TO ALL OUR MEMBERS, HAVE A HAPPY AND To the numerous staff members of our partner
safe Christmas and a secure, peaceful and organisations that have worked with our
productive New Year, with friends, family and members during the year, its been great and lets
fellow WILDCARErs by your side. keep doing it. We extend the same heartfelt
To those who have been able to make the space Christmas wishes to you and you families.
to get involved as volunteers during the past year, We are looking forward to an even more
thank you very much for your efforts. interesting, productive and caring year in 2005.
To the volunteers spending their Christmas time Regards and warm wishes.
volunteering in the Parks, on the tracks, on the
In this issue
islands and in the visitor centres, we hope that By: Richard Hammond & Andrew Smith, Co-
everything lives up to expectations, and that the Chairs, WILDCARE Inc.
– Job Safety Analysis
experiences you have reward you appropriately,
PS If you haven’t renewed your WILDCARE membership for
– Gambusia Project Launch and in comparable terms to the level of your 2005, make sure that you do so before December 31. A
– President Reports immense commitment. membership renewal from is included in this newsletter!
– Summer in the Southwest
_ Obsevations of bumblebees
in native vegetation
– Weed control — getting
WILDCARE members assist in
– Getting busy at Mt Field whale strandings
– Cradle Mountain News
TWO WHALE RESCUE OPERATIONS WERE children whom happened to be camping on the
undertaken within a day of each other in island were utilised in the rescue effort.
Tasmanian waters. North of Naracoopa on King Experienced whale rescue team members were
Island, over 150 pilot whales and dolphins were also diverted from the King Island to this
Tasmania’s largest incorporated
discovered stranded on or near the shore at Sea stranding. The beach was cordoned off to
volunteer organisation, caring for
wild places, wildlife and cultural Elephant Rocks on November 28. A rescue effort facilitate the rescue attempt.
heritage. was mounted immediately, although well over The Darlington rescue effort was the most
half of the animals were reported to have died successful in recent times and proved that the
C/o GPO Box 44 Hobart before anything could be done. whale rescuer training undertaken by Nature
TAS 7001 Australia. A short time later another mass stranding took Conservation Branch in-conjunction with Parks
place, this time on Maria Island, where 53 long- and Wildlife Service staff and WILDCARE
Ph: 03 6233 2836. fin pilot whales were discovered on the beach at volunteers works.
Fax: 03 6224 0884. Darlington Bay by a ranger on the morning of The advances in marine mammal rescue
November 29. Thirty four whales were rescued techniques as a result of regular training
and sent back to sea and nineteen perished on exercises, combined with what has been learned
the beach. from other rescue efforts paid off at Darlington,
E-mail newsletter articles:
<email@example.com>. Significant resources and personnel from Parks & however the late discovery of the whales at
Wildlife and the Nature Conservation Branch, as Naracoopa meant that most of the animals were
Web: <www.wildcaretas.org.au>. well as trained WILDCARE volunteers and school dead before help arrived.
2 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
Environment Minister Judy Jackson and
Parks Minister Ken Bacon said that both Job Safety Analysis —
incidents were responded to quickly
with a coordinated community and A load of cobblers??
multi-agency effort and passed on their
heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.
MANY INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS AND
They also acknowledged the high level
volunteer groups will realise by now that
of community spirit and willingness to
the Parks and Wildlife Service have
recently taken a more direct role in
Thank you to all WILDCARE members managing occupational health and
who assisted in the rescue efforts. Other safety issues (including volunteer
people can register to help with any insurance) for WILDCARE volunteers.
future strandings by completing the This change has resulted in many
relevant box on their membership volunteers coming ‘face to face’ for the
renewal form. first time with the dreaded Job Safety
Remember prompt action can save Analysis (JSA).
animals — the Whale and Dolphin What is a JSA? Why do we need one?
Sightings Hotline is 0427 942 537 or Who’s responsible for doing them?
0427WHALES. What are we going to do with the damn
By: Chris Leitch, Statewide Volunteer
thing when we’ve got one? Who’s responsible for
Engagement Facilitator , Community These are some of the more polite doing a JSA?
Partnerships Section , Department of questions I’ve heard from our volunteer
Primary Industries, Water &
community over the last few months, The JSA is normally done by the task
and not only from volunteers. The need supervisor, in conjunction with others
for more formal handling of OH&S they may be working with and perhaps
other colleagues who may have special
Gordon Gateway issues is still relatively new to PWS staff
as well and some of us are handling it experience in the area. It may need to be
better than others! Here’s a very brief approved by higher authority,
introduction to what they are all about. depending on the highest level of risk
What is a JSA? In our WILDCARE context a JSA may be
an informal examination of the issues
A Job Safety Analysis is nothing more completed by the group convenor or
than a systematic examination of a task task supervisor, passed to their PWS
to determine what control measures are liaison who might knock it into shape to
required to ensure we can safely carry fit the official form, approved by a senior
out that task. ranger and finally passed back to the
A JSA usually borrows from more task supervisor.
10% discount on door prices for general risk assessment procedures in
accommodation to WILDCARE
that we list what could possibly go Then what do we do with
wrong (ie the risks) and then reduce the the JSA?
risks to some acceptable level through a
hierarchy of elimination, substitution, At the worksite we implement the
isolation, engineering, administration control measures specified on the JSA,
and PPE (personal protective equipment) that is, we work safely and we all go
measures. home safely!
There are forms available to help us keep So next time your friendly ranger or
our thoughts in order but these are not volunteer facilitator mentions the need
essential to the process. for a JSA please don’t roll your eyes or
run for the hills — have pity on the poor
Why do we need a JSA? dear and truly amaze him/her by pulling
out your already completed version from
the back pocket!
I often hear that the answer to this one is
The Esplanade, Regatta Point,
“to protect the bosses a - - e”. Well, that is More Info: Anyone wishing to learn more about the
Strahan, Tasmania, 7468, Australia.
Ph: 1300 134 425 Ph: 03 6471 7165 unfortunate, and usually means the whole Parks and Wildlife Service Occupational Health and
Fax: 03 6471 7588 process is a load of cobblers. I would rather safety Policy should speak to your nearest friendly
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ranger or contact Southern District Volunteer
think that the JSA exists to ensure that we Facilitator Craig Saunders on 03 6264 8463 or email
can all go home safely at night. <Craig.Saunders@parks.tas.gov.au>.
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 3
Gambusia Project launch mosquito fish in the belief that it will
help control mosquito larva in
waterways. Research indicates that this
is not the case, in fact most native fish
MR KERRY FINCH MLC INDEPENDENT funding received will be used to raise
species are better at controlling
Member for Rosevears launched public awareness of the introduced pest
mosquitos than gambusia.
WILDCARE’s Natural Heritage Trust fish, Gambusia holbrooki, determine the
Members of the community can help by
Project ‘Investigate Distribution and extent of its distribution and to
not spreading Gambusia around, in fact
Control of Gambusia holbrooki’ at Tamar investigate possible control methods.
you should never move any fish, native or
Island Wetland Centre on November 11th The Project Officer will be working with
introduced from one area to another.
2004. A total of 48 people attended the the community, local and state
launch with ABC Radio, Win Television governments, NRM Facilitators and By: Rodney Milner, Gambusia Project
and the Examiner and Mercury private landholders. Officer.
newspapers covering the event. Gambusia holbrooki is an introduced
More Info: Gambusia Project Officer, Rodney
The Tamar Island CARes Group and North American pest fish that threatens Milner, Phone: 03 6336 5410, Email:
WILDCARE Inc have received funds Tasmania’s freshwater biodiversity <email@example.com>, Web: <http://
from the Federal Government’s Natural including the green and gold frog www.wildcaretas.org.au>. Inland Fisheries
Service, Dave Jarvis, Phone: 03 6233 2458, Email:
Heritage Trust Fund, with the support of (Litoria raniformis). It has become a pest
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Fishcare Volunteer
NRM North, to employ a Project Officer around the world, including Australia. It Coordinator, Quenton Higgs, Phone: 03 6336
to undertake the Gambusia Project. The is often mistakenly referred to as a 5319, Email: <email@example.com>.
What’s happening on the
THE OVERLAND TRACK TRAVERSES vision was developed by a steering
from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, committee and the document is very
through the heart of the Cradle strategic. Along with Kent McConnell (a
ranger at lake St Clair since 1986), it has Something Wild is a rehabilitation and
Mountain — Lake St Clair National Park,
conservation sanctuary for orphaned
at the northern end of the Tasmanian been my job to look at how the vision and injured animals. We nurture our
Wilderness World Heritage Area. An for the Overland Track can be native wildlife back to good health and
implemented. prepare them for eventual release.
iconic Australian bushwalk, the Overland Something Wild also has a number of
Track has been attracting walkers for There were three key announcements in habitats for animals that are unsuitable
over 50 years. The popularity of the the vision statement: for release or may have been bred in
• A booking system will be introduced, captivity.
Overland Track has increased, to a point
where management decisions have to for the peak walking season only Come and visit Tasmania's
(November to April). It will Premier Wildlife Experience, on
be made to ensure the use of the area is the road to Mt Field National Park
commence in November 2005;
sustainable, and still provides a world and the SouthWest wilderness.
• During the peak walking season
class experience for visitors to the state. Ph: 03 6288 1013
walkers will have to walk the track
In May this year, the Minister for Tourism from North to South; and Fax: 03 6288 1341
& Parks, Ken Bacon, announced a Vision Mob: 0408 128 325
• An Overland Track fee will be
for the future of the Overland Track. The introduced.
4 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
One of the features of the Overland allow advance bookings for November
Track is the magnificent landscape, with 2005. The Parks and Wildlife Service will
so many interesting side trips to peaks retain some capacity for emergency use,
and waterfalls just begging to be and to allow for stand-by bookings.
walked. To ensure walkers have the
flexibility to walk at a comfortable pace,
the booking system will manage
departures only, and not lock walkers
into a fixed itinerary. Walkers won’t
book their track accommodation, rather
they will book a departure slot. By
managing departures onto the track, we
aim to minimise the number and extent Inside one of the huts. Photo: Tourism Tasmania.
Barn Bluff early morning. Photo: Sandra Wright. We also want to address the level of
preparedness and experience people
We are motivated by a desire to ensure
have when walking on the track. The
sustainable and sound environmental
use of the Overland Track, and booking system will also be used as an
improving the experience walkers educational tool. It will reinforce to
currently have on the track. Use of the people the Minimal Impact Bushwalkers
Overland track has doubled since 1990, Code, remind walkers what they should
and has been doubling nearly every 10 be carrying, how much food they might
years since records were first kept in the need, what safety equipment they
1970s. I think everyone would agree should take and how long they should
that this type of increasing use cannot plan for their trip.
continue forever, and to ensure long The booking system will also be the
term sustainable use of the area, point where the fee is collected. The
management intervention is required. final fee has not been set, but it will
The extent of the over-crowding on the reflect the cost of maintaining
track is of concern. It detracts from
walkers’ experience. For many walkers,
the Overland Track is their opportunity
to experience the Tasmanian Wilderness
World Heritage Area and get back to
nature. It is hard to do this if you are
Overland Track. Photo: Tourism Tasmania.
spending each day sprinting from one
location to the next to grab a hut or tent of over-crowding events by flattening
site, sharing a hut that safely sleeps 16 out the peaks and spreading use more
with over 30 others, and fighting evenly during the peak period.
stomach bugs easily passed around The booking system will be web-based,
when so many are packed into together. and is due to go live in May 2005 to
A waterfall on the Overland Track. Photo: Tourism
infrastructure, the quality of the
experience and environmental
protection. For those people without
access to the Internet, there will be a
phone line set up, and Parks and
Wildlife Staff at St Clair and Cradle will
also be able to accept bookings over
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 5
walkers which contributes to
perceptions of overcrowding.
