Park Friends 10: Volunteers – Our Life-blood!

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In Park Friends this week, we meet two volunteers who freely give of their time and expertise in and around Morialta Conservation Park. Bec is a young woman with a passion for her work as a new volunteer with the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta. And Cath Deans is a member of the local Australian Retired Persons Association and takes us to an area adjacent to Black Hill, along Montacute Road, where ARPA members have worked for many years in caring for their special patch.

Nasturtiums – nice to look at, but not wanted in our conservation parks!

A question for you – would you or your family know what to do if you see a snake near you in a park, or even in your own back garden? To find out more about snake awareness education programs, we drive up through the Adelaide Hills to the east of Adelaide to the small township of Norton Summit, close to the highest point of Morialta Conservation Park, and visit the Adelaide Hills Natural Resources Centre. Volunteer John Richards and Centre Manager Val Hunt talk about their work, and we hear a great story about young Seb, a seven year old boy with a real passion about wildlife, and his offer to become safely involved in a snake awareness seminar held at Norton Summit.

The photo on this page shows Seb getting acquainted with Monty, and is used with permission from his family. When when it was published in the local paper, Seb was a real hero at his school for volunteering to take part in this way in the snake safety awareness course.

NB – this is one of those occasions where media people like to say loud and clear ….
Do Not Try This At Home!

Seb, a young participant in a snake awareness session, gets to meet Monty

Val Hunt, Coordinator, Adelaide Hills Natural Resources Centre, Norton Summit
John Richards, Volunteer, Adelaide Hills Natural Resources Centre, Norton Summit
Cath Deans, Australian Retired Persons Association
Bec, a new volunteer with the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.

Thinkabout Talkabout

  • Would you know what to do if confronted by a snake? Do your children know what to do? Find out about a snake awareness course near you.
  • Mention was made of the booklet Native Plants of Norton Summit, produced by volunteers at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resources Centre, with funding from their local Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. Find out more about the role of the eight Natural Resources Management Boards around South Australia and in many other parts of Australia.