Count lyre­birds to cel­e­brate Mt Worth

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Friends of Mt Worth State Park are cel­e­brat­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the park with sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the com­ing months.

The park was first pro­claimed on May 16 1978 fol­low­ing a cam­paign over many years lead by Jack and Nancy Brooks.

Jack was a re­tired dairy farmer who be­came a keen field nat­u­ral­ist and pho­tog­ra­pher and rode his bike many days through the hills around Mt Worth.

He was keen to get lo­cal peo­ple into and un­der­stand­ing the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and started his cam­paign with a sub­mis­sion to a recre­ation study by the then Shire of War­ragul.

And so it is ap­pro­pri­ate that the first ac­tiv­ity in the cel­e­bra­tion will be a bush­walk to the less vis­ited ar­eas of the park. This will be held on Sun­day May 20 in part­ner­ship with the Strz­elecki Bush­walk­ing Club.

The walk will start from Moon­light Creek pic­nic ground to Wa­ter­fall Bower and out to Grand Ridge Road. A short bus ride will take walkers along McDon­alds Track stop­ping at the sum­mit of Mt Worth.

Walkers will re-en­ter the Park for a walk over the hill on the north­ern side of the park with val­ley views, then down to the Moon­light Creek pic­nic ground.

Places are strictly limited so book­ings must be made with Wendy Car­tledge on 5192 4036.

There will be a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in July in­clud­ing “Break­fast with the Birds” on Satur­day July 1, in­volv­ing a pre-dawn lyre­bird count and bar­be­cue break­fast in the Park.

For ad­ven­ture run­ners Sun­day July 22 will see the in­au­gu­ral “Mt Worth Trail Run” with lev­els of chal­lenge for a chil­dren and fam­ily run to a 12km “Moun­tain Chal­lenge” through the steeper trails.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties planned for later in the year in­clude a tree plant­ing day and a cit­i­zen sci­ence plan­ning work­shop, fo­cus­ing on a pro­gram to de­tect and mon­i­tor Platy­pus.

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