Friends of Para Wirra volunteers celebrate 30 years of caring for the land

Friends of Para Wirra, volunteers Helen Bourne, Colin Windsor
and Steve Taylor recently celebrated for their conservation efforts. Photo: Supplied
Friends of Para Wirra, volunteers Helen Bourne, Colin Windsor and Steve Taylor recently celebrated for their conservation efforts. Photo: Supplied

Environmental volunteers from Friends of Para Wirra celebrated 30 years of caring for the land at a recent event hosted by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

The Para Wirra celebration formed part of the annual volunteer 'thank you' event for groups in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region. It is held to shine a spotlight on the valuable work of volunteers in looking after the region's parks, coasts, waterways and reserves.

Natural Resources AMLR volunteer support officer Liz Ninnes says the event is a great opportunity to thank volunteers for their "enormous contribution" in protecting and enhancing our natural environment, plus a perfect time to celebrate their special milestones.

"Our vollies are incredible," she said.

"Their understanding of the landscape, the connection to their patch and local in-depth knowledge, is awe-inspiring.

"Friends of Para Wirra have been around for 30 years with their dedicated members working hard to revegetate the area, monitor the local flora and wildlife and help control problem weeds, such as boneseed, olive and bridal creeper. They share their knowledge too, running classroom and on-park revegetation activities with students from One Tree Hill Primary School," Ms Ninnes said.

On the day, volunteers were able to take part in a variety of activities, including guided walks of local bush and historic Marble Hill, Kaurna cultural carving, plant propagation, and wildlife monitoring; and guest speaker Mademoiselle Bee (Vanessa Hoo) spoke about the importance of bees.

Other local groups celebrating special milestones included South Para Biodiversity Project Inc., who reached an impressive 20 years since the group began and Gawler River Riparian Restoration, celebrating 10 years.

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