Victorian Landcare Magazine - Summer 2019, Issue 74

Remembering Andrea Brumley

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Above: Andrea Brumley doing what she loved at a working bee for the Nicholson River Landcare Group in 2013.

By Merryl Wright & Peter Wallace

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Members of the Nicholson River Landcare Group (NRLG) were greatly saddened by the loss of their friend and colleague Andrea Brumley in 2015. Andrea had been a member of NRLG since 2008 and had held the positions of treasurer and president.

Andrea was a scientist with knowledge, skills and practical experience across a range of environmental areas, including native flora and fauna and pest plants and animals. She loved Landcare activities and was a passionate educator – always keen to pass her knowledge on to others.

Andrea was very involved in running an annual walk on the property of Maria and Leo Rijs at Nicholson. On-going revegetation works on the property were transforming the landscape. Andrea led the walk, first explaining the geology and geomorphology of the site, before the walkers completed the nine kilometres of tracks along Salt Creek and Butchers Creek. 

The walk has now been named the Andrea Brumley Memorial Walk in her honour. In October 2018 more than 30 walkers undertook the walk. The walkers represented NRLG and three other local Landcare groups. Members of Andrea’s extended family from Melbourne and beyond also participated.

NRLG has installed a seat of remembrance on the rail trail at Nicholson in permanent recognition of Andrea’s enthusiasm, knowledge, leadership and commitment. She was a very special person.

 

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