Everything outlined so far is pretty short-
term, management for issues that exist
now. A plan needs to be written that not
only addresses immediate needs, but
also looks to how we want the Overland
to be in 10, 20, or 30 years’ time. This is
what the Recreation Zone Plan for the
Overland Track will set out. A subsidiary
plan to the Tasmanian Wilderness World
Heritage Area Management Plan, the
Recreation Zone Plan will set out future
directions for the management of this
Lake Windermere. Photo: Grant Dixon.
area. It is a statutory document and will
the counter. The success (or otherwise) differently, a common concern is that be on public display early next year for
of the booking system will be closely crowding degrades enjoyment. A public submissions.
monitored with baseline surveys strategy that addresses this issue and is
By: Sandra Whight, Overland Track
demonstrated to be successful in
commencing this summer (with the Project Officer, Parks and Wildlife
practice is encouraging people to walk a
help of WILDCARE Volunteers … Service.
route in a single direction. Significant
thank you all).
success factors are that walker numbers For more information about the Overland Track, visit
While people do experience the Track are maximised and it reduces passing the website: <www.overlandtrack.com.au>.
Friends of tussock grassland known as the
Macquarie Slopes. With less competition
Maatsuyker Island from other woody shrubs it has become
the dominant species. Alex Buchanan of
the Tasmanian Herbarium confirmed the
plant as Hebe elliptica, an introduction.
Weed Eradication Project blackberries were also cut and paste, This plants only other known "wild"
31 October 2004– with frilling of the bottom of the canes. distribution in Tasmania is on Entrance
12 November 2004 Other previously unknown patches of
blackberries were located and treated.
THE LONG PLANNED WEEDING Although some of these were not that
working-bee on Maatsuyker Island took small they were treated by the cut and
place from the 31st of October to the paste method to minimise disturbance
12th of November. The WILDCARE to native vegetation. The tedium of this
group, Friends of Maatsuyker Island, had is what may have inspired the American
Negro style slave songs being sung.
been successful in securing funding
minerals - crystals - gemstones
through Envirofund and have worked in Monbretia (a flat leaved lily with orange fossils …and from around the world
partnership with the PWS Southern flowers and masses of underground
District to arrange the trip. Much work corms) was sprayed with backpacks in
was achieved by a remarkable and locations around the lighthouse precinct
resourceful bunch of volunteers. and along the edge of the track that
Dense patches of blackberries that runs from the lighthouses out to the
intertwined an over-storey of tea-tree disused haulage way.
were brush-cut to allow for spraying of Of interest and concern was the
the regrowth that will occur over the identification of another weed problem, 175 Lune River Rd, Lune River
summer. The mass of blackberries left Hebe elliptica that had originally been Open most days 9–5
hanging were pulled from the trees to planted around the lighthouse quarters. (near Hastings Caves)
allow for ease of movement in the forth- This woody shrub extends into the
Saturdays at Salamanca Market
coming spraying and to ensure that all surrounding tea-tree, upslope of the
the canes had been cut to ground level. quarters in a cryptic manner until it Ph: (03) 6298 3182
10% discount to WILDCARE members
The edges of these large patches of reaches the ridge above the beautiful
6 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
But the trip was not only work. shows were very impressive. But what
Our trip was blessed with many things. impressed us all the most was the
Tremendous flying weather for the conjuring up of a Southern Light Show
helicopter trips in and out from the that few people in Australia would have
island. We were also fortunate in the had the opportunity to see with as little
broad culinary skills of the group. Many light interference as we enjoyed on
loaves of bread, cakes and fine meals Maatsuyker Island.
were baked and cooked. The frequency All up a remarkable trip. The group are
of El Fresco dining is testament to the all acutely aware of the need for regular
El’ Fresco dining on Maatsuyker Island. Photo: predominantly fine weather we got. follow-up for effective weed control and
Steve Cronin. Even the heavy easterly rain was a treat everybody expressed a desire to be
Island in the mouth of Macquarie with the island being covered in a sheet involved. Must have been an OK
Harbour. By coincidence this island also of water. The welcome of Caretakers on experience.
the island Phillipa Foster and Mick Eccles Volunteers: Kate Kiefer, Jason
has a lighthouse on it. You can imagine
was amazing and we enjoyed a creative Whitehead, Victoria Reid, Pip Buchanan,
the keepers’ wives sending cuttings of
social calendar. This included BBQs with Steve Cronin, Jean Jackson, Mark
this plant via the re-supply ships. The
views to catch the sun dropping below McCall, Colin Malcomn-Rowe and
natural distribution of Hebe elliptica is
the horizon (is there really a green flash), Karen Ziegler.
widespread, including the islands of social croquet matches that only
New Zealand, Southern South America Thanks to Craig Saunders from PWS
threatened to get ugly a couple of times,
and the Faulkland Islands. All weed Hounville who helped coordinate the
they ensured that we didn’t fail to
locations were also mapped to allow observe the Australian tradition of the
effective follow-up. Melbourne Cup Sweep and the slide By: Karen Ziegler.
