Environment

Campbelltown Friends of the Environment

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The Friends of the Environment is a community group based at Campbelltown.

We aim to increase public awareness of environmental issues through information sharing and practical activities.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) at the Council offices at 7.30pm.  New members are always welcome and membership is free!

Who are the FotE?

The group was formed in 2005 in response to a council initiative to gain input from community members interested in environmental issues faced by the council.

The Friends today are a diverse group of people committed to creating a sustainable future and working to get the message out to the community about environmental responsibility and sustainable living.

Some of the group's Activities and Achievements

Input into Council policies on:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Pet management
  • Street trees
  • The Biodiversity Garden
  • Wadmore Park Management Plan
  • Thorndon Park concept plan

Submission to Adelaide’s 30 Year Plan.

Stalls at Campbelltown Celebrates. Previous displays have included:

  • Recycling and waste management
  • Water wise gardening
  • Edible gardening
  • Local parks and biodiversity

Friends of the Environment

Successfully applied for a NRM Achiever Grant to run a “Community Weed Action Project” on the invasive weed Caltrop.

In 2013 the group again received funding for a project entitled:

The Benefits of Trees in the Urban Environment

Did you know that trees in our cities and suburbs

  • Provide shade and cooling effects
  • Provide habitat and food for wildlife
  • Reduce wind intensity
  • Reduce noise and air pollution
  • One large tree produces enough oxygen for four people each day
  • Drivers slow down in tree lined streets
  • Extend the life of bitumen roads
  • Can reduce surface water runoff by up to 20%

What you can do to protect our urban trees

  • Give them a drink when it’s dry
  • Protect roots from soil compaction - don’t park too close
  • Protect trunk from damage - don’t mow too close

 

The group also ran an art competition for local primary schools.  Students were invited to draw "My Favourite Tree". Over 300 entries were received which made selecting the winners very difficult but first prizes were awarded to:

 Sofia in the Reception to Year 3 category

 Art comp winner R-3

and Clara in the years 4 to 7 category

 MFT Art Comp winner 4-7

 

For more information on the many and varied benefits of trees in our suburbs click here.

trees people linear park

The City of Campbelltown is part of the National Urban Forest Alliance which has a Partnership Plan for 2014 - 2020.  It features a case study from Campbelltown and can be read here

If you would like to find out more about the Friends please contact Council's Environmental Projects Officer on 8366 9208 or sgraham@campbelltown.sa.gov.au

 

View the presentation given at the meeting held on 13th September 2016: Energy Presentation by Ken Dyer(2975 kb)

 

 

 

 

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