Friends of Bogong

Work Party Reports

 




9 November 2019 work party



More photos here.


Meaghan Raymond, our wonderful contact Ranger as moved to Hattah Kulkyne National Park. On the Friday before the work party several Committee members met with Kevin Cosgriff, one of the Ranger Team Leaders at Mt Beauty. Kevin told us that a replacement for Meaghan would probably be completed within a month and the new Ranger will become the contact for Friends of Bogong.


The weather forecast for the work party was pretty terrible, snow forecast down to 800 metres. We all arranged roofed accommodation of some kind in Mt Beauty or Tawonga. We arrived at the Parks office to meet Andie Kromar, our ranger for the day. Due to the bad weather on the High Plains the work party was changed to working on the Mountain Creek campsite and day walking tracks. Only a few of us had met Andie before so we had a bit of a chat about different kinds of gear. We took a chainsaw, brush cutter and line trimmer and hand tools, with Andie using the chainsaw and brush-cutter.


When we got to Mountain Creek Andie explained that the grass was getting pretty long and campers were worried about snakes, so the first task was for Chris to take the line trimmer and cut the grass around the campsites. The rest of us worked on the tracks along the creek (Shady Gully Walk and tree Fern walk), while Andie took his chainsaw to go over the longest track (Peppermint) and clear any fallen timber. We regrouped for lunch and the Friends had cleared all the tracks close to the campsite and Andie had finished with the chainsaw. After lunch Chris used the line trimmer on the grassy parts of the walking track and the rest of us walked along the 4WD track to the end of the day walk track and cleared backwards. Andie took the brush-cutter to Peppermint walk. Finally all the Friends got together to do the last little loop (Black Cockatoo walk).


We were lucky with the weather as we only had a few spots of rain. Andie explained that he was working the Saturday only and the Friends felt that they had done enough for a weekend with bad weather.


Afterwards we had the AGM and gave a vote of thanks to our old ranger Meaghan. Meaghan has invited us all to get into contact with her if we ever go to Hattah.


Attendance:

Friends: Dawn, Fred, Greg, Chris, Karen, Margaret, Pam, Jim

Ranger: Andie







Greg working on Black Cockatoo Track