Remarkable classical concert commemorates 100 years of Flinders Chase National Park

The Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park proved to be a stunning setting for a classical music concert.

The concert on Wednesday, October 16 was organised by Kangaroo Island's three Friends of Parks groups.

It commemorated the 100-year anniversary that the Act forming Flinders Chase National Park was passed in Parliament.

The performance featured renowned classical musicians Anthony Albrecht on cello and Simone Slattery playing under one of the rock formations, watched by a crowd of between 50 and 100.

Some attended specifically while others were lucky to stumble across the concert while touring Kangaroo Island's premier attraction.

Pioneering Flinders Chase ranger George Lonzar and his wife Joyce Lonzar watched from camp chairs rugged up against the wind. Also attending was legendary plant expert Bev Overton AM.

Wendy Haylock served as interpretation and education manager at Flinders Chase ending in 2008.

She gave the story of how the park was formed and honoured the men that made it happen.

Concert video

Later that same day, rangers and staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service on KI held a ceremony at the Flinders Chase visitor centre where a time capsule was buried for the next 50 years.

The NPWS has various events planned for the centenary year.

The two classical musicians while on the Island also performing at the Kingscote Town Hall the night before.

The Remarkable Rocks concert follows another rally on the steps of the South Australian Parliament where hundreds attended on October 10.

Protesters are calling on the Australian Walking Company to put its proposed accommodation lodges back on the KI Wilderness Trail and not on two headlands in Flinders Chase National Park .

An AWC spokesperson downplayed the numbers at the rally.

The Supreme Court action by Eco Action KI against state planning approval meanwhile is progressing with a hearing date for early February.

The latest crowdfunding campaign by the Public Parks NOT Private Playgrounds had exceeded its $50,000 target.

Here is Wendy Haylock's speech:

Flinders Chase was established 100 years ago because a few very determined men saw the enormous value in protecting our native fauna and flora.

In 1888, Arthur Robin wrote and presented 'The Better Protection of Our Native Fauna and Flora' to the Field Naturalist Section of the Royal Society of SA.

He wrote... "The preservation of the indigenous animals and plants of the colony is a question of interest and importance to every part of the community. But strangers who come to our colony now, can form no adequate conception of its aspect half a century ago, when this remarkable life was in the fullness of its luxuriance in our richly wooden mountain glens and forest regions. Unless speedy measures of protection be adopted, the near future will see total exterminations."

Samuel Dixon was a key player in the long struggle to have the 'Chase' proclaimed a park. At the end of the campaign he wrote... "Success is better late than never and if it were possible to make every Australian appreciative of his native land's wonderfully beautiful Fauna and Flora - each separate state would vie in preserving them at any cost. It behooves every Australian to follow the example to Agitate, Agitate, Agitate until it becomes National policy."

Samuel Dixon concluded that Flinders Chase would be an invaluable State possession proudly owned and an unmatchable treasure of the highest value to Australians and scientists of the world.


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