Activity Report: August to December, 2020

Hello and welcome to the God’s Way Ltd August to December 2020 Activity Report.


Gratitude

The directors extend their gratitude to all those who have contributed, donations, gifts, resources, time and skills to God’s Way organisation over the past financial year. The directors and members are passionate about God’s Way and are grateful to all those who share the desire to further God’s Way Ltd’s vision and objectives.

God’s Way Ltd AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in November 2020. The Director’s Report has been published and can be accessed here or it can be read and downloaded via the company reports & documents page in the menu bar of this blog via this link.

The board of directors remains the same for the next financial year:

  • Mary Luck – managing director and chairperson
  • Catherine Spence – director and treasurer
  • Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins – director and secretary
God's Way Ltd Directors 2020-2021
God’s Way Ltd Directors 2020-2021, from left to right: Catherine, Mary, Eloisa, November 2020.

The directors extended their thanks to members and volunteers who have consistently contributed to God’s Way Ltd projects over the past year.

Current God’s Way Ltd members

  • Mary (Mary Luck)
  • Jesus (AJ Miller)
  • Catherine Spence
  • David Walsh (Corny)
  • Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins
God's Way Ltd Members 2020
God’s Way Ltd Members, November 2020.
Catherine, November 2020.
Catherine, October 2020.
Mary, November 2020.
Mary, November 2020.
Jesus, November 2020.
Jesus,
November 2020.
Corny, November 2020.
Corny, November 2020.
Eloisa, November 2020

Volunteers & Members Branch

Probation Volunteers

God’s Way Ltd has created the opportunity for probation volunteers (individuals who have yet to complete the Volunteer Selection Programme) to spend time with members and work on various God’s Way Ltd projects.

Between August and December probation volunteers contributed to the Terrace Seeding Project. More information can be found in the next section of this post, under the Environment Branch Seed Project probation volunteer activities.

Salt Bush at Terraces, October 2020.
Salt Bush at Terraces, October 2020.
Lichen, November 2020.

Volunteer Thank You Lunch

The members and directors hosted a thank you lunch for God’s Way and Divine Truth volunteers. It was an opportunity to extend gratitude to those who are or have been involved (and their partners and children) in the organisations projects, engage in truthful conversation, have some fun and spend time together in a social setting. The event was enjoyed by all who attended. Images are a combination from the thank you lunch and volunteers/probation volunteers working on God’s Way Ltd activities.

Participants during a game of Pictionary.
Tristan.
Mary & Archie during pictionary.
Jadda.
Catherine & Archie
Volunteers take a break from seeding.
Elo sorts seed.
Jesus & Mary, November 2020.
Rahni & Britt.
Probation volunteers after seeding.
Kate.
Izzy sorts seed.
Jesus & Mary have lunch with volunteers at the terraces.
Mary during a game of Pictionary.
Jules
Di & Suz.
Volunteers prepare to test a flooring finish experiment.

Environment Branch

Terrace Project

The terrace project continued between August and November. Aerial photos were taken of the terrace project in August which gives an overview of the project to date. Thank you to Jadda for donating the drone images to God’s Way Ltd.

Function Centre & Function Caretakers Properties Aerial View, August 2020.
Function Centre & Function Caretakers properties aerial view, August 2020.

Aerial photos of the terrace project, August 2020.

Terrace Project aerial view, August 2020.
Terrace Project aerial view, August 2020.
Function Centre Terrace Project, August 2020.
Function Centre Terrace Project, August 2020.
Oldest & most recent terraces aerial view, August 2020.
Oldest & most recent terraces aerial view, August 2020.
Terraces with mulch piles aerial view, August 2020.
Terraces with mulch piles aerial view, August 2020.
Terrace Project wattle aerial view, August 2020.
Terrace Project wattle aerial view, August 2020.

The images below show the next section of the Function Centre that will be terraced.

Next section of terrace project to complete, August 2020.
Next section of terrace project to complete, August 2020.
Terrace Aerial View, August 2020.
Aerial view of terraces, August 2020.
Water catchment areas

During August two water catchment areas were created (small ponds) at the Function Centre terrace project. These have been designed to catch, hold and slowly seep water through the landscape. One pond was constructed in a heavily eroded area and the second pond is a converted terrace, which was holding water for months at a time.

