Kurrawonga: looking back on a year of amazing volunteering efforts

It has been a year now since I moved into Kurrawonga as the caretaker, and what a year it has been. Possibly the biggest challenge was, and still is, to accept that no matter how enthusiastic and passionate you are about a conservation property, you will never be a step ahead of the tasks at hand. Luckily I have the help of many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, and together we have achieved some great things!

Volunteers play a major part in the maintenance of Kurrawonga, and we at NGT would like to send out a huge thank you for all the hard work they have put in over the last year. Over 230 volunteering hours have gone into weed control, nest box and reptile grid installation, monitoring, surveys and lots more.

Volunteers at Kurrawonga working bee in April learning about bats from Rose.

But it isn’t all hard work! We always find plenty of time to chat and explore. Our working bees have welcomed many people; from our “regulars” to passing backpackers, families and kids. Our volunteers get to spend time with like-minded people… and also make a significant difference to our conservation property.

The next open day at Kurrawonga is this Saturday the 11th of May 2019. The gates will be open from 9 am until 3 pm. Anyone is welcome to explore and enjoy the property during that time at their leisure. The next working bee is planned for Saturday, 8th of June 2019. The June working bee will focus on fungi and the Kurrawonga night-life, so we will start later in the day. We might even find some ghost mushrooms! Send us an email if you are interested in coming along to either or both of these days.

Nicole Mojonnier