Ten years of conservation
Since BirdLife Australia acquired the property on 30th July 1997 there have been many changes from what was established in the previous 120 years while it was a pastoral lease.
Visitors arriving today notice a specially designed information centre, a helipad, numerous rainwater tanks and that the shearing shed has been converted into an Environmental Education Centre. People familiar with the property’s past notice that new sheds and accommodation buildings have been constructed and a fenced exclusion zone built around the house dams.
Away from the main homestead area other, more controversial changes, have occurred. Dams have been filled in or closed, fences and troughs removed. Concrete tanks have been capped, bird hides built and walking trails established. One walk with a focus on the history of Gluepot is a Self-guided Heritage Walk around the Old Gluepot house site. The walk was established with the support of the South Australian Government through the History Trust of South Australia.
Comments from recent visitors to the Reserve highlight their impressions and interest in the changes.
“I donated money for Gluepot’s purchase; now it is great to visit!” Ataca, California USA
“Fantastic. Staying another day and already looking forward to next visit.” Coonabarabran, NSW
“Thank heavens endangered species have people like you caring for their habitat.” Albany, New Zealand
“Fantastic job by all involved. This place just keeps on getting better!” Crafers West, South Australia
“So glad you are all here!” North Carolina, USA
“Far better than I ever imagined.” Beenah, Queensland
“So utterly peaceful! Aldgate, South Australia
The following history was compiled by Don Gobbett who has produced “Gluepot remembered: From Sheep paddock to Conservation Reserve”. Additional notes refer to information that has come to light since the book was written.