Schools joining cleanup work

Fran O'Connor Pupils from Queenstown Primary and KingsView schools will muck in with volunteers this week in efforts to remove scrub from the unearthed ruins of a historic gold-mining community near Arrowtown.

About a dozen pupils from Queenstown Primary School today and a dozen from KingsView School on Friday will join Nomad Safaris on the latest missions to carefully clear Cooper's Tce, near the Arrow River, of overgrown exotic vegetation.

The eco-friendly tourism operator is also calling for residents to join them on Wednesday.

Nomad Safaris driver-guide Fran O'Connor said on Friday the aim was to have Cooper's Tce completely uncovered in time for celebrations in 2012 of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Arrowtown.

"Cooper's Tce is at the start of the Macetown Track on the Arrow River and the work done on World Environment Day is looking really good," Ms O'Connor said.

"With more work to it, we are on the way to uncovering more."

Nomad Safaris will provide transport for enthusiasts from its depot, in Industrial Pl, Queenstown, on Wednesday, departing at 9am and returning at 12.30pm. Nomads will also provide refreshments.

Volunteers wanting a ride should call (03) 442-6699.

"It would be a good idea to wear gumboots and warm clothes and bring tools like secateurs or loppers and gloves," Ms O'Connor said.

"As this is a historic site, a lot of care is needed with working here, but a briefing will be given before the morning's work starts.

"This is a very exciting project."