Infrastructure projects and heat
Jigalong rangers are well underway with our work program for 2016. Although consistent hot weather and high temperatures have dominated the first six weeks, there have been plenty of work tasks to get our team back into the swing of things in readiness for major work trips through the cooler months.
The first few weeks involved transporting the ranger equipment from Newman and getting the KJ Jigalong ranger depot back into shape for the coming season. There was quite a bit of cleaning, organising and getting rid of long grass as rangers began to sign back in. In early March, we also had some fantastic on the job training by Mark D’Lima, KJ’s GIS officer on the new mapping technology and OziExplorer system. It is improving each year with the system becoming easier to use. It is a valuable tool to have in the vehicles on trips.
Rangers have already undertaken two major infrastructure jobs. Building a fence to protect the sink hole at Mirrim-Mirrim, and building a fly roof structure over the KJ sea containers at the Jigalong shed. In each case, we have worked around the hot weather to undertake the various jobs associated with these two projects. At this stage the fly roof will be completed before Easter and the Mirrim-Mirrim fenInfrastructure projects and heatce will be completed in April. The sea containers will greatly enhance our capacity to store gear and equipment and organise the work program for both the men’s and women’s ranger teams.