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                                                                   Summer 2009




Getting to grips with
Yourka Reserve
Queensland Herbarium botanist Jeanette Kemp joined                                       Above: Staff members (L-R) Jim Radford,
Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Jim Radford and                                        Clair Dougherty and Paul Foreman undertaking
                                                                                         vegetation survey in eucalypt woodlands of Yourka
other Bush Heritage staff in an exploration of one of                                    Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: Jen GRinDROD. Inset:
Bush Heritage’s newest reserves.                                                         Scenic landform and vegetation of Yourka Reserve,
                                                                                         Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX.



T   hump! We felt the jolt of the Hilux
    shuddering to an abrupt stop before
we registered the sound of the front axle
                                            and potholes into the tracks around
                                            Yourka Reserve had also delayed
                                                                                         The primary aim of the blitz was to learn
                                                                                         more about the ecology of Yourka by
                                                                                         gathering information from focused field
                                            ecological surveys because much of
ramming into the chalky roadbed as the      the reserve was inaccessible until           surveys and investigation. An intensive
track gave way beneath us. Opening          autumn. When we arrived we could             mammal survey program, using infra-red
the doors, we tumbled out into a gaping     see flood debris, including uprooted         motion-triggered cameras, cage traps
hole in the road. The deceptively solid                                                  and spotlighting, was conducted in the
                                            trees, lodged in the limbs of towering
surface was merely a thin crust over                                                     moist forests and woodlands in the east
                                            paperbarks and river she-oaks a full
a treacherous pothole, excavated by                                                      of the property. Although the presence
                                            20 m above the creeks.
recent rains.                                                                            of the primary target of this survey effort,
                                            The floodwaters had finally receded          the endangered northern bettong, was
Luckily we had backup, and were             by late June when a team of botanists,       not confirmed, many other mammals
pulled from impending doom before           zoologists and ornithologists from the       were recorded.
navigating an alternative route to our      Queensland Herbarium, Queensland             Greater gliders were abundant among
next survey point.                          Parks and Wildlife Service and Bush          the tall eucalypt forests in the Cameron
The torrential rains of the last wet        Heritage descended upon Yourka to            Creek valley; brush-tailed possums
season that had carved deep incisions       undertake the reserve’s first ‘bio-blitz’.   were also spotted, an encouraging

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    Left to right: noisy friar-bird at Yourka Reserve, Qld.
      PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX. Carnivorous
         sundew (Drosera lanata) at Yourka Reserve, Qld.
    PHOTO: JeAneTTe KeMP. Greater glider at Yourka
     Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX.
      Grasstree habitat at Yourka Reserve, Qld. PHOTO:
                                        JeAneTTe KeMP.
           Bottom right: The black-chinned honeyeater,
                     a rare species recorded at Yourka.
                        PHOTO: GRAeMe CHAPMAn.




