2017 Rimstone Cooperative initiated a contract to
acquire the M-3 Cave and property. The Co-op is
currently appealing for donations to help pay for it.
Details of how to donate are given below. Our target is $30,000, which
is the contract price and Rimstone is able to cover the on-costs.
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Ack: Daryl Carr
You can assist with the purchase
with a small (tax deductible) donation. See Shades
of Death cave Appeal details below.
A little history about M-3 Cave
The cave is situated
15 km North of Buchan just north of the Murrindal School House on the
Buchan-Gelantipy Road. It is also known as Murrindal Moon Cave but the
Shades-of-Death name goes back to Henham and Moon who first explored
the cave in 1906.
Shades-of-Death was developed as a Show
Cave from the 1960’s. It was initially developed by Jack McMahon, an
Orbost engineer, and three cavers (Graham Shaw, Geoff Rebbechi and
Warren Kennedy). Geoff Rebbechi and Graham Shaw operated the cave for
tourist visits during school holidays for many years. In the 1990s it
was operated by Geoff’s brother Dennis Rebbechi and his wife Carol, and
Kim and John Van Dyk kept it open for visitors after Dennis and Carol
moved to Queensland.
The cave has an entrance gate, built
stairways and a lighting system. Geoff Rebbechi now solely owns the
cave. The entrance is on an allotment of 0.4 ha, fenced with several
sheds. Geoff Rebbechi is concerned that the cave and property needs to
be well looked after in the future, which is why Rimstone Cooperative
is purchasing the cave and property.
Shades-of-Death Cave Appeal - You can
more details about the funding appeal, and how you can help to own a
piece of important speleo property and help ensure it is well looked
after into the future. There are several ways you can donate. You
the Funding Appeal Details and Form
are several ways you can assist with tax deductible donations. Download
and save the Appeal Form, and choose your donation method. You
can complete the details in the form on your
computer (or tablet or smartphone), save the updated changes, then send
the form to the address quoted on the form.