Greater Adelaide Environment Network

*Important news re the future of Gawler Environment Centre*

As you may be aware, with the recent change from the State Government Natural Resource Management system to the Landscape Board system, funding for the seven regional environment/natural resource centres (of which GEC is one) has become very precarious indeed. The incumbent State Government, currently in caretaker mode, has provided no guarantees that we will be provided with any funding in 2022/2023 or beyond. 

In response our centres, plus the two metropolitan centres, have joined forces under the banner Greater Adelaide Environment Network (GAEN) and developed a comprehensive prospectus to present to potential funding partners. You can view the prospectus below and find out more about GAEN.

We still believe our best bet is for our State Government to step up and commit to adequately resourcing community environmental action. SA Labor have committed to fully fund the GAEN centres if they are elected and we are seeking similar commitments from other parties and candidates.

As such we are asking you, our supporters, to speak to your local candidates and ask them to advocate for adequate, secure funding for the GAEN environment centres, including Gawler Environment Centre. Our communities are at the centre of everything we do and your support will help us to ensure that we can continue to provide our valuable services including workshops, the Understorey annual native plant sale, Gawler Repair Cafe, and support for local on-ground revegetation and restoration projects.

If you would like any further information please contact the GEC Coordinator on 0413 694 477 or

Introducing GAEN

The Greater Adelaide Environment Network (GAEN) is a newly formed alliance of nine community-based Environment (or Natural Resource) Centres operating across the Greater Adelaide area.

The Network is led by a Steering Group of volunteers, comprising of four Chairs (one from the Gawler Environment Centre, Willunga Environment Centre, Strathalbyn Natural Resource Centre and Fleurieu Environment Centre) and one Coordinator, who is the Representative of all 9 Centre’s Coordinators.

Our collective impact, which extends back over the past 25 years, has been significant, with over 20,000 participant attendances and over 400 events held annually. With a commitment to develop community skills and resilience, our centres conduct workshops and information sessions on everything from local biodiversity and sustainable land management practices, to recycling and waste diversion. We run annual native plant sales, coordinate revegetation projects, support community gardens, run sustainable living festivals and a wide variety of other innovative environmental and community development initiatives.

The GAEN represents the collective action by all participating centres to secure adequate ongoing funding into the future in order to provide events, services and information to our communities. We have been meeting (in person and online) developing materials such as our prospectus brochure and examining potential funding partnerships in our local and broader areas.

For more information about the GAEN and what we as a collective provide, please download our prospectus. And if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office here.

Gawler Repair Café, Sat 10 Dec 2022

Date: Sat 10 Dec 2022
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Evanston Gardens Community Centre, 63-65 Angle Vale Rd, Evanston Gardens
Bookings: No bookings required, just drop in between 9.30am and 11.30am

Repair Cafes provide a free meeting space where community members can work with skilled volunteers to repair items that would otherwise go to waste. Our volunteers have skills in electrical repairs (small appliances), jewellery repairs, sewing and mending clothing, general repairs (mechanical/woodwork) and bikes. Services are provided free of charge but customers can choose to make a small donation to support the service if they wish.

Most attendees get to see a repairer straight away but coffee, tea and cake are provided to keep you occupied if you do need to wait.

How it all Works

– The repair café philosophy is to teach people how to undertake the repair themselves if possible. For that reason we ask that attendees sit with the repairer while the repair is taking place, so they can observe the process and have a go at it themselves.
– All repairs are conducted at the discretion of the repairer; if the repairer isn’t comfortable with conducting the repair, it won’t be undertaken.
– There are some items it isn’t possible to repair at the café e.g. microwave ovens and TVs retain charge and it is dangerous to attempt to repair them. Anything containing dangerous substances such as asbestos and lead is also out. We are unable to do repairs that require larger “shed” type equipment e.g. welding. And some items are too tricky to take apart and put back together again, like toasters, sound systems, and of course computers.
– Repairers will fix one item per attendee. If there is time they may be able to look at a second item for you, but this will depend on whether others are waiting.
– For clothing and textiles we do mending/repairs not alterations. E.g. we can help you darn a hole in a jumper, or repair a rip in a pair of trousers. If you have items of clothing that need to be taken up or in, that is a job for a professional alterations service. We are also unable to make items of clothing.
– Our repairers are skilled volunteers. They will try their best to fix your item but there are no guarantees.

If you would like any further information, or if you are interested in becoming a Repair Café volunteer, please contact GEC Coordinator Kathy on 0413 694 477 or

Gawler Environment Centre is grateful for the support provided to this project by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through the Communities Environment Program. 