    sign because there is concern that this                   wings, peaceful doves and red-browed         (Drosera lanata) shaped like a many-
    species may be declining in northern                      firetails were common on the river           armed starfish, and a miniaturised herb
    Queensland. Rufous bettongs were                          flats, feasting on grass seeds that were     (Mitrasacme phascoides) known from
    widespread throughout the property;                       abundant in the wake of the summer           only a handful of specimens in Cape
    the characteristic ‘sneeze’ of the long-                  rains. Large flocks of the comical and       York. Finding this plant at Yourka means
    nosed bandicoot betrayed its presence                     acrobatic apostle-bird, families of grey-    that its range is extended by nearly
    behind our camp on the Cameron                            crowned babblers and a dawn chorus led       300 km. Many more annual species, too
    Creek; and a brown bandicoot was                          by bush stone curlews were sights and        dry to be identified this time round, will
    captured by one of the cameras. in                        sounds to gladden the soul. Wet tropic       be looked at again in the wet season.
    addition, numerous native rats were                       species like Victoria’s riflebird, bridled
    trapped and an inquisitive dunnart                        honeyeater and lemon-bellied flycatcher      A long-unburnt example of heathy
    recorded for posterity by a remote                        could be ticked off in the hills along the   vegetation was discovered, supporting
    camera. Further mammal surveys are                        eastern margins of the property.             grasstrees with complete skirts of dead
    underway as we go to press.                                                                            foliage, as well as piles of litter on
                                                              The real gems, however, were
                                                                                                           the ground. in one of these litter piles
    Yourka’s variety of land formations and                   uncovered by the botanists. Yourka is
                                                                                                           we found a poorly known orchid, later
    vegetation types makes it a great place                   proving to be a botanical wonderland,
                                                                                                           identified by the Queensland Herbarium
    for birding. Forty-two species were added                 even for local experts, who had
                                                                                                           as the green truffle orchid (Arthrochilus
    to the Yourka bird list during the blitz,                 previously been unable to explore the
                                                                                                           dockrillii). This is only the tenth record
    bringing the total to 116 species. This                   area thoroughly. There are substantial
                                                                                                           of this species, and it extends the
    is sure to rise with spring bird surveys                  areas of deep weathered white or red
                                                                                                           known range south by 10–20 km.
    planned for October.                                      sandy soils on low rises and plains.
                                                              The poor nutrient status of these soils      The edges of incised creeks reveal a
    notable observations included the near-
                                                              and ephemeral nature of the rains            hardened layer beneath the weathered
    threatened northern subspecies of the
                                                              have encouraged the development              sands, and it is this habitat which is
    brown treecreeper and a small flock
                                                              of a heath-like flora that is species        revealing several interesting shrubby
    of black-chinned honeyeaters, rare in
                                                              rich, particularly in miniature annuals,     heath species, including a probable
    Queensland. Red-headed honeyeaters
                                                              but also in low shrubby heath plants         undescribed boronia, the hopbush
    were found at the southern extremity
                                                              that are otherwise uncommon in the           Dodonaea uncinata (listed as Rare
    of their range, foraging with scarlet
                                                              tropical north.                              under the Queensland nature
    honeyeaters among paperbarks fringing
    Yourka Gorge. Raucous gatherings of                       The blitz gave us a tantalising sample       Conservation Act ), and a shrub from the
    noisy friar-birds, scaly-breasted and                     of the array of exciting ground species      Rutaceae family (Cryptandra debilis)
    rainbow lorikeets aggregated in the open                  to be found, including tiny delicate         which has a very restricted range (200 x
    woodlands. A host of seed-eaters, such                    trigger plants (Stylidium) less than 1 cm    70 km) – the Yourka specimen extends
    as squatter pigeons, common bronze-                       tall, a stunning carnivorous sundew          its previously known range by 30 km.


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The blitz enabled field checking of the      known and/or collected. Processing         Bush Heritage would also like to thank
existing vegetation mapping done by          of the plant specimens is not yet          all external participants in the blitz: ian
the Queensland Herbarium and the Wet         complete, and may still reveal more        Sinclair (Department of environment
Tropics Management Authority. This           interesting finds.                         and Resource Management); Jeanette
provided useful data for Herbarium staff                                                Kemp, eda Addicott and Mark newton
                                             While the bio-blitz revealed many of
who are refining the mapping, while                                                     (Queensland Herbarium); John Winter
                                             Yourka’s secrets, we have just scratched
at the same time providing a basis for                                                  (ecologist); and Mark Parsons and
                                             the surface. Reptiles, amphibians, fish
Bush Heritage staff to produce a more                                                   Andy Baker (Queensland Parks and
                                             and invertebrates were not included in
detailed map to use for fire planning                                                   Wildlife Service).
                                             the surveys and many of the regional
and general management.
                                             ecosystems on Yourka are poorly
Herbarium staff were excited by a            surveyed. Much work remains to be
vegetation assemblage which could be         done and we look forward to uncovering
considered as a new vegetation type.         more exciting finds. ■
if officially recognised, its entire known
distribution may be restricted to Yourka
Reserve. This vegetation type occurs
on pale deep-weathered soils, and is
dominated by the Queensland peppermint
(e. exserta), the restricted-range
bloodwood (Corymbia abergiana), and
two species of she-oak, including the
hairy she-oak (Allocasuarina inophloia),
which outside Yourka is rarely found in
such extensive communities. A shrubby,
heathy layer includes a rare hopbush
(Dodonaea uncinata), as well as wattles,
grevilleas, sedges and many interesting
ephemeral herbs.
Overall the blitz has contributed to
a current plant list of 308 species
including four listed as threatened
under the Queensland nature
Conservation Act, and an additional
eleven species that are very poorly


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                          Bush Heritage ecologist
                          Paul Foreman reveals the
                          remarkable biodiversity
                          of Edgbaston Reserve
                          in Queensland.

