family.


Regards,
Friends of Glenthorne

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