Organisations of Willunga and District...
Please note: The Town or District part of an organisation's name
is listed where appropriate, at the end of its heading, to make the kind of
organisation easier to find in the Alphabetical Listing.
Willunga Bowling Club, St Peters Tce, Willunga
Wednesdays 9am-12 noon
Day programme of social activities for older people in the community,
providing respite for carers. Other activities include chair based
exercise group, hand massage and morning tea. Other programmes are also
provided at McLaren Vale, Sellicks Beach and Aldinga Beach.
Contact: Jan Ifould, 08 8349 3515 (Mon-Thurs)
Business and Tourism Inc...
Uniting Church Willunga
2nd Tuesday, 7.30 -8.30pm. All are welcome.
Contact us for our e-news.
President: Lesley Bakker, 08 8556 1030
Contact: Tom Laing 08 8556 2846
Country Fire Service (CFS)... Willunga
Aldinga Rd, Willunga.
If you are interested in finding out about CFS activities and being involved,
Contact: Mark 08 8556 2992.
Country Women's Association (CWA)... Willunga
CWA Clubrooms, (between Main Gates & Festival Hall), Willunga
Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.
Meeting: 3rd Tuesday (except Jan), 1.30pm... New members are very
Handicraft: 1st Thursday, 10.30am (except Jan)... Bring your own
lunch. A place to come and relax and make new friends.
Contact: J Craig 08 8556 5783
Environment Centre... Willunga
18 High St, Willunga.
Open Times... Monday to Friday, 10am - 3pm, Saturday, 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Environmental Awareness Resource Centre.
Project Officer: Simon Beed P/F 08 8556 4188 or 0418 608 550
Environmental groups in Willunga Basin and
Aldinga Bay Coastcare, PO Box 1221 Aldinga Beach 5173, Peter Laffan 08 8556 3915, Giles Walkley
Art Eco Village, Lynda McCarty 08 8556 6379
Friends of Aldinga Scrub,
PO Box 33 Aldinga Beach 5173, Julie Burgher 08 8556 5782
Friends of Willunga Basin, PO Box 710 Willunga 5172, Richard Bennett 08 8323
Friends of Moana Sands, PO Box 106 Seaford 5169, Alex McLeod,
John Edmeades 0488 552 797, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Port Willunga,
PO Box 1138 Aldinga Beach 5173,
Stephanie Johnston 0400 738 844,
Greater Aldinga Conservation Zone Network,
Peter Laffan 08 8556 3915,
Greening Maslin Beach, Kathy McMahon 08 8386 0880
Kangarilla Landcare Group, PO Box 211 Kangarilla 5157, Sue
Port Willunga Landcare Inc, Margret Johnson 08 8557 7926
Southern Eco Alliance, Kamini 08 8556 6563,
Rebecca McGhie 08 8557 8520
Trees For Life Willunga, Joyce West 08 8323 7513,
Paul Rosser 08 8323 8189,
Willunga Basin Permaculture Group, Joyce 08 8557 7956, Chas 08 8557 4192
Willunga Creek Projects,
PO Box 219 Willunga 5172, John Crowe 08 8556 2030
Willunga Hillsface Landcare Group, PO Box 215 Willunga 5172, Wayne Lawrence P/F
08 8556 4188
The following Organisations work out of the Centre...
1. Friends of Willunga Basin...
Open monthly committee meetings at the centre - first Wednesday
of each month, 7:30pm
At the meetings we discuss environmental and planning issues
affecting Willunga Basin. For more information contact David.
secretary: David Gill 08 8556 2289 or email@example.com
2. Willunga Hillsface Landcare Group...
Monthly committee meetings held at the centre.
a) Develop community interest in conservation and the creation of a
b) Address land degradation through Landcare projects such as tree
planting, gully erosion control and water and grazing management Monitor water
run off on hills face.
c) Manage the Regreen the Range project.
Project Officer: Wayne Lawrence P/F 08 8556 4188 / 0423 283
Postal Address: PO Box 215, Willunga 5172
Hospital... McLaren Vale & Districts War Memorial
Aldersey St, McLaren Vale.
