Joy has volunteered with Parklands as a key member of the Bonegilla Rail Trail Advisory Group (BAG) since 2000. Her role as BAG secretary and on-ground volunteer has made her integral to the growth and development of the High Country Rail Trail from Wodonga out to the Hume Weir over the past 18 years.
Joy spent 30 years in Melbourne before returning to her home town of Wodonga to live in the late 1990's, so she was no stranger to the concept of Rail Trails when the idea started to gain traction here. Roped in as Minutes Secretary to the newly forming Bonegilla group, Joy became thoroughly dedicated to the task of creating the new High Country Rail Trail alongside a core of willing local volunteers.
Describing herself as 'not a meeting person', Joy has not only remained on the Committee but been very involved in working bees and on-ground projects, iconic events like the Sandy Creek Bridge Walk, Ludlows Sunset Ride and the Whistle Stop High Tea, and regular Bunnings BBQ fundraisers to support the ongoing work.
The Bonegilla group's focus is on creating awareness of the rail trail and having people get out and enjoy it, and Joy is certainly on the trail regularly herself. "I enjoy walking and riding the trail... I go one way one week, then the other the next, to see what needs doing."
For Joy, memorable moments in her time as a volunteer on the trail lead one to another; from the 'Kiewa Cooee' opening of the Kiewa river bridges, to the mammoth Sandy Creek Bridge project, and most recently the completion of the Kiewa river boardwalk.
Joy is currently helping to drive the latest upgrade to the Wodonga to Huon section of the trail, working for the most part with the same small group of enthusiastic volunteers who started all those year ago. "People come and go, but there are still people from back then... All that work wouldn't have been possible without them".