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Barrenjoey Work Bee Report & Post Fires Photos

Superstu
4/11/2013
10:45:05 PM
We have 30 volunteers along at the Barrenjoey Working Bee last weekend, and judging by the round-the-circle intro's in the morning most were rock climbers plus a number of locals who are getting interested in helping look after the park. Great to see a number from the Sydney Rockies and also a strong team from UNSW. A huge thankyou to everyone who turned up.

Smoke from fires up the coast gave us an eerie start to the morning.



We walked up smuggler's track and checked out the aftermath of the fires...







Xanthorrhoea and Lomandra are the first to spring back...



We were assured by rangers Rachael and Judy that the other natives will start to re-appear soon. The banksias have all released their hardy seed pods (they need a real good fire to release them, and they got one!).

The view from the lighthouse:



The lighthouse was saved after an apparently epic battle. The roof actually caught fire at one stage and Ranger Rachael told how they punched holes in the ceiling in some of the rooms to get water up into the roof to save the building. Imagine how intense it would be to be up there at the lighthouse, surrounded by raging fire, waiting for the next chopper run with water. Being a ranger ain't an easy job!

Looking out to the northern head and the path to the Palm Beach crag.



Time to get to work!

We collected rubbish that has appeared now that the vegetation is gone, and removed asparagus fern shoots and the remaining skerics of lantana trying to come back.











Never too young to help out!



Morning tea at the lighthouse. Most people made the trek up the tower for the views and check out all the cool little things in the museum.


Superstu
4/11/2013
10:56:24 PM
After lunch various groups headed off for a swim as it was hot work up there in the sun and the black soil.

Some of us went and played in the surf and a pod of dolphins came and joined us, way cool.

Afterwards a few of us went to check out the south west crag. It looked alright from the beach.



The track in is looking a bit different.



And the crag got quite a cooking...











This didn't seem to perturb a large group who had set up topropes all over the crag..



Unfortunately all the access tracks are buried under the ash and burnt leaves, so erosion on the way up to the cliff is now a major problem.



Encouraging signs as some native ferns return...





This regrowth is very delicate. Please do not be a f*wit and dump your pack or your arse on these little babies.



Trees on the routes are toast and there is a fine layer of soot that will take a few rainstorms to wash off.


Superstu
4/11/2013
11:00:01 PM
This is the aboriginal midden beneath Cosmic Ecology.


Superstu
4/11/2013
11:10:07 PM
NPWS Ranger Rachel Miller (responsible for Barrenjoey) was at the works day and we chatted about what to do with access to the crag considering the delicate state its in and the potential erosion & weed problems that visiting climbers will contribute to while it regenerates. She is consulting her colleagues right now regarding access but she thinks it will be OK with keeping it open so long as we keep numbers down and tread carefully. She would like to see some consolidation of a single track up to the crag, so we all don't walk around creating dozens of our own tracks. I have proposed that the next Barrenjoey works day moves its focus from weeds up top, to creating a stable single track up to the crag.

sbm
5/11/2013
9:31:25 AM
That's UNSW, not Sydney uni, Stu. I'm gonna keep pestering all of them to go to track care/bush care days, it's more productive than slacklining.

The route off the main 'tourist' track to the base of the crag is not clear at all really, and there are several pads...I think some tape or cairns might be a good thing. Maybe even a laminated note about treading lightly after the fires,.avoiding the Ikon descent gully etc.





BlankSlab
5/11/2013
11:26:19 AM
On 4/11/2013 Superstu wrote:
>NPWS Ranger Rachel Miller (responsible for Barrenjoey) was at the works
>day and we chatted about what to do with access to the crag considering
>the delicate state its in and the potential erosion & weed problems that
>visiting climbers will contribute to while it regenerates. She is consulting
>her colleagues right now regarding access but she thinks it will be OK
>with keeping it open so long as we keep numbers down and tread carefully.
>She would like to see some consolidation of a single track up to the crag,
>so we all don't walk around creating hundreds of our own tracks. I have
>proposed that the next Barrenjoey works day moves its focus from weeds
>up top, to creating a stable single track up to the crag.

Certainly is a concern if there is no real track. Im sure this crag gets visited enough to warrant a track that may reduce the errosion.
Agree with sbm though about getting out there with some marking tape and getting some track established before to many people go wondering all thorugh the area.

Good work as always Stu. Certainly putting in the good effort for the area and to have 30 people turn out is excelent.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
5/11/2013
9:16:11 PM
On 5/11/2013 Batey wrote:
>Good work as always Stu. Certainly putting in the good effort for the
>area and to have 30 people turn out is excelent.

I second that.

I have seen fires there before (in the 60's), but the area wasn't looked after then like it is now, so thanks for caring for my old stomping ground.

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