CVA helps construct Botanic Garden visitor pathways

Saturday 21 May 2011 and at 9.30 the start of a wonderful day at the STEP site, National Arboretum Canberra, in the glorious autumn sunshine. A bunch of conservation volunteers were driven on site in the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) van by Tim Harvey.

They brought enormous energy and their spirit of adventure to our STEP Project. Together we constructed the first two visitor pathways for our botanic garden.

About 20 cubic metres of mulch was loaded into the five STEP wheel barrows and then dumped along the 200 metres of weed matting. The STEP working bee the previous Thursday laid the weed matting with the irrigation pipe under it.

Lee Pearson, Fulbright Scholar Program, ANU; Drew English, Managing Director CVA; John Feint the Environment Commissioner for Scouts; and Boyd McCarron ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management; who came to join in the activity and find out what synergies their organisations may have with the STEP vision.

Some great ideas were kicked around while the construction work hummed along to an early finish about 2.30 pm.

Thanks also to new STEP members Paul and Mary Harris who enjoyed their first STEP work experience.

Thanks also to the STEP crew: David and Lainie Shorthouse and Tony Lawson.

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