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1  Blogs / Blogs / Back to Munda Documentary Film on: September 01, 2017, 03:24:31 AM
We've all enjoyed seeing Back to Munda on NITV over the last couple of years, and it has screened well over a hundred times!!!The Back to Munda Documentary Film will soon be available through our new Environmental Foundation on UTube later this year  Smiley
2  Blogs / Blogs / Coming soon - New Environmental Foundation on: September 01, 2017, 03:16:38 AM
Towards the end of this year we will be contacting people to join our new Foundation.
Keep an eye on this space!
3  Blogs / Blogs / 11 new Wirangu Interperative signs erected along the Chain of Bays on: January 16, 2015, 07:54:58 AM
11 Wirangu Interperative signs have been erected along the coastline of the Chain of Bays. The signs were created by Aboriginal artist Suzie Betts. They are very colourful and wonderful to look at!
Go to our FaceBook page to see an example of one of the signs at Smooth Pool. More photos are coming!  Grin
4  Blogs / Blogs / Re: New film "Back to Munda" on: December 09, 2014, 02:29:07 AM
"Back to Munda"has been screened on SBS NITV over the last few months. What a fantastic way to inform Australia of what we are doing in the "Chain of Bays"  Cool
5  Blogs / Blogs / Re: New film "Back to Munda" on: November 07, 2013, 10:57:32 PM
Click this link to read yesterdays article by the West Coast Sentinel newspaper on the film "Back to Munda"

6  Blogs / Blogs / New film "Back to Munda" on: November 07, 2013, 04:31:01 AM
Back to Munda is a 45 minute documentary film produced by Grant Hobson. Back to Munda depicts the work of Aboriginal people in restoring and protecting the Chain of Bays environment. It has just been launched in Ceduna and Streaky Bay and you will soon be able to view this film on this website!
7  Blogs / Blogs / Sea Lion survey on Nicholas Baudin Island on: July 03, 2013, 08:22:56 AM
Film footage by Friends of Sceale Bay filmmaker Grant Hobson. Watch the annual pup count! This link will take you to the ABC website. This story aired on ABC SA news on 2nd July 2013.
This survey is being undertaken on an annual basis to determine more accurate estimates of Australian Sea Lion population trends.
Nicholas Baudin Island has been selected because it is one of the top 10 most important breeding colonies for the species.
A marine park sanctuary zone has been added to the existing aquatic reserve around Nicholas Baudin Island, in recognition of the environmental importance of this site.
8  Blogs / Blogs / Re: Marine Park sanctuary zones: Public consultation starts on: April 03, 2013, 08:37:06 AM
Here is the link to the latest information from the State Government on Marine Park 3 in the Chain of Bays.
9  Blogs / Blogs / Friends of Sceale Bay have succeeding in attracting $729,000 funding from the Au on: May 29, 2012, 07:40:02 AM
This new project will begin next month and will run until the end of June 2015. "Linking the Chain of Bays" will continue the work established under the current Caring for our Country Project, "Indigenous and Community Partnerships Restoring the Chain of Bays", which will run until June 2013.

Both projects are partnerships between the Friends of Sceale Bay, Wirangu No.2 Association, DENR, EPNRM Board, and the District Council of Streaky Bay. Both projects involve seed collection, pest plant and animal eradication, and revegetation of coastal land in the Chain of Bays. Strong Aboriginal involvement is a defining feature of both projects.

"Linking the Chain of Bays" is funded through the Australian Government's Clean Energy Futures Biodiversity Fund, which supports projects that establish, restore, protect and manage biodiverse carbon stores.

"Linking the Chain of Bays" will link existing coastal Conservation Parks in the Chain of Bays by re-establishing habitat corridors on cleared areas of the Crown Coast Reserve.
10  Blogs / Blogs / Cape Blanche CP and Searcy Bay CP on: February 11, 2012, 09:49:58 AM
Protection for SA's secret paradise
    by: Science Reporter Clare Peddie
    From: The Advertiser
    February 10, 2012 11:00PM

THE State Government will protect magnificent bays on the state's West Coast with two new conservation parks.

It is a big win for a local friends group, which has been fighting for more than a decade to save the bays, home to endangered raptors and sea lions.

A property with clifftop views of Heart Bay, known to some locals as Bum Bay, was saved from developers when the Native Vegetation Council ruled against clearing the land.

Construction had been given the go-ahead by a Council Development Assessment Panel, endorsed by the local Streaky Bay Council.

Today, Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Paul Caica will announce two new parks - the Cape Blanche Conservation Park (810ha in size) and the Searcy Bay Conservation Park (870ha), about 25km south of Streaky Bay, between Venus Bay and Point Brown on Eyre Peninsula.

Convenor of the Friends of Sceale Bay, Grant Hobson, is thrilled with the outcome.

It's actually just putting a stamp on that area and saying yes, this is an extremely important wilderness area, it needs to be protected and managed for the future, Mr Hobson said.

It's just a real important, in bold, underlined commitment that they understand and respect and are willing to support long-term planning to preserve those natural heritage assets that have clearly been identified.

It's a big commitment on their part and we really congratulate them for having the conviction to follow it through.

Mr Caica said the two new parks added 1680ha to the state's reserve system.

This spectacular area of the Eyre Peninsula contains significant remnant vegetation and provides important habitat for a number of important and iconic species, and the State Government is committed to ensuring the area is protected, Mr Caica said.

The coastal cliffs adjacent to the new conservation parks provide important breeding habitat for the eastern osprey and white-bellied sea-eagle.

Both of these species are listed as endangered under the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and are protected under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.

The Peregrine falcon, which is listed as rare under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, also lives in the area.

