Clearing the Holland Track

There was a bit of a traffic jam at Lake Carmody so we chose not to stop. The lake was named by Holland in 1893 after John Carmody, a member of his party who turned 21 years of age on the day they arrived at the lake. An enduring birthday present.

A short distance along the track is Emu Rock.

As we arrived four vehicles were making their way up the rock and around the scrub at the side of the track. We were soon to see why.

A fallen tree had completely blocked the Track. I was insistent that we have a crack at removing it – which was easy for me to say because I wasn’t going to be doing anything physical.

Tim had his chain out in seconds. It was the work of only a few minutes to attach it to Mushy’s winch.

After the initial pull a quick repositioning of the chain ensured that the tree was removed with ease.

The Holland Track was now obstacle free!

Only a few hundred metres from Emu Rocks is the Vermin Proof Fence.

Previously known as the Rabbit Proof Fence, it was part of Western Australia’s desperate attempt to stop rabbits from invading the state. Eventually biological control methods (myxomatosis 1950s, calicivirus 1980s) were used to control rabbit populations. For much of its southern length, the No. 1 Fence delineates the sharp boundary between the Great Western Woodlands and the Wheatbelt.

Today the fence is maintained by the State Government against the impact of wild dogs on pastoral and agricultural properties.



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