Aerial view before ponds were constructed, terrace in middle and area with fence (bottom left) are where ponds have been created, August 2020.
Terrace one before pond was created, August 2020.
Terrace one, before pond was created, August 2020.
Terrace one pond almost completed, August 2020.
Terrace one pond almost completed, August 2020.
Terrace one pond with water, August 2020.
Terrace one, pond with water, August 2020.
Terrace one pond during construction, August 2020.
Terrace one pond during construction, August 2020.
Terrace one completed, August 2020.
Terrace one completed, August 2020.
Terrace one pond with water, August 2020.
Terrace one pond with water, October 2020.

Images of the pond that was constructed above terrace one. The pond was completed in August 2020 and caught water in the first rain in October 2020.

Pond above terrace one completed, August 2020.
Pond above terrace one with Water, October 2020.
Pond above terrace one with water, October 2020.

Comparison of plant growth in the terraces and the vegetation between the terraces, August 2020.

It is noticeable in drier conditions that the plants growing in the terraces are greener, healthier and have more abundance of flowers and seed due to the terraces holding moisture (dew) and water from rain events.

In August 2020 new terraces were created.

Aerial view of new terraces, August 2020.
Aerial view of new terraces, August 2020.
Mulch in base of finished terrace, August 2020.
Mulch in base of finished terrace, August 2020.
Excavator spreads mulch in base of terrace, August 2020.
Excavator spreads mulch in base of terrace, August 2020.
Mulch spread in base of terrace, August 2020.
Mulch spread complete, August 2020.
Mulch ready to rip, August 2020.
Mulch ready to rip, August 2020.
Mulch ripped & ready to seed, August 2020.
Mulch ripped & ready to seed, August 2020.
Aerial view of new terraces, August 2020.
Aerial view of new terraces, August 2020.
Excavator spreading mulch over base of terrace, August 2020.
Excavator spreads mulch over base of terrace, August 2020.
Mulch & cleared matter spread over terrace base, August 2020.
Mulch & cleared matter spread over terrace base, August 2020.
Excavator rips base of terrace, August 2020.
Excavator rips base of terrace, August 2020.
Excavator rips terrace, August 2020.
Excavator rips terrace, August 2020.
Snake in terrace, August 2020.
Juvenile snake in terrace, August 2020.

Older terraces were mulched, re-ripped and re-seeded.

Terrace with mulch ready to spread over the grass, November 2020.
Ripping terrace ready to re-seed, November 2020.
Mulch is spread over an older terrace, ready to be re-seeded with more variety, November 2020.
Terrace base ready to be ripped, November 2020.
Thick mulch with holes for planting, August 2020.
Thick mulch with holes for planting, August 2020.
Seeds germinated in terrace, September 2020.
Older Terrace with mulch is ripped ready for seeding, August 2020.
Older Terrace with mulch is ripped ready for seeding, August 2020.
Terrace Project & gully line re-structure, September 2021.

In September 2020 an eroded gully line was cleaned out and re-structured using the excavator. The gully was modified, banks were created across the gully to slow down water and stop erosian, and large pits were dug to capture and hold water to benefit flora and fauna.

The pits were also designed as an experiment to bury invasive plant species such as lantana and prickly pear plants. The invasive species are buried at least one metre below ground level and covered with soil.

The pits will hold water and it is anticipated that the changed conditions, now being so moist, will suppress growth of the invasive plant species. The method will be monitored to observe if the invasive species are suppressed or not over time.

Excavator clears regrowth along gully line, September 2020.
Excavator clears regrowth along gully line, September 2020.
Top of gully line, September 2020.
Top of gully line, September 2020.
Top of gully after earthworks, September 2020.
Top of gully after earthworks, September 2020.
Top of gully line, September 2020.
Top of gully line during earthworks, September 2020.
Bank across gully line to stop water runoff, September 2020.
Introduced species experiment

Pits were constructed to bury introduced/invasive plant species, these will be monitored to see if any regrowth occurs over time.

A deep hole is created to bury invasive plants, September 2020.
A deep pit is created to bury invasive plants, September 2020.
Pit being filled with lantana, September 2020.
Pit being filled with lantana, September 2020.
The bottom of the pit, September 2020.
Pit with matter in it, September 2020.
Top of Gully line after earthworks, September 2020.
Excavator digs a pit, September 2020.
Lantana growing in the gully, September 2020.
Lantana growing in the gully, September 2020.
Terrace Project, October 2020
Terrace before topsoil is removed, October 2020.
Terrace before topsoil is removed, October 2020.
Top 100mm of soil is moved under the bank. Top soil is ready to be removed, October 2020.
Top 100mm of soil is moved under the terrace bank, October 2020.
Function Centre & Function Centre Caretakers properties after rain.

