It was very pleasing to see the Eyre Peninsula and the Gawler Ranges in such good condition after all the rains earlier this year. I can thoroughly recommend the Nature Foundation’s Hiltaba Station as a place to spend some time. It features lovely drives and walks with spectacular scenery.
Due to an early return home for a funeral, I was able to attend the Rockleigh planting day. Our 16 volunteers plus Aaron and Cooper from GWLAP managed to get 1000 plants in the ground with guards and a good watering. Many thanks to my brother Ian for supplying 2000 litres of water and helping out during the day. The cows did not get fed that night! It was great to see 3 generations of the Smyth family helping out as well as Peter Reeves from Sydney. Many thanks Peter Vincent and Bren for getting the final details organized and all those who turned up for such a fantastic effort. My thanks to Marg Brown for the photos following the newsletter.
As alluded to in a previous newsletter we have incurred some significant costs this year. As you would be aware from the recent balance sheets presented at the AGM and emailed to all shareholders, the $5000 collected annually from fees barely covers ongoing management costs. The $3000 feral deer eradication program has been partly off-set by a $1000 grant that Andrew successfully applied for but the new signage is expected to cost another $2000 plus we have spent $900 upgrading the Rockleigh track, establishing an exclosure for grasses and purchasing weedicide which will last us for some time.
As a consequence, the Board has increased the annual fee to $150 but would be very grateful for donations beyond this if you are able. On the other hand, if you are financially challenged at this stage, please let me know and provisions can be made.
The annual fee is now due and payment details are below:
Methods of Payment
Payment made by cheque or money order, payable to:
Bushland Conservation Pty Ltd
c/o Secretary Graham White
54 Fairlie Drive
Flagstaff Hill 5159
Direct debit: To Bank SA Account Name: Bushland Conservation Pty Ltd
BSB Number: 105-038
Account Number: 031662640
** NB. Be sure to insert your Shareholder Name **
All the best,