For enquires and bookings
Phone (03) 6248-5390
Fax (03) 6248-5117
Flights to Tasmania’s South West National Park – Friends of Mt Nelson on a large infestation of boneseed in the
World Heritage Area.
Signal Station — Andrew E. globulus/E. viminalis scrubland that
Award winning Par Avion can take you to this flanks the dry rainforest, as well as
pristine and remote region allowing you the Hingston
opportunity to experience Tasmania’s inspiring removing cotoneaster, Elisha’s tears,
banana passionfruit and hawthorn from
Tours range from half to full day World Heritage
The Friends of Mt Nelson Signal Station
Flights to overnight camps as well as luxury cruis- WILDCARE Group was formed in May near the walking track through the E.
es aboard MV Southern Explorer.
2003, to help care for the Mt Nelson globulus/E. obliqua wet forest and dry
1995, 1996, 1997 Signal Station and Truganini Reserves rainforest.
Tourism Award Winners.
between Mt Nelson and Taroona. The
10% discount to WILDCARE members
area contains communities of Eucalyptus
Friends of the Trevallyn
(Just quote membership number when making a booking.)
pulchella/E. globulus woodland, E. Reserve — Roy Skabo
globulus/E. obliqua wet forest, dry
WILDLIFE PRODUCT DISCOUNT
GREAT NEWS rainforest, and E. globulus/E. viminalis The Friends of the Trevallyn Reserve has
for Carers of been revived and is active again in caring
scrubland, and is habitat for several
Orphaned/Injured threatened species of animals including for the Reserve. At a meeting on
Animals swift parrots, masked owls, grey October 21st we elected a president
Cartledge Agency has been appointed a goshawks, wedge-tailed eagles and (Roy Skabo) and a secretary (Jenny
This means ALL WILDCARE MEMBERS CAN NOW eastern barred bandicoots. Mayne).
GET AN 8% DISCOUNT off any product (except of
Seeds and Mixes for Birdlife) contained in our new
revised catalogue. During the past 18 months we have We had our first working bee on
WILDCARE members are also entitled to:
• Free catalogue mail out
been removing environmental weeds November 6th at which ten people
• Product data sheets for most products
• On-going promotions (discount included)
from these reserves. Our strategy has turned up to do some weeding in an
• Buy $35 of Wombaroo/Passwell products and
receive FREE PRODUCTS to the value of $7.
• Buy $55 of Wombaroo/Passwell products and been to initially remove scattered area adjoining houses in New World
receive FREE PRODUCTS to the value of $12.
Orders can be delivered statewide for a delivery fee of $5 per carton
Spanish heath, tree heath, boneseed Avenue. The Launceston City Council
up to 30kg, with next day delivery to most metropolitan areas.
Cartledge Agency would like to thank all WILDCARE members for and bluebell creeper from near the (which controls this portion of the
their past support and look forward to future dealings.
To request a catalogue or place orders contact: Signal Station to prevent these weeds Reserve) has agreed to do some spraying
Mark Cartledge at Cartledge Agency, in the area before our next working bee.
26/34 Innocent Street, Kings Meadows Tas 7249.
from spreading down slope into the
Phone 03 6344 5466 Fax 03 6344 7721 largely weed-free Eucalyptus pulchella/E. We will then do some more “mop-up”
Mobile: 0408 335 498
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org globulus woodland. We are now weeding on December 11th, from 10am
WE MIGHT NOT HAVE THE ANIMAL
BUT WE CAN SURE HELP YOU TO LOOK AFTER THEM!
working deeper into Truganini Reserve until noon.
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 7
Date Description Contact
31 December 2004 Membership renewals due. WILDCARE Office, Service
Tasmania Shop or Parks &
Wildlife Service field centre.
First week of February 2005 General maintenance — Craig Saunders, 03 6264 8463.
16–25 February 2005 Track Construction — Melaleuca. Craig Saunders, 03 6264 8463.
Second Saturday of Friends of Trevallyn Reserve Roy Skabo, 03 6334 6787 or
each month working bee. Jenny Mayne, 6331 0008.
During 2005 Weed control training. Craig Saunders, 03 6264 8463.
We will hold working bees on the
second Saturday of each month and it Summer in the
has been suggested that we do some
seed collecting at our working bee in
January so that we can restore some of
the vegetation in the areas we are
CRAIG SAUNDERS, DISTRICT VOLUNTEER with the group likely to camp on site.
weeding and other suitable areas.
Facilitator for the Parks and Wildlife
Prospective volunteers should have
People who would like to participate in Service Southern District advises of two
our activities should phone Roy Skabo special volunteer opportunities in the general practical skills and be prepared
on 03 6334 6787 or Jenny Mayne on 03 Southwest over the coming summer. to camp out on the job.
6331 0008 for details.
General maintenance — Further details on these opportunities to visit remote
Friends of Adventure Bay Maatsuyker Island parts of the Southwest are available from Craig
Saunders at PWS Huonville on phone 03 6264 8463
— Marcus Henry
or email <Craig.Saunders@parks.tas.gov.au>.
In the first week of February 2005, timed
Much has been happening in recent to coincide with the changeover of the
months. In late August a working bee, island’s volunteer caretakers, a group
will travel to the island by helicopter and The
assisted by the local Parks Ranger,
Bernard Edwards, put in 78 volunteer- carry out general maintenance duties
around the light station.
hours in removing a dangerous tree that
had fallen from the foreshore into the
Accommodation will be provided in one SHED
of the stations vacant light keeper’s Westerway (Nr Mt Field NP)
water close to the jetty (see full story in
this issue). During August and
Prospective volunteers should have
September, five members attended the
general practical skills and be prepared
PWS Volunteer Training Courses in First
to stay on the island for up to a week.
