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Yarraman State Forest Stables Camp

contributed by JohnH, taken in 1946
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An extract from the 'Worker' 22 August 1949

‘Stable Camp’ Now rare place of beauty

Southern District Secretary J. Bukowski has forward us the following article which appeared in the ‘Kingaroy Herald and Nanango News’. It tells the story of ‘Stables Camp’ where AWU men live and what has been done to the surroundings:-

The ‘Herald News’ Yarraman correspondent write:

The single men’s camp on the top of the Cooyar Range, Tarong Road, Yarraman. Known as ‘Stable Camp’ from former days when team-horses were stabled nearby is growing steadily in size with the construction of new camps and barracks for forestry workers.

In most camps where a body of men live for a time only beautification of surroundings is seldom given any thought and the enivorns are far from being picturesque in the immediate vicinity as might be.

The Stable Camp is a striking exception. Due to zealous care and industry of a forestry worker Mr. Jim Grant, who hails from that land of beautiful wild flowers – Western Australia.

The surroundings of the camp have been turned into a landscape garden where even the harsh outlines of the galley, camp buildings and tents are softened by screening trees, flower beds and passionfruit vines trailing over trellises.
Enumerating the names of flowers and plants set out in the neatly made beds of deep scrub soil would sound like a seedsman catalogue, but to see schizanthus, carnations, cinerarias, gladioli, sweat pea, petunias, Iceland poppies and many other glorious annuals thriving against the background of native scrub trees is indeed a very pleasant experience and a surprise to the visitor.

The useless trees have been removed and young pines, yellow-woods and crow’s ash trees left to grow.

A huge sapling shaded bush house stocked with every variety of local orchid, fern and plant secured from scrub-falling operations of the Forestry is covered with passionfruit vines shaded by the leafy yellow-woods

Dozens of huge orchid clumps are in bud and old stumps and heaped up logs are covered with an array in great dendrobiums which will perfume the whole garden when they come into full bloom in a month or so.

Mt Jack Hogan, another Forestry man, has the same idea as Jim Grant, and between the two have made an otherwise ordinary scrub camp into something of lasting beauty.

Other men assist in the work at times bringing in plants and orchids and are very appreciative of the work done to beautify their camp site.

Enlargement of the buildings destroying much sheltered scrub trees, so that the shivelling westerly and hot, dry northerly winds may cause much damage, especially to the bush house, but when the new camps are completed sheltering windbreaks of young trees may be planted. This would screen the men’s camps from road dust and give privacy between the sets of camps; a small things it may seem but vital to contentment in men living in camps.

Birdlife is plentiful around the camp although the shy scrub turkeys have gone away which once fed and scratched around the camp site. Tame jackasses, cheeky currawongs and blue-throated honey eaters, wrens, pigeons and many other scrub birds drink at the drum of water placed for their use or wait for tit bits from the men’s tables.

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