                          I t’s easy to think that we know
                            everything there is to know about the
                          world. each country has been mapped,


    Edgbaston Reserve
                          every ‘lost tribe’ discovered. And yet
                          you often hear observations like this
                          one, from the Convention on Biological


    reveals its secrets   Diversity: ‘Globally, around 1.75 million
                          species have been described and
                          formally named to date, and there are
                          good grounds for believing that several
                          million more species exist but remain
                          undiscovered and undescribed’.

                          While it is true that most unknown
                          species are insects or deep-sea
                          marine organisms, many people will be
                          surprised to learn that a lot of terrestrial
                          plants remain undiscovered (estimated
                          at over 10 per cent or 30 000 species).
                          And even though botanists have been
                          poring over the continent since the
                          era of Joseph Banks and Charles
                          Darwin, it is still possible to find
                          completely new things today – usually
                          in remote places with unique or highly
                          restricted environments.
                          The spectacular 1994 discovery of
                          the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis),
                          a large prehistoric tree, only 150
                          km from Sydney is a memorable
                          example. And, excitingly, Bush
                          Heritage’s newest reserve in central

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                                                                                            Top, left to right: Artesian spring on edgbaston
                                                                                            Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/
                                                                                            eCOPiX. A scrambling pigface with broad,
                                                                                            flat leaves (Gunniopsis spp.). PHOTO: PAuL
                                                                                            FOReMAn. ecological monitoring on the
                                                                                            escarpment country at the northern edge of
                                                                                            ethabuka Reserve, Qld. Paul Foreman assessing
                                                                                            the Mitchell grass plains on edgbaston Reserve,
                                                                                            Qld. PHOTOS: Jen GRinDROD.
                                                                                            Below, top to bottom: The distinctive ‘antler-
                                                                                            like’ fruits of Atriplex spp. (edgbaston) first
                                                                                            collected in June 2009 along with two other
                                                                                            new copper burrs (Sclerolaena spp.) (edgbaston).
                                                                                            Giant pipewort, edgbaston Reserve, Qld.
                                                                                            PHOTOS: PAuL FOReMAn.




Queensland, edgbaston, is also revealing       edgbaston or found in just one or two
new treasures.                                 other nearby locations with similar
                                               ecosystems. Amazingly, it is likely there
What might be perceived by most as
                                               are still more species to be found.
‘just another cow paddock’ or even
a ‘terrible place’ (as described by            So why is edgbaston so biologically
a local grazier in our Spring 2008             rich? The answer lies squarely with
newsletter) is in fact a biological hot        the permanent artesian springs
spot. By now many readers would be             scattered across the Pelican Creek/
aware of edgbaston’s unique, critically        Lake Mueller complex in the reserve’s
endangered fish, the redfin blue-eye,          east. These springs discharge from
which was only discovered in 1990.             thin sandstone aquifers that recharge
However, the story of edgbaston’s              in the surrounding desert uplands to
endemic plants is less well known              the north and east. These discharge
and understood.                                points are often in the lowest parts of
                                               the landscape and can be separated
in June this year, a team from Bush
                                               by tens to hundreds of kilometres
Heritage collected no less than three
                                               of unwatered land. it is thought that
new plants from the reserve – all              the resulting isolation for very long
saltbushes that are endemic to the             periods drives the evolution of new
saline scalds that fringe the property’s       species that have adapted to specific
natural springs. One notable example           springs environments. The surprisingly
is a delicate saltbush with distinctive        high numbers of unique organisms
and bizarre ‘antler-like’ fruits (opposite).   at edgbaston suggests this spring
This plant grows only a few hundred            complex has been relatively stable and
metres from a spring on a low, saline          effectively isolated for longer than most,
white-sand ridge covered in porcupine          but no one really knows for sure.
spinifex (Triodia longiceps).
                                               in a recent seminal paper on the redfin
These new discoveries at edgbaston             blue-eye, edgbaston was called ‘the
mean there are now no less than                most significant springs for biodiversity
fifteen plants that have been described        conservation in the entire [Great             ExtINctIoN Is foREvER
only very recently or still wait for a         Artesian Basin]’. The more we get to          edgbaston’s riches are just one
name to be assigned. Some interesting          know this reserve, the more we can            example of the threatened species
examples include a scrambling pigface          see why! ■                                    and ecosystems that Bush Heritage
with broad, flat leaves, an apparently                                                       protects. Visit www.bushheritage.
long-lived ‘woody’ species of ‘beauty-                                                       org.au/savenativespecies for
heads’ and a giant pipewort (up to             A full version of this article with           details of our Christmas appeal
50 cm tall) growing in springs shaded          references can be found on our                reinforcing the need for protection of
under tea-tree thickets. All of these          website at www.bushheritage.org.              all native species.
species are either endemic solely to           au/edgbaston_secrets.