General Hospital Services, Post-Natal Care, Palliative Care, General Surgery,
Contact: 08 8323 6600
1. Hospital Auxiliary...
We all enjoy the benefits a nearby hospital is to the district. Help raise money
for the hospital by sending in your no-longer-needed goods or help to sort and
price goods for sale. Contact the hospital auxiliary to offer your services.
2. Hospital Shop...
Handicrafts etc for lovely gifts are available at the hospital across from the
3. Second Hand Store...
Mondays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm...
Come along and browse for clothing, handbags, electrical, Manchester, books and
records, kitchenware and furniture at cheap, cheap, cheap prices!!!
4. Giant Garage Sale & Sausage Sizzle... 2-3
times a year... 8am to 12 noon
Rear of Hospital, Aldersey St, McLaren Vale.
Support your local hospital... have fun buying a lovely second lounge suite,
sheets/towels, crockery, cutlery, cakes, computer, sound system, pot plants,
vase, pair of jeans and a good book to read.
It is HUGE HUGE HUGE... furniture, bikes, clothing & shoes, electrical,
bric-a-brac, Manchester, plants-plants-plants, kitchenware, paintings & prints.
Get their for breakfast... sausage sizzle, cuppa and cake.
Volunteers: Philip Spry 08 8323 6617
LETS South... your local barter group
Office Hours; Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
LETS South has been operating in this area for 17 years now. It is a successful
barter group which brings together like-minded people to share their skills,
experience and goods.
Regular Markets... are held at the Aldinga Institute.
A Newsletter... is published monthly from March until December and has a
profile of a Member and articles about matters of interest for those involved in
the bartering movement.
A Resource Guide... is updated and printed regularly. It contains all the
offers made by Members and their contact details. This is where you look if you
want work done, goods or services. Everything from baby-sitting to massage,
counselling to bread, plants and handyperson’s skills are on offer plus many
other things besides.
The Website... is updated regularly. It has a Noticeboard and
information about the group and the way it runs.
Membership... costs $25 per year from July 1st and prop rata for the rest
of the year. People with something to offer and receive from the LETS community
are always welcome to phone for an appointment to discuss Membership.
Bartering... In our world of today bartering is still the viable option
it has always been for communities with something to give and to share. Become
part of a like-minded community, meet new people, save your cash for petrol and
electricity. An old idea in a modern world!
Contact: Liz Hughes 08 8556 2705
Fax: 08 8556 4562
Mail: PO Box 535 Willunga 5172
Libraries... Friends of Willunga & Aldinga
Various venues in Aldinga & Willunga.
2nd Friday, 1.30pm.
Friends of Willunga and Aldinga Libraries has been in existence for over twenty
years now. We have raised thousands of dollars for special purchases at our
libraries, through book sales, raffles and special events like the performance
in the Quarry of 'Under Millkwood'. We reach out through our activities to
other groups, like retirement homes and the youth of the VOLT centre. If
you feel you might like to join the friendliest group of volunteers in
Onkaparinga, please contact us.
Secretary: Tony Brooks 08 8327 2330.
Cnrs of St Peters Tce, High St & Main Rd, Willunga. Entrance at rear.
The Library is run by the Onkaparinga City Council.
Mon Tues Wed Fri - 8.30am-5pm; Thurs - 8.30am-6pm; Sun - 2-5pm
Fun activities at Willunga Library for your pre-school children...
Pre-school Fun Activities...
Thursday 10:00 am.
Come along and enjoy books, finger plays and songs with your baby or pre
schooler. After the
session stay for a tea, coffee and a chat. Bookings not required.
Weekly Story-time for under 5's...
10.30am Wednesdays (excludes January school holidays)
Join us at Willunga Library for stories and crafts for children 3-5 years.
Bookings not required.
Contact: Helen McSkimming 08 8384 0006
Fax: 08 8556 2621
2. Willunga National Trust Research Library...
Old Court House & Police Station Museum, 61 High St, Willunga.
Many old books & papers. History of Willunga & district.
Contact: 08 8556 2195
Lions Club... Willunga & Districts
65 Butterworth Road, Aldinga Beach.
Work Meetings... 2nd Tuesday, 7.30pm
Dinner Meetings... 4th Tuesday, 7.30pm... various
locations... all welcome.
Lions Ladies Auxiliary Boutique...
Wednesdays & Saturdays.
