Liffey working bee

Published 17 Oct 2017 
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Deb Hunter cleaning shingle roof of old dairy at Oura Oura.<br/> Deb Hunter cleaning shingle roof of old dairy at Oura Oura.
Ray Tollefsen helping to re-stump the old diary.<br/> Ray Tollefsen helping to re-stump the old diary.
William Bragg oiling the bridge at Oura Oura to preserve the timber.<br/> William Bragg oiling the bridge at Oura Oura to preserve the timber.
Enjoying a cuppa. From left: Richard Chin, Matthew Cloudsdale, Helen Tait, Laura McKew, William Bragg and Deb Hunter.<br/> Enjoying a cuppa. From left: Richard Chin, Matthew Cloudsdale, Helen Tait, Laura McKew, William Bragg and Deb Hunter.

A massive amount of work was done at our Liffey Valley reserves over the weekend, with 14 volunteers, and eight new volunteers keen to commit to ongoing assistance, and already asking for another working bee!

We had a fantastic team of highly skilled volunteers including a heritage carpenter, heritage curator, environmental scientist, and walking track builder. The team helped with flood repair work to the access track to Oura Oura, removed weeds, undertook much needed heritage building restoration at Oura Oura, and gave the cottage a spring clean.

Richard Chin, one of Tasmania’s most skilled at walking track stone work, repaired our access track to the foot bridge that was damaged by last year’s flood, using local stone. Heritage carpenter Ted Bugg and Heritage Curator Linda Clark were both on hand to provide professional guidance for restoration works including the restumping of the old dairy, and  cleaning and preserving its shingle roof.

It was particularly pleasing to have four new local volunteers from Liffey/Western Tiers.

But wait there’s more... we have a team of 9 Green Army volunteers at Liffey yesterday and today doing much needed weed control.

Just pausing to catch my breath after an inspiring few days with a wonderful team! Bob Brown calls Oura Oura his place of inspiration and it sure was hard to beat as a location for a working bee.

– Annette

Ray Tollefsen helping to re-stump the old diary.<br/> Ray Tollefsen helping to re-stump the old diary.
William Bragg oiling the bridge at Oura Oura to preserve the timber.<br/> William Bragg oiling the bridge at Oura Oura to preserve the timber.
Enjoying a cuppa. From left: Richard Chin, Matthew Cloudsdale, Helen Tait, Laura McKew, William Bragg and Deb Hunter.<br/> Enjoying a cuppa. From left: Richard Chin, Matthew Cloudsdale, Helen Tait, Laura McKew, William Bragg and Deb Hunter.