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Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island


Tracks were cleared and the island’s home airstrip improved during a week-long working bee by the North West Walking Club, Parks staff and the island’s managers.

The 10 walking club volunteers were flown to the island, courtesy of two of the volunteers, Billie Hicks and Lesleigh Griffin, who own their own plane and organized the flight with the Wynyard Aero Club.

Rangers Andrea Henderson from the Leven Field Centre and Peter Hefferon from the Stanley Field Centre, coordinated the working bee with the island’s managers, John and Beverly O’Brien, and the walking club.  The O’Briens operate Three Hummock Island Accommodation. They provided essential equipment such as the tractor, slasher and chainsaws, while PWS provided additional chainsaws, a polesaw and loppers.  

Andrea said the O’Briens were very grateful for the assistance and were amazed at the amount of work accomplished by 14 people, in comparison to that achieved by just the two of them.

The works program cleared more than 11km of tracks and improved the seaward approach on the island’s home airstrip.

“It was the first time the northern track to Mermaids Bay had been cleared for at least 15 years, opening up the track the northern airstrip, which was historically used to fly mutton birds from the island. Hopefully it may become an annual event and we can return next year with our catch cry of ‘Mermaids Bay or bust!’,” Andrea said.

The group also enjoyed seeing in flower, the rare Three Hummock Island orchid (Prasophyllum atratum), which is listed as critically endangered. The orchid’s only known location is on the island’s main airstrip. Check out some great images of the orchid on Three Hummock Island Accommodation Facebook page here.

The Three Hummock Island State Reserve is part of the Fleurieu Group, in the far North-Western corner of Tasmania. The island is approximately 10kms in diameter with more than 26km of vehicle and walking tracks.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island

North West Walking Club volunteers Pete Purcell, Greg Clarke, Richard Muir Wilson and John Gillette take a break from track clearing.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island

A well-earned lunch break on the track.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island

Twins Billie Hicks and Lesleigh Griffin (at front on the steps) transported the group to the island in their own plane.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island

A group of the volunteers, island managers and Parks staff at the airstrip.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island

The view from South Hummock to the homestead and Hunter Island.