Trust contribution recognised

Mount Arthur Trust's Shaun Baigent receiving a certificate from Paul Toole MP.
Mount Arthur Trust's Shaun Baigent receiving a certificate from Paul Toole MP.

For the second year in a row, the Mt Arthur Trust was one of three finalists in the Crown Reserve Community Trust category of the NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

An awards dinner and presentation was held in Orange on October 27 and though the trust was not a category winner, trust members Chris George, Christine Robinson, Erica and Shaun Baigent, Marion Dawson, Max Ivery, Lynton Auld and recently retired trust member Mike Augee were nonetheless pleased that the value of the reserve to the local community was being recognised at a state level.

The trust has put effort into management planning, sourcing, funding and managing finances often with the help of dedicated and experienced reserve ranger Tony Layland, who puts in work above and beyond what he is paid for.

Over the last two years the trust has been successful in gaining funding for weed control, upgrades to signs and general maintenance activities.

The Wellington Rotary Club recently refurbished the land shelter and a team from the Mobile Offender Program repaired walking trails and repainted picnic tables.

Wellington Council has also been a valuable partner in the control of Bridal Creeper, obtaining Commonwealth funding to help manage this national weed of significance.

If you are interested in registering as a potential volunteer, you can contact the trust by emailing or visit the Mount Arthur Reserve page on Facebook.

Their quarterly newsletter can also be downloaded from so you can keep up to date with their latest projects.