Just outside Gawler, on a hilltop blessed with some of the most magnificent and ancient mallee box on the planet, bulldozers are clearing the ground for a new housing development.
Experts at Melbourne University suggest these trees could be up to 1,000 years old. But instead of building around them, the developer is hoping to maximise profits by chopping them down.
Heartbreakingly, 10 of these ancient giants have already been destroyed, with another 16 at risk.
And it’s not just happening in Gawler. Across metropolitan Adelaide, we are losing a staggering 75,000 trees every year.
We have to turn this around – quickly. And with your help, we can do it.
For the past 18 months Conservation SA has been leading a community campaign to stand up for our ancient trees, and change the law to make sure they are around for our children to play in their shade.
And we are having a big impact.
Our new report A Call to Action: Protecting Adelaide’s tree canopy has just gone live and is already making waves, with the report launch featured on the front page of the Advertiser. And the arborist report we commissioned helped save the big trees of Belair National Park from Development.
It’s essential we continue to create the change our trees desperately need.
With your help we can:
- Hold lobbying workshops to train even more volunteers
- Print a second run of our latest report to give to as many MPs, Councillors and other decision-makers as we can reach
- Present public forums and challenging myths in the media,
- Deliver essential law reforms that mean the trees like the ones at Gawler are protected, and
- Develop a system for identifying and responding when trees are at risk.
Together we can save our trees.