Aid, Bushland Weed Management,
Brushcutter Use and Volunteer Group
Track construction —
Management. These courses were partly
funded through a grant from
WILDCARE Inc. On 2nd October, a
Over the period 16–25 February 2005
public meeting was held at Adventure
PWS ranger Stuart Graham will lead a
Bay to explain to the local residents the small group of volunteers to Melaleuca
aims and objectives of the group and the to complete ‘hardening’ of sections of
meeting was followed by a most the South Coast Track between
10% discount to
successful clean up of the Adventure Bay Melaleuca and Cox Bight. Travel to and
Foreshore. from Melaleuca will be by light aircraft on all gifts.
8 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
Request for information: one person) in one day at 23 of the 51
locations where the original survey
found evidence of breeding in native
Observations of bumblebees vegetation, including within the most
in native vegetation remote areas from human settlement.
Because of the ongoing debate over the
capacity for bumblebees to invade
native vegetation, and the time that has
A FERAL POPULATION OF THE EURASIAN become established beyond the
passed since their distribution was last
bumblebee Bombus terrestris was agricultural areas where the target crop
surveyed, I would like to survey the
discovered in Hobart in 1992. The is grown. A survey of the distribution of
distribution of bumblebees in Tasmania
effectiveness of this bee as a pollinator bumblebees in Tasmania up to autumn
during the coming spring, summer and
of greenhouse tomatoes has prompted 2001 found evidence of them breeding
autumn. I would appreciate it greatly if
repeated calls for its importation to the in all of Tasmania’s major types of native
people could let me know of any places
Australian mainland, where it does not vegetation, including within six National
where they see more than 10
yet occur. However, enormous harm has Parks and the most remote parts of the
bumblebees in one day in native
World Heritage Area. The survey
already resulted in Australia from vegetation between spring 2004 and
concluded that bumblebees were
deliberate introduction of animals that autumn 2005.
breeding across a large part of southern
were believed to be harmless or
and western Tasmania. This conculsion By: Dr Andrew Hingston, Geography &
beneficial, and this may also be the case
was subsequently questioned because it Environmental Studies, University of
if bumblebees are introduced to the Tasmania, Private Bag 78, Hobart, Tas.
had accepted sightings of only two bees
Australian mainland. 7001. Email: <email@example.com>,
in one day as evidence of colony
Ph: 03 6223 1223 (h).
The most important factor influencing establishment, which may have been
the severity of an imported pollinator’s sightings of the same bee. However, References for the above article can be obtained
ecological impact is its capacity to more than 10 bumblebees were seen (by from Dr Hingston.
Derwent Avenue Group in training courses kindly arranged by
Volunteers Coordinator Craig Saunders.
— land grab By the time this issue of WILDTIMES hits
the stands we expect to have new site
identification signs installed — again
kindly facilitated and funded by Parks
OUR GROUP WHICH MANAGES A land running more or less parallel with through Craig. This year we also had a
small stretch of coast south of Margate the coast and in effect becoming a significant survey and documentation of
(see WILDTIMES #21, May 2004) is on a buffer zone between the State Coastal plant species in our site — courtesy of
land grab! Not content with our little lot, Reserve and the new estate. This Rae Glazik, DPIWE.
where, during the last twelve months, additional buffer zone is some 6200 M2 We have just had our first formal
we’ve managed to get on top of most of of varying width and includes a number birthday as a Group but are not resting
the serious environmental weeds, we of trees (e.viminalis and e.ovata) which on our laurels. We realise the continuing
have made a bid for more coast to look we considered worth preserving. effort we need to maintain the area we
after. Additionally under the terms of the manage; during 2005 we hope to
We have Parks conditional approval to subdivision settlement, two other develop new working partnerships to
extend our management interests by a eucalypts just inside the property line tackle weeds in “our” new area and
20 metre wide, some 200 metres length have been protected by a 6m diameter develop the walking trail to
of coastal reserve to the north of our tree covenant. We are working through bicycle/stroller level. And, we’ll continue
original site. We had always had this in the details and hope to be able to sign- to have great afternoon teas following
mind as a prospect but in the last 18 off soon with Council, Parks and the our working bees!!
months or so have also been working developer on all arrangements for a To mark our first birthday we have voted
closely with the owner of land which common management regime for the in our Group executive for 2005.
abutted the coastal strip. We worked
Coastal strip-Public Open Space. Convenor is Lorraine Nielsen, phone 03
through the subdivision phase —
One of our aims in this exercise is to 6267 1083, email: <c.lnielsen@
approvals, appeals and so on, and now
extend the coastal walking trail to reach bigpond.com.au>; Secretary is Gordon
more closely with the developer as he
the settlement around the Margate Jetty Bain, phone 03 6267 2143, email:
started work on site. As part of the
— North West Bay Ships area. <HausBain2@bigpond.com>.
subdivision process, the developer
agreed to hand over to Kingborough Like many other groups this year we had By: Gordon Bain, Secretary, Derwent
Council, as Public Open Space, a strip of a number of our members participating Avenue Group.
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 9
Weed control — almost all aspects of weed control
getting smarter • Identification and prioritisation of
• Selection of the appropriate weed
control measures from a wide range
AS I LOOK OVER PAST ISSUES OF measures, and secondly to give them a of ‘tools’;
WILDTIMES I realise just how much time better understanding of ‘strategic’ weed • Obtaining necessary resources such
volunteers have spent on weed control control, that is, a better overview of the as grant funding and training;
projects over recent years. Weeds are of long term issues and how to manage • ‘On-ground’ weed control using a
course one of the biggest threats to the them. wide range of techniques; and
natural values of our bushand,
• Supervising contractor staff where
particularly urban bushland, and it necessary.
comes as no surprise that almost all our
The advantages of groups taking on all
CAREs groups have weed control close
aspects of a project in times of smaller
to the top of their agenda.
