Family members lend a hand

Published 12 Jun 2017 
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Ben's wife, Tina, supports a wide range of projects at Eurardy Reserve.<br/> Ben's wife, Tina, supports a wide range of projects at Eurardy Reserve.
My sockless Dad looking slightly bemused at getting instructions from his daughter...hehe. Did you spot the gorgeous monitor on the fallen tree in the background? Photo Leanne Hales.<br/> My sockless Dad looking slightly bemused at getting instructions from his daughter...hehe. Did you spot the gorgeous monitor on the fallen tree in the background? Photo Leanne Hales.
Phil Akers' machinery operation skills have been a real asset at Naree Reserve in NSW. Photo Sue Akers.<br/> Phil Akers' machinery operation skills have been a real asset at Naree Reserve in NSW. Photo Sue Akers.
Di Akers helping tidy up quarters and homestead rehab area. Photo Sue Akers.<br/> Di Akers helping tidy up quarters and homestead rehab area. Photo Sue Akers.
Jenny Uhrig knocks up a storage box for the back of the vehicle.<br/> Jenny Uhrig knocks up a storage box for the back of the vehicle.
June Uhrig (Clint's grandmother!) transcribes valuable, historical data for electronic storage.<br/> June Uhrig (Clint's grandmother!) transcribes valuable, historical data for electronic storage.
Larissa's Mum, Vanda, regularly travels the long distance from South Perth to help out at Hamelin.<br/> Larissa's Mum, Vanda, regularly travels the long distance from South Perth to help out at Hamelin.
Aub Greatorex, father-in-law of Phil Palmer, driving the water cart to water in the new grassland seed production patch at Scotsdale Reserve.<br/> Aub Greatorex, father-in-law of Phil Palmer, driving the water cart to water in the new grassland seed production patch at Scotsdale Reserve.
Stacey Irving and her dad, Grant, at Ethabuka Reserve last year.<br/> Stacey Irving and her dad, Grant, at Ethabuka Reserve last year.
Clint's brother, Michael Uhrig, changing the batteries in one of Bon Bon's monitoring cameras.<br/> Clint's brother, Michael Uhrig, changing the batteries in one of Bon Bon's monitoring cameras.

After eleven years of helping out on Bush Heritage reserves, from cleaning guest rooms at Eurardy to putting up tents at Yourka, I’ve finally talked my Mum in to officially registering as a volunteer- just in time for her most exciting duty yet- data entry!

So, next weekend when I head to Yourka for a fortnight to help Paul lead the annual siam weed survey and treatment with a handful of other volunteers, Mum will travel up from Rockhampton to look after our three kids and, in her spare time, log on to the computer and help with the ongoing process of transferring our volunteer files across to CONNECT. Yay!

At Bush Heritage the generous support of family members has been a common thread across the country since the beginning. Lately, Jo has been raving about the incredible support Larissa’s folks provide to Hamelin and Lis’s husband Richard who does everything from tweeting to terminating melons.

Meanwhile, at Bon Bon, Clint’s family are currently caretaking and Michelle adds that Phil’s extended family at Scottsdale (including grown-up kids and in-laws) and Annette’s relatives in Tassie are also supporting work on those reserves.

At Naree, Sue has some extra Akers on site for a couple of months grading roads, cataloguing plants and helping in a variety of other ways. And in Qld, the Warr and the Wager clans get roped in to everything from fencing to translocating fish.

Even our city-based staff are in on the action. Stacey’s folks have just arrived home from another one-month volunteer stint at Ethabuka and I know that Bec’s Joh and Michelle’s son Seth both help out with design and desktop publishing projects.

I’ve missed many, I know and I apologise for that. In a similar way, our volunteer stats also miss recording a significant portion of the help that our families give. This is mostly because, like my Mum and Dad, they figure they're just helping Paul and I out, without considering or capturing their contribution to the wider organisation.

We're a family-friendly and a family-involving organisation. It’s something to be proud of. And whether they’re on-the-books volunteers or just rellies who pick up a tool and pitch in, we're grateful for the extended family that helps us achieve our goals.

My sockless Dad looking slightly bemused at getting instructions from his daughter...hehe. Did you spot the gorgeous monitor on the fallen tree in the background? Photo Leanne Hales.<br/> My sockless Dad looking slightly bemused at getting instructions from his daughter...hehe. Did you spot the gorgeous monitor on the fallen tree in the background? Photo Leanne Hales.
Phil Akers' machinery operation skills have been a real asset at Naree Reserve in NSW. Photo Sue Akers.<br/> Phil Akers' machinery operation skills have been a real asset at Naree Reserve in NSW. Photo Sue Akers.
Di Akers helping tidy up quarters and homestead rehab area. Photo Sue Akers.<br/> Di Akers helping tidy up quarters and homestead rehab area. Photo Sue Akers.
Jenny Uhrig knocks up a storage box for the back of the vehicle.<br/> Jenny Uhrig knocks up a storage box for the back of the vehicle.
June Uhrig (Clint's grandmother!) transcribes valuable, historical data for electronic storage.<br/> June Uhrig (Clint's grandmother!) transcribes valuable, historical data for electronic storage.
Larissa's Mum, Vanda, regularly travels the long distance from South Perth to help out at Hamelin.<br/> Larissa's Mum, Vanda, regularly travels the long distance from South Perth to help out at Hamelin.
Aub Greatorex, father-in-law of Phil Palmer, driving the water cart to water in the new grassland seed production patch at Scotsdale Reserve.<br/> Aub Greatorex, father-in-law of Phil Palmer, driving the water cart to water in the new grassland seed production patch at Scotsdale Reserve.
Stacey Irving and her dad, Grant, at Ethabuka Reserve last year.<br/> Stacey Irving and her dad, Grant, at Ethabuka Reserve last year.
Clint's brother, Michael Uhrig, changing the batteries in one of Bon Bon's monitoring cameras.<br/> Clint's brother, Michael Uhrig, changing the batteries in one of Bon Bon's monitoring cameras.