Creek Cave - Background
Cooperative has for 38 years
owned and operated Homeleigh in Buchan as an accommodation house for
its members, their friends and families. Rimstone
is a Community Advancement Society with speleological aims. When the
cooperative members learnt that the Scrubby Creek property was for
sale the Rimstone directors decided to explore ways of buying the
property; but it did not have much in the way of funds as it has
continuously put any spare money into systematic renovation of
The cooperative needed to raise serious funds from
the caving community and friends to fund this latest purchase. This
was made possible by the Australian Speleological Federation’s
Karst Conservation Fund which is a tax deductible fund and which
agreed to make donated funds available to the cooperative for the
purchase of the Scrubby Creek property.
Needless to say
that a contract to purchase the property was signed and the
cooperative set about raising the funds. Property settlement took
place in May 2012.
All 105 acres of the
Scrubby Creek Cave property will be managed to protect the caves and
karst on and under the property. Cave access will be regulated to
organised caving groups with special leaders. There is a need for
further cave exploration and research particularly of the cave
invertebrates. The tufa terraces will be protected from stock and
blackberries and weeds removed.
The property will be
available for stock agistment to provide income for rates, fencing
and other improvements, and Rimstone will work towards a protective
covenant for the property. There is also an
to develop an interpreted karst walk showing the tufa terraces and
the remnant rain forest vegetation along Scrubby Creek.
the Scrubby Creek property
is bringing a new and challenging dimension to Rimstone’s
involvement in the local community.
Author - Nicholas White
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