Infrastructure Working Bee at CDR

on 21 Jul 2013 
How do we build this bush shower out of old culverts.
Many hand make light work of heavy steel culverts.
Great mob of BHA volunteers.
Banjo planting sandlewood in the woodlands.
Janet and Barry cleaning up around the Reserve.
Getting the site ready for the new tank.
Make may for the Front End Loader to lift the tank into place - what a machine.
Shower looking good - all we need is the bag.
Ernie standing near the new shower - our welding guru!
Loader with logs for barricades at the campground
Around the new fireplaces - WOW
Testing the new BBQ hotplates at CDR's Samphire camp site. Love a snag on a Saturday arvo

Once again the efforts of volunteers on our Reserves has humbled and inspired me. Following on from Leannes great story at Yourka of volunteers undertaking critical weed control works I have just spend the last 12  days with 13 volunteers working on a range of critical infrastructure projects at CDR.

Over the past 12 days experienced  volunteers at CDR have:

  • Began significant  rennovations on the boundary riders hut to provide more private  and self contained accomodation for our ecologists, field workers and longer term volunteers. All materials being salvaged and work should be completed by end of 2013.
  • Cleaned up numerous old sheds, materials and fence lines;
  • Made barb wire balls - Great Balls of Wire. These are now  decorating the homestead  and visitor quaters area and more will be made and hopefully sold at the upcoming agricultural shows as part of our BHA stalls. We plan to have a competition to guess how much barb wire is in a ball???
  • Planted hundreds of sandle wood seeds in York Gum woodlands;
  • Installed another 23,000L water tank to workshop to capture our precious rain water;
  • Upgraded CDR Samphire campground - including new drop toilet, bush shower and 3 fireplaces with swivel hot plates
  • Collected fire wood for all the reserve fires;
  • Serviced vechiles and  diesel generator;
  • Upgraded self guided walks and drives with improved signage and intepretation;
  • Completed 6 monthly mainenace on solar panels and invertor shed;
  • Completed a surface water management plan;
  • Repaired road signage around Reserve;
  • Began work with Perenjori Primary school on a  nature based arts program - to run over the next 6 weeks;

This infrastructure work makes  our primary aim of nature conservation possible. It is such a relief for me as a Healthy Landscape Manager  to know now  that I can focus more fully on our  conservation and partnership  program given that at all key infrastructure is in tip top shape. This group infrastructure working bee is an annual occurance and work will continue with certain volunteers whom will be returning over the coming months to complete projects. The volunteer program offers enormous benefits socially, logistically and finacially.

One of the 13 volunteers here  currently is Jacquie and she is with CDR for the next 6 weeks. Jacquie will be undertaking a range of tasks at CDR.  As a qualified arts teacher one exciting project involves Jac working closely with the local primary school to engage the students in the work of BHA, the landscape  and supporting the students in  creating work that will be celebrated and on display at the  CDR Open Day on October 5th.

Once again thanks to Stacey and Heidi for all the work in ensuring the volunteer program  runs in an organised and professional manner.

How do we build this bush shower out of old culverts.
Many hand make light work of heavy steel culverts.
Great mob of BHA volunteers.
Banjo planting sandlewood in the woodlands.
Janet and Barry cleaning up around the Reserve.
Getting the site ready for the new tank.
Make may for the Front End Loader to lift the tank into place - what a machine.
Shower looking good - all we need is the bag.
Ernie standing near the new shower - our welding guru!
Loader with logs for barricades at the campground
Around the new fireplaces - WOW
Testing the new BBQ hotplates at CDR's Samphire camp site. Love a snag on a Saturday arvo