65 Butterworth Road, Aldinga Beach.
Opens 8.30am and closes around 2pm.
Contact: Merle Hirsch 08 8557 7519
Willunga Lions Auction...
Last Saturday (except December), 8.30am to around midday.
Gates open 6am. Check January date.
Lions Park, Cnr Binney Rd & Strout Rd, Willunga.
Saleyards Organiser: Dean Hunt 0414 564 389
Pick-ups: Wolf Hirsch
08 8557 7519
Willunga Lions Car Boot
Second Sunday, 8.30am (Sellers set-up from
Lions Park, Cnr Binney Rd & Strout Rd, Willunga.
All stalls are FREE and entry is FREE. NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED.
Large stall sites. New stall holders wanted.
A sausage sizzle, drinks and tea and coffee are available.
The Lions shed is open and furniture and bric a brac is for sale.
Plants, toys, clothes, jewellery are some of the stalls at the sale.
Enquiries: Anne Binns 08 8556 2489
Follow us on Facebook/willungalionsbootsale
Secretary: Bill Binns, 08 8556 2489
Postal Address: Willunga & District Lions Club, Box 47, Willunga,
National Trust of SA... Willunga Branch
61 High St, Willunga
Reports and Event Details:
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Who We Are: The National Trust of SA
is part of a national community based, non-government organisation committed to
promoting and conserving Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage
through its advocacy work and its custodianship of heritage places and objects.
For more information about National Trusts around Australia, visit the National
Trust of South Australia website:
Willunga National Trust: The Willunga Branch is one of nearly fifty
Branches across SA. It was established in 1968. Soon after its formation,
members of the Branch, assisted by members of the Young Trust, set about
restoring the Old Courthouse and Police Station in High Street, Willunga, which
was then in a neglected and ruinous state, and opened it as a museum in 1970.
The Branch leases the State Heritage listed complex from the City of
Onkaparinga. It also manages the adjoining Grey Box Woodland Reserve, and the
former Bassett Boys’ School in St Luke’s Street Willunga. There are currently
about 30 active members affiliated with the Willunga Branch. The activities of
the Branch are directed by a Committee elected by the membership. Anyone can
become a volunteer with the Trust – you don’t need to join as a member to make a
contribution to the preservation of heritage in your local community.
We are all volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the National Trust,
and the Willunga Branch could not operate without the sustained and dedicated
commitment of the members and friends who assist with the myriad of tasks needed
keep the Museums operating, such as gardening and yard work in the grounds;;
small maintenance jobs such as painting and cleaning; guiding visitors and
groups in the museums or on historic walks; maintaining and adding to the
archival collections; cleaning and preparing objects for exhibition and display;
helping with setting up and catering for events; undertaking historical
research; working on the computerized database and assisting with promotional
We are always ready to welcome new volunteers, and it is a great way to get to
know more about the history of the town, meet and enjoy the company of some
great people, and use your skills and just a little of your time to do something
positive for the community.
A Note on Funding: Apart from grants won in a competitive process for
specific projects, the Branch receives no government funding, and is reliant on
membership contributions, admission fees, sales of books and souvenirs,
donations and fund raising activities for its continued existence.
What We Do: The Willunga Branch cares for the historic buildings and
grounds of the Old Courthouse and Police Station in Willunga, along with the
associated Reserve, and also the former Bassett Boys’ School located in nearby
St Luke’s Street. The Branch is responsible for routine maintenance and cleaning
of the properties, and for ensuring that they are available for public access
Apart from welcoming casual visitors to the museums, we also have a program of
organised tours which we offer to tour bus operators, and a special program
developed for schools. We also provide guided and self-guided tours of the
township, can arrange visits to the slate quarries, assist people researching
their family tree, and provide a delightfully relaxed setting for outdoor
Museums Opening Hours: Currently the Courthouse and Slate Museums are
open every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 1pm – 4 pm as well as public
holidays, unless the temperature is over 35 degrees Celsius. Other times, and tour
groups, are by prior arrangement.
The former Bassett Boys’ School is not
regularly open to the public, but is available for booking by groups through the
Ultimately we would like to extend our opening hours but this is
dependent on having enough volunteers to staff the museums.