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          Left to right: Glen norris (left) presents Carolle
      and Paul Spencer with a framed photograph of Bon
      Bon Station and a history of the local area. PHOTO:
    CRAiG nORRiS. Red mallee (Eucalyptus socialis), the
     only representation of eucalyptus found on Bon Bon
    Station Reserve. unnamed salt lake, Bon Bon Station
                  Reserve, SA. PHOTOS: GLen nORRiS.
          Below: Aerial view of Bon Bon Station Reserve
             homestead, SA. PHOTO: HuGH PRinGLe.




    Changing of the guard at Bon Bon Station Reserve
    Bush Heritage acquired Bon Bon Station Reserve in May 2008. Since September 2008,
    volunteer caretakers Paul and Carolle Spencer have been living and working on the
    reserve, putting in a huge effort to upgrade infrastructure. In early October, Glen Norris
    was appointed as Bon Bon’s first full-time Reserve Manager, continuing and building on
    the Spencer’s work.

    P    rior to joining Bush Heritage, i was
         involved in the telecommunications
    and civil earthmoving industries. i began as
                                                               has also been extremely satisfying to
                                                               be able to apply this in the context of
                                                                                                          fast-track a lot of infrastructure projects
                                                                                                          so we can focus more of our efforts on
                                                               biodiversity conservation.                 protecting the remarkable conservation
    an operator of heavy plant and machinery                                                              values of the property.
                                                               in my previous role as national
    and then moved into project management
    roles on various metropolitan, rural and                   Operations Officer, i was directly         i’d like to take this opportunity to thank
    often remote projects. You don’t hear                      involved in managing Bon Bon Station       Paul and Carolle Spencer on behalf
    about many ‘dozer-driving greenies’,                       Reserve since its acquisition, so as       of Bush Heritage. They have made an
    however this background has been                           you can imagine, i was excited to be       extraordinary commitment to Bon Bon
    useful in informing the way Bush                           appointed to the Reserve Manager           Station Reserve and the organisation by
    Heritage manages conservation and                          position. We are currently still in the    donating more than a year of their time
    infrastructure projects in the field. it                   establishment phase, and i am looking to   as on-site volunteer caretakers. ■




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Bon Bon: the early days
Paul spencer describes the ups and downs of life on Bon Bon Station Reserve

