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					ADELAIDE AND PARAFIELD COMMUNITY AND STAFF NEWSLETTER   D E C E M B E R 10




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contents                                                                                                                Phil Baker
                                                                                                                                                          Major Infrastructure
Major Infrastructure Project
gets the Green Light                                 1
                                                                                                                                                          Project Gets the Green Light
Overlay Project Reaches Milestone                    2
                                                                            MD’s comments
Vietnam Airlines Charter Success                     3       I recently outlined important airport          This is a real credit to the overlay
                                                          projects that would be ramping up              project team, which undertook a
RFDS Welcomes New Fleet                              4    as we headed towards the New Year.             considerable amount of planning before
                                                             While this edition of Plane Talking         the first batch of bitumen was produced

Further Success at Property Awards                   5    contains updates on some of these              to ensure minimal disruptions to
                                                          projects, I thought it worth highlighting      airport operations and the surrounding

Centre for Energy Technology                              the marked progress that has already           community. Great work by all involved.
Partnership Launched                                 6    taken place in the past couple of months.         In late November, it was my pleasure
                                                             Firstly, on November 16 we received         to join SA’s Minister for Transport

Buck Recovers                                        7    word from the Federal Minister for             and Energy, the Hon Pat Conlon,
                                                          Transport, Anthony Albanese, that he           and the University of Adelaide in officially

Seen in T1                                           7    had approved our Landside Infrastructure       launching AAL’s partnership with the
                                                          Project, including the multi-storey car        Centre for Energy Technology to develop
                                                          park redevelopment, pedestrian plaza           clean energy solutions for our airport.
Sun, Sand and Style                                  8
                                                          and associated roads re-alignment.                On the local community front, I would
                                                          Having now cleared this significant            like to congratulate West Torrens Mayor,
Karla Joins Retail Team                              9
                                                          hurdle, we expect construction works to        John Trainer, and Salisbury Mayor,
                                                          begin in late January - early February 2011.   Gillian Aldridge, on their re-election
Environment Manager’s Message                      10
                                                             While this is an exciting project for       (unopposed) as well as the election of
                                                          AAL, all staff will have an important role     Adelaide Lord Mayor, Stephen Yarwood,
Parafield Vernal Pools                             11
                                                          to play by being aware of the impact           in last month’s local government
                                                          of the project on our customers during         elections. I also look forward to working
Virgin Blue Stars                                  12     the construction phase, and to assist          with all councillors, both new and re-elected.
                                                          in any way we can to minimise the                 In light of another successful year and
Drive to Success                                   12     inconvenience for travellers and visitors.     record passenger numbers, I would like
                                                          Regular updates indicating what works          to take this opportunity to personally

Heart Foundation Walk at Pat Creek                 13     are being undertaken will be circulated        thank all of the management and staff,               Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) will          of the main terminal will include a          new multi-deck car park, with associated
                                                                                                                                                          undergo its most significant redevelopment       multi-level, 2000-space car park             new road layout and adjacent pedestrian
                                                          to staff during this phase.                    plus our directors, shareholders,
                                                                                                                                                          since the opening of the new terminal,           incorporating rental car and valet parking   plaza, early in the new year,” Mr Baker said.
Young Artists off to a Flying Start                14        Another maintenance program that has        consultants, customers, regulators,              with a multi-level car park and a pedestrian     facilities, while a landscaped pedestrian       “Once the external project is completed
                                                          been quietly progressing below the radar,      border agencies and suppliers,                   plaza planned for completion in 2012.            plaza will provide an appropriate link       and subject to further Ministerial approval,
                                                                                                                                                              AAL Managing Director Phil Baker             between the car park and T1.                 we will begin work on extending T1 itself,
                                                          so to speak, has been the overlay project      local residents and all levels of
                                                                                                                                                          welcomed approval of the works by the               Roads within Adelaide Airport will        adding new departure gates and increasing
If you have any questions or comments in regard           to resurface Adelaide Airport’s runways        Government for their support in 2010.            Federal Minister for Transport Anthony           also be re-aligned to cater for the new      international capacity. In the meantime,
to activities at either Adelaide or Parafield Airports,                                                                                                   Albanese and said it marked the start of a       development and create an alternative        some airlines will have modernised their
                                                          and taxiways. This project is on schedule,        Best wishes to you and your families
contact, John McArdle, Adelaide Airport Limited,                                                                                                          busy and exciting phase of significant airport   entry and exit point.                        check-in arrangements and changes to
1 James Schofield Dr, Adelaide Airport, SA, 5950          and just as importantly, has barely been       for a safe and happy holiday season,
Telephone 08 8308 9211 Fax 08 8308 9311                                                                                                                   infrastructure and operational projects.            “Following the Minister’s approval,       international security screening procedures
email:editor@aal.com.au www.aal.com.au                    noticed outside the airport community.         and a peaceful and prosperous year ahead.            The new development to the north-west        we intend to start construction on our       will be evident inside the terminal.
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    Overlay project reaches milestone                                                                                                                       Vietnam Airlines Charter success
       Adelaide Airport’s overlay project has         Despite having cancelled work on three
    reached a major milestone, with resurfacing   occasions due to rain, the construction
                                                                                                                    Sir Donald Bradman Drive
    of the main runway now complete.              is currently only one day behind the
       Work is well under way on resurfacing      project team’s best case program.
    the cross runway, with the entire project         The essential maintenance works,
    on track for completion in April 2011.        which are required to be carried out




