Friends of the Lower Field River aims to improve and rehabilitate the condition and
amenity of the lower Field River & associated environs. We want to create an open
and accessible reserve for all our community.
The major areas of concentration to achieve our aim are:
- developing and conducting a weed/alien species eradication program
- undertaking a revegetation program in conjunction with the local community
- encourage the 'Our Patch' attitude where local people will 'adopt' stewardship
of certain areas and concentrate their efforts to look after these areas
- development and introducing an education program and having joint ventures
with local schools
- seeking community grants, sponsorship and other fund raising to support our i
- maintaining regular communication with the local community
- maintaining effective liaison with local government and MPs
- a program to supply native indigenous plants to the local community
- a program to prevent/reduce waste entering the Field River from home properties
- familiarising the local community about the Field River through walking tours
Short/Medium term objectives
Develop and conduct a staged eradication program:
- establish priority tasks and a coordinated plan for eradication and replacement
- interest the Marion Council in supporting FoLFR projects and our 'Friends' group supporting/promoting relevant Council initiatives
- training of volunteers in weed eradication methods.
In conjunction with the local community undertake a revegetation program:
- replace introduced fauna and feral weeds with indigenous plants
- identify volunteers who can learn about native indigenous plants.
Maintain regular communication with the local community:
- establish contact with interested households in Hallett Cove, Sheidow Park and Trott Park especially those close to the Field River
- distribute a timely newsletter providing 'what's happening?' information to local residents, this will also encourage local residents' involvement
- promote the 'Our Patch' attitude to encourage stewardship of certain areas of the reserve/river/dunes.
- develop a database of contacts and keep this up-to-date
- promote 'Field Work on the Field River' events via to out contacts
- provide Lower Field River information on the notice board at the main shopping centre
- make contact with Coast FM to see if they will promote our initiatives.
Develop and introduce an education program and have joint ventures with local schools:
- link up with local schools including those in higher reaches of the river's course. Many may already have projects involved with revegetation and other environmental studies of the Field River.
- provide useful information to schools through the FoLFR web site.
Seek community grants, sponsorship and other fund raising to support our initiatives
- identify sources of funding through local, state and federal grants programs
- prepare grant submissions to relevant grants programs
- identify local businesses and volunteer groups that could donate supplies and/or their support for FoLFR new initiatives pending our applications for grants (Mitre 10, Budget Garden Supplies, Hallett Cove Shopping Centre, Rotary, Lions etc).
Maintain effective liaison with local government and MPs:
- establish committee members as contact officers with relevant government and community officials.
A program to supply native indigenous plants to the local community
- establish a "Trees for Life" growing initiative to encourage revegetation schemes and home property plantings.
A program to prevent/reduce waste entering the Field River from home
- work with Woodend Primary School to determine the effectiveness of their current project with a view to expanding it to all suburbs bordering the Field River, through other local schools.
Familiarise the local community with the merits and problems within the Lower Field River:
- conduct quarterly walking tours of the Lower Field River to inform interested persons on progress achieved, problems requiring attention and the main features of the park.
Friends of the Lower Field River sees itself as a group with the potential to build and maintain momentum well into the future. Long-term objectives include:
- create an open and accessible river, reserve and beach abundant with native flora and fauna
- lobby the City of Marion, the City of Onkaparinga and the State Government to minimise pollution reaching the river from all areas along its course.
- work with the City of Marion to develop plans to revitalise the river course whilst maintaining natural habitat and sediment retention.