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We are proud to display the ACNC 'tick' as a Registered Charity in Australia. Our listing can be viewed here.
We are a member of "Friends of Parks Inc
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Volunteers working together for conservation.
We are a volunteer group (of about 200) which works in close cooperation with the Park staff for the benefit of the Park and the people of South Australia.
The Friends of Belair National Park Inc are part of a SA wide 'Friends' network that ranges from the Simpson Desert in the far north to Dingly Dell at the bottom tip of the state.The group seeks to further the basic philosophy of the Park - that it should be regarded primarily as a place preserving the natural environment in which users can see and experience that environment.The objectives of the The Friends of Belair National Park as stated in our Rules are:
A copy of the Rules of Incororation can be downloaded from here.
South Australia leads the nation with its Friends of Parks network. At the instigation of the State Government and the Nature Conservation Society, volunteer Friends groups were encouraged from the early 1980s to allow community members to assist in the management of the State's parks and reserves, and to encourage enjoyment of the State's natural and cultural heritage.When an average hourly rate of pay is placed on the work that the Friends carry out each year, an estimated $5-6 million worth of work is performed on behalf of the Parks system each year. This includes all hands on work in the field and anything that is carried out in support of this activity.
TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS
If there is an Extreme or Catastrophic level Total Fire Ban in the Mt Lofty Ranges announced after 4-30pm on the previous day, all events scheduled by the Friends in Belair National Park will be cancelled, except for the AGM, which would be rescheduled for the following month..
If there is a Severe level fire ban, meetings will go ahead but it will be your personal responsibility to ensure that you have a communication plan in place.
There will no working bees if the forecast temperature is 35 degrees or over.
For all official functions planned by The Friends of BNP ask at the Ticket Office, Belair National Park for free vehicle entry.
For general park enquiries NOT relating to Friends of Belair National Park activities, please call 08 8278 8279. After hours emergency only: call 0427 556 676.
The November monthly meeting will commence at 1.00pm on 6th November.
This meeting will be a closed event restricted to members only. Our guest speaker will be Professor Chris Daniels with his topic being "Rewilding and the Future of Parks, Zoos and the Nature Experience" The presentation will be followed by the monthly General Meeting of the Friends of Belair National Park.
CELEBRATION of 130th birthday of the Park and 36th birthday of The Friends of Belair National Park
Attendance will be by (emailed) invitation only of our members and special guests to a birthday celebration picnic at 6pm at the Volunteer Centre, Long Gully. Please bring a BYO picnic for a Covid 19 safe celebration. Tea & coffee will be provided.
Member Subscription Notice
Member Annual Subscriptions for 2021 are due from 1st January 2021. (refer Membership Page for details)
September 2021 Newsletter is now available through Publications Page