There was some rain in October 2020. Dams filled up and the terraces held water as they were designed to. Some terraces with clay bases held water for weeks to months after the rain. These terraces will be seeded with flora that can handle both dry and wet conditions.

Caretakers dam after rain
Caretakers dam filled with water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam filled with water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam filled with water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam filled with water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflowing, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflowing, October 2020.
Dam overflowing, October 2020.
Dam overflowing, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflow with running water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflow with running water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflow with running water, October 2020.
Caretakers dam overflow with running water, October 2020.
Dam water across Caretakers access road, October 2020.
Dam water across Caretakers access road, October 2020.
Re-structured gully line after rain
Gully line after rain, October 2020.
Gully line after rain, October 2020.
Gully line after rain, October 2020.
Gully line flat areas holding water, October 2020.
The terraces after a rain event

The terraces are working as designed and holding water on site well.

Terrace filled with water, October 2020.
Terrace filled with water, October 2020.
Terrace holding water after rain, October 2020.
Terrace holding water after rain, October 2020.
Terrace filled with water after rain, October 2020.
Terrace filled with water after rain, October 2020.
Terrace edges holding water, October 2020.
Terrace edges holding water, October 2020.
Terrace after rain, October 2020.
Terrace after rain, October 2020.
Terrace number 6 after rain, October 2020.
Salt bush with healthy growth after rain, October 2020.
Salt bush with healthy growth after rain, October 2020.
After rain, October 2020.
After rain, October 2020.
Terrace after rain, October 2020.
Terrace after rain, October 2020.
Gum tree and wattle growing in terrace 6, October 2020.
Wattles growing in terraces, October 2020.
Wattles growing in terraces, October 2020.
Terrace Project, November 2020
Terrace topsoil is ripped and moved into a pile to be replaced once terrace is constructed, November 2020.
Topsoil is ripped and moved into a pile, November 2020.
Terrace under construction, base rough in, November 2020.
Terrace under construction, base rough in, November 2020.

Terrace dried out after holding water for a month, November 2020

This terrace held water for a month after a rain event, November 2020.
This terrace held water for a month after a rain event, November 2020.

Insect varieties and quantity have increased at the terraces over the past two years, particularly since mulch was added and the plant life has increased.

Insects at the terraces, November 2020.
Insects on a plant at the terraces, November 2020.
Plants grow in a rock crack, August 2020.
Plants grow in a rock crack, August 2020.
Sedges grow at terraces, August 2020.
Sedges grow from the natural seed bank in moist areas at terraces, August 2020.
Grass trails over terrace bank creating mulch and protection from erosion, August 2020.
Grass grows down terrace bank, August 2020.

In November God’s Way Ltd’s heavy machinery operator cut down his hours and will only be available intermittently from now on, as other priorities in his life allow. God’s Way Ltd hopes to attract a full time or more regular machinery operator in the near future.

Introduced Species Experiment

Update on the Introduced Species Experiment, more information can be found in the June & July Activity Report 2020 at this Link

Introduced Species Experiment, August 2020
Cardboard is layered over the ground, August 2020.
Cardboard is layered over the ground, August 2020.
Cardboard is layered over the ground to suppress regrowth of invasive species, August 2020.
Cardboard is layered over the ground to suppress regrowth of invasive species, August 2020.
Topsoil is laid over the cardboard, August 2020.
Topsoil is laid over the cardboard and seeded with Australian native plant species, August 2020.
Topsoil is laid over the cardboard and seeded with Australian native plant species, August 2020.
Introduced Species Experiment, September 2020
Hillside with cardboard, topsoil, seed and hardwood mulch, September 2020.
Hillside with cardboard, topsoil, seed and hardwood mulch, September 2020.
Invasive species experiment, September 2020.
Invasive species experiment, September 2020.
Seed in the natural seedbank germinated, the parrots love eating this plant, December 2020.
Seed in the natural seedbank germinated, the parrots love eating this plant, December 2020.
Invasive species experiment update, September 2020.
Invasive species experiment update, September 2020.
Introduced Species Experiment, October 2020
October 2020
Introduced Species Experiment, December 2020
A second experiment area with cardboard & topsoil, December 2020.
A second experiment area with cardboard & topsoil, December 2020.
A second experiment area almost completed, December 2020.