PWS budgets and reduced staff
At the same time I have also seen a shift
availability are clear.
in how the volunteer community has
In 2005 I hope to again offer training to
tackled weed problems. This shift has
volunteer groups in weed management
seen individual volunteers and groups
at the two levels described above.
gaining more skills and experience in
Volunteer coordinators from most local
weed control measures allowing them to
take on more complex problems and to government councils in the south are
handle them more efficiently, and very also now aware of this program and are
importantly, more safely. joining with the Parks and Wildlife
Service in providing this training to their
In 2002 DPIWE Vegetation Management
bushland management groups.
Officer Rae Glazik devised a short course
in bushland weed control and safe use Any staff or volunteers who are interested in this
of herbicide for community groups. This program can contact Craig Saunders, District
Using all the ‘tools’: The picture shows Bruny Island
Volunteer Facilitator, PWS Huonville on 03 6264
half day course was delivered in the ranger Bernard Edwards assisting Friends of Snake
8463 or email <Craig.Saunders@parks.tas.gov.au>.
south by TAFE contractor (and ex PWS Island group members spraying Spanish Heath
(Erica lusitanica) regrowth with Garlon 600 using a
ranger) Andrew Kirkley and is well portable electric sprayer (12 volt, 50 litre capacity).
summarised in WILDTIMES Issue 17 April The erica had been brushcut 10 months previously
by contractors using funds the group obtained
2003 (available from the WILDCARE through the Australian Government Envirofund
website). program. Key members of the group have
This course provided a grounding in safe
and efficient use of herbicide, generally
Without designing a whole new course
qualifying volunteers to carry out ‘cut
the only accredited training available
and paste’ with S5 schedule (eg
was the ChemCert qualification, usually
Roundup and other glyphosate based
a 2 day course designed for users of
products). Any works requiring the use
agricultural and veterinary chemicals
of more toxic herbicides (eg S6 - Garlon
(including herbicides) in commercial
600) or spraying were still left to PWS
agriculture. Some volunteers completed
employees or contractors.
this course but it was immediately
In the Southern District I have continued
apparent that we needed a similar level
to offer this course, especially to new
course but with a bushland weed rather
formed groups hoping to tackle weed
than commercial agriculture focus.
control problems, and have run about
10 sessions over the last year or so. Working with DPIWE Weed
management staff, TAFE Horticulture in
However, in the course of working with
Hobart and the Huon Valley Council
many groups on their weed control
Landcare Advisory Group we devised
projects I realised there was a need for a
such a course and a pilot program was
higher level of training, at least for key
members of some groups. This higher offered in Spring 2003. The course was
level of training was required firstly to further refined and offered again as part
provide groups with a broader range of of the PWS 2004 Volunteer Training
‘tools’ with which to tackle weed program in September 2004.
problems, including access to a wider The result is that we now have
range of herbicides and control community groups who can take on
10 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
Friends of Adventure Bay nine hours in the water as saw operator
and removal organiser, with general
assistance from several other members,
resulting in the successful removal of all
Removal of dangerous Fears had been held that children sliding
dangerous material from the site over
down the trunk may become impaled
tree material some 80 man hours of effort.
and/or trapped underwater on its
branches. A project was initiated to A public meeting was held on October
A large fallen tree on the foreshore 2nd providing general background
remove the hazard; Dave coordinated
adjacent to the Adventure Bay jetty has works, Chester devised some ingenious information on the aims of the
been a real safety issue for some time. engineering feats, Bernard put in some Association.
Foreshore clean-up. Following the public
meeting approximately 30
members/supporters held a successful
clean-up of refuse from the Adventure
Bay Foreshore. Some 45 man hours were
involved, and we were pleased to recruit
new members for our Association, and
as Volunteers with the Parks and Wildlife
FAB would like to publicly thank the
Parks and Wildlife Service for their
support in these endeavours, and in
particular for the services of ranger Mr.
Bernard and Steve at work in the water, and
Charlie (foreground) preparing to demonstrate his Bernard Edwards.
Olympic-class rendition of unsyncopated
underwater swimming complete with waders. By: Charlie Turnbull, Secretary.
Getting busy at Mt Field
WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL SNOW LEVELS rotted, causing the door to drop and not
Country Hospitality of winter disappearing and favourable close properly.
by the Seaside work conditions returning Friends of Mt Under the guidance of Kerry Smith the
Ada Street, Bridport,Tasmania 7262 Field are getting busy again. source of the problems was quickly
Ph: 03 6356 1873 A group of around 9 volunteers travelled exposed and new timbers installed. The
Fax: 03 6356 0173 to Lake Nicholls on the Mt Field East excellent end result provided much
Web: www.platypuspark.com.au track on Saturday 13 November to carry satisfaction to all who attended. The
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org out urgent repairs on the hut beside the group will probably return to the hut
15% discount to WILDCARE members.
lake. Sections of the floor framing had later in the summer to install a new door
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 11
and replace some rotted cladding.
The group is planning to install a new
logbook in this hut, including perhaps
details of the area’s history. If anyone has
information on history of this area of the
park the group would be keen to hear
from you. Contact Peter Franklin on 03
Before Christmas the group is also
planning working bees on the Lake
Fenton to Lake Webster track and the
hut at Lake Newdegate. Contact Peter
Franklin if you would like to know more
about the group’s activities.
By: Craig Saunders, PWS Huonville.
Friends of Mt Field at Lake Nicholls (volunteers
Greg Kidd, Leigh Smith, Kerry Smith, Bronwyn
Smith, Alan Sanderson, Peter Franklin, Sue
Franklin, Philip Rogers).
