Environmental Community Groups
Friends of the Pledger Wetlands
The Pledger Wetlands are in Mawson Lakes running along the eastern side of the Gawler to Adelaide railway. The Friends of Pledger Wetlands are all volunteers and most (but not all) reside in Mawson Lakes. The Group is recognised and supported as ‘Community Volunteers’ by the City of Salisbury and Natural Resources - Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges. The Friends of the Pledger Wetlands officially came into being in November 2013 when the active members of Mawson Lakes Environment Watch decided that the group should take on the new title. Mawson Lakes Environment Watch was first formed as a community volunteer group in 2007.
The vision of the Friends of Pledger Wetlands is to develop an iconic nature trail for walking, jogging or cycling which showcases native flora and fauna along its two kilometre length. As such it forms part of a network of biodiversity corridors in the City of Salisbury.
Ongoing work includes:
- Planting new seedlings each year as in fill in the area currently and in the extended area identified by FPW
- Continuing weed control, mulching and watering in the area currently maintained by FPW.
Friends of Dry Creek Trail
The Friends of Dry Creek Tail was established back in 2000 when some erosion control work was done along Dry Creek in Valley View and the local community was asked to be involved with revegetation planting. The section of Dry Creek the group is active in is from Grand Junction Road at Valley View, downstream to Walkleys Road, which is jointly managed by the City of Salisbury, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The group's aim is to rehabilitate its section of Dry Creek to pre-European settlement conditions of a grassy woodland ecosystem by restoring the creek bed, stabilising the banks to prevent any further erosion, and plant with the Mallee Box Vegetation Association. The group generally holds one event a month, ranging from planting to maintenance, to bush walks.
For more information about the Friends of Dry Creek Trail, please visit their website and if you are interested in joining the group, please contact the President Brenton Isted on 8264 3580.
Friends of Cobbler Creek
The Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park was formed in 1990, and is a community based group of volunteers dedicated to helping the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to protect the natural features and habitat of the Park. Their aim is to educate the community about the native habitat and fauna and the Park’s recreational value. The group’s activities include planting, seed collecting, litter collection, weed control, and trail construction. Although the park is in the City of Salisbury and City of Tea Tree Gully Council areas, it is managed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources as it is a designated Recreation Park.