Saturday 8 March 2008
Leader: Phil Gibbons
Phil kept us entertained with stories about local families and the history of the area.
We travelled along the back roads and stopped at interesting vegetation along the route.
Our select group 11 people travelled in three cars in an area that was once a swamp but has been drained for farmland.
Kanagaroo Inn. We stopped for a cuppa near the Kangaroo Inn Settlement School and looked at the remains of the inn. The walls were over 30cm thick. The inn and the school have an interesting history.
Beachpoort. We stopped for lunch at Beachport on the beach and a few of us walked along the old jetty. It also has an interesting history.
Woakwine Cutting. On the way back we stopped at the Woakwine cutting. What an incredible engineering feat, and completed in only three years! It was accomplished by two men using a small bulldozer, a road plough and scoop, to cart the soil out at each end of the hill/mountain. The mind boggles at the cost of such a job in manpower, technology, machinery and money – not to mention wrangling/fighting of government bodies, studies for this, and the other thing, aboriginal land titles, ”greenies”, and the prohibitive cost of the public liability etc in 2008. Not likely that it would never get off the ground (or into the ground).
Grace and I were fortunate to travel with Joylene and Phil, who kept us informed and entertained along the way.
I have been a farmer all my life and seeing such a wide range of various types of farming in other areas is most interesting, especially when we travelled with two walking encyclopedias.
Few birds were seen, no doubt because of the heat and shortage of water. Bool lagoon and other areas were very dry. The birds seen or heard include
|Fan-tailed Cuckoo (h)
New Holland Honeyeater
All in all, it was a great day. Especially thanks to Joylene and Phil for making it so.
Nance Foley (Mid-Murray Field Nats)