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ANZ North and West Business Banking—13 March 2018

March 14, 2018
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CUE Haven is looking better than ever thanks to the efforts of another energetic team of ANZ professionals.  The group spent the day doing walking track maintenance.  The team arrived at 8 and included Allan, Andrew, Daniel, Dasmeet, Elaine, Fion, Fiona, Grace, Guixia, Hamish, Kiran, Lynn, Peter, Rong, Sweata, Tegan and Thuy.

Several of the group have been out to CUE Haven before and it was great seeing old friends and meeting new people.

We got acquainted over morning tea and then Mahrukh gave an update on recent activities and plans and Thomas gave a description of the work planned for the day and a safety briefing.

The plan for the day was to do some track remediation work and we broke the group of 17 into three teams.

CUE Haven is hosting Open days this coming weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of the permanent European Settlement at Glorit.  So there was a real urgency to get the walking tracks spruced up

Two teams each went to different ends of the walking track and worked to trim away weeds and vegetation that had grown up along the track, while the third group worked on some improvements to one of the older walking tracks.

One team started trimming at the very top of the property.

This team worked on a section of track that some of the ANZ staff had built last year!

Because the track is new (and so well built!) most of the work just involved trimming weeds that were growing over the track from the sides.

The second team started trimming at the wetlands boardwalk and worked their way up.

This team encountered a variety of vegetation from flaxes and trees growing out over the track to grassy weeds.

The two teams didn’t quite join up but they both cleared a huge section of track and they’ve made it much nicer for visitors to explore and enjoy the property this weekend.

The third team worked on improving an older section of walking track.

Some sections of the track were cut into sloping ground and over time, the side walls have started to erode onto the track.  The solution was to install side retaining walls to hold the soil in place and to protect the track.  This involved lots of digging to make room for the new boards.

The team also identified some steps that were not properly aligned and dug them out and repositioned them to make the track look better and to make it easier for visitors to navigate.

Once the channels for the retaining boards were dug out, the team measured and cut the boards.

The boards were then nailed into place.

In just a few hours the team managed to fix up a long section of track—a fantastic effort!

Future teams of volunteers will lay down a layer of gravel on the track surface to make it safe to walk on in all seasons.

We very much enjoyed working with the ANZ team.  They were enthusiastic and professional, and with teamwork and creativity, accomplished a lot in just a few hours.

Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and efforts. You have made a major contribution to the CUE Haven project and your efforts will be appreciated by visitors as they walk the tracks to explore the growing native forest.

We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we look forward to having you back for a more leisurely visit with your family and friends.


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