The fine art of fence removal

Shelley Inglis
Published 17 Aug 2018 
about  Pullen Pullen Reserve  
A very cool tractor, with a finished roll of fence wire.  Photo by Janet Rosa<br/> A very cool tractor, with a finished roll of fence wire. Photo by Janet Rosa
Rangers in action, setting up the fence wire to be rolled. Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Rangers in action, setting up the fence wire to be rolled. Photo by Janet Rosa
The tractor has produced a nice roll of fence wire.  Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> The tractor has produced a nice roll of fence wire. Photo by Janet Rosa
 Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Photo by Janet Rosa
 Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Photo by Janet Rosa
Joe snipping wire off the posts.  Photo by Janet Rosa<br/> Joe snipping wire off the posts. Photo by Janet Rosa
Joe and Janet Rosa rocking it in the ATV. Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Joe and Janet Rosa rocking it in the ATV. Photo by Janet Rosa

I had the pleasure of working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers from Diamantina National Park recently to remove some old fences on Pullen Pullen Reserve and Diamantina National Park.

While fences are critical in keeping stock out, once they're no longer needed they can pose a risk and impediment to wildlife moving through the area and vehicles travelling along boundary tracks.

Park Rangers Chris, John and Jess had fence removal down to a fine art with this very cool tractor. Bush Heritage volunteers Joe and Janet and rangers John and Jess would move ahead with wire snips and cut the wire off pickets and posts. Chris would then remove the pickets with his tractor bucket.

Once all the pickets are removed the wire roller comes into action creating tidy rolls of wire for later pick up.

As many Bush Heritage volunteers who've spent time hand rolling old wire can testify, we were very lucky to be a part of this process!

Thanks once again to the great efforts of our volunteers Joe and Janet and Park Rangers Chris, John and Jess.

Rangers in action, setting up the fence wire to be rolled. Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Rangers in action, setting up the fence wire to be rolled. Photo by Janet Rosa
The tractor has produced a nice roll of fence wire.  Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> The tractor has produced a nice roll of fence wire. Photo by Janet Rosa
 Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Photo by Janet Rosa
 Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Photo by Janet Rosa
Joe snipping wire off the posts.  Photo by Janet Rosa<br/> Joe snipping wire off the posts. Photo by Janet Rosa
Joe and Janet Rosa rocking it in the ATV. Photo by Janet Rosa <br/> Joe and Janet Rosa rocking it in the ATV. Photo by Janet Rosa