WILDCARE Cradle Mountain Volunteers

Ron Smith Talk by Nic Haygarth Talk

2019 AGM BBQ

Phil and I have been Wildcare members since we moved to Tassie two and a half years ago. We work full-time on the north-west coast and pop up to Cradle Mountain for the occasional working bee or weekend hiking trip.
Whatever the weather or the adventure, it’s always a fantastic experience. The alpine plants, the curious currawongs, the views, and wombats, and history of the place… we feel lucky to have all this in our backyard.
In early October, the Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers group held its AGM, and to make the most of the occasion, we also enjoyed a sociable BBQ lunch, and an absorbing presentation by local historian Nick Haygarth, talking about Cradle Mountain icon, Ron Smith. Ron’s grandson Peter was there too, and filled in some parts of the story.
On the Sunday morning, a working bee was arranged, but unpleasant weather meant we had to abandon our planned track maintenance and snow-pole work and stick close to the Ranger Station. There was still quite a list of important jobs completed by 11 enthusiastic volunteers- Sally, Michael, Ralph, Jenny B, Lyndsey, Paul, Robin, Matthew, Roger, Phil and me – some pruning around the Interpretation Centre bus stop and Knyvet Falls track, clearing of loose gravel from the Enchanted Walk and maintenance inside Mt Kate hut. We heard positive comments on the day and it’s always nice to know we’re contributing a little bit to the values of the park and the enjoyment of the visitors.

This working bee/AGM weekend was extra special because it marked the start of the new RACT partnership with Wildcare, and some of us were lucky enough to be accommodated in the luxurious Cradle Mountain Hotel. Phil and I were very comfortable in our beautifully appointed room with a view over the misty bush, complete with pademelons browsing quietly. The bar, excellent restaurant and friendly staff made it a memorable evening – much appreciated. Thanks RACT, it’s great to have your support for the work of Wildcare!
Iona Flett and Phil Hrstich