Claire Roberts was a keen environmentalist, and with the late Ted Faggetter was the co-founder of the now named Friends of the Eastern Otways (FEO), and also a long time member of Angair.
She died in 2012, and in recognition to her work and vision in Aireys Inlet, a memorial seat was commissioned by the FEO, built by the Anglesea Men’s Shed (Geoff Giles), and was recently sited along the Currawong Falls Track by Parks Victoria.
Installing the seat in November 2014
Friends' team who helped install seat
Sat April 18 was the date to officially unveil the seat, which has a panoramic view of Aireys Inlet, the sea and surrounding hills along the track about 2km from the Distillery Creek Picnic Ground.
Views across to Aireys Inlet taken in November
Three walks took place by a combined FEO/ANGAIR group, all designed to meet at 2pm at the seat. Other than some residual smoke from a nearby burn off, the weather was perfect. One walk was the entire ten km circuit led by Joe Bolza involving 8 walkers.
Walkers at start of track
It is a great walk with some good views of the vegetation and local geology.
Another six walkers did a circuit of the Distillery Creek Nature trail, followed by the uphill trek to the seat site, led by Lachlan Richardson. Another contingent of about 25 people drove by 4WD along Loves Track, and walked in from the Trig Point, carrying with them a superb cake by Ros Gibson, sandwiches, biscuits and drinks.
Very appropriately, several descendants (and generations) of Claire’s family were able to attend. We all met at the appointed hour, the seat was unveiled and many photographs were taken.
Family on seat
Rachel Faggetter talked about Claire’s achievements and the family expressed their appreciation.
Family say thank-you
The panorama was admired by the many newcomers to the area, even with the recent burn-off smoke softening the view. After a toast in dappled sunshine, all returned home before the arrival of the cold, windy front.
Wendy and Matilda
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.