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197002 [2016/04/22 23:12]
kennettj [Gowing to the Dogs]
197002 [2016/04/22 23:15]
kennettj [S.B.W Kangaroo Valley.]
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 ====== S.B.W Kangaroo Valley. ====== ====== S.B.W Kangaroo Valley. ======
  
- +Allan Wyborn
-Allan Wyborn.+
  
 Someone once said that Kangaroo Valley takes its name because there are no kngaroos there. When Charles Throsby first came into the Valley in 1818, everything that hopped was called a kangaroo, but we now know the species remaining in the Valley to be the wallaby, of which many still abound. Someone once said that Kangaroo Valley takes its name because there are no kngaroos there. When Charles Throsby first came into the Valley in 1818, everything that hopped was called a kangaroo, but we now know the species remaining in the Valley to be the wallaby, of which many still abound.
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 Having passed through Kangaroo Valley Village, the gravelled Scanzi Road branches to the left down the Kangaroo River on the southern side. The turnoff at about three miles is at a house on the right just past a gravel storage area. It is also at this point that the 22 foot wide bitumen highway to the dam will branch along the present turnoff. This road is to be constructed by the Shoalhaven Shire Council at a cost of $1,000,000 plus, and is scheduled for completion by June 1971. We will then have a highway which will be about 400 yards at the closest point from the south western corner of our land. Having passed through Kangaroo Valley Village, the gravelled Scanzi Road branches to the left down the Kangaroo River on the southern side. The turnoff at about three miles is at a house on the right just past a gravel storage area. It is also at this point that the 22 foot wide bitumen highway to the dam will branch along the present turnoff. This road is to be constructed by the Shoalhaven Shire Council at a cost of $1,000,000 plus, and is scheduled for completion by June 1971. We will then have a highway which will be about 400 yards at the closest point from the south western corner of our land.
  
-In the house mentioned above, the owner John Holland is a frequent visitor from Wollongong, and he is conservation minded. It is across his land that access is obtained to the S.B.W. land along the Kangaroo River. About 200 yards from the house, a branch track to the right again next to another house is our access. ​'Vehicles may be driven in about 300 yards, but from here to the river there is a drop of 350 feet, and the track is partly washed away and steep. A small amount of road filling near the top would allow access for another 200 yards. We have it from John Holland that the S.B.W. can traverse his land, but he in turn would like to use our track down to the river.+In the house mentioned above, the owner John Holland is a frequent visitor from Wollongong, and he is conservation minded. It is across his land that access is obtained to the S.B.W. land along the Kangaroo River. About 200 yards from the house, a branch track to the right again next to another house is our access. Vehicles may be driven in about 300 yards, but from here to the river there is a drop of 350 feet, and the track is partly washed away and steep. A small amount of road filling near the top would allow access for another 200 yards. We have it from John Holland that the S.B.W. can traverse his land, but he in turn would like to use our track down to the river.
  
-At the foot of the track near the river flat is a small two room hut much in need of repair and a cleanout. A tree fern growing outside the door of the but gives shade to the visitor on the door step. Several plum trees, a pear tree and a grape vine, all loaded with fruit, another hut now reduced to floor level, and a shed, are the only other signs of a long forgotten habitation. The addition of a small tank fed from the roof of the hut would help, as the river banks are steep and could be slippery. The hut will be about 30 feet above the finished dam water level, but most of the river flat will be inundated except for a small island at the top of the present river bank. This flat is at present covered in three feet high paspalum making it unsuitable for camping. The marking pegs for the dam water level are now in position, and indicate that in a few years time our land will consist mainly of a steep wooded hillside with various small flats and hollows on the way down, which would be suitable for camping on+At the foot of the track near the river flat is a small two room hut much in need of repair and a cleanout. A tree fern growing outside the door of the but gives shade to the visitor on the door step. Several plum trees, a pear tree and a grape vine, all loaded with fruit, another hut now reduced to floor level, and a shed, are the only other signs of a long forgotten habitation. The addition of a small tank fed from the roof of the hut would help, as the river banks are steep and could be slippery. The hut will be about 30 feet above the finished dam water level, but most of the river flat will be inundated except for a small island at the top of the present river bank. This flat is at present covered in three feet high paspalum making it unsuitable for camping. The marking pegs for the dam water level are now in position, and indicate that in a few years time our land will consist mainly of a steep wooded hillside with various small flats and hollows on the way down, which would be suitable for camping on.
  
