CENTRAL QUEENSLAND KOALA VOLUNTEERS
WINTER 2005 NEWSLETTER
QUEENSLAND KOALA VOLUNTEERS MISSION
CQ Koala Volunteers seek the conservation of the koala and other
tree living mammals in Central Queensland by
The Central Queensland Koala Volunteers are not about stopping development. They seek to encourage planned development, which allows for the co-existence of koalas and other tree living mammals with human activity.
Funds are used to buy equipment for the researchers, to fund volunteer field teams and provide limited support for animal carers. Donations may also be made to the Koala Research Centre of Central Queensland and are tax deductible.
Direct correspondence and newsletter contributions to:
or call Denise on 0749309944 and leave a message.
|Walking in Northern Spain|
I spent the month of May on a walking tour in Northern Spain, except for six days in London where I enjoyed the parks and gardens in Spring weather, The Lion King and a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – 'The Woman in White'.
My real delight was walking in the high areas of Northern Spain which is the green area of the country. We covered the areas of Picos de Europa, Ordesa/Monte Perdido and Aiges Tortes National Parks in the Pyrenees. These areas featured magnificent gorges up to 1 000 metres deep with wonderful waterfalls, lakes high up in the mountains, great mountains of limestone and granite. Our highest climb was to 2 000 metres through meadows with wonderful wild flowers peeping through the melting snow. There were still large patches of unmelted snow. In the limestone country we saw Ibex, an animal like a goat with horns that spiral above their heads. In the grassy meadows we saw Chamois and Marmots frolicking in the spring weather, with eagles flying overhead and small birds singing in the bushes.
The group walked 10 km of the St.James Way Pilgrimage which covers 900 kms from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrims can receive a certificate if they complete 100 kms. There is free accommodation along the way and in 2004, the pilgrims who completed 100 kms numbered 200 000. St James' ashes are held in a silver casket in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela where pilgrims are greeted.
On an Aussie note, there are thousands of Eucalyptus trees which are used in paper making. I did see two koalas, mother and babe in a San Sebastin Jewellers – diamond studded with jet stone eyes – the price tag – 2 500 Eu (around Aus $4 000) .My holiday was another wonderful experience and I am grateful to have good health to take on such adventures.
My Memories of Ros Beasley
I first met Ros on St Bees, our very first koala trip to the island. She was an energetic, vibrant, creative lady whose mind moved faster than mine and a lady who did not let conditions get in her way. Those who were there will remember how tough going it was, exploring over the rugged dense terrain and how delightful it was to tally up the wildlife we'd come to meet
I'll never forget the day when Ros and I were sitting on the slope of the knoll on St Bees, when she suggested that I go over to London to look after the house whilst her family came out to visit.
This conversation was to lead to a most wonderful three month adventure. Back on the mainland, I visited Ros at Emu Park several times to chat and plan my house sitting. Her energy pushed me along to finally get around to do something I had wanted to do for decades – I, being both terrified but excited, Ros enthused me all the way.
I have many memories of gathering with family, in a cove north of Main Beach, just down from her house and studio. I delighted in sharing an afternoon at one of Ros' BBQ's. Her handcrafted clay cooking pot was broken through popular use, but once Ros fitted it together again we enjoyed tasty snags on this cold breezy special day
I met family, on St Bees,
I met more family on the beach back home.
I met more family at fundraising events
I met her partner.
And, then I met even more family overseas!!
I came to love that family, thinking of them often, even though the distances and time restricted contact.
Ros' spirit will live on in them and in all who have known her
A Tribute to Ros Beasley
All people connected with the Arts and in later years with the Koala Research Volunteers were saddened to hear of the passing of Ros Beasley in late April this year after a short illness.
My association with Ros was through the Exhibition 'Arts in the Wilderness'. Ros was the driving force behind this exhibition which went to London in October,1997.
her enthusiasm and encouragement the small group of artists who had spent
ten days painting the landscape of Idalia National Park put together an
exhibition which was finally hung in Queensland House in London. This
was to help create an awareness overseas of the work done by the Central
Queensland Koala Research Centre.
Ros' efforts were greatly appreciated by the artists concerned. She had spent a great deal of her time and resources contacting the people who were connected with environmental matters and who had connections and influences in positions she thought may benefit the Koala Research both in Australia and overseas. We felt the attendance at the Opening and throughout the exhibition was an indication of the interest created by Ros in our Central Queensland Koalas.