An ex-ranger’s experience

An ex-ranger’s experience

I worked as a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger from 1974 to 2014. With Paul Hardey, I monitored brumby running within Kosciuszko National Park from 1979 to 1989. I witnessed horrific cases of animal cruelty in the so-called heritage sport of brumby...
A view from the air

A view from the air

I am a helicopter pilot. To me it’s a privilege to work in the air. I flew the media over the opening ceremony for the Sydney Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Most years I do bushfire work – aerial ignition of hazard reduction burns, infra-red imaging, and water...
A view from the ACT

A view from the ACT

Life of a rain drop … As water vapour rises, it cools in the atmosphere. Tiny droplets of water condense. A cloud is formed. Under the influence of converging weather patterns, clouds gathering over the majestic Brindabella Ranges. In time a precious drop of rain...
Brumby running in the 1970’s

Brumby running in the 1970’s

I grew up riding horses on a property on the south west slopes of NSW in the 1970s. I became a backcountry ranger over the summer months. My job included remote area horse patrols. Riding the four corners of the amazing and diverse Kosciuszko landscape was an...
A fisherman’s tale

A fisherman’s tale

In May 1970 a good friend persuaded me that we should make the trip from Melbourne to Currango for a weekend of fishing. We could not leave until 5 pm. There were 4 of us in a Mazda sedan. We arrived at 3.30 am. Thereupon, Mrs Taylor (as I addressed her for many...
A hut’s maintainer’s story

A hut’s maintainer’s story

Four Mile Hut is a few kilometres gentle walk or ski from Kiandra or the Selwyn resort in the northern part of Kosciusko National Park. Built in 1937 by gold fossicker Robert Hughes, it has a colourful history. Until about 1981, there was a box of very live dynamite...