 Our 90 acres of land has about 50 chains along the river, and it was originally taken up by one Michael Donnelly. Bendeela Flat on the north side of the river will be mostly inundated by the dam. A fence marks our western boundary, and at this point there is a good swimming pool with a log to dive from, but no fences were found for the eastern and southern boundaries. However, a natural cliff line about Our 90 acres of land has about 50 chains along the river, and it was originally taken up by one Michael Donnelly. Bendeela Flat on the north side of the river will be mostly inundated by the dam. A fence marks our western boundary, and at this point there is a good swimming pool with a log to dive from, but no fences were found for the eastern and southern boundaries. However, a natural cliff line about
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 Kangaroo Valley is noted for the last mentioned. Kangaroo Valley is noted for the last mentioned.
  
-About a mile south of our land is Budgong Gap, over which a rough road leds into Budgong Valley and on to Nowra. This valley is quite rugged and mostly uninhabited,​ and could provide some pleasant bushwalking. The locals believe an escaped panther roams in the valley. The views from the high Gap back into Kangaroo Valley are very good.+About a mile south of our land is Budgong Gap, over which a rough road leads into Budgong Valley and on to Nowra. This valley is quite rugged and mostly uninhabited,​ and could provide some pleasant bushwalking. The locals believe an escaped panther roams in the valley. The views from the high Gap back into Kangaroo Valley are very good.
  
 It would seem our Club will hold the land for some time, and therefore we should consider giving it a name, perhaps relating to bushwalkers. It would seem our Club will hold the land for some time, and therefore we should consider giving it a name, perhaps relating to bushwalkers.
  
-The foregoing represents the present position. What of the +The foregoing represents the present position. What of the future? Much will depend on the attitude of the Water Board and the Shoalhaven Shire Council to the water usage from the dam. Further complications are the proximity of the over growing Morton National Park and the presence of farmlands in the valley. However, these bodies can be influenced by the general public and conservationists such as our Club.
-future? Much will depend on the attitude of the Water Board and the Shoalhaven Shire Council to the water usage from the dam. Further complications are the proximity of the over growing Morton National Park and the presence of farmlands in the valley. However, these bodies can be influenced by the general public and conservationists such as our Club.+
  
 Reference Maps: Reference Maps:
-1. Parish of Bugong County of Camden +1. Parish of Bugong County of Camden\\ 
-2. Burrier 1:316809 8928-11N+2. Burrier 1:316809 8928-11N\\
 3. Bundanoon 1:31680, 8928-1-59 provisional. 3. Bundanoon 1:31680, 8928-1-59 provisional.
  
  
-**TRANSPORT TO THE REUNION.**+**TRANSPORT TO THE REUNION**
  
 (14th-15th March 1970 at the Club's land in Kangaroo Valley). (14th-15th March 1970 at the Club's land in Kangaroo Valley).
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  .  .
-**IF** +**IF**\\ 
-1. Members willing to offer car transport to others +1. Members willing to offer car transport to others\\ 
-2. Members who would like to obtain a lift with others going by can+2. Members who would like to obtain a lift with others going by car\\
 3. And members who intend to travel by train and require transport to the Reunion site 3. And members who intend to travel by train and require transport to the Reunion site
 contact Bob Younger (Tel. 571158) he will endeavour to coordinate and arrange. contact Bob Younger (Tel. 571158) he will endeavour to coordinate and arrange.
  
  
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