Some people really do the hard yards and I’d like to take my hat off to Alec Kerr who has been volunteer caretaking at both Ethabuka and Cravens Peak over the sizzle season.
Alec looked after Ethabuka for approximately two months up until Christmas 2017 and then returned to care for Cravens Peak from the 21st of January, allowing me to take annual and training leave during the non-field season.
Alec headed off on Saturday 24th March. It has been an extremely hot summer with outside temperatures over 50 degrees during January and February along with rainfall preventing travel for nine days.
Alec has been a caretaker in the area before and knows the risks of working in extreme conditions. While at Cravens Peak he has helped with repairs to infrastructure, welding, building a homestead awning, managing the power and water, caring for dogs and chooks, sustaining the lawns, taking vehicles and equipment into Mt Isa for servicing and, last but not least, checking the sewerage bilge pumps.
It was great to have Alec’s assistance in laying down the first dune tracks after 3 months out of action.
Thanks mate, and thanks to all those who relieve reserve managers over the summer period.