Friends of the Waite Arboretum Inc.

 

Friends of the Waite Arboretum Inc.

The Friends of the Waite Arboretum was established at the suggestion of a number of Waite Arboretum Guides in 1994.  The first meeting of the Friends was held on 12th September 1994 in Urrbraee House at the University of Adelaide's Waite campus.  The organisation was incorporated as an business entity in early 1995 and the first Newsletter was produced in Spring 1994. 

 

SAVE THE WAITE GATEHOUSE

SAVE THE WAITE ARBORETUM TREES

from the Cross Road and Fullarton Road intersection roadworks

RELOCATION of the GATEHOUSE

NOVEMBER 2021: Plans are in place for the relocation of the Dry Rainforest trees.  On the Claremont Avenue facing site, building pegs have been installed. 

JUNE 2021: "The Dry Rainforest area adjacent to Claremont Avenue remains the University's preferred location for the expanded Gate House (FWA President Dr W Harvey June 2021."  

 

                                     

A likely entrance point to the relocated Gate House from Claremont Avenue                     Southern edge of the Dry Rainforest and future relocated Gate House

 

                                     

Looking east from the Dry Rainforest and future relocated Gate House                           Looking north from the Dry Rainforest and the future relocated Gate House

JUNE 2021: "Report from FWA President Dr Wayne Harvey.  Our AGM for 2021 was held in June and attended by about 50 members.  The AGM was a good opportunity to share news about plans by the State Government and the University for 'decommissioning and reconstruction' of the Gate House.  This is the phrase used by the State Government to refer to the meticulous dismantling of the Gate House and its re-assermbly on another site, freeing up some of the Arboretum space for the expansion of the Cross Road-Fullarton Road intersection.

Rebuilding the Gate House elsewhere in the Arboretum will be accompanied by the construction of new rooms at the rear of the hertiage building for use by volunteers with an interest in the Waite Campus.  The Universitry has invited various volunteer groups to participate in the development of the designs for the expanded Gate House.  The University is keen to ensure the expanded Gate House provides an asset for volunteer groups, such as ourselves, and I have represented the Friends at discussion with architects and planners in the design of the new building. 

While detailed planning and documentation of the reconstruction work is still underway, we can note the expanded Gate House will provde office accomodation, an open space for meetings or activities, and storage for hand tools etc. The new complex will include kitchen facilities, toilets, first aid, and other amentities suited to volunteers at work in the arboretum.  The expanded Gate House will be oriented North-South with the original hertiage entrance facing towards Claremont Avenue.  The design of the new rooms on the northern side wil provide natural light through extensive glazing that will provide views into the Arboretum.  

The Dry Rainforest area adjacent to Claremont Avenue remains the University's preferred location for the expanded Gate House This location will provide limited vehicle access and minimal parking off Claremont Avenue, mostly as short stays for service vehicles. This will be a major undertaking by the University and the State Government.  Much more Preliminary work is required before onsite work can begin.  The project could required 12 months of on-site activitity once the decommissioning and reconstruction begins.  The Friends will continue to be part of the effort to make this happen with minimal disruption to the Arboretum while providing an asset for all." 

JANUARY 2021: Copy of a open letter being sent to South Australian Members of Parliament WAITE Gatehouse letter JG 31-12-20 (4)

JANUARY 2021 Petition Preservation of the Waite Gatehouse WAITE Petition Waite Gatehouse and Trees (4)  

JANUARY 2021 RALLY Sunday 31 January 2021, 11am to SAVE the Lodge and to SAVE the Waite Arboretum Trees

JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2021:

Dr Jennifer Gardner (Waite Arboretum Curator 1986 – 2017) Speaking at the Save the Waite Gatehouse – Save the Waite Arboretum Trees' rally on Sunday 31 January 2021

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The Friends of the Waite Arboretum was established at the suggestion of a number of Waite Arboretum Guides in 1994.  The first meeting of the Friends was held on 12th September 1994 in Urrbrae House at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus. The organisation was incorporated as a business entity in early 1995.  The first Newsletter #1 was produced in Spring 1994.

                     

#467 Dracaena draco Dragon Tree ASPARAGACEAE planted in 1929.  The tree was used for the design of the Friends' logo.

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The aims of the Friends are: 

1.  "To foster interest in the care and use of the Arboretum.  2. To raise funds for the development and promotion of the Waite Arboretum or for any purpose which has the approval of the Curator of the Arboretum".

Waite Arboretum entrance via Walter Young Drive from Fullarton Road Urrbrae

     Peter Waite and Shrimp

Left: Peter Waite and his dog Shrimp Source: University of Adelaide, Zeitz, 2014, p.12

Right:   The Peter Waite and his dog Shrimp sculpture is part of the Towards the Land, a sculptural narrative by Greg Johns. The bronze dog Shrimp was made by Silvio Apponyi.  The woodcraft was made by Douglas Bell.  The Landscape design is by Viesturs Cielens.    Towards the Land was opened by the Hon. Diana Laidlaw, Minister for the Arts on 22 October 1999.  The project was funded by the Australian Council Visual Arts / Craft Board and the Friends of the Waite Arboretum.

Location: Southern end of the Mallee Collection, northeast of the Dry Rainforest Collection.  Nearby trees include #2193 A,B,C  Aesculus californica California Buckeye HIPPOCASTANACEAE Californica 2009.