C    arolle and i were delighted to be
     asked to be interim managers at Bon
Bon Station Reserve in South Australia
                                                   Although the homestead and the other
                                                   accommodation buildings were in
                                                   reasonable condition when we arrived,
                                                                                                       times we arrived home a lot later than
                                                                                                       was expected. On one occasion, bad
                                                                                                       map interpretation and failing light led
in mid-2008. On arrival at the reserve we          there were some problems with water                 us astray. Finally we saw lights in the
were not disappointed. The country varied          pressure (taking a shower was a dry                 distance, and were surprised and then
from beautifully sculpted western myalls           experience), lighting and air conditioning.         absolutely delighted when we realised
and mulga to saltbush and a variety of             These things became a priority with                 we were at Kingoonya Pub. We got
smaller plants and grasses. Springtime             summer approaching. even with a sealed              home late that night!
also showed us that flowers and blossoms           highway running through the property,
                                                   the reserve is remote, and getting                  Bon Bon Station Reserve is the third
are very much a part of the picture and,
to our delight, Sturt’s desert peas were           tradesmen to come has been a little                 reserve that Carolle and i have served
abundant in some areas. The landscape              difficult. However, all was done in due             on; ethabuka in the Simpson Desert
changes from rich red sand with low                course, and Bon Bon Station Reserve                 and eurardy in the Western Australian
dunes to gibber plains and rocky ranges            now has a very comfortable residence.               wildflower area were the other two. To
that in turn open onto watercourses and            exploring the property was at times                 say which is ‘best’ is not possible as all
magnificent salt lakes. Throw in the roos,         a challenge: many tracks were either                three are different and have their own
emus, lizards and a variety of desert              non-existent or overgrown and                       special and unique features that have
birds, and Bon Bon Station Reserve is              not discernible. each of our early                  made them a delight to look after. ■
an attractive area to care for.                    excursions was an adventure. A few




Above, left to right: Carolle and Paul Spencer pictured at Bon Bon Station Reserve. PHOTO: CRAiG nORRiS. A southern hairy-nosed wombat and joey at
Bon Bon, caught on one of Bush Heritage’s infra-red cameras in October 2009. PHOTO: BuSH HeRiTAGe. Sturt’s desert pea growing at Bon Bon Station
Reserve, SA. PHOTO: STeVe HeGGie.

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    Family of Hazel and Jack Cowell donated
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                                              T  he famous naturalist Charles Darwin once said that his only regret in life
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                                                                                            Left to right: Fires threatening Carnarvon Station


Fire on Bush Heritage reserves
                                                                                                  Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: STeVe PROTHeRO.
                                                                                                   intensely burnt forest on Carnarvon Station
                                                                                                        Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: CATHY ZWiCK


There have been several recent wildfires on Bush Heritage
reserves in Queensland, as the fire season gets underway.

B    oth Goonderoo Reserve and
     Carnarvon Station Reserve have
seen fire activity over the last few
                                              Evaluating wildfire and fire management
                                              at Carnarvon Station Reserve
                                                                                           Preliminary excursions indicate the
                                                                                           brigalow scrub has not been affected, but
                                                                                           some areas of fire-sensitive lancewood
                                              On Wednesday 23 September, under
months, and staff and neighbours have         difficult fire weather conditions, a         have been burnt. in many places the fire
put in massive efforts fighting the fires.    wildfire crossed the southern boundary       intensity was cool enough to spare small
                                              of Carnarvon Station Reserve heading         saplings. We are yet to access the more
Prescribed or controlled burns and the                                                     intensely burnt areas, as there is a lot of
                                              in a north-easterly direction. An all-day,
reinstatement of firebreaks across both                                                    track clearing to do before that is possible.
                                              all-night effort by Bush Heritage staff,
properties earlier in the year helped
                                              pastoral neighbours and Queensland           Once the spring fires have come to an
to contain the fires, and back-burning
                                              Rural Fire Service volunteers managed        end and the summer rains have begun,
activities during the fires reduced fire
                                              to limit its extent, thanks to an early      we can start to evaluate the success
intensity and subsequent impact on
vegetation and wildlife.                      decision to back-burn from existing          of landscape-scale fire management
                                              firebreaks and maintain these                activities. The impact of wildfires will also
Thanks to our neighbours at                   containment lines.                           be taken into account in our future fire
Goonderoo Reserve                                                                          management plans.
                                              Spring fires form part of the active
On 24 August a fire started on the            management of the fire ecology of the        Carnarvon Station Reserve is just one of
highway between emerald and                   reserve. However, we prefer them to          many properties affected by this wildfire
Springsure, up against the reserve                                                         in the region. A further 300 000 ha of
                                              occur in conditions where they can be
boundary. The reserve’s volunteer                                                          country south of Carnarvon have also
                                              managed by staff with reasonable effort
caretakers were off-site, but neighbours                                                   been affected, a figure that emphasises
                                              and not fought in a situation of urgency
arrived very quickly and put in a huge                                                     the scale and nature of fire management
                                              and higher risk.
effort to contain the fire. We’d especially                                                in this environment.
like to thank our agistor, Shannon            The 23 000 ha of country affected
Bodiam, neighbours Hugo Spooner               by this September wildfire burnt at a        The photos of the effects of wildfire
and Vic Roffey, the Rural Fire Service        range of intensities. An initial post-fire   remind us of the need to continue active
and their volunteers, and Tony Sullivan,      assessment showed that many areas            fire management, especially following
                                              had burnt at lower intensity, more closely   long wet seasons, which dramatically
the local fire warden. With the help of
                                              resembling a controlled burn. This           increase the fuel loads. ■
more than twenty people, the fire was
contained. Around 100 ha were burnt,          result is again due to the back-burning      Murray Haseler, Dave Whitelaw,
but the fire-sensitive brigalow largely       operations undertaken by firefighters on     Cathy Zwick and Chris Wilson
escaped intact.                               the ground on the first night of the fire.   contributed to this article.

