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Working Bee

Went down to Stromlo for the Working Bee on Sunday. This is the area where the old trails used to be, which were destroyed in the fires of 2002 and 2003. The latter also destroyed the observatory atop Mount Stromlo. Because it was apparently grossly under-insured, it could not be rebuilt but the Australian National University has recently opened a new facility on the mountain. As for the trails, some 45 km of single track is being built by CORC. Personally, I'm still having a hard time with the idea of trails without trees. Work is done initially by machine and then finished by volunteers working with hand tools, mostly these ones that are a combination of a rake and a hoe. This is what you'd call hard work. The trail is cut about one metre wide, the vegetation on rocks are removed and the ground raked over. Rain is then required to bond the surface. There isn't much of that this year though.

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