If you’ve walked an inch of Tasmania’s national parks, or even the bushland tracks around Hobart, there’s a fair bet Greg Kidd was there before you.
He has spent an incredible two decades as a Wildcare volunteer, and nearly as long as a Bushcare volunteer. And his efforts, as well as his patient and gentle manner with fellow volunteers, have been recognised in this year’s Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.
It’s estimated that Greg (pictured) has taken part in up to 400 Bushcare activities over the years. A retired teacher, he also volunteers extensively at schools, and has helped students build nest boxes for swift parrots, control weeds and create and maintain native bushland sanctuaries on school grounds.
A jack of all trades in the Bushcare field, his skills include weed control, remote area track construction and hut restoration, lime washing, chain sawing, first aid and teaching.
He has a special place in his heart for Bicentennial Reserve, Lambert Gully and of course kunanyi / Mount Wellington.
Greg’s time in the field is priceless. It has led to real and long-lasting impacts on our environment, including helping to significantly reduce invasive weeds and protecting peppermint and black gum woodlands in Bicentennial Park.
The list of threatened native species that have benefited from his work is a long one, and includes the local eastern barred bandicoots, swift parrots and the Tasmanian devil.
Greg is a vital cog in the local Bushcare machine, and all participants benefit from his generosity in sharing his skills, his experience, and his sense of custodianship for Hobart’s natural heritage.
He is a more than worthy finalist for this year’s Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Volunteer Award.