The long-established KI community group has found new purpose in its role to help islanders recover from bushfires.

Lenore Boxer was one of the 19 founding members that got together in 1999 and decided Kangaroo Island needed a garden club.

“I’ve always loved gardening and this was something many people got a lot of enjoyment out of over time,” the now 76-year-old remembers.

She is still one of 65 active members and the club’s Vice President this year, but would not have imagined the important role the club would play in helping the island recover from disaster.

Kangaroo Island is…


Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and travel bans, the regional music festival will continue in October.

Volunteers for the Fleurieu Folk Festival have worked hard to ensure the music event will return for its fifteenth year, one that will have a stronger focus on local talent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“From the beginning of the year we made a conscious decision that we were gonna go all out and keep our fingers crossed that it could go ahead,” says festival director Valerie Corfield.

“We are of course mindful of the changing sitaution around COVID travel restrictions, but regardless…


Community driven efforts to improve the streetscape and create a buzz for local businesses has brought about meaningful change to the small Adelaide Hills town.

The town’s centre is undergoing a $4 million transformation through the undergrounding of powerlines, stormwater works, streetscaping and the installation of public art.

Community group, the Gumeracha Main Street Project Group, has been advocating for the upgrades to Albert Street since forming in 2016 with the idea of making the town look better to help boost local business.

The group partnered with the Adelaide Hills Council to apply for funding towards the upgrades and was…


The Adelaide Hills community group Bushfire Kids Connect is set to release a bushfire education and awareness program in time for the upcoming fire season.

Bushfire Kids Connect’s new educational program is set to be rolled out across regional Australia in the coming months.

The program will focus on educating kids about how to prepare for bushfires, why they happen and their connection to the environment.

Founded by nine-year-old Sebastian Ascott and his mother Carly, Bushfire Kids Connect currently offers support to more than 100 families who were affected by the devastating bushfire seasons over the past two years.

A…


In an innovative show of resilience, a Woodside winemaker is hoping to salvage grapes tainted with smoke from the 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfire into something valuable — spirits.

Simon Tolley of Woodside winery Simon Tolley Wines is taking part in a research study driven by the University of Adelaide to see whether his spoiled grapes can be distilled into brandy.

“Hopefully we can roll out a smoke-flavoured brandy or gin in our cellar door in about 12 months’ time,” Simon says.

“The project will hopefully assist other smoke-affected growers in the future, and give them more options with the rejected…


Indigenous students are getting practical experience in restoring land thanks to a university entry course held at a reserve in the South East.

The University of South Australia’s Land Management course is giving Aboriginal students the chance to develop knowledge and skills in cultural learning and land management practices.

Barry Tarr, who has taught the Land Management course for three years, says that as part of the class students visit Mount Burr Swamp, a former deep freshwater marsh located 30 minutes from Mount Gambier.

“Students will learn about how country, culture and health are interconnected,” he says.

The 300-hectare site…


An emerging commercial seaweed industry is gaining pace in South Australia and it has the methane produced by cows firmly in its sights.

Australian researchers have found red seaweed has the ability to reduce cow and sheep methane production by up to 90 per cent when mixed with stock feed.

The findings have led the South Australian Government to recently announce $1.5 million over two years to support the establishment of a commercial seaweed industry in the state.

It says seaweed production could be worth $140 million a year in South Australia with the potential to create 1,200 jobs.

This…


Meeting Place MV has a history for helping those in need, with its most recent project supplying more than 220 dinner hampers for emergency workers during the recent lockdown.

Meeting Place MV is a co-working space and cafe on Main Road in McLaren Vale that also provides training for vulnerable members of the community.

So when Meeting Place MV founder, Mark Potter, saw an opportunity to help first responders of the recent lockdown, he did not let it pass.

“We put it out to our local community to pledge some money to help us create hampers,” Mark says.


A young business owner’s passion for horticulture is helping to raise awareness of Australian native plants in Gawler, South Australia.

What started in 2015 as a way to earn extra pocket money has now grown into a flourishing business for 23-year-old Brayden Fitzpatrick.

Based in Gawler South, his company Fitzy’s Natives & Horticulture Services has expanded from a backyard business to now growing and selling 20,000–30,000 plants a year to local councils, property owners and farmers.

Brayden says his interest in native plants was influenced by his parents.

“They’ve always been environmentalists,” he says.


The Yorketown Progress Association Sort and Save Shed has prevented 1632 tonnes of recyclable waste from entering landfill in its almost 20 years of operation.

Progress Association coordinator John Franke introduced the project in January 2002 as a way to raise money to support the region because there is no caravan park or attractions to sustain a viable budget for the community.

The project, which was established in less than two months with support from the President and members of Progress Association, began collecting just newspaper but has since expanded to shredded paper, soft plastics, cardboard and magazines.

Franke said…

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