Meet Glenthorne Partnership member Kinda Snyder

Meet Glenthorne Partnership member Kinda Snyder

Each edi­tion we’ll intro­duce you to one of the 13 mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship who are help­ing to shape this new nation­al park.

The Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship was cre­at­ed to pro­vide impor­tant com­mu­ni­ty insight, ideas and per­spec­tives, and help make deci­sions to ensure the park meets com­mu­ni­ty needs and expectations.

The group includes com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with con­nec­tions to sur­round­ing Friends of Parks’ vol­un­teer groups, the Kau­r­na com­mu­ni­ty, the City of Mar­i­on, the local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion and the local R‑12 school.

Hear from Glen­horne Part­ner­ship mem­ber Kin­da Sny­der about her con­nec­tion to the cre­ation of Glen­thorne Nation­al Park:

I am a com­mit­ted and high­ly moti­vat­ed envi­ron­men­tal­ist with prac­ti­cal and aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ence in Archi­tec­ture, Urban Design, and Com­mu­ni­ty Organising.

I have a Mas­ters in Land­scape Urban­ism and recent­ly grad­u­at­ed from the Liv­ing Smart Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Edu­ca­tion pro­gram and estab­lished the Friends of Pine Gul­ly’ group to devel­op the Pine Gul­ly nat­ur­al reserve.

From my expe­ri­ence in the Pine Gul­ly group, I realised how frag­ment­ed the green areas around our area are and as a result how dif­fi­cult it will be in the future to pro­tect these green areas from disappearing.

The more frag­ment­ed habi­tats result­ed in vul­ner­a­ble small patch­es of native flo­ra and fau­na. What Glen­thorne is offer­ing is a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to estab­lish a rea­son­able-sized piece of land as habi­tat for local species to thrive.

I am also inspired by the ener­gy and the vision of Min­is­ter David Speirs. My main inter­est is in sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of social par­tic­i­pa­tion in the park.

I would like to help in acti­vat­ing exist­ing infra­struc­ture and land­scape by cre­at­ing pro­grams, enter­tain­ment, games, and com­mu­ni­ty-based projects to acti­vate the park as cen­tre of sus­tain­able resilience for all of the region.”

Read about the oth­er mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship.