Help needed to keep Skippy’s former home in pristine condition

March 30, 2014 by  

Volunteers are needed to help restore Waratah Park in Pittwater, New South Wales , to its former glory.

The iconic location, now called Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary, was once the setting for the early Australian television series ‘Skippy’, for which filming began in 1967. Scenes were also shot in the adjacent Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Buildings from the original series, such as the Ranger Headquarters, remain talking points for locals and the sanctuary was also once home to descendants of the famous television kangaroo

Waratah Park covers an area of about 12 hectares, which encompasses lush bushland including rare species of flora and fauna.

While considered an important part of the area’s history, the upkeep of the location has been left to a small group of caring individuals from the Duffy’s Forest Residence Association. Once a month, the group undertakes a working bee on the site to remove and regenerate green waste, clean up the area and rid it of weeds.

The next clean-up is to be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on April 27 and organisers have issued an invitation for volunteers to go along and assist in the working bee, which will include lawn mowing, tube stock planting, weed removal, and a few other activities.

Volunteers are asked to wear protective clothing and footwear, garden gloves, a sunhat and sunscreen, and are also reminded to take water for drinking. Gardening tools such as bush saws, mattocks and weeders are also welcome.