AGL- Proudly sponsoring Open Gardens and Spring Expo
AGL- The power retailer with a commitment to local community. Spring Garden Expo is thrilled to have the support of AGL for the inaugural garden expo. This is a company that has been there from the beginning, with a broad understanding of community needs, AGL proudly assists local groups to realise their ideas and bring events to fruition, to promote our state, and the unique lifestyle of our regions.
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Neutrog Garden Products-Sponsoring Open Gardens
Commencing the manufacture of its organic fertilisers in 1988 from a small factory at Kanmantoo in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Neutrog has since grown to become the largest manufacturer of its kind in Australia. Neutrog supplies its products to some of the most magnificent grounds and gardens around the world, along with many of the leading commercial primary producers within the horticulture, viticulture and broadacre markets. Today Neutrog is widely recognised as a supplier of premium quality biological fertilisers.
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Goyder Council-Sponsoring Open Gardens and Spring Expo
George W Goyder The Regional Council of Goyder was named in honour of George Woodroffe Goyder, whose famous (or infamous) to so many early settlers in the area) "Goyder's Line" traverses the former District Council areas that now make up the single regional council. George W Goyder (1826-1898), was born in Liverpool and migrated to Australia at the age of 22 in 1848. He arrived in Adelaide in 1851, entered the public service and, in 1854, was appointed Deputy Surveyor-General for South Australia. In 1857 he was sent with a party to check on some geographical discoveries of Benjamin Babbage, who was the South Australian Government Assayer. Between the time of Babbage's earlier journey north and Goyder's trip, there had been some heavy rainfalls and the countryside was in full flower. Goyder, in contradiction of earlier assessments by Edward Eyre, was able to report with some amazement that Lake Blanche contained fresh waster and that the land was fertile. But he was a 'new chum' and easily deceived by this temporary lushness. As a result of his optimistic account there was a rush of applications for leases in this 'promised land'. It was not long, however, before these pioneers of the north were sending back gloomy reports of barren, waterless and useless tracts of land. In 1865, following some years of drought, Goyder was sent north to determine the line of demarcation between where rainfall had extended and where the drought conditions prevailed. Thus was established the so-called :Goyder's line of rainfall" which followed the southern boundary of the vast saltbush areas of the north. Goyder's line ran from a little north of Pinnaroo in a curve past Eudunda and Burra to Terowie, then between Yongala and Peterborough, then north-west to Mount Remarkable and south to Moonta. Goyder's Line provides a very accurate guide to the separation point between lands suitable for all sorts of agriculture on a long-term sustainable basis and lands suitable only for grazing.
Dan van Holst Pellekaan Sponsoring Open Gardens
Many thanks to our local member, having helped us over the years. Without his support it would have been impossible for us to produce the number of maps required to help visitors find their way around the region. This has allowed us to keep the maps at no cost, and generally keep costs down, subsequently helping to keep our event affordable to all.
Natural Resources Management Board Murray Darling Basin-Sponsoring Spring Expo
Our regionThe SA Murray-Darling Basin region (see map) extends from where the River Murray crosses the border from Victoria into South Australia, down to where it meets the sea at the Coorong. It covers 70,000 square kilometres and includes six distinct ecological areas:
Coorong and Lower Lakes
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges
South Olary Plains.
The region’s natural resources support a wide range of human activities. The River Murray supplies the majority of the water needs for the capital city of Adelaide as well as other towns in the state. The natural resources also support tourism, recreation and manufacturing, as well as one of the most productive agricultural areas in South Australia. About 82% of the land in the region is used for primary production, including pastoral lands, dryland cropping, grazing, horticulture, irrigation and dairy farming. Within the region, there are ecosystems that are of state, national and international significance, including the Ramsar-listed Chowilla Floodplain and the Coorong and Lower Lakes. As a result, there are large areas of national parks dedicated to nature conservation. Native species in the regionThe region is also home to a diverse range of native plants and animals, many of them under threat:
95 species of native mammal, of which 45 are under threat
110 species of native reptiles, of which two are endangered and five are vulnerable
13 species of native frogs, with the Southern bell frog considered nationally vulnerable
31 species of native freshwater fish, with four listed as threatened
3 species of threatened native estuarine fish.
SA Water-Sponsoring Spring Expo
The Role of the River MurrayThe River Murray is an ancient river. European interaction with the river began in 1832, when explorer Charles Sturt wrote an account of his trip. The history of the river itself stretches back more than 60 million years. It has existed since Australia split from the giant super continent, Gondwanaland. Aboriginals have occupied the river valley for at least 40,000 years. The river plays a major role in Aboriginal Dreaming stories. According to the Ngarrindjeri, the Murray was just a stream. It became the mighty river we know today when local 'hero' Ngurunderi chased a giant cod (Ponde). As the fish swam ahead of Ngurunderi, it widened the river with sweeps of its tail. When Ngurunderi got to Tailem Bend (Tagalang), he threw a spear at the giant fish. The spear caused the cod to surge ahead of Ngurunderi, creating a long, straight stretch in the river. The River Murray was central to trade in the 1800s. Cargo carried upstream by paddle steamers went to settlers and miners in the Victorian goldfields. Cargo carried downstream was produce from outlying areas: wool, wheat, hides, salt and oats. The river flow was regulated by the construction of storages, locks and weirs. Six were built in South Australia in the 1920s and 1930s. At the river mouth, five barrages were built across the channels leading from Lake Alexandrina. The barrages prevent seawater entering the lakes system during periods of low river flow. The significant contribution of the locks to the state's development has been irrigation and navigation. River water has turned populated areas along its banks into thriving townships. Orchards of citrus and stone fruit, and grapes and vegetables benefit from the water. A consistently navigable passage down the river has also seen tourism boom. Sustainable management of the River Murray is critical if South Australia's development is going to continue. We need to improve the health of the Murray, because it's a unique ribbon of life for South Australia. You can read more about that here.