Volunteers welcomed back to Cape Conran Coastal Park
Thursday 12 November, 2020
Volunteers welcomed back to Cape Conran
Parks Victoria was delighted to welcome back volunteers to the Cape Conran Coastal Park over the Melbourne Cup weekend, after having to reschedule the previous two events given the restrictions.
Five volunteers from regional Victoria, along with 6 local volunteers, with some travelling as far as Shepparton, kindly gave their free time to assist rangers in embarking on a number of bushfire recovery tasks.
One crew was assigned to working on the Swampy Creek Walking Track, which provides access to the cabin area and reaches the beach approximately 1km east of the Banksia Bluff camping area. The team were certainly kept busy removing fallen timber and debris in preparation for the busy summer period.
The other crew busied themselves in removing the cut-up burnt vegetation which was remaining around the four cabins and group lodge, ensuring the site is getting closer to being safe and clean for when visitors return.
Volunteers clearing burnt debris from Cape Conran Coastal Park
Volunteers were also given the opportunity to camp at Banksia Bluff and witness for themselves the incredible display of wildflowers and grass trees that are growing in abundance following the bushfires of summer 19/20.
One of the participants, Rosemary, remarked what a terrific day it was for all volunteers.
“The weather was great, and the ranger took us to see over 22,500 grass trees as well as a huge middens site at the beach”, said Rosemary.
Parks Victoria Volunteer Coordinator Katherine Dyson said earlier this year we were overwhelmed by the large number of people who registered to volunteer with bushfire recovery projects.
“It’s been great to finally be able to deliver a volunteer bush fire recovery project were volunteers could really see the difference they were making,” she added. “The feedback has been very positive from all volunteers and staff involved and they should be proud of their efforts.”
Many hands make light work of the fallen debris
Visitors are advised to stay informed with the latest restrictions, and are responsible for their own hygiene when visiting the park, including bringing their own hand sanitiser as soap is not provided, wear a face mask, and practice good hygiene.
The volunteering project is funded through the Victorian Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.
To find out more and how you can get involved in the Parks Victoria volunteering programs, visit www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au or contact 13 1963.