                                                                                                Tapleys Hill Road
       It is expected by the time the             every 10 to 15 years, are part of AAL’s
    project team breaks later this month          ongoing program to provide a safe
    for Christmas and New Year:                   operating environment for all aircraft.
    •	 Resurfacing	of	the	cross	runway                Works have mostly been carried
       will be complete;                          out during the airport’s curfew,
    •	 Approximately	340	light	fittings           between 11.00pm and 6.00am.
       (out	of	a	total	of	630	lights)             During these times the cross runway,
                                                                                                                                         Current Stage
       will have been installed; and              running south-east to north-west, has
    •	 Approximately	40,300	tonnes                been used for the small number of                                                      Completed Stages
       of asphalt (out of a total of              freight and emergency aircraft that are                                                Future Stages
       50,300	tonnes)	will	have	been	laid.        permitted to operate during these hours.




    Major Infrastructure
    Project Gets the Green Light                                                                                          CONT




                                                                                                                                                               Last issue we foreshadowed the              21 November 2010 with a capacity load.              crew advised that they had fond memories
                                                                                                                                                            planning for non-stop services by charter         Advance bookings for the remainder               of Adelaide, having done their flying
                                                                                                                                                            aircraft to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)          of the charter services indicate a similar          training at Parafield some 15 years ago.
                                                                                                                                                            by Vietnam Airlines and facilitated at         high demand, clearly showing that there                Meanwhile, discussions continue
                                                                                                                                                            the Adelaide end by Bunnik Tours.              definitely is a market for this service.            with China Southern for further charter
                                                                                                                                                               The first of these charters left Adelaide      An interesting side note to this first charter   operations with a view to regular
                                                                                                                                                            Airport on time at 1010 on Sunday              by Vietnam Airlines was that four of the flight     scheduled services in the near future.




       “This is an important project because
    more than just improving amenities, service
                                                  normal high levels of service to the
                                                  public will be compromised by works
                                                                                                  In addition to the above approved
                                                                                               project, Adelaide Airport Limited will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                You are the eyes and ears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the Airport.
    standards and increasing the number of        associated with this project on a            soon be providing advance advice to
    parking spaces, it improves pedestrian        temporary basis.                             a minor variation to the project which
    safety and commits to future complementary       “AAL will do everything possible          will involve the construction of a link
    aviation and non-aviation development.’’      to keep such disruption to a minimum         bridge between the new car park and


                                                                                                                                                                                                            See it, Hear it, Report it!
       Mr Baker said that despite AAL’s best      and inform the public of any changes         the terminal. More detail will issue over
    endeavours, there may be occasions when       in advance,’’ he said.                       the coming weeks.


