Who are we?

Friends of Flinders Ranges National Park was started in 1995 by a group of people interested in preserving the natural and pioneering assets within the Park. Early members included neighbouring pastoralists, National Park staff, and people from Adelaide and other parts of the State who simply had an affinity with the Flinders Ranges.

Today our membership also includes individuals and families from around Australia, even some from overseas. The majority of members are unable to attend the Park regularly to work on the various projects we tackle but their support through annual subscriptions enables us to complete much of our work.

Active retirees seem to be the members able to attend the Park regularly throughout the year. They have the time, and the range of talents, to contribute to our successful completion of projects and general maintenance around the Park. There are a few members still in the work force who take Annual Leave at times so that they can attend one of our working weeks in the Ikara-Flinders. There is always enough work for everybody.

Unquestionably the common factor between our members is their passion for the Ikara-Flinders Ranges and all that they offer - flora and fauna, aboriginal heritage and culture, geological features, pastoral and mining history, and the magnificent beauty that surrounds us where ever we are working.

A Name and a Logo

We are often asked about the name of our group and for details about our logo.

Until two years ago we were simply Friends of Flinders Ranges National Park. Over the last decade local aboriginal people in various parts of the state were given opportunity to share in the management of a national or conservation park that was in their location. Adnyamathana people were invited to participate in co-management of the Flinders Ranges NP a few years ago. State Government then decided that where this co-management arrangement was in place the park would also be co-named, that is both the aboriginal name and the anglo name would be applied. Flinders Ranges is called Ikara by the Adnyamathana people so the co-management board of the park decided to include Ikara in the park’s name. We were invited to consider adopting the name too and in respect to the Adnyamathana people in their link to this country our committee and members readily made the change.

The logo has been changed just once since we formed in 1995. It represents the majestic ranges for which the area is rightly famous. The brown lines in the shape of a shield are what puzzles most people. The Flinders ranges contain some of the oldest fossils in Australia. One of them is the Dicksonian fossil and it is that fossil which is included in our logo. Together the ranges and the fossil reflect the beauty and the geological significance of the Flinders Ranges which we work to preserve.