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     From the CEO                                       underway. This campaign has a target
                                                        of $44 million to be raised by 30 June
                                                                                                           Wilson and partner Alison – as well as
                                                                                                           neighbours, volunteers, contractors and
     There aren’t many dull moments at                  2011. With new philanthropy staff                  the Queensland Rural Fire Service –
     Bush Heritage, and the last few months             recently joining the team, we’re well              the extent of the fire may have been
     have kept pace with this trend. As the             placed to focus on building the support            considerably worse. On this note, our
     recent period of financial uncertainty has         of individuals, trusts and foundations and         thanks go to all our volunteers across
     begun to ebb, a fresh sense of optimism            corporate donors.
                                                                                                           the country who help us in so many
     for the future is steadily building. Our           Among these positive movements, we                 ways to achieve our conservation goals.
     Annual Financial Report and Annual                 were also reminded that conservation
     Conservation Report for 2009, both                                                                    Finally, the AGM in november saw the
                                                        happens at the behest of nature when a
     released in november, show a good                  fire on a neighbouring pastoral property           end of an era for the organisation. After
     outcome despite a challenging year. in             escaped onto Carnarvon Station                     completing three highly successful
     choosing to batten down the hatches and            Reserve in late September. i had driven            terms as President of the Board, Phillip
     curb the pace of our growth in the current         through the Carnarvon Ranges just a                Toyne made way for Louise Sylvan to
     financial year, we have survived the               week before the fires at Carnarvon, and            take over the chair. Louise is supported
     past twelve months and are immensely               i can vouch that conditions were hot, dry          by the appointment of Andy Myer
     grateful for the loyalty of our supporters.        and airless.                                       who replaced Steve Morton as Vice
     With a continued focus on our                      About one-third of the reserve was                 President. With a continuing strong and
     conservation goals for this year and               burnt when gusty winds drove the                   dedicated Board, Bush Heritage will
     beyond, Phase ii of our Anchors in the             fire through the property. Had it not              move forward the legacy of Phillip’s
     Landscape Campaign – the financial                 been for the dedicated efforts of                  vision and his longstanding passion for
     platform for our strategic plan – is well          our reserve staff, Cathy Zwick, Chris              and commitment to the organisation.