The grounds are available for hire: for weddings, organized picnics and
social club activities. Catering may be provided by the Branch for private and
group events by prior arrangement. In addition to private events, the grounds
are also available for community events such as the Australia Day Breakfast,
Christmas Concert, Folk Concert etc. The Branch also participates in annual
events such as the Tour Down Under, Willunga Almond Blossom Festival and History
The authentic nineteenth century
Courthouse and Police Station Museum
allows visitors to understand the work of early police constables and
magistrates and see the cells and prisoners’ exercise yard, constable’s office,
courtroom and magistrate’s office. There are a number of displays featuring
aspects of the district’s history, including the wreck of the Star of Greece at
Included in the price of admission is the
Slate Museum, a new display
occupying the former stables building, which contains excellent static and
interactive displays telling the story of the importance of the local slate
Family and local history collection: The Branch maintains an extensive
collection of photographs and documents relating to local and family history,
known as the May de Caux Collection, and these are available for research
purposes to members of the public during regular opening hours. Members of the
Branch including the Branch Historian and Librarian, are able to provide
guidance to researchers wishing to use the collection. Photocopying is available
at a small cost.
Nature Reserve: Visitors to the Museums may also follow a marked
interpretive trail around the Grey Box Woodland Reserve which adjoins the picnic
grounds and creek area. The reserve comprises several hectares of remnant grassy
bushland, including the endangered species Eucalyptus Microcarpa, or Grey Box,
once typical of the native vegetation found in the Willunga hills and throughout
South East of South Australia, but now reduced to less than 3% of the area it
occupied prior to European settlement. This is also the location of the site of
the original ‘Government House’, the first permanent structure to be built on
the Government Reserve prior to the construction of the present courthouse
Outdoor Weddings: The Courthouse grounds have proved to be a popular
venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies, whether creek-side or on the lawns in
front of the heritage buildings. An increasing number of couples choose to make
their wedding vows in this delightful setting.
Bus Tours and Groups: The Tours Program has been the major revenue earner
and brings the highest number of the visitors to the Museums. The Program has
been developed by working with a number of commercial bus tour operators to
provide a packaged visitor experience tailored to the needs and interests of the
group. These visits have often included a special feature such as a courtroom
re-enactment where members of the group are encouraged to participate in a mock
trial – a great icebreaker, and a very popular part of the tours. Guided bus
tours are available. Morning or afternoon tea may be included as part of the
package, catered by the Branch.
Schools Program: This program is based at the Old Bassett Boys’ School,
which has been in the care of the Trust for many years but had previously only
been opened to the public on rare occasions. Two former teachers associated with
the Branch have developed the program, in which primary school aged children are
given a chance to experience what it was like to be a child at school in the mid
1800s. The program is offered on the basis of supervised class visits, of up to
30 students accompanied by teachers and parents, and includes the opportunity to
dress up in period costumes and participate in a classroom re-enactment. It has
only been running for a short time, but has already proven to be very popular
and will be expanded in the future. Older people also enjoy a visit to the
The Schools Program is regarded as a priority area for the Branch, which sees
the engagement and involvement of younger people in issues of heritage as one of
its primary objectives and something that is crucial for the future.
Other Activities: The Branch takes an active interest in heritage related
issues within the local community, and contributes to public debate on issues
where it sees itself as having a role. This includes providing comment on
matters such as the impact of new development and other changes affecting the
heritage values of the local area. The Branch works co-operatively with other
community organizations to promote the town to tourists and visitors, and to
encourage local residents to appreciate and celebrate its unique heritage and
Committee meetings: are held on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm
at the Courthouse, 61 High, Street, Willunga.
The Branch Committee elected at the 2009 AGM: Kath Rayner (Chair), Deb
Morgan (Vice Chair), Charlotte Wells (Secretary), Marian Floyd, (Treasurer),
Julie Taylor, Ruth Baxendale (Historian), Faye Lush (Librarian), Don McDonald,
Jo Petchell, Ken McAllan, Rae Ralph, Tony Ralph.
Chairperson: Kath Rayner 08 8296 7468
Librarian: Faye Lush 08 8323 7513
Coordinator: for bookings
& volunteers, Kazz 08 8556 2664
Courthouse Museum: 08 8556 2195 or
Postal address: Willunga Branch, National Trust of SA, PO Box 429, Willunga, SA,
Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges
Natural Resources Management Board...