District Volunteer community groups in the district I look
forward to nurturing a healthy,
Facilitator — productive partnership between the Parks
and Wildlife Service and the community.
South East District I am available on Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays.
More Info: Leah Page, District Volunteer Facilitator,
HI THERE! Southern Coastcare Association of
South East District, Parks and Wildlife Service,
My name is Leah Page. I am the new Tasmania. With my positive work history Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the
Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Arts, 293 Surf Road, Seven Mile Beach, TAS, 7170.
with SE district PWS staff and my strong
Ph: 03 6214 8107, Fax: 03 6214 8112, Email:
Facilitator for the South East District
connections with existing volunteer <Leah.email@example.com>.
based at sunny Seven Mile Beach. I have
a background in marine science having
Specialists in Adventure Equipment
completed a science degree with
honours in South Australia before
working as a research scientist in
Western Australia and the United States. Packs, Tents, Boots,
I moved to Tasmania four years ago after
Clothing, Sleeping Bags,
falling in love with the place. Since then,
my partner and I have had two children Climbing Gear, Stoves,
and therefore feel like we are honourary Maps, Foods, Cookware,
Tasmanians. I worked as a Summer
Ranger on the Tasman Peninsula in Torches, Compasses,
2000/2001 and was also the Assistant to Kayaks & Accessories.
the Summer Program for two years
running. Through this role I worked with Expert Advice.
many staff from PWS and the
104 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Department of Primary Industries Water
With the birth of my children I began
Ph 03 6234 7877
working from home as a consultant Mail order welcome.
producing interpretative and Phone for catalogue.
management material for community
groups, predominantly in the South East Prepare yourself for adventure
District. I have worked closely with many 10% discount* to WILDCARE members
local Coastcare groups and I am an active (Just quote membership number when making a purchase.)
*Does not apply to Kayaks, Chaco sandals and scouting.
volunteer as the Vice President of the
12 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
Cradle Mountain news over next month and Cathie Plowman is
working with Professor Sofield from the
University of Tasmania on a project
where students will undertake
New Cradle senior project consultants to develop a master plan for
a village was advertised and the Cradle evaluation of the signs during January
Steering Committee is investigating the 2005.
The new Cradle Senior Project Manager possibility of proceeding.
A training package for shuttle bus
is Ralf Zenke. He is based in the Parks
Cradle Mountain National drivers has been developed in
and Wildlife Service’s (PWS) head office
in Hobart. Park update conjunction with McDermotts. The
packages will also be used by new Parks
Cradle shuttle service The construction of a toilet at Kitchen staff.
Hut will go ahead as soon as the council
development application process is
The Cradle shuttle service is operating Research project
on its summer timetable, with four completed. The design for the toilet is
buses and one on stand-by. The complete and the heritage issues
associated with Kitchen Hut will also be Jim Curtis from the Monash University
feedback from users is still positive. The
shuttle service operators, McDermott addressed. The new toilet will be a fully Tourism Research Unit is undertaking
Coaches said they hope to be able to enclosed system and the waste will be research for a PhD about alternative
offer an after-hours service and valued- flown out, providing a good tourism transport services within
added service — for instance a pick-up environmental outcome.
national parks with a focus on how
service from accommodation centres to
Bringing structures up to visitors can be persuaded to use
the information centre.
standard alternative transport systems. He will be
Sewage treatment plant at Cradle Mountain in December for
A recent review of risk management in about five days to conduct interviews
A consultant has been appointed for the relation to park infrastructure identified
with visitors at the Cradle information
design of the sewage treatment plant issues with several structures. As a result
of this review, the viewing platform at centre.
and preliminary investigations are under
way. It is planned to have the plant base of Pencil Pine Falls was closed
operational by June 2006, which allows temporarily and will be repaired as soon Overland Track update
for a contingency of several months as river levels permit. The Enchanted
before the existing lease runs out. Walk has been closed for several PWS staff have been working to
months. Standards have changed since
implement the changes announced for
Water supply the walk was first constructed and it
the Overland Track by the Minister for
now needs to be brought up to modern
A consultant for the new water supply standards. Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts,
system should be appointed by mid- Ken Bacon, earlier this year. An update
December. Information and can be found on the Overland Track
New village centre and
or through the Parks’ website
visitor centre The Cradle Currawong newsletter
should be out on pamphlet racks by <www.parks.tas.gov.au>.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) for now. This edition will be valid for up to
12 months. It will be distributed through Concerns about feral
the Parks visitor centre, accommodation bumblebees
businesses in Cradle and visitor centres
at Deloraine and Sheffield. At the
There is growing concern that the
request of DIER the newspaper includes
road safety messages for people and infestation of feral bumblebees in the
wildlife. park is increasing and the effects on the
A familiarisation day for Kentish Visitor environment are unknown. A study is
Centre volunteers will be held on being undertaken about the distribution
November 29. The objective is to provide
an update on the shuttle and visitor
services, accommodation options, etc. Contacts for the Cradle Senior Project Manager: Ralf
A series of new interpretive signs have Zenke, Phone: 03 6233 6425 or 0428 563 630,
been produced. They will be installed Email: <Ralf.Zenke@parks.tas.gov.au>.
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 13
Active wildlife carer authorisation
Valid only while the carer holds current WILDCARE Inc membership.
WILDCARE Inc carries no-fault accident insurance cover for its members undertaking
voluntary wildlife care activities authorised by WILDCARE Inc. If you are a current WILDCARE
Inc member and are actively caring for wildlife, please complete this form and return to the
WILDCARE Inc c/- GPO Box 44 Hobart 7001.
NOTE: WILDCARE DOES NOT AUTHORISE members to care for snakes or other
venomous animals and accepts no responsibility for accidents associated with the
care of those animals.
