Flora and Fauna

The amazing “Boom and Bust” cycle of the Australian environment is never more evident than in a place like Innamincka. 2011 was a “boom” cycle for water birds after the floods of 2010. Little Black Cormorants and juvenile Nankeen Night Herons littered the Coopers. Egrets, Intermediate and Great were on the banks, trees or rocks at every bend in Creek. Pelicans, of course, were there in their hundreds. The bush birds were varied, as can seen by the 2011 “Bird List”, but to the surprise of the bird-watchers only one Budgerigar was sited. Friends Birdlist July 2011 2012 saw the …

Innamincka Hotel and Trading Post

We have enjoyed many delicious meals at the Innamincka Hotel. Our 2012 working bee supported them through cleaning up all of the weeds in the allotment beside the Hotel. Management at the Hotel showed their appreciation by providing a boat-ride for the group, down the Coopers on dusk. A memorable evening! The Trading Post supplied us with very fresh salad vegetables for our BBQs and always has a supply of mouth watering Golden North ice-cream, along with many other ‘necessities’.

Community Involvement

The Friends Group also perceive their role as one of supporting the local community in any way possible. In 2011 we assisted the Innamincka Sporting Club Inc., to clean up the local race course in preparation for the annual race meeting. The floods of 2010 had left debris and silt in every building and adjoining surrounds. Our efforts were greatly appreciated by the organisers of this event. We again decided to assist in the preparation of the race course in 2012 and timed our working bee to end the day before the race meeting. It was time then to enjoy …

Innamincka Cemetery

This historic site, just on the out-skirts of Innamincka, has been sadly neglected over time. The Friends of Innamincka have spent a good deal of time in researching the actual burials at this site. This has proven to be a very difficult task as no records seem to be available. We would be very appreciative of any further information on the cemetery. In 2011 the Friends Group demolished the remains of the old fence around the cemetery and put a new one. In 2012 we spent many hours weeding and redefining the outlines around the graves. List of deaths – …

Rangers Report September 2012

Hi everyone, just wanted to give a brief overview on events since Trevor’s last update. A lot has changed in the last 4 months. As you would all know Trevor has left the department. I heard from a few locals around town that he is now driving trucks for KJM around Moomba and Ballera. I haven’t caught up with him yet but hope he is doing well. Andy Causebrook has also left the department and is now working up around Katherine for the NT Parks and Wildlife service. So in regards to staff working at Innamincka we have myself, Barrie …

Innamincka Working Bee/Field Trip – August 2012

At Innamincka on Thursday 19th August 2012,  members of The Friends of Innamincka Reserves gathered in the AIM building for a welcome and induction by our Liasion Ranger, Gavin Agius and Jessica Fuller-Smith, Graduate Ranger. After the formalities the group dispersed to start our working bee. Our tasks included:- AIM building Inside – housekeeping, sweeping, dusting, scrubbing and maintenanceOutside – weeding, pruning, dripper repairs, re-gravelling pathways, gate repairs Campsites Cleaned up campfire sites, vegetation clearance for access, erosion control, removal of flood debris.  New fence lines, replacement of broken Bollards and cabling Signage Clearance of vegetation, cleaning and some repainting, …