     changes on the Board                               We are pleased to welcome Louise
                                                        Sylvan as new President of the Board.
     Phillip Toyne completed his Board term
                                                        Louise is a Commissioner with the
     and almost nine years as President in
                                                        Productivity Commission. She is
     november 2009, and i would like to                                                                    Doug Humann, CEO
                                                        the former Chief executive of the
     acknowledge the enormous contribution
                                                        Australian Consumers Association,
     that he has made to Bush Heritage over
                                                        and is a former Deputy Chair of the
     that time. He is one of Australia’s most
                                                        Australian Competition and Consumer
     distinguished environmentalists and has a
                                                        Commission (ACCC). Louise has also
     deep personal commitment to indigenous
                                                        been an active supporter of Bush
     engagement. These two threads have
                                                        Heritage Australia for more than a
     underpinned Phillip’s successful efforts
                                                        decade, and i am looking forward
     in encouraging Bush Heritage’s strategic
                                                        to working with Louise in her new
     expansion. With his characteristic
                                                        role as we strive to achieve Bush
     mix of confidence, optimism, humour,
                                                        Heritage’s goals.
     pragmatism and realism, he has led with                                                                Louise Sylvan, new
     distinction one of the best not-for-profit         For more details on Louise Sylvan and               President of the
                                                                                                            Board. PHOTO:
     boards about. it has been inspirational            Andy Myer, see www.bushheritage.                    BuSH HeRiTAGe.
     and exciting to work with Phillip.                 org.au/louise_sylvan.html.




     Above, left to right: Carnarvon grasslands. PHOTO: DAnnY Yee. Redneck wallaby at Carnarvon Station Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR.

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                                                                                          Above, left to right: Black swans on Salty Lagoon,
Getting involved                                                                          Friendly Beaches Reserve, Tas. Wedge-tailed eagle
                                                                                               at edgbaston Reserve, Qld. PHOTOS: WAYne
Current opportunities for getting involved with Bush Heritage,                           LAWLeR/eCOPiX. Bird survey group at Goonderoo
                                                                                                   Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: BuSH HeRiTAGe.
either as a visitor or a volunteer, are listed below.
Guided tours                                 Carnarvon Station Reserve, Qld. Friday      equipment. Nearest town: Boulia,
We offer guided visits to some of            16–Monday 19. Join the Reserve              124 km. No. of places: 13. Cost: $750
our reserves, although places are            Manager on a four-day tour of the key       supporters/$850 non-supporters.
limited – so please book early to avoid      features of this iconic reserve. Format:
disappointment. Guests are expected          Accommodation in the reserve                Please refer to our website,
to make their own way to the reserves.       homestead and all meals provided.           www.bushheritage.org.au/getting_
To ensure your donations are used            4WD convoy tour with short walks            involved_visit for a full list of visitation
for conservation work rather than on         through tracks or over rocky terrain.       opportunities for 2010.
arranging guided tours, we charge an         Requirements: A medium level of
amount based on cost recovery, which         fitness. Strictly high-clearance 4WD        Self-guided camping
enables us to maintain the visitor           to reserve. Nearest town: Augathella,       For those who are self-sufficient in their
program. Fees are listed below. Please       200 km. No. of places: 16. Cost: $450       own high-clearance 4WD, camping is
await confirmation of your booking           supporters/$550 non-supporters.             available at Carnarvon Station Reserve,
before making payments. upcoming trips       May 2010: Charles Darwin Reserve,           Qld and Charles Darwin Reserve, WA
include the following.                       WA. Friday 21–Monday 24. Visit the          from start April to end September each
March 2010: Friendly Beaches Reserve,        property which has been conserved           year. Campers need to be totally self-
Tas. Saturday 13, 10am–4pm. Join our         in the name of one of the world’s           sufficient with their own camping, vehicle
Tasmanian Reserve Manager or ecologist       most influential naturalists – Charles      maintenance and safety equipment,
on a tour of one of our oldest properties,   Darwin. Format: Accommodation in            food and rations, due to the remoteness
located on the Freycinet Peninsula.          the reserve homestead and all meals         of the reserve. There will be limited
Format: 2WD access to meeting point          provided. 4WD convoy tour with short        contact with reserve staff. Bookings are
for morning tea and then 8–10 km of          walks through tracks or over rocky          essential. up to 8 people with maximum
beach and track walking. Requirements:       terrain. Requirements: A medium             4 vehicles permitted per booking. Cost:
A medium level of fitness. BYO packed        level of fitness. Strictly high-clearance   $40 per vehicle for supporters/$100 per
lunch. Own transport to reserve.             4WD to reserve. Nearest town: Wubin,        vehicle for non-supporters per week.
Nearest town: Coles Bay, 18 km. No. of       80 km. No. of places: 16. Cost: $500
places: 20. Cost: $30 supporters/$40         supporters/$600 non-supporters.             Self-guided day trips
non-supporters.                              June 2010: Cravens Peak Reserve,            You can visit some of our smaller and
April 2010: Reedy Creek Reserve, Qld.        Qld. Wednesday 9–Sunday 13. Join            less remote reserves on a self-guided
Saturday 10, 9.30am–12.30pm. Visit           the Reserve Manager in exploring the        day trip. Reserves include: Currumbin
the reserve and adjacent beach to hear       reserve’s rippled sand dunes and gibber     Valley Reserve, Qld; Liffey River Reserve,
about Bush Heritage’s involvement in         plains. Format: Accommodation in the        Tas; Chereninup Creek Reserve and
the community-based loggerhead and           reserve homestead on the first and last     Kojonup Reserve, WA.
green turtle breeding program. Format:       nights, camping in between. Breakfasts      Please note that bookings are
2WD access and wander through                and dinners provided. 4WD convoy tour       essential for all visits to our reserves.
reserve to beach. Requirements: A            over high sand dunes with short walks       For more information or to book
low level of fitness. Own transport to       through tracks or over rocky terrain.       your place on any of the tours listed
reserve. Nearest town: Agnes Water,          Requirements: A medium level of             above, please contact us on 1300
4 km. No. of places: 20. Cost: $10           fitness. Strictly high-clearance 4WD        NATURE (1300 628 873) or email
supporters/$15 non-supporters.               to reserve. BYO lunches and camping         visits@bushheritage.org.au.

