The task ahead

In the July school holidays 13 intrepid Bush Ranger cadets and their instructors from Rossmoyne Senior High School made the long trip to Millstream National Park near Karratha to give National Park Rangers a helping hand. They spent most of their time immersed in the water of Jirndawurrunha Pool removing the invasive weeds; water lillies and Indian water fern. When they did venture on to dry land it was to remove passion vine and date palm fronds.

Senior Ranger Neil Brougham said: “the kids and teachers ended up doing a heap of work and overall it was a very pleasing camp…we hope to see another group return next year. The Millstream Quiz on the final night is always lots of fun.”

It wasn’t all hard work, the cadets did manage some rest and recreation; Unit Leader Wendy Corrick said “On two afternoons Ranger Neil escorted us to two other beautiful swimming holes; Deep Reach Pool and Python Pool. The kids particularly enjoyed the swim at Deep Reach Pool. Another highlight was spotlighting and catching moths at night.”

The Millstream Camp is one of three Reward Camps coordinated by Bush Rangers within Parks and Wildlife; the others are at Perup Field Ecology Centre and Shark Bay. According to Bush Rangers coordinator Richard Olive: “Not every teenager wants to spend half their school holidays neck-deep in a spider infested swamp; but these cadets have had an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

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Collecting weeds on the shore with Ranger Neil

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The pile of weeds

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A cleaner pool