Friends of Bogong

17 - 18 November 2012


Deb, Rod and Harry

23/24 March 2013 work party was cancelled

Report of the 17 & 18th November 2012 Work Party

More photos here

Saturday – Track work on the Wallace’s Hut to Cope Hut ‘Heritage’ walking track.  After our safety briefing and wearing our bright yellow volunteer vests, we tackled the section near to Maisie’s Information signboard installing permatreads (recycled car tyres).  Our task was to repair braided sections of the walking track (where walkers were moving around the deeply eroded track and making new tracks), with some minor re-alignment.  Ranger Iris showed us the correct technique of prising up the snowgrass, leveling the track but with a convex middle for water drainage and then folding the snow grass over the permatread tile to hold it in place.  Not easy – as the terrain – rocks and tree roots and the deeply eroded track posed many challenges allowing a lot of group decision making and trial and error solutions.  Weather was sunny with a cool breeze.

Saturday evening – We camped at Bucketty’s and held our 28th AGM.  All had a great time with the laughs and stories around the campfire.  A starry night but a cool change was approaching (on Ranger Iris weather radar sighted at breakfast time).  See above for Committee changes. 

Sunday – We completed the permatread section allocated to us (many volunteer groups will assist with this project).  We installed approximately 150 permatread tiles over the two days. As the last peg was driven in, it started to snow.  We quickly packed up and drove down to the Falls Creek Visitor shelter and watched the swirling sago snow through the windows as we enjoyed our inside lunch.

Present: 13:  Rod Novak, Dawn Kneen, Betty Witt, Margaret Graham, Jim Harker, Nick Brown, Pam Gardiner, Margaret Timsbury, Shauna Wilson, Harry Twining, Eileen Clark (Saturday only).

First Timers: Ralph Blake and Deb Shand

Liaison Ranger:  Iris Curran

Change of FOB Convenor: Rod has stepped down as Convenor after 5 years.  We are very grateful to him for his leadership, his newsy and informative newsletters.  He liaised with our Ranger, he alerted us to grants we could apply for, he cracked the whip at work parties. We are happy to have him continue as a general committee member.

We welcome Jim Harker as our new convenor and look forward to working with him.

Present: Rod Novak, Dawn Kneen, Jim Harker, Betty Witt, Margaret Graham, Pam Gardner, Margaret Timbury, Shauna Wilson, Nick Brown, Eileen Clark, Harry Twining

First Time: Ralph Blake, Deb Shand