Seed Project

God’s Way Ltd trialled a new seeding method using deco (decomposed granite) which has minerals in the rock mixture and retains moisture. After a successful small-scale experiment germinating seed in deco the seeding method now includes:

  • A layer of deco (decomposed granite) on the base of the terrace
  • A layer of woodchip over the deco
  • Rip the woodchip, deco & base of terrace
  • The mulch and deco is raked into the rip lines which create soaks to hold moisture and the plant roots can use to survive
  • Scrape a furrow along the edge of the rip lines
  • Plant seed mix in furrow
Seed germination in terrace, September 2020.
Seed germination in terrace, September 2020.
Seeds germinate at terraces, September 2020.
Seeds germinate at terraces, September 2020.

A variety of seeds to be sown in God’s Way Ltd environmental projects.

Seed Mix.
Wattle Seeds.
Native Australian Seed.
Legume Seeds.

Seeds are mixed ready for sowing in the terraces.

Seed with soil & microbe mix, August 2020.
A volunteer mixes up seed & soil microbe mix, August 2020.
Seeds are mixed with living microbes (from a worm farm) ready to seed the terraces, August 2020.
A vine grows over the bank of a terrace, November 2020.
Deco (decomposed granite) experiments

Members observed that germination and growth rates of various plant species was more rapid when planted in deco (decomposed granite). Experiments are now under way using deco mixed with topsoil and mulch in the base of the terraces to see if the minerals aid seed germination and growth.

Deco experiment with new growth, September 2020.
Deco experiment, September 2020.
Wattle in flower at the terraces

Wattle in the terraces flowered prolifically this year and produced abundant quantities of seed. This indicated that there is plenty of moisture in the terraces for flora to reproduce.

Aerial image of terraces when wattle was in flower, August 2020.
Wattle in flower in the terraces, August 2020.
Wattle in flower in the terraces, August 2020.
Wattle buds, August 2020.
Wattle buds, August 2020.
Wattle seeds, August 2020.
Wattle in flower, August 2020.
Wattle in flower, August 2020.
Wattle flowers, August 2020.
Bancrofts wattle leaf, November 2020.
Wattle in flower, August 2020.

Thank you to volunteers who have collected native Australian seed species in their local areas nation wide, God’s Way Ltd is most grateful for your efforts and for the seed that is being planted in the Terrace Project.

Native Flora Documentation Project

In October 2020, God’s Way Ltd was gifted the time, knowledge and expertise of a local botanist to document the Learning Centre flora. Lauren Pinwell spent days with Catherine Spence walking over the Environment Centre and Function Centre collecting specimens and identifying plant species native to Australia and the local area.

Species identified have included some endangered flora species such as the Tingoora Wattle Acacia tingoorensis or .

The species documentation project on God’s Way Ltd properties is an extensive one that will be continued over the coming years.

Catherine, October 2020.
<img src="https://discoverylearningcentre.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20201019-0949-0885-elc-spikey-plant-2000×1124-1.jpg" alt="Chain Fruit Alyxia ruscifolia, October 2020.”>
Chain Fruit Alyxia ruscifolia, October 2020.
Gum tree, October 2020.
Casuarina seed pods, October 2020.
List of species at the Environment Centre, October 2020.
List of species at the Environment Centre, October 2020.
Jacksonia in flower, October 2020
Narrow leafed wattle, October 2020.
Narrow leafed wattle, October 2020.
Lauren & Catherine identify a wattle, October 2020.
Lauren & Catherine identify a wattle, October 2020.
Saw Sedge Gahnia aspera seed, October 2020.
Saw Sedge Gahnia aspera seed, October 2020.
Whip stick wattle, October 2020.
Casuarina in flower, October 2020.
Boronia shrub in flower, October 2020.

Terrace Project Probation Volunteer Activities

God’s Way Ltd Probation Volunteers joined members and volunteers and worked on various projects and activities between July & December 2020.

Seeding terraces

Probation volunteers prepare terraces for seed, August 2020.
Seed is planted in a terrace, September 2020.
Jesus speaks about the causes of environmental degradation on the Earth, September 2020.
Terraces are seeded, September 2020.
Probation volunteers after a day at the terraces, September 2020.
Lunch break at the terraces, September 2020.
Jesus & Mary share lunch with volunteers at the terraces, September