Triple Care Farm (TCF) is a "wildlife refuge" of a different kind.
It is a life-training camp for street kids, run by Mission Australia. It is a fabulous wilderness location on Knights Hill, about 10 Km from Robertson.
Yesterday they had a graduation ceremony for 35 young people. It was attended by many of the Mission Australia people from Head Office, as well as patrons and sponsors of TCF, and regular volunteers who assist the Manager, Warren Holt OAM and his staff, in running TCF. The Robertson Lions Club assisted today by doing the BBQ.
It is always uplifting to see young people preparing to leave TCF, full of optimism, and importantly, feeling good about themselves. These people have been cared for and respected, during their stay at TCF and shown that they can achieve to their own potential. They are going back out into the world from which they came, but now they are ready to face its challenges. I wish them all the very best for the future.
On the way back from Knights Hill, I stopped at the Carrington Falls Nature Reserve. This Reserve is home to the endangered species: the Carrington Falls Grevillea (Grevillea rivularis). This plant is not uncommon within the Reserve, but it is on the Endangered Species List because of its extremely restricted distribution (i.e., only found within this one Reserve). It is a large plant, but not obvious at first. It forms dense thickets overhanging the waters edge, along the Kangaroo River, above the Falls. It has unusual coloured flowers with a blend of green and purple. Unlike some Grevilleas, the flowers are not "showy". But they are very beautiful, when examined closely. Of course, it is a Protected Plant.