This authorisation does not replace the need to hold permits to have and rehabilitate
wildlife. Permits are available from the Nature Conservation Branch of the Department of
Primary Industries Water and Environment. Phone 03 6233 6556 for information.
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Phone number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Email Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
WILDCARE MEMBER NUMBER (include all numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expiry date on membership card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Type of animals/birds you are caring for (please list) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Your signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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WILDCARE Inc Membership Renewal Form (2005)
Complete and mail to WILDCARE Inc, c/- GPO species assistance, Data records (computer),
Box 44 Hobart 7001 Community education, Fox eradication assistance,
Land For Wildlife, Caring for injured/orphaned
Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
animals. Botanical Guardians: Monitoring,
Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Survey, Replanting, Propagation, Field collection,
Community education, Orchid Guardians
Heritagecare — conserving Tasmania’s
Contact Phone number: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
cultural heritage: Site recording, Data records
.................................... (computer), Archival research, Excavation
assistance, Community education, Historic site
If the above details have changed since
you renewed/joined in 2004 please
provide your previous address details so Fishcare — promoting a sustainable fishery:
that we can find you on the membership
Fishcare North West, Fishcare North, Fishcare
South, Office support, Community education,
.................................... Schools education, Research assistance. . . . . . . .
WILDCARE Inc Office: Special event assistance,
Administrative assistance, Member records,
.................................... Newsletter production.
Please leave my background information and Payment method
volunteer preference unchanged on the
database. Cheque or money order attached $25 made
out to WILDCARE Inc
Please update my record with the following
additions… Please arrange $25 payment from my Credit
Preferred reserve/place (if you have one) Card
.................................... Card Type: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.................................... Card Number: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Circle volunteer activity categories you wish ....................................
to add to your record.
CARes — Community Action in Reserves: Card Expiry Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General management assistance, Adopt-a-Track
Program, Enterprise projects, Visitor Education, Name on Card: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Walking hut maintenance, Habitat Care, Action
for Coasts, Cave Care. ....................................
Naturecare — conserving Tasmania’s plants Signature of Cardholder: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
and animals: Whale rescue, Oil Spill response,
Raptor research, Wildlife survey, Threatened ....................................
December 2004 – WILDTIMES – 15
Mid-term Review of the are not working.”
Mr Mooney said there will be two stages
Tasmanian Wilderness of public comment on the plan: an initial
World Heritage Area issues identification stage from 11
December 2004 until 4 February 2005;
Management Plan 1999 and the release of the draft
management plan for comment in mid
THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE PARKS “This mid-term, limited review is to
and Wildlife Service, Peter Mooney, said ensure the plan is up to date and takes “I encourage all Tasmanians with an
today the mid–term review of the account of new issues prior to the full interest in the World Heritage Area to
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage plan review in 2009,” Mr Mooney said. raise issues they believe are important
Area Management Plan 1999 had “For this review we are adopting the and urgent so they can be addressed in
commenced. motto ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’.
the review,” Mr Mooney said.
Mr Mooney said that the Tasmanian “We don’t intend changing the plan’s
Wilderness management plan is an structure or broad management Issues can be identified via the plan review website
important plan for Tasmania as it approach, however we are looking to <www.parks.tas.gov.au/wha/planreview> or by
determines how 20% of the State is fix errors, take account of any major requesting a plan review Issues Feedback sheet from
managed. new issues, and fix parts of the plan that the Parks and Wildlife Service (03 6233 6285).
Occupational Health and New CARes
Safety, for everyone! Groups
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE the group would have time for all three Trevallyn
newly appointed volunteer coordinator so he thought he would save some time
who learned from the old hand that the
by splitting the group up.
three most important things to
incorporate in any volunteer activity Group 1 was going to have fun, group 2 Coningham
were: was going to get the work done and
• having fun, group 3 was going to go home safely!
• getting some meaningful work done,
Which group would you want to be
in? Photos taken by Murray Willcox
• going home safely at night.
at a weed bash at Royal George
On his first volunteer project the new By: Anonymous PWS volunteer recently.
chum was a bit rushed and didn't think facilitator.
Issue Cut-off Date for Publication
Number Article Submissions Date
24 28 Feb 2005 Mar 2005
25 31 May 2005 Jun 2005
26 31 Aug 2005 Sep 2005
27 30 Nov 2005 Dec 2005
Publication dates are subject to receiving a sufficient number
of articles to allow publishing to go ahead.
16 – WILDTIMES – December 2004
WILDCARE wishes to thank the following sponsors for
their support of the WILDCARE Fund
Gold Sponsors ($10,000 plus)
Parks and Wildlife Service
Category 2 sponsors ($5000–$9999)
Resource Management & Conservation
Category 3 sponsors ($1000–$4999)
Tasmanian Fishing Industry Council
And the following WILDCARE
member discount sponsors
Cartledge Agency – 8% discount(refer to advertisment)
Eaglehawk Neck Backpackers – $2 discount per night
Gemstones at Lune River – 10% discount
Gordon Gateway – 10% discount on accommodation (door prices)
Moonpads – 10% discount
Par Avion Wilderness Flights – 10% discount
Parks and Wildlife Service – $20 discount on Annual Park Pass
Platypus Park, Country Retreat, Bridport – 15% discount
Snowgum equipment – 10% discount
Something Wild – 10% discount on entry fee
The Possum Shed, Westerway – 10% discount on all gifts
(To claim your discount, simply present your WILDCARE member card.)
We are looking for other sponsors, both for the WILDCARE Fund and as discounters. Know someone who
you think might be interested? Why not have a chat to them and suggest they contact Andrew Smith at
Community Partnerships Section for more details (Ph 03 6233 2836 — GPO Box 44 Hobart 7001).
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