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Vale Amanda Carey


"After a long illness Amanda Carey is now at peace.

Amanda Carey was a truly inspirational and gifted person she will be sadly missed by all those who have had the privilege of working with her and calling her a friend.

Amanda had a strong spiritual connection to the mountains of Namadgi; a place she called home for a number of years having lived and worked at Glendale Depot as the Local Area Ranger.

Amanda joined the Parks Service in 1996 after a highly successful career as an Intensive Care Nurse. Amanda often recalled that it was from the ICU windows at Canberra Hospital, when the sun rose at the end of a long night shift, that she knew one day she would work in the Mountains.

The goal she set herself has been realised, and she will now be at one with her beloved Mountains. Amanda has asked for her ashes to be scattered over the mountains of Namadgi.

Amanda was involved with a number of key projects during her time at Namadgi and her legacy is a rich and lasting one. Notably Amanda worked with the local Ngunnawal Community on the management of their art sites within the Park, and played an instrumental role in guiding the removal and regeneration of the Boboyan Pines. Amanda got a huge thrill from seeing the last pine tree felled and witnessing the regeneration now underway.

As a Ranger Amanda undertook a variety of roles and functions some of which included liaising with academics on scientific research projects, coordinating a number of monitoring programs, co-authoring several scientific papers and occasionally blowing up rabbit warrens as part of the vertebrate pest program! Then there were the day-to-day tasks associated with the management of visitor facilities and delivering the operational aspects of natural and cultural resource programs.

Amanda was closely involved with Australian Alps national parks program as the Convenor of the Natural Heritage Working Group. Amanda embodied the spirit of cooperation and goodwill that the Alps program is renowned for. Her organisational skills and leadership will be missed.

But perhaps her most lasting legacy is her involvement with the Alpine Sphagnum Bogs. Amanda provided the energy and passion in overseeing this vitally important work in not only coordinating an interagency response but also supervising all the operational aspects of the project.

In keeping with her wishes

* A celebration of her life will be held at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre this Saturday, 26th November at 4pm. All are welcome. Staff are asked to wear uniforms as a mark of solidarity and respect.
* Amanda has requested no flowers, instead she has asked for donations to be made to the Australian Bush Heritage Fund. Australian Bush Heritage - Donations . Donations can be made in the Memory of Amanda Carey and provide your details for a receipt and listing. The Heritage Fund will then advise the next of kin the list of donors to the fund and offer to place Amanda's name on a plaque and in their newsletter

Our deepest and sincere condolences are extended to Amanda's family and in particular to Harrison and Lauren. Our thoughts are with them..."


Brett McNamara
District Manager
Namadgi National Park
Parks & Conservation Service


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