A week in the life of Scottsdale Reserve

on 08 May 2017 

This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week 2017. Currently across the country we have approximately 700 volunteers who make up our program and their diversity and contributions are always something to celebrate.

Scottsdale Reserve is located 45 minutes south of Canberra and with its easy access, draws a large number of volunteers each and every week.

This Reserve is continuously on the lookout for new volunteers and is often the first placement many of our eastern-based volunteers will experience.

We wanted to showcase a typical week on our Scottsdale Reserve.

Monday saw volunteer mechanic David Davies help Scottsy out with yet another flat tyre!

Tuesday we had retired engineer Rod Taylor visiting from his Geelong home to make further improvements on our carp nets. Rod generously made a mercy dash to completely rebuild these beauties after they were washed away in recent floods.

Every week of a Wednesday and Thursday, Alistair Bestow volunteers on Scottsdale and he makes sure he doesn't waste a second of it. Last week Alistair led the planting of 1,300 saplings throughout the Bredbo gorge on the Murrumbidgee River as part of our efforts to restore native fish habitat in the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach.

On Friday one of Scottsdale’s fittest volunteers Ralph Farnbach, walks up to 10km a day through the hills and gorges fumigating rabbit warrens. He's been doing this for 9 years and together with Peter Gloag and Glen Bryden, this powerful and determined team have massively reduced the impact of rabbits on our restoration efforts.

On Saturday, a day off for most of us, Reserve Manager Phil Palmer is working with his trusty offsider Laila Palmer (aged 7) to paddle the icy cold rapids of the Murrumbidgee to download data from fish receivers. This data is being collected to monitor the movements of Macquarie perch in the Upper Murrumbidgee River.

If you’d like to get involved in these or any other of our daily volunteer activities on Scottsdale, see our volunteering page to submit your volunteer registration.