Meet Glenthorne Partnership Member Pam Smith

Meet Glenthorne Partnership Member Pam Smith

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 Pam Smith about her con­nec­tion to the cre­ation of Glen­thorne Nation­al Park-Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta.

I have been for­tu­nate in hav­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to work in the pro­fes­sion I love, that is, archae­ol­o­gy – com­bined with her­itage and land­scape his­to­ry. Now that I am retired I have even more time to indulge my pas­sions by work­ing as a vol­un­teer and spend­ing more time with my won­der­ful family.

I have been a mem­ber of sev­er­al con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­ni­ty organ­i­sa­tions over my life­time and am now priv­i­leged to be on the Nation­al Trust SA’s Sig­nif­i­cant Tree Com­mit­tee (where we just talk about trees) and on the Glen­thorne Partnership.

I have two main inter­ests in the cre­ation of this new park. As coor­di­na­tor of the Ade­laide Hills Face Zone Cul­tur­al Her­itage Project (Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty 2001-05) I coor­di­nat­ed sur­veys and research across the Mar­i­on Hills and Glenthorne.

As a con­se­quence, I am very famil­iar with this land­scape and its his­to­ry, and of Glen­thorne in par­tic­u­lar. As a mem­ber and Patron of the Friends of Glen­thorne I applaud the amaz­ing 20-year strug­gle by mem­bers to stop urban devel­op­ment. Togeth­er with the Friends’, I am com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the envi­ron­ment and her­itage of the prop­er­ty and was absolute­ly delight­ed when the Glen­thorne Nation­al Park con­cept was announced.’

Read about the oth­er mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship.