Trip Leader: Peter Cole
On a bright and sunny Sunday morning, members and visitors arrived at the Kaarakin Centre to put in a morning’s work on behalf of the WA4WDA for the Black Cockatoo Preservation Society.
As soon as most people alighted from vehicles to unload tools, it was a very quick decision to grab jackets as the light cool breeze had a sharp cutting edge to it… though almost everybody warmed up a bit as they walked the several hundred metres uphill to the actual worksite. Then it was not long before jackets and jumpers came off.
We were one of three clubs in attendance, the others being the Peel 4WD Club and the Armadale 4WD Club. The major projects for the day were to complete tree planting in the kangaroo enclosure and associated plant screening (to stop the kangaroos from eating all the hard work), and to clean up a huge old aviary and to salvage as much of the old steel mesh and other fittings for recycling as we could.
With an onsite diesel generator humming along nearby, it was a bit noisy with the added chorus of angle grinders cutting up the steel mesh panels. While the initial workload around the aviary appeared to pretty massive, with so many people putting gloves on and getting stuck in, the transformation of the aviary site from a complete mess to structured piles of scrap metal mesh, other metal pieces, and general scrap was accomplished quite quickly. Most of the serious salvaging was completed before a very pleasant morning tea put on by the Armadale Club.
The tree planting, screening, and landscaping took place in the kangaroo enclosure , with a large mob of ‘roos around. It provided great entertainment for the children and grandchildren as the animals darted way from work teams as they moved from spot to spot. As with the aviary site, the efforts of the many volunteers in the animal enclosure made a very significant dent in the work scope before “mornos”…a very tasty selection of cakes and bikkies, and hot nibbles but, while it was all very pleasant and enjoyable to sit around in picturesque surroundings, that wasn’t the purpose in being there. So everyone was rounded up and dispatched back to their worksites to complete the allocated tasks.
The Society had hoped that we could make a slight dent in the work required to complete these projects, so to make the final completion easier for their volunteers, but such was the effort and enthusiasm of all those who participated on the day, that both of these two large projects were completely finished before lunchtime. It was estimated that we had shaved several months work off the agenda for the Preservation Society so our efforts were greatly appreciated.
In total, between 45 and 50 people attended and worked for the morning. Our club attendance was almost half of that total, with 23 adults and 5 children participating.Thank you to all members and visitors who attended. It was a significant contribution on behalf of the W.A.4 Wheel Drive Association, to support and assist the Black Cockatoo Preservation Society with their ongoing efforts.