Thirteen members, a junior and a guest volunteered their services for the working bee at Howqua. Work started as soon as the workers arrived on Friday with Len Brown fitting a new axle to the ride on mower to allow Ross Halligan to continue his love affair with the mower for the weekend.
The main challenges were grass cutting, filling an empty woodshed, oiling the deck and painting and laying a drain across the access track to the lake and the general regular maintenance.
The filling of the woodshed was made easier with the use of David Way’s wood mechanical splitter. An estimated 15 tonnes was cut and split. Three chainsaws and a splitter. Wow!
As a result of the heavy spring rains it was evident that another drain was required to improve access to the lake for vehicles so another pipe was laid to prevent overland flow. A bit of hard yakka was required for the trench and laying of the pipe.
Sunday was a clean up day but included the removal of some mower hazard stumps.
Ross, Ken and chef John contributed to a wonderful meal and celebration of a hard days work that stretched well into the evening.
A special mention for the terrific work effort put in by the three 80 years + members Phil Treble, Les Penrose and Len Brown.