Return from the Red Desert

about  Ethabuka 
on 08 Jun 2015 

Volunteers Richard and Margaret Alcorn have only just arrived home after a month spent helping out at Ethabuka Reserve. They shared the following insights and images from their stay.

We are greatly indebted to Reserve Managers Matt and Amanda Warr. They made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived, and organised a work schedule that was varied, interesting and challenging.

We inspected and repaired over 50km of boundary fencing. This involved straightening star pickets; replacing pickets that had rusted away at the bottom; adding new pickets where old posts and pickets were not capable of holding up the fence; and joining and straining broken wires.

Matt taught Richard a number of new skills, including servicing generators and cutting, cleaning and welding metal. The framework for the Heritage Lodge outdoor living area has been completed and there's a new barbeque pit with four generous plank seats.

We were treated to an overnight camp at Field River and we had opportunities to see, close up, some of the birds and the reptiles that live in this dry landscape, including this beautiful knob-tailed gecko that seemed to be doing push-ups.

We have come to fully appreciate the range of skills and expertise required to maintain the homestead and protect the land. And thanks for lunch at the Bedourie Hotel to celebrate National Volunteers Week. Baby Isabella Warr enjoyed her first ever babycino at the Oasis Roadhouse while Amanda did some shopping.

Words and images provided by Margaret Alcorn