Two Thumbs Helping Hand
Two Thumbs WildLife Trust (Koala Rehabilitation) at Peak View NSW (about 2hrs from Canberra) was severely impacted by the January bushfires. This trip is providing an opportunity for club members to assist with some reconstruction and cleanup work around the sanctuary.
- construct the wombat enclosure – priority – this will be done using old roller doors which will be removed from the rollers and the panels stood sideways in a trench and then bolted together. James has already organised for the trench to be dug, so we will be dismantling the doors and then bolting the various panels together to form the walls
- fence removal – there are a several kilometres of old rusty wire fence that James would like removing. This will require cutting and rolling of the wire (some barbed wire) and removal of the star pickets
- miscellaneous – depending on numbers, progress on other tasks and time, there may be other tasks to do but that will be ‘made up as we go along’
The idea is to make it a leisurely and fun week and not to drive everyone like Egyptian Slaves, but at the same time to achieve as much as we can.
Camping – there is plenty of space/places to camp, but if we can stay in a central area it will make coordinating things easier. There is a shower and toilet available, but if you can be self sufficient with food and drinking water for your time there it would be appreciated. We can have a communal campfire, but due to Covid perhaps we shouldn’t be having a shared Happy Hour. There is a swimming hole that we can drive to (about 3 minutes away) that is hopefully still safe after all the rain, so if you feel like a dip….
Wet Weather – if it rains the plan to ride it out and press on depending on how wet – hopefully won’t be wet all week. Bring a hat and sun-block, and clothes for all weathers.
Tools – if you can bring your standard toolkit (spanners etc) that you would (might) normally carry in your vehicle they may be useful for some of the wombat enclosure tasks. If we do any fencing then a pair of safety glasses may also be useful. And work gloves for hand protection. If anyone has some battery powered drills or rattle guns and can bring them it would also make pulling apart the roller doors and then bolting them together for the wombat enclosure easier. We should have access to a generator so can recharge as necessary (as long as you bring the charger). Some drill bits may also be useful.
Location – Two Thumbs is at Peak View. According to Google the quickest way from Williamsdale (just south of Canberra) is to Bredbo, left on Jerangle road ~ 27km, right on Peak View road (before Jerangle) ~ 16km, right on Feeneys Rd ~ 2km (travel time from Williamsdale ~1:20). We will be monitoring channel 28 so you can give a call when you arrive to get instructions to where we are camping and gate access
You need to be self sufficient with food as the nearest shops are probably Bredbo or Cooma.
Members may come and go as they please during the week and do as little or as much as they are able. This is a great opportunity for the club to assist in the local community.
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