our contribution
to conservation

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Wilpena Station (now part of Flinders Ranges National Park)

From developing parks to owning nature reserves

In the early years of Nature Foundation SA focused on acquiring land and passing it into secure and protected ownership to become part of the National Parks system. The Foundation has been directly involved in protecting 24 properties and gifting them to the State Government or land managers.

As the Foundation grew in size and expertise, it gained the ability to care for and manage large properties in its own right. Over the last 35 years, Nature Foundation SA has protected in excess of 1.15 million hectares of South Australian bushland.

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Properties acquired by or with Nature Foundation SA support include:

Wilpena Station (now part of Flinders Ranges National Park)

In 1985, the Foundation contributed significant funds to the State Government’s purchase of the Station. As Wilpena Station was immediately adjacent to the existing Wilpena Pound National Park, the new land purchase significantly enlarged the area.

Mount Remarkable National Park

This National Park began as areas of Alligator Gorge and Mambray Creek, which opened to the public in the 1940s. They were officially declared a National Pleasure Resort in 1952 and in 1964, through the campaigning of Warren Bonython, they were much enlarged. However, prior to 1998, the Mount Remarkable National Park consisted of those two separate parts, which is why the Foundation contributed funds to purchase a section of land to join them.

Paney & Scrubby Peak Stations (now Gawler Ranges National Park)

This sprawling 120,000 ha pastoral property on the Eyre Peninsula was purchased by the South Australian Government in 2000 with a contribution from the Foundation. A further 42,000 ha, formerly Scrubby Peak Station, were added the following year.

Boolcoomatta Station (now Boolcoomatta Station Reserve)

Boolcoomatta a 63,000 ha property near Olary, purchased in 2006 and gifted to Australian Bush Heritage to manage. This diverse ecosystem supports many plants and animals, many of which are threatened, such as Purple Wood, Slender Bell-fruit, the Plains Wanderer, Slender-billed Thornbill and Thick-billed Grasswren.

Portee Station (now part of Moorundee Wildlife Reserve)

Two sections of Portee Station were purchased by the Natural History Society of South Australia in 2007 as an extension to the adjacent Moorunde Wildlife Reserve. With support and advice from the Foundation, the Society’s 3,000 ha acquisition more than doubled the Reserve’s size. The major reason for the park is to preserve the area’s Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats.