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Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand


Volunteer caretakers at Cape Bruny, the Bruny Island Quarantine Station, Cockle Creek and Melaleuca have all reported bumper visitor numbers during the peak holiday period.

Tony and Chris Barber, from northern Tasmania, began their placement at Melaleuca In mid-November to assist Parks and Wildlife Staff to prepare the site for summer. The visitor numbers surprised the Barbers who had volunteered at Melaleuca for the past two seasons.  They reported many day visitors, lots of large groups heading off on the South Coast Track and several solo walkers on the Port Davey Track.

“Everyone comments on how magnificent Melaleuca is,” said Tony and Chris. “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer at this site. We love it!”

Cockle Creek has had two sets of caretakers so far, this summer. Jan and Tony Feltham from Queensland, helped Parks staff with pre-season preparations.

Field officer Peter Price said: “I’ve never seen the PWS quarters look so clean. Jan and Tony have done a tremendous job of sanding and re-coating all the interior walls of the quarters. This has saved us a lot of maintenance time and effort, which is greatly appreciated.”

 Cape Bruny Lightstation volunteer caretakers Tim and Caroline Bell, from Queensland, described visitation to the site as  ‘wall to wall cars’, with an average of 120 cars per day.  

“People tell us they really enjoy how wild Cape Bruny feels and that they love taking a walk up the hill to the lighthouse or having a picnic. Most people seem to stay about an hour,” the Bells commented.

“We are glad that it goes quiet in the evening. That’s when we get to take a walk after our daily duties to enjoy the magnificent views.”

The volunteer caretaker program at Cape Bruny, the Quarantine Station, Cockle Creek and Melaleuca, operates between November and the end of April, to meet and greet PWS visitors during the summer months.

Southern Region volunteer coordinator Pip Gowen said the volunteer caretakers are passionate and a great deal of help at a really busy time of the year for rangers and field officers. 

“The efforts of our volunteers are very much appreciated,” she said.


Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand

Volunteer Jan Feltham is set to meet and greet visitors to Cockle Creek.

Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand

Volunteers Julie and Graham Myer (centre) with visiting UK travelers Kirsty and Kevin.

Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand

Ranger Shane Burgess explains the boot washdown station for volunteers Graham and Julie.

Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand

Volunteer Tony Barber tackles a job that's not for the faint hearted - cleaning a grease trap at Melaleuca.