Vale Kevin Jones, friend of the Organ Pipes
We would like to honour Kevin Jones, a long-term member and Treasurer of Friends of Organ Pipes National Park, who died aged 80 on 27 March.
Kevin was a very faithful participant in weeding and planting working bees over a number of years that helped restore the park from a weed-infested wasteland to an attractive and valuable area of indigenous vegetation and a haven for wildlife.
He designed and built nest boxes for bats and sugar gliders, and was instrumental in starting the 17 Year Project by building the first 10 'bat boxes' for this extraordinary bat monitoring scheme.
The Friends of Organ Pipe National Park started in 1972 when the park, just north of Keilor, was proclaimed because of its geological features.
The transformation of the park from a weed scape to an area of botanical significance has been an ongoing process that continues today. A measure of its success has been the successful reintroduction of wildlife such as Sugar Gliders and the natural return of a range of bird species kangaroos and wallabies to the area.
Kevin was an unassuming, quiet achiever who will be sorely missed by the Friends group, and the park to which he gave so much.
A service will be held for Kevin on Monday 4 April at the Tobin Brothers Sunbury Chapel. Condolences can be left on the Tobin Brothers website.
If you'd like to join the Friends of the Organ Pipes National Park visit their website.