The Friends of Sceale Bay welcome the recent decision to postpone the proposed development at Cape Bauer. FoSB are particularly apposed to the large residential component of the proposed project:

The West Coast Sentinel Newspaper has reported that the Cape Bauer Development has been postponed
26 Jan, 2012 12:20 PM

A MAJOR resort and residential development at Cape Bauer worth $50 million has been postponed due to the current economic climate.

The proposal to build an eco-tourism resort and 300 rural living allotments 15 kilometres northwest of Streaky Bay was identified as a major project by the State Government in 2009.

The delayed development will include conference facilities, a restaurant, swimming pool, shop, hotel/motel accommodation and villas when it eventually gets underway.

It will include habitat restoration on 675 hectares of costal dunes and 53 hectares of mallee and tea tree scrub.

Link to the West Coast Sentinel online:

Link to Government information on the Development proposal:,+property+and+land/Building+and+development/Building+and+development+applications/Major+development+applications+and+assessments/Major+development+proposals/Cape+Bauer+Ecotourisim+Resort,+Streaky+Bay

12  Blogs / Blogs / Chain of Bays Project -short film from Archie's perspective on: November 11, 2011, 12:09:57 AM
Click on the link to see a 3 minute film about the project from an Aboriginal point of view. Written and spoken by Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management Officer, Archie Saunders.

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13  Blogs / Blogs / Updates on the Chain of Bays Project on: November 07, 2011, 02:13:04 AM
Australian Government representatives visited the Chain of Bays in late October 2011. The representatives from the Federal Environment and Agriculture ministries met with Aboriginal people involved in the Chain of Bays project at the Emu Farm in Ceduna, before touring several sites in the Chain of Bays where project on-ground activities will take place.

The second round of Devolved Grants were allocated during the 5th meeting of the Project Working Group on 2nd November. More details will be made available after the successful applicants have been notified.

There is only one more round of Devolved Grant funding, so it is essential that any landowners or community groups who would like financial assistance for tree planting, habitat protection or environmental education projects in the Chain of Bays, apply in this last round of funding, which will be announced early next year.

Good follow-up rains have provided excellent conditions for growth at our direct seeding sites. We are monitoring growth and condition of seedlings which are emerging from the 24ha of direct seeding at Point Labatt Road and Lake Tjeynya. It is great to see the emerging Casuarinas, Eucalypts, Acacias, Melaleucas and other species in the direct seeding runs. 30 different species were planted in our first season, and more seed from a wider range of species is being collected on an ongoing basis.

Trials are being conducted on chemical controls of Pyp grass, a South African native grass that is threatening to spread in dune areas in the Chain of Bays. We hope to find an optimal control regime for Pyp grass outbreaks in the Chain of Bays, and replace the Pyp grass with native grass species.
14  Blogs / Blogs / Re: Marine Park sanctuary zones: Public consultation starts on: November 07, 2011, 01:50:38 AM
The Local Area Groups have been disbanded following the final meetings (meeting 5) in May of this year. Since then, the State Government has appointed a Marine Parks Advisory Council to assist in providing further zoning and management planning advice.
In a separate development, a Legislative Council Select Committee on Marine Parks in South Australia has been established to investigate issues and claims about the process. The Friends of Sceale Bay have made a written submission to the Select Committee and will also appear before the Committee to provide evidence. The Committee will visit Streaky Bay on Novemeber 17th to hear evidence.
FOSB anticipate that the State Government will announce Marine Park Sanctuary Zone boundaries in December.
15  Blogs / Blogs / Media release: Indigenous and Community Partnerships project on: August 15, 2011, 05:54:26 AM
Communities in the Chain of Bays area will be pleased to know that substantial progress has been made in restoring the coastal habitat in the region through a Caring for our Country project.
The Indigenous and community partnerships restoring the Chain of Bays project, funded by the Australian Government?s Caring for our Country initiative, is seeking to achieve a real and measurable difference to the Chain of Bays environment.
We have already collected seed from over 30 species, and we expect to double that over the next year. We have revegetated 24 hectares along Point Labatt Road and near Bairds Monument, using locally collected seed. We have removed boxthorns from over 120 hectares and controlled rabbits over 160 hectares, and this is just in the first six months of the project,Project Manager David Letch said.
We have allocated the first round of devolved grants to enable private landowners to undertake revegetation and pest plant control works on their properties. We have also provided funding to enable the District Council of Streaky Bay to manage access and restore sites at Tractor Beach, Smooth Pool, Speeds Point and Yanerbie Sands.
Over the next year we will restore additional land at Cape Blanche and extend our pest plant and animal control activities over a wider area. We are aiming to conduct our on-ground activities throughout the full extent of the Chain of Bays, he said.
The project is partnering with community groups, indigenous organisations, natural resource management agencies and local government. It will run for another two years and deliver significant improvements in the protection and management of coastal habitats between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay.
Over the next two years, Aboriginal work teams will continue to be employed to collect seed, replant native habitats, protect sensitive sites, control feral animals and remove pest plants along the Chain of Bays.
Map Source: Australian Government Caring for our Country Website:  

The project is a great example of organisations working collaboratively and achieving results for the betterment of the region,Rob Stephens, Mayor of the District Council of Streaky Bay said.
I believe that this is a very exciting time for the Chain of Bays project and that the Wirangu people are contributing and working with the other stakeholders. It is a team effort, Allan Wilson, Wirangu Elder said.
Its good to see a collaborative approach to land management issues across the Chain of Bays area. This project gives everyone the chance to work together to achieve the same outcomes, a healthier environment free of pest plants and animals, Mark Anderson, District Ranger said.
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