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    RFDS Welcomes New Fleet                                                                                                                                                                  Further Success
                                                                                                                                                                                             at Property Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                Adelaide Airport believes it has         This is the 5th year in a row that
                                                                                                                                                                                             worked hard to make its T1 shopping     the airport has picked up awards
                                                                                                                                                                                             and dining precinct amongst the best    from the Property Council, winning
                                                                                                                                                                                             in Adelaide by offering great           collectively 8 awards since 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                             promotions and competitions, and            AAL General Manager, Property,
                                                                                                                                                                                             we’re not the only ones who think so.   Ken May said the Commendation
                                                                                                                                                                                                AAL T1 Retail was ecstatic to        Award for “Excellence in
                                                                                                                                                                                             received the following awards at        Presentation” was particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                             the Property Council of Australia       pleasing (following on from the
                                                                                                                                                                                             Gala Awards 2010 in October:            success last year in receiving
                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 Excellence	in	Marketing	-	           the inaugural PCA Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                Centres/Arcades	up	to	10000	m2       Innovation Award) as it involved
                                                                                                                                                                                                Centre Integration -                 the full co-operation of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Finding a Way to Retail Success”    T1 Operations personnel and
                                                                                                                                                                                                - Accepted by Kyra Gustavsson,       Facilities Management staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 Excellence	in	Marketing	-		          Thanks in particular go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                Centres/Arcades	up	to	10000m2	       Phil Hogan and Barrie Briggs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                Marketing Campaign -                 all their staff, for the co-ordination
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Win a Pandaventure”                 of the various contracted cleaners
                                                                                                                                                                                                - Accepted by Karen Gough            and waste contractors.
                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 Excellence	in	Presentation	-	            Mr May said the awards were
                                                                                                                                                                                                Centres/Arcades	up	to	10000m2	       also testament to the dedication,
                                                                                                                                                 “The RFDS is our                               Commendation Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                - Accepted by Kyra Gustavsson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     interest and participation of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     T1 retailers.

       Two of Adelaide Airport Limited’s              “The RFDS is our preferred provider of    members of the community, and we
                                                                                                                                                 preferred provider
    preferred charities, Variety and the
    Royal Flying Doctor Service, came together
                                                  fixed wing aero-medical services in South
                                                  Australia, and we applaud its continued
                                                                                                acknowledge their generosity, commitment
                                                                                                and support of the ‘Flying Doctor’,”
                                                                                                                                                 of fixed wing
    recently at the dedication ceremony of        high quality service in partnership with      Mr Lynch said.
    one of the new fleet of RFDS aircraft.        SA Ambulance Service and MedSTAR.”                “In	2009/10,	more	than	8300	patients	        aero-medical services
       Foxtrot-Victor-Alpha (VH-FVA), or “Alfa”       Mr Lynch said by completion of the        were transported by RFDS aircraft in
    as it is known to crews, commenced            $30	million	capital	program,	the	5	new	       South Australia and the Northern Territory       in South Australia...
    duties from Adelaide in July as part          state-of-the-art aircraft would replace       alone - almost 50 per cent more than
    of the single biggest aircraft replacement    existing aircraft, each of which would        a decade ago.
    program undertaken by the RFDS                have conducted around 15,000 flight               “Since July, VH-FVA alone has                SA Variety Bash throughout South
    in Central Operations (SA/NT).                hours during their 15 years of service        transferred	31	children	injured	or	critically	   Australia and the Northern Territory.
       “VH-FVA is the first of five new           to the community.                             ill to/from all regions of the State to the         “The RFDS remains very much
    medically-equipped Pilatus PC-12 aircraft         “We rely on the support of the            Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Adelaide        dependent on the support of the
    to be introduced to the Central Operations    community to help purchase and                for higher levels of care, including             community, at all levels, to assist
    fleet over the calendar year at a total       medically-equip our replacement aircraft      one young child interstate in preparation        with funding for its capital projects
    capital	expenditure	of	$30	million,”          - and we applaud the generosity of Variety,   for a lung transplant.”                          such as new aircraft, medical equipment
    John Lynch, CEO of RFDS Central               the children’s charity, for its $600,000          Mr Lynch added this was the second           and operational facilities, as well as
    Operations, said at the recent official       grant to enable the medical fit-out of        medical fit-out of a RFDS aircraft               the delivery of our preventative health
    dedication ceremony of the $6 million         this very aircraft and its conversion to      sponsored by Variety. In 2002 it granted         programs such as the RFDS Healthy
    aircraft at Adelaide Airport.                 a ‘flying intensive care unit’.               the funds to medically-equip VH-FGT,             Living Program,” Mr Lynch said.
       Speaking at the launch, SA Health              “The purchase of the aircraft itself      which continues to serve the community.             RFDS is one of Adelaide Airport
    Minister John Hill said: “I am delighted to   has been possible due to a combination            Mr Lynch said the Variety SA grants          Limited’s major charities and a permanent
    acknowledge the contribution of $6 million    of capital grants from the Commonwealth       acknowledge the important role that              collection box is located under the
    by the State Government towards this          and South Australian Governments,             property owners and rural communities            “propeller” in the international arrivals
    major aircraft replacement program.           corporate sponsors and donations from         play in the success of the annual                area of the ground floor of T1.