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Volunteering opportunities
Interested in volunteering, volunteer opportunities or learning more
about the experiences of Bush Heritage’s volunteers? Why not
subscribe to V-News, our biannual volunteer newsletter?
Phone us on 1300 NAtURE (1300 628 873) or email
info@bushheritage.org.au to be added to our email list for V-News.
NovEMBER                                                     MAY
Where: Chingarrup partnership property,                      Where: nardoo Hills reserves, Vic
south-west WA                                                Project: Volunteer working bee. Weed control
Who: 1–3 volunteer rangers.                                  and maintenance of plantings.
Project: Support the ecological Outcomes                     When: Weekend, dates yet to be announced.
Monitoring program. A rare opportunity to be
                                                             Requirements: Moderate fitness for outdoor
involved in a mammal survey.
                                                             activities, bending, lifting, carrying and walking
When: 23–27 november.                                        over uneven terrain.
Requirements: essential: happy to camp
on-site; enthusiasm and self-reliance in the                 JUNE
field; willing to start before dawn. Preferred:
experience in small animal trapping or bird                  Where: nardoo Hills reserves, Vic
surveying.                                                   Project: Volunteer working bee. Weed control
                                                             and maintenance of plantings.
DECEMBER                                                     When: Weekend, dates yet to be announced.
Where: eurardy Reserve, WA                                   Requirements: Moderate fitness for outdoor
Who: 2 volunteer caretakers.                                 activities, bending, lifting, carrying and walking
Project: Relieve staff; carry out basic                      over uneven terrain.
maintenance of reserve infrastructure and
handle communications and enquiries. A rare
opportunity to experience remote living in a place
of rugged beauty and high conservation value.
When: 2–4 weeks, dates to be confirmed.
Requirements: essential: previous Bush
Heritage volunteering or work experience (or a
Bush Heritage referee); current driver’s licence;                            Right, top to bottom: Stabbing wheel
tolerance of hot conditions; demonstrated ability                           cactus at the nardoo Hills reserves, Vic.
to follow safety guidelines and operate with                                PHOTO: David Baker-Gabb. Volunteers
limited supervision. Preferred: Senior First Aid;                          removing horehound at the nardoo Hills
4WD experience.                                                               reserves, Vic. PHOTO: Bush Heritage.



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