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Our history

The inaugural meeting of Friends of the Coorong was held in the Meningie Institute on November 22nd 1987. 44 were present. Our inaugural patron was Mr Colin Thiele, Author of Storm Boy.

Some milestones over the years:

FOC logo

1988 - logo designed by David Robertson of Belair

1994 - awarded "Best Logo" at the Friends of Parks forum

1988 - members help with the pelican banding project

1992 - awarded "Best Wildlife Project" at the Friends of Parks forum

1990 - Colossal Coorong Clean-up

1990 - awarded "Best Community Project" at the Friends of Parks forum

1991 - Harry Wallace makes a herbarium for the Coorong

1996 - awarded "Best Public Education Project" at the Friends of parks forum

1992 - adopted the Lakes Nature Trail at Salt Creek

1992 - awareded "Best Trail" at the Friends of parks forum

Mark Point Mill

1996 - adopted the Mark Point Mill historic site

1999 - awarded best heritage project at the Friends of parks forum

2011 - completed the restoration of the site, awarded the inaugural "Best Forum Display" at the Friends of Parks forum

1992 - individual award made to David and Margaret Dadd

1994 - SA Ranger of the Year awarded to Phil Hollow

1995 - individual award made to Harry and Margaret Wallace

1995 - awarded "Best Newsletter" - then edited by Marie Sinnott

1997 - SA Volunteers of the Year awarded to Harry and Margaret Wallace

1999 - SA Ranger of the Year awarded to Steve Gilbert

1999 - most supportive staff person to Friends of Parks awarded to Joanne Flavel

2003 - "Best Friends" medals awarded to Elaine Lawson and Vicki Natt

2003 - individual award made to Leta padman at Friends of the Parks forum

2005 - individual award made to john and Rosemary Edkins

Cantara homestead in 2012

1999 - gained a grant for the Cantara Conservation Plan

2001 - first Open House at Cantara

2004 - second Open House at Cantara

2005 - awarded "Best Heritage Project" at the Friends of Parks forum

2006 - fossicking day at Cantara

1990 - Leta Padmans "Tales of the Coorong" first printed

1993 - Jenny Harvey's memorial erected at Mark Point

1995 - Leta padman's "More Tales of the Coorong" first printed

1998 - hosted the 14th annual Friends of the Parks forum at Meningie

1999 - bus trip to Naracoorte Caves and Bool Lagoon

2000 - open day at Parnka Point

2001 - heritage dig at Chinaman's Well

2004 - visit to Butcher's Gap and Little Dip Conservation Parks

2005 - Meet the Waders Festival at Parnka Point

2006 - Wetland and Waders Festival at Parnka Point

2007 - Wetland and Waders Festival at Salt Creek

2007 - 20th Anniversary celebrations at Pelican Point

 25 Anniversary

2008 - Leta Padman's "Tales of the lakes and Coorong" first printed.

2008 - Wetland and Waders Festival at 42 Mile Crossing

2010 - erected Pip Williams' memorial seat at Parnka Point

2010 - state-wide Fairy Tern survey

2012 - Coorong Walking Group formed

2012 - participated in Planet Ark's National Tree Planting Day

2012 - 25th Anniversary celebrations at Cantara Homestead

Friends of Parks "Friends Group of the Decade"  1996 - 2006 

 

Patron , Mrs Leta Padman