Dunes volunteer thanks tour guide at Tennyson Dunes open day.

2023 Open Day Review

The Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Open Day in 2023 was very successful. It was one of, if not the best ever! We had the highest number of different tours, and increased participation by indigenous leaders and local volunteers. The Welcome to Country was delivered by Kaurna/ Narungga Elder Aunty Elaine Magias.  We would also like to acknowledge Kaurna Elder Uncle Tamaru and Boandik woman Leanne Williams whom were present at the event and thank them for their attendance.  The indigenous bush tucker tour was very popular with those attending it.  Other tours taught about the wildlife, geography – which has changed incredibly, and beach combing. We thank the many experts and volunteers who presented these aspects of the dunes. The Marine Discovery Center , Bugs n Slugs, and Animals Anonymous all ran great interactive desks.

Attendance was excellent with over 350 people present at some time during the day as we showed off Adelaide’s own national park by the sea.  The Chairman of Green Adelaide, Prof Chris Daniels has been the main speaker for the past two years, and at the 2023 Open Day, 155 people were in attendance at the time of the speeches.  Besides the excellent support from the City of Charles Sturt, we had great support from the West Lakes Rotary Club providing the food truck and also giving the TDG a donation of $500. The good results for our Open Days are largely due to the fantastic work by our Project Coordinator, Beverely Reed, who has coordinated the Tennyson Dunes Open Day for the past two years now.

We also thank the TDG volunteers and Committee Members for their support on the day and in acquiring grant funding.

– Bob and Eika

Photos by Bob Finder

Big Thanks to our Tour Guides

Andrew Herron, Leanne Williams, Peter Matejcic, 

Dr. Murray Townsend, Michelle Blewitt,

Dr Tim Milne, Prof Chris Daniels, and Prof Victor Gostin

Thanks to our Guest Speakers

Elder Elaine Magias, Professor Chris Daniels, and Dearnne Rich (National Parks).

Aunty Elder Elaine Magias speaking to a crowd on Tennyson foreshore.
Prof Daniels addresses the crowd at Tennyson foreshore in front of the Plant Sale and Rotary stalls.
Dearnne Rich, third fron the right, is speaking in front of a crowd at Tennyson foreshore.

Thanks to our Stall Holders

Animals Anonymous, Marine Discovery Centre, and Bugs n Slugs

National Trust, Port Environment Centre, Native Orchid Society, 

and West Lakes Rotary (pictured above with Prof Daniels)

Thank You to Everyone That Attended!

See You Next Year!

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