Friends of Bogong

12-13 November 2011


Margaret, Pam, Dawn, Rod, Rudi, Fred, Jim

Report of the 12 & 13th November 2011 Work Party

More photos here

Saturday – track work on the Mt Cope walking track.  We tackled the middle section of the track and repaired ‘braiding’ where walkers were moving off the eroded track, the water run-off barriers and some minor re-alignment.  Ranger Rudi used the brushcutter to clear away the overhanging vegetation, and some worked towards the summit with secateurs and branch loppers to prune back overhanging branches.

We camped at Bucketty’s and when we arrived at 4pm there was a glamorous wedding in progress – the happy couple and guests were from Mt Beauty and Howman's Gap.  Some 80 or so all dressed in 1920s fashion including the children.  We were entertained with a Giant Maypole with bunting, badminton matches, bocce, children sack races, three legged races, etc.  We shared in home-made ice cream, lots of scrumptious cake and yummy treats and watched the afternoon activities.  The wedding packed up about 5pm and we had the quiet campsite to ourselves with a nice warm fire (many thanks to Margaret as the chief fire maker).

Sunday – We met Ranger Rudi at Pretty Valley for a special visit to the feral horse trap out near Mt Jim.  Rudi explained how the trap operates and did a demonstration with the trip wire and gravity based gate shutter.  This was most interesting especially with the explanation of the humane treatment with the feral horses.  They are transported to Ballarat for ‘domesticating’ and are highly sought after because of their breeding and conditioning.  Over 45 feral horses have been removed from the Bogong High Plains over the past 2 years.  And Ranger Rudi surprised us with a yummy morning tea of Almond Fingers, Boston Bun fresh from the Bakery and a Giant thermos (two actually) with plenty of hot cuppas.  Thank you Rudi for a very enjoyable weekend.

Present:  Rod Novak, Dawn Kneen, Jim Harker, Fred Gerardson, Pam Gardiner, Margaret Timbury, Eileen Clark (Saturday only).

Liaison Ranger:  Rudi Pleschutschnig

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