The First Rally

North Terrace, Adelaide

500+ people rallied on the steps of South Australia’s Parliament House on the 27th of February 2019, calling for the developments to “Get back on the track!”

Representatives from these groups and organisations attended the rally, they are the key stakeholders in conservation in South Australia:

Friends of Parks SA Groups:
Friends of the Adelaide Bird Sanctuary
Friends of Aldinga Scrub
Friends of Althorpe Islands Conservation Park
Friends of Belair National Park
Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc.
Friends of Brookfield Conservation Park
Friends of Burra Parks
Friends of Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
Friends of Cleland Conservation Parks
Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks
Friends of the Great Victoria Desert Parks
Friends of Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Friends of the Heysen & Other Walking Trails Inc
Friends of the Innamincka Reserves
Friends of Innes National Park
Friends of Old Government House
Friends of Marino Conservation Park
Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park
Friends of the Mound Springs
Friends of Mt George Conservation Park
Friends of Mylor Parks
Friends of the Nature Foundation SA
Friends of Onkaparinga Park Inc.
Friends of Parks Kangaroo Island Western Districts
Friends of Para Wirra
Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park
Friends of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park
Friends of Vulkathuna-Gammon Ranges NP Inc
Friends of Watson’s Gap
Friends of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves

Australian Plant Society
Birds SA
Bushland Conservation Pty Ltd
Butterfly Conservation Society of SA
Conservation SA
Eco-Action Kangaroo Island
Field Naturalist Society of South Australia
Friends of Private Bushland
Kangaroo Island Conservation Landowners Association
Kangaroo Island Walking Club
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network
National Trust of South Australia
Public Service Association of SA Inc
Royal Society of South Australia
Skyline Walkers
Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare group
The Scientific Expedition Group Inc
The Wilderness Society South Australia

Political parties represented:
South Australian Labor
The Greens SA

There were representatives from numerous private businesses, both from Kangaroo Island and elsewhere, which helped to dispel the myth that our campaign is anti-business and anti-development.

The rally was included in an ABC News story about the Australian Walking Company’s Brett Godfrey: ‘Tourism Queensland chair faced perceived conflict of interest in national park tender‘. Read it here.

Caroline Paterson, former Ranger in Charge for Kangaroo Island who sat on the project team for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail for two years and member of Friends of Parks Kangaroo Island Western Districts, and research scientist Dr Richard Glatz.
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