Our Workers.

local volunteers

Local Volunteers

Local Volunteers are the cornerstone of our activities. Since they live locally, they not only participate in the regular meets, but can take advantage of days, or of a few spare hours here and there, whenever the weather is suitable (generally, but not always, it is too hot during the summer months).

They maintain the equipment, can provide transport for visitors, and are always ready to host a BBQ after a morning's work. And then there is the paperwork! Writing grant applications, reports, meetings with stakeholders, keeping accounts and records etc etc.

Mutual Obligation Volunteers. We have been very fortunate in recent years to have been supported by several excellent people working under the Federal Governments Mutual Obligation Volunteer scheme. Training has been provided to new recruits through NPWS and SWRDC members. Their work has provided a significant boost to the scope and effectiveness of the overall weed control program in the area.


Abseilers ready to go

Contractors provide many benefits. Where possible we employ contractors to support the work undertaken by volunteers.

Contractors undertake work which requires special skills such as spray application of herbicide or the use of abseiling equipment in locations where access is difficult.

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Dinner Time!

Visting Volunteers. A Visiting Volunteers program was set up in 2007 to help boost our numbers and give people who live outside our area the opportunity to come to this special part of the coast. Accommodation can usually be provided free of charge by the owners of Arakoon house, in exchange for undertaking 4-5 hours per day weed control activities within the Hat Head National Park.

The program has been successful in boosting our hours worked, with many volunteers making repeat visits.

One week is set aside during each of the cooler months of April to September: both groups and individuals are welcome. The week is usually the fourth week of the month, to coincide with the regular monthly working day. Tasks can be chosen to suit the volunteer's capabilities and experience. Work areas available range from easily accessible flat areas to steeper gullies reachable via the various walking tracks. Training is provided, and work tools are supplied. With just four hours work in the morning, there is plenty of afternoon time for recreation and relaxing.

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Arakoon House


Arakoon House was built in the late 1800's. It can accommodate up to 16 people in four comfortable self-contained apartments and is set in a beautiful garden. The wide verandahs all around are perfect for an evening drink. Short walks take you to Little Bay beach or Trial Bay Jail, and the SWR town is 5 minutes away by car.


Check out the schedule on the calendar: if you would like to participate but the dates do not suit you, it may still be possible to make a special arrangement.