Collins Bonnet – All Finished

Peter starting the chainsawing of the tree down over the Collins Bonnet track


15 December 2015

The Collins Bonnet track clearing project has now been completed, all within the year. It commenced in March 2015 on the lower 1.1 kilometre section, from the junction with the Collins Cap track, and gradually we worked up the steep slope in June and November with the final bit done on this December day. A terrific effort to be finished in 4 days. Another day was spent (April 2015) above the East West Firetrail rerouting the track to avoid wet, muddy sections.

This final day included cutting through a large tree over the track, and we got a demonstration of how challenging it was to get over when a Hobart Walking Club party arrived and many of the party struggled with the task. Peter from PWS put in a mighty effort cutting through what proved to be a very difficultly aligned trunk. Meanwhile much further up the track the group managed to make a really good job of clearing back the track with all the work finished before a late lunch.

In a year or so we will do a walk through just to keep the track in good order.


Tree sawn through Collins Bonnet Track


Site of the old hut and the end of the track clearing, above this point it is still in good order and doesn’t need immediate attention.

Track after cutting December 2015


Lunch time


There is an album which includes a few more photos, click the image below.


Collins Bonnet December 2015

It seems never ending – Goats Hills Erica

Tuesday 1 December 2015

We have been going up to a bushland site at Goat Hills for 12 years removing the dastardly weed, Erica lusitanica (Spanish Heath) and, whilst it seems a never ending task, considerable progress has been made.  On this visit the plants being removed were mostly small, but there were still pockets of somewhat taller 2-3 year-old bushes often tucked away within grasses, sags and other native vegetation. 
It is a nice bit of bush to work in and getting there was made easier by Hannah from Glenorchy Council and Ben the Wellington Park ranger driving us to the site.  That wasn’t the only bonus today, because we were treated to jostaberry cake from Allison and lemon cake from Sue. But it was the last time working with Hannah who is about to commence maternity leave and we wish her well.

Group at Goat Hills Ted, Allison, Rob, John, Hannah, Adrian, Greg B & Greg K