Aldinga Rd, Willunga, 8550 3400, F 8550 3401,
Willunga Neighbourhood Watch 556...
The Hub, cnr St Peters Tce & Main Rd, Willunga.
2nd Monday (unless it is a public holiday, in which case we
advise in In-a-Nut-shell the month
before) at 7.30pm
No meetings in January & December.
All welcome at meetings.
See In-a-Nut-shell for guest speakers, etc.
Area-Coordinator: Julia Hand 08 8323 9889
Secretary: Judy Dunn 08 8556 2163.
Willunga Recreation Park Inc...
Main Rd, Willunga.
Open Management Meetings... Fourth Monday (except
RSL Clubrooms (between Main Gates & Recreation Hall), Willunga
Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.
All clubs which use the facilities are entitled to a
representative... The committee is made up of representatives from approximately
25 groups and clubs that use the park plus interested community members.
The public are invited to attend any meeting, so pay your $1
membership fee and have your say on how the park and its facilities should be
managed... be apart of Willunga Recreation Park's future.
Contacts: Moss Hancock, Chairman 8556 2407 or Paul Williamson, Secretary.
Willunga Recreation Park Inc,
PO Box 208,
Willunga SA 5172
Phone or Fax: 08 8556 2407
Willunga & District Returned Servicemen's League (RSL)...
RSL Clubrooms (between Main Gates & Recreation Hall), Willunga
Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.
The Clubrooms are open every Friday night... 5 til 8pm…
All are welcome to drop in for a chat and a drink. Bar facilities.
Contact: Mos Hancock 08 8556 2732
Rotary Club of McLaren Vale...
Alma Hotel (Bottom Pub), Hill St, Willunga.
Mondays, 6.30 for 6.45pm
Visitors and new members welcomed. Club supports activities in Willunga
and all surrounding areas.
Rotary Club Director: Alan Bigg 08 8557 7834
Willunga Save the Children Shop...
High St, Willunga.
Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Saturdays 9am-11.30am ?
Manager: Maureen Millard.
Aldinga Surf Lifesaving Club...
Norman Road, Silver Sands.
A small volunteer organisation providing rescue services to
our stretch of coastline and providing regular patrols on Saturday, Sunday and
Public Holidays as well as emergency out of hours callouts.
New member training from the age of 7 to 70.
"Vigilance and Service".
Club: 08 8556 3178 or
Trees for Life... Willunga
Willunga Primary School staff room, Station Rd, Willunga.
Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month
Visitors are very welcome. Supper is provided.
WORKING BEES at the Wirra, 10 am to 12 noon (corner of St Peters Tce and
Regular working bees are held to carry out weeding, mulching, watering and
general maintenance of local species plantings in the park and along the creek-line.
(Cancelled if the forecast maximum temperature for Noarlunga is 32 degrees or
TREES FOR LIFE SA News. Have you checked out the Trees for Life website
at www.treesforlife.org.au.? Here you will find an explanation of TFL’s four
main programmes - Tree Scheme, Bush for Life, Direct Seeding and Carbon Neutral.
The site also provides much other useful information, including a link to the
TFL Newsletter ReLeaf for you to read and keep up-to-date with the latest news.
Andrew Allanson leaving TFL; Andrew is leaving TFL after 15 years. He is going
to Rural Solutions (PIRSA) and will be joining Peter Tucker also formerly of TFL.
Andrew was the founding father of Bush for Life and an inspiration to all
bushcarers – a living legend of TFL.
Each year our group grows local species for special
projects in our area. If you are interested in growing a couple of boxes of
trees/shrubs in your backyard to help revegetate our district, please see Julie
Turner at the next meeting.
are needed for the winter season. Please get in touch if you would like to grow
a box or two of winter-germinating species for our Group’s projects. It’s a good
way to develop your skills in growing local species. All the necessary
equipment, soil, seed, etc is provided with full instructions, so why not give
it a try?
Ideas: We are always looking for ideas for future Speakers and
Outings. Please think about this and pass on your ideas to Joyce
Contact: Joyce West 08 8323 7513 / Paul Rosser
08 8323 8189
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