Repair Cafe List: Adelaide and Surrounds

Too far to travel to Gawler? There might be a repair cafe closer to you. Check out the list for Adelaide and surrounding areas on the Adelaide Sustainability Centre website:

Understorey Project



From April to Sept each year the Gawler Environment Centre and Gawler Environment and Heritage Association (GEHA) team up to bring residents of Gawler and surrounding areas the opportunity to purchase cheap locally indigenous plants. The Understorey Project aims to increase biodiversity in our region by encouraging communities to cultivate a variety of local plants, including all ecosystem elements. 

Please be aware that orders are to be picked up from the Gawler Environment & Heritage Association nursery. (Other arrangements may be possible, but will involve an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements before you place an order). 

*If you want to place a large order, e.g. more than 20 of 1 species or more than 200 in total, please ring Adrian  at the GEHA nursery on 0429004363 to check availability. We only have large numbers of a few species.*

Early orders should be available in May and then after that up to two weeks from ordering to collection so please don’t worry if you don’t hear back from us straight away. If you require your order in less time, please advise us when placing your order. Some plants, especially a few of the native daisies, only germinate in mid autumn so there may be a bit longer wait. This will be advised when the order is received.  

If you have any enquiries about the plants, please contact Adrian on 0429 004 363 or

If you are interested in smaller herbs and grasses there a quite a few more species available; Adrian can provide you with further information.

We have made two short films for this project:
The Understorey Project: Whats it all about?
How to plant and care for your native garden

Click on the links below to view on YouTube:

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How to place an order – read the instructions at 1, 2 & 3 below and then click on the Understorey Project Shop link a the bottom of the page. 

1. Decide if you want to order a mixed box or a custom box
Note: Orders must be in quantities of 20 or 50 plants

Mixed Box: $24 for 20 plants or $60 for 50 plants
What is a mixed box? A mixed box will contain species specifically suited to the area you live in. The species in this box will be chosen by the nursery and may contain 3 of one species if thought appropriate ie. grasses are more practical in clumps of 3 or more. This box is great if you are unsure of what to plant, have limited knowledge on what species are specific to your area or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you.

There are four mixed box options:

  1. Mixed box (standard)
  2. Mixed box with trees (you will get one or more trees with your order)
  3. Mixed box of butterfly attracting plants (an assortment of shrubs and smaller plants which are food source for butterflies)
  4. Mixed box of native bee attracting plants (these are flowering plants of all sizes, please advise in the ORDER NOTES section if you want trees and shrubs included in your order)

If you have specific requests about the type of plants you want/don’t want in your order you can include this in the ORDER NOTES section on the Billing Information page.

Custom Box Cost: $28 for 20 plants or $70 for 50 plants
What is a custom box? A custom box allows you to make up your own order from the plants available. We advise creating orders with at least 6 different species and multiples of these ie. grasses are more practical in clumps of 3 or more. This box is great if you know which plants are specific for your area and you know what you want to grow in your garden. Note: Depending on availability of some species we may need to supply a suitable replacement.

2. Placing your order

To order a mixed box:

Select option 7 ‘Mixed Box’ and choose a box(es) of 20 or 50 with trees, without trees, butterfly attracting or native bee attracting.

To order a custom box:

  1. Look at the map below to find out the vegetation association that you live in
  2. Select option 1-6 depending on the area you live in. eg if the map below identifies you as living in the coastal area then select option 2
  3. Select the plants you wish to make up your custom box

Look at the map below to find which vegetation association you live in. This will help you choose appropriate plants when ordering.

Gawler NRC - Vegetation Associations Map - Understorey Project 2017

Click here for an enlarged Vegetation Associations Map

Click here for the Understorey Project – Species List 2022 (You may have to right click the link and select “save linked content as”)



3. Advise of any specifics relating to your order

At the check-out, enter any specific requests for your order in the ORDER NOTES section eg. “I want all grasses in my mixed box”. “My block is sandy”, “I want half the plants for a drainage area”.

Important! If you are ordering trees or shrubs:

ONLY 5-10% of your order may be made up of TREES (including small, medium and large) eg. In a box of 20 plants 1 or 2 of the plants may be a tree species.

ONLY 10% of your order may be made up of MEDIUM/TALL SHRUBS eg. In a box of 20 plants only 2 of the plants may be medium or tall shrub species. The exception to this is if you are in the Adelaide Plains woodland association where we will provide a higher percentage of shrubs.