Who is helping the community with landscape recovery after the Pinery Fire?
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, supported by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke, has been working closely with the Vegetation Recovery Committee, landholders and community groups to promote the re-establishment of native vegetation in the fire-affected area since 2015.
Purchased plants, guards and stakes are funded from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board levy.
Vegetation Recovery Committee
Grows plants which are purchased from the NRM levy and provides the venue for distribution day. The bushgardens also helps with equipment for distribution day such as benches for the plants to sit on, trolleys etc. and coordinated the batching of plants in the first year of the project.
Assists with promotion of the regreening Pinery project and attends distribution days to talk to landholders.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Undertook some recovery works in the first year after fire, funded by the NRM levy, and will undertake follow up care of plants such as watering during summer, and taking photopoints during the 2018 season, funded by Foundation Barossa.
The foundation administers a grant program using money raised by donations, and in 2018 will contribute approximately $5000 to the project.
Gawler Environment and Heritage Association
Provides the Chair of the revegetation committee, Adrian Shackley, and grew ~500 plants in the first two years of the project.
Assists with batching and handing out plants on distribution day and is an active participant in committee meetings and planning sessions.
Kersbrook Landcare Group nursery
Grows ~2000 plants each year with the majority purchased from the NRM levy, and some donated.
Light Regional Council
Council is an active participant in the committee and a land manager of a number of reserves significantly impacted by the fire. Also provides storage area for plants and guards that remain to be picked up after distribution day and is a contact point for some landholders.
Natural Resources AMLR, and Northern and Yorke
Natural Resources staff work with landholders throughout the year on their property, at field days and workshops as part of Pinery fire recovery, and at the plant giveaway days in selecting the species, batching and distributing them.
NRM Education and local schools
The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board’s NRM Education team provides a staff member to participate in the committee and supports schools to grow seedlings for the project. These schools grow approximately 500 plants each for the project:
- Nuriootpa Primary and High Schools
- Faith Lutheran College
- Kapunda primary school
- Freeling Primary School
- Mallala primary school
- Craigmore High School
Rotary clubs – Gawler and Walkerville
The clubs grows approximately 2000 plants each, which they donate to the recovery efforts, and assist with handing out plants on distribution day.
TAFE participates in the planning committee and runs some complimentary plant recovery projects in the fires scar. TAFE SA students from the Barossa campus will assist with the batching of plants in 2018.
Trees For Life
Coordinates volunteer plant growers and will be supplying 10,000 plants this year. Trees For Life also provides 10,000 seedlings, tree guards and stakes for purchase by the NRM levy at reduced rates, using sponsorship from Vitera.