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    Centre for Energy Technology                                                                                                                  Buck                                                            News
    Partnership Launched                                                                                                                          Recovers                                                        in brief
       Adelaide Airport aims to become an             “At Adelaide Airport, we want to invest        “We’re excited by the foresight and             After a protracted period of illness and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AAA appoints
    Australian leader in clean energy use          in the long-term future of our operations.     leadership on this issue being shown            recovery, Buck the Bear has been sighted
    thanks to a new three-year, $750,000           This is why we approached the Centre           by Adelaide Airport. We anticipate              climbing the fire-escape stairs to the                          new Executive Director
    partnership with the University of Adelaide.   for Energy Technology at the University        significant benefits from this partnership,     Air Traffic Control Tower.                                          The Australian Airports Association
       Under the partnership - launched late       of Adelaide to partner with us to find         not only for the airport but also for              Buck has had many close calls in                             (AAA) has appointed Ms Caroline Wilkie
    last month by Minister for Transport and       cleaner, greener solutions.”                   other public spaces, such as shopping           his lifetime commitment as the airport’s                        as Executive Director, taking over from
    Energy, Pat Conlon, the University’s              In order to help reduce AAL’s carbon        centres and other airports overseas,            mascot and it is little wonder that                             Mr Ken Keech who is retiring after
    Centre for Energy Technology (CET)             footprint, University staff and postgraduate   in clean technology.”                           the	pressures	faced	in	this	24/7	                               almost 13	years	of	invaluable	service.
    will undertake research to develop clean       students will assess the airport’s biggest        Specific issues to be investigated           responsibility sometimes warrant                                    Ms Wilkie has held the position of
    energy solutions for Adelaide Airport.         areas of energy use and develop clean          under the partnership include:                  a break for recuperation.                                       National Manager Airports and Transport
       Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL)                  energy solutions that are specifically         •	 the	use	of	renewable	energy	generation	         He rarely speaks but has been known                          with the Tourism and Transport Forum for
    Managing Director, Phil Baker, said AAL        targeted to make the most impact.                 both on and off site - such as wind          to show his appreciation by a discreet                          the past 7 years, during which time she
    aimed to become the most ecologically             “Usually, the biggest percentage of            and solar energy                             wave or wink of the eye to the airport                          has developed an excellent working
    sustainable airport in Australia.              any large organisation’s carbon footprint      •	 novel	methods	to	reduce	energy               Safety and Security Officers who look                           relationship with a number of AAA members.
       “Running a successful airport involves      is the direct result of energy use,               from heating, cooling and lighting           after his daily needs.
    a great deal of energy use, which in turn      so it makes perfect sense for the              • alternative approaches for                       With Christmas just around the corner,
    results in a large amount of greenhouse        Centre for Energy Technology to partner           ground transportation                        Buck will be doing his part to ensure that                      Vale
    gas emissions. Simply putting money into       with Adelaide Airport on this major            •	 adapting	new	technologies	to                 Santa and his sleigh have a trouble free                           Adelaide Airport Ltd would like
    paying for carbon offsets doesn’t solve        project,” said the Director of CET,               AAL’s unique facilities and                  transit of Adelaide Airport.                                    to acknowledge the contributions of
    the underlying issues,” Mr Baker said.         Professor Gus Nathan.                             requirements.                                                                                                three members of the aviation community,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  who passed away this year:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeff	Watson - Long-serving Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Airlines State Manager (SA).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peter	O’Rourke - Divisional Director (Vic)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the Australian Airports Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John	Martin - Former ACCC Commissioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Chairman of the International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Air Services Commission.




                                                                                                                                                          s e e n in T1 - a de l a i de a i r p o r t
                                                                                                                                                            ENGLAND                               Bob                       JOHN
                                                                                                                                                        Ashes Test Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                G ELDOF                   FARNHAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                           South Aus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tralian RE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DBACKS
                                                                                                                                                       Isobel                          Anna Meares
                                                                                                                                                       Redmond                                             Russell Ingall
                                                                                                                                                        PERTH	GLORY                             ADELAIDE      TRANSPORT MINISTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                 UNITED           Pat	Conlon
                                                                          Phil Baker with Gus Nathan and Transport & Energy Minister Pat Conlon

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    Sun, sand and style                                                      Make the most of the moment.
                                                                             More than 25 specialty stores • newsagency • toys • gifts • fashion


                                Fashion designers can be a cocky lot.
                                One look at your average New York
                            or Paris fashion parade and the startling...
                            let’s call them ‘original’... designs on
                            show confirm that these trend setters
                            have an abundance of confidence in their
                            designs, most of which the average punter
                            wouldn’t be caught dead in walking down
                            Hindley Street on a Saturday night.
                                By way of further proof, we submit
                            the following pearls of wisdom, firstly
                            from Coco Chanel: “I don’t do fashion,
                            I am fashion.”
                                ...and from Ralph Lauren:
                            “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.”
                                Google ‘famous fashion quotes’ and
                            you’ll see these two aren’t alone in their
                            over-stimulated levels of self-belief.
                                (By way of neat contrast, long-since-
                            deceased Irish playwright George Bernard
                            Shaw was ahead of his time with this
                            gem: “A fashion is nothing but an
                            induced epidemic.”)
                                                                             Rip Curl                                          Shades                                         Witchery
                                                                             Shop	4,	T1	Level	2	Phone	8234	4588                Shop	22,	T1	Level	2	Phone	8234	4116	           Shop	25,	T1	Level	2,	Phone	8234	4642	
                                Which all makes you wonder how
                                                                                Rip Curl is the ultimate surfing               Find the latest sunglass styles from the       Look your best with Witchery - the modern
                            the cacophony created by haute couture
                                                                             company and its retail stores showcase            world’s most covetable design houses all in    Australian style leader. Throughout the
                            creations on the other side of the world
                                                                             the huge variety of quality surf, snow,           the one place. At Shades, you’ll find a pair   label’s range, Witchery mixes fashion-forward
                            equates to the simple, sassy, stylish designs
                                                                             skate and lifestyle products the                  to reflect your style. Choose from Bvlgari,    clothing and accessories with good value,
                            you’ll find in the fashion retail outlets
                                                                             international brand manufactures.                 Prada, Gucci, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana,           proving an irresistible combination for
                            such as those in Adelaide Airport’s T1.
                                                                                From surfwear and swimwear to                  Versace and more. Shades also stocks           those who understand style.
                                Fortunately, Adelaide Airport can
                                                                             watches and travel bags to footwear               many exclusive imports, along with a              A visit to Witchery is ideal for the
                            help you find the answer.
                                                                             and sunnies, Rip Curl has you covered.            unique collection of men’s and women’s         woman on the move. In the one place
                                If you want to see women
                                                                                Take some time to visit the store              watches, jewellery and wallets from Diesel,    you’ll find the pieces you want - simple,
                            wearing bird-cage inspired gowns
                                                                             and explore the world of one of                   DKNY, Emporio Armani, Michael Korrs            sophisticated items that coordinate
                            and rodent-skinned headwear (we’re
                                                                             Australia’s great brands.                         and Dolce & Gabbana.                           to make the perfect wardrobe.
                            not making this up!), you can fly
                            internationally from Adelaide to a
                            European Fashion Week destination
                            with great connections via Singapore
                            and Hong Kong.
                                If you prefer your fashion more ‘sane’
                            and less ‘zany’ - there are some great retail
                                                                             Karla joins retail team
                            options at T1 to check out before your flight.                                                        Karla Diment has joined AAL’s T1
                                Whether you’re after a cute little party                                                       Retail team as Retail Marketing Assistant.
                            dress, boardies or bikinis for the beach,                                                          She will work closely
                            or the latest designer sunnies,                                                                    alongside Terminal Property Manager,
                            T1’s fashion retailers have you covered.                                                           Kyra Gustavsson.
                            Check out a few of the choices opposite.                                                              Karla has worked in retail for about
                                                                                                                               8 years, more recently as a store manager
                                                                                                                               at the retail fashion store, Kookai, and at

                          “I don’t design clothes.                                                                             Jetty Surf. She joined AAL four months
                                                                                                                               ago as receptionist at the Management

                           I design dreams.”                                                                                   Centre, but has quickly moved into
                                                                                                                               the new retail marketing role.


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                                                                                        Parafield Vernal Pools
                                                      Lissa van Camp




   ACTING ENVIRONMENT                                                                                                  Vernal pools are a type of ephemeral
                                                                                                                    (temporary and recurring) wetland that
                                                                                                                                                                           The vernal pools are gently filled with
                                                                                                                                                                       rainwater, and rely on clear water and low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             There are a number of plant species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of conservation significance in and around


   MANAGER’S MESSAGE                                                                                                appears at the end of the wet season,
                                                                                                                    lasting into the early months of spring.
                                                                                                                    The weather and soil conditions across
                                                                                                                    much of the Adelaide Plains are suitable
                                                                                                                                                                       nutrients to survive. All of these elements
                                                                                                                                                                       combined result in varying levels of dissolved
                                                                                                                                                                       oxygen and pH in the course of a day.
                                                                                                                                                                       The Parafield vernal pools are populated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Parafield vernal pools. Classically,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vernal pools vegetation exists in distinct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         banding, creating colourful rings that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         change a little over the pool’s season.
                                                                                                                    for vernal pools, and were likely once             with flora and fauna that are ‘vernal pool            The pools are also home to a number
  More exciting times for the           consumption in T1 and around the
                                                                                                                    common across the grassy plains. Their             specialists’, adapted to cope with the specific   of unusual crustaceans, whose eggs
                                                                                                                    abundance in the Two Wells area is still           conditions of this wetland type, including        encycst over summer and await the
Environment Team since our last         airport, and decrease our carbon
                                                                                                                    recalled by long time residents, but the           the daily pH swing, DO fluctuations,              trigger (often rain) that instigates hatching.
                                                                                                                    progression of agriculture and development         and the wetting and drying cycles.                Recently, shield shrimp were discovered
issue of Plane Talking. Most notably,   emissions. While the projects
                                                                                                                    has seen their slow decline and finally,               High levels of nutrients and soil suspended   in the vernal pools. Their occurrence in the
Minister Conlon kicked off our          are still being developed, the                                              disappearance from the region. There is,           in the water, or a break in the hardpan,          Adelaide region is poorly understood, but
                                                                                                                    however, a handful of vernal pools left            disturb the delicate balance of these             of the 15 species found worldwide,
partnership with the University         partnership has the potential to see                                        in a small pocket of Parafield Airport.            specific conditions, allowing an opportunity      2 genera occur in South Australia. Archaic
                                                                                                                       The vernal pools are seasonally flooded,        for weeds to dominate the natives.                in appearance, the shield shrimp has not
of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy         really exciting renewable energy                                            have an underlying hardpan impermeable             If left undisturbed, however, the pools           changed	much	in	300	million	years.	They	
                                                                                                                    to water that enables the rainfall to pool on      can often re-establish their natural cycles.      evolved before freshwater fish and as they
Technology	(CET)	on	24	November	        research and trials on site,                                                the surface. The hardpan is made of silicates,         Vernal pool specialists are often rare        occupy different ecological niches, there
                                                                                                                    cemented through the action of rainwater           and occur only within their local region.         was no need to adapt to avoid predation.
at Gate 50 in T1. Like many             optimisation of our existing systems                                        in the soil profile. As the pools are wide         This is because genetic material isn’t                At Parafield airport, a well-established
                                                                                                                    and shallow, they evaporate, and often             transported by the movement of water              ongoing monitoring program exists,
businesses, we recognise that           so that we are as efficient as                                              dry up and refill many times in a season.          as with rivers and creeks, but is usually         enabling us to build a profile of these
                                                                                                                                                                       restricted to transportation via the legs         pools and gain a better understanding
we will soon be entering a carbon       possible, as well as sustainable                                                                                               of animals visiting the ponds.                    of the specific conditions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         characteristics of this unique
constrained future where we must        heating and cooling opportunities.                                                                                                                                               and regionally rare wetland type.

address the various risks associated    More information on the partnership

with climate change. We’ve also         projects will follow!

made no secret of our commitment           With this being the last Plane
                                                                                 Simocephalus acutirostratus,
to reducing our carbon footprint        Talking before Christmas, on behalf      a large daphniid (recorded 2003)



and showcasing renewable energy         of the Environment Team, I want

technologies to all users of the        to wish you a happy and safe

airport. That is why we’ve partnered    break, and look forward to

with CET - by working with leading      hearing your tales in January.

researchers, we can develop novel

techniques to reduce our energy                                 Lissa van Camp
                                                                                                                                                            Lepidurus apus viridis,
                                                                                                                                                            a shield shrimp (recorded Oct 2010)
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     Virgin Blue Stars                                                                                                                        Heart Foundation Walk
        You may remember an article in
     the April 2009 Edition of Plane Talking
     which highlighted an innovative way
                                                                                                 suggestions, which have been passed
                                                                                                 on to the manufacturer and this has
                                                                                                 resulted in the development of a new
                                                                                                                                              at Pat Creek
     of using recycled products in aviation.                                                     and improved version of the wheel
     Virgin Blue staff developed the idea                                                        chock that is lighter, stronger under
     of making aircraft wheel chocks out of                                                      compression and has a moulded base
     recycled plastic using a local business                                                     to prevent FOD (rubbish) issues.
     in Adelaide, Advanced Plastic Recycling.                                                       The roll-out of the chocks is just one
     AAL recognised this idea and awarded                                                        of a range of sustainability initiatives
     Virgin Blue staff an Environment                                                            under way at the Virgin Blue Group
     Certificate of Recognition.                                                                 of Airlines. To find out more go to -
        As a follow up to this recognition,                                                      http://www.virginblue.com.au/AboutUs/
     Les Payne one of the inventors of this        for this idea on a global scale was           CorporateResponsibility/Sustainability/
     product, was invited to attend the global     “a great experience and certainly             index.htm .
     Virgin Management’s Star of the Year          a career highlight”.
     Virgin Global Awards dinner, held                The recycled plastic chocks
     in London last month. The solution
     of using recycled wheel chocks was
                                                   have now been in service with
                                                   Virgin Blue for more than
                                                                                            the chocks work very
     one of three finalists in the Care for
     our Planet (Environment) category.
                                                   18 months and feedback
                                                    from staff has been valuable.
                                                                                            well - they stick like glue
     Although Les didn’t come home with
     the award, he said being recognised
                                                      Virgin Tech team members
                                                   have provided constructive
                                                                                            to the apron surfacE


     Drive to Success
        High risk tenants on airport are              Thrifty Car Rental has recently            to discuss the impressive Adelaide
     required to submit an operational             joined the NRMA group of companies.                               .
                                                                                                 Airport Thrifty EMP This particular
     environmental management plan                 A recent visit to Adelaide by NRMA            EMP developed for the Adelaide site
     (EMP) to Adelaide Airport Limited.            Property staff, included a visit to AAL’s     is now going to be used as a template
     An EMP is a management tool for               office. Stuart Grant, Craig Smith and         to develop site specific EMP’s at
     the environment and incorporates              SA Thrifty Regional Manager Colin             other NRMA and Thrifty sites across
     a strategic planning approach to              Gardener met with AAL Property staff          Australia. This is a great example
     implement environmental measures.             to discuss upcoming changes as a              of an airport tenant demonstrating
     Implementation of these plans                 result of the new Multi-Level Car Park.       their commitment to minimise the
     is then audited annually by the                  Next stop was a meeting with               company’s impact on the environment.
     AAL environment team.                         members of the AAL Environment Team
                                                                                                                                                  On the beautifully sunny Sunday of             walking groups, led by volunteer Walk        for the Pat Creek & West Beach loop:
                                                                                                                                              21 November, 31 people joined a Heart              Organisers. Heart Foundation Walking         Andrew and Sarah from Friends of
                                                                                                                                              Foundation fitness walk around Patawalonga         makes being active easy, even for            Patawalonga Creek, Renae and Laura
                                                                                                                                              Creek and the Adelaide Shores tourism              those not used to being active.              from Adelaide Airport Limited and
                                                                                                                                              and recreation precinct at West Beach.                Joining or starting a Heart Foundation    Iome and Dominic from Adelaide Shores.
                                                                                                                                                  A good time was had by all as we got fit,      Walking group in your area or workplace         If you’re interested in the Heart
                                                                                                                                              spotted wildlife (Sleepy Lizards, Willy Wag        is a great way to get active and meet        Foundation Walking program or would like
                                                                                                                                              Tails), listened to frogs and birds, and learned   people. Every walking group is different -   to join the Adelaide Shores Walking Group
                                                                                                                                              about future plans for the West Beach Coast        they vary in the number of members, and      please visit: www.heartfoundation.org.au/
                                                                                                                                              Park thanks to Carole Hutcheson and Peter          levels of difficulty and meet at a variety   walking. If you’re interested in learning
                                                                                                                                              Johnson from Adelaide’s Living Beaches.            of times and days of the week. Everyone      more about Pat Creek Conservation Park,
                                                                                                                                                  Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s        is encouraged to walk at their own pace.     please visit: http://users.sa.chariot.net.
                                                                                                                                              largest network of free community-based               Many thanks to organisers/team leaders    au/~littoral/pat-ck/fopc/index.htm .
                    Clean stormwater drain with signage                    Stormwater drain showing evidence of pollutants being discharged

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YOUNG ARTISTS OFF TO A FLYING START
                                                 and taught by local, qualified and            and regional areas - everything from local
                                                 experienced artist Suzie Clarke.              sporting groups to world-leading events.
                                                    The sessions are already proving a            AAL believes participating in community
                                                 hit with the first, held in early November,   activities fosters the State’s reputation
                                                 booked out two weeks in advance.              as a vibrant and world-class location
                                                    Gallery director Lucia Pilcher said        in which to live, do business and visit.
                                                 the Take A Flight sessions were an               Parent/carer supervision is required at
                                                 important addition to its events and          the Take a Flight into Art and bookings are
                                                 activity program.                             recommended. For more information contact
                                                    “The sessions have been made possible      Riddoch Art Gallery on 8721 2540	or	
                                                 by AAL’s generous support and were            visit admin@riddochartgallery.org.au .
                                                 organised because we want to engage
                                                 with young people and help create a
   Budding Picassos in the State’s South         new generation of art lovers,’’ she said.
East have a new outlet for expressing               Young participants get to try their hand
and expanding their talents, thanks to the       at a range of genres and styles including
recent introduction of Take a Flight into Art,   experimental and still life paintings, self
a community program sponsored by                 portraits, printmaking, expressive drawing,
Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL).                      glass painting and clay modelling.
   The Mt Gambier-based Take a Flight               Sessions are being held at the
into Art sessions are held on the first          Mt Gambier public library while the
Sunday of each month and give youngsters         gallery undergoes major renovations.
aged between five and 10 years a chance             AAL is doing its bit to support the
to flex some serious artistic muscle.            South Australian community by sponsoring
   Each free 90-minute session is run            a wide range of creative and community
by Mt Gambier’s Riddoch Art Gallery              activities throughout metropolitan Adelaide




              The Directors, management and staff of
             Adelaide and Parafield Airports wish you a
                        Merry Christmas
                     and best wishes for 2011.
                      This year Adelaide Airport Ltd
                              has chosen the
                        Royal Flying Doctor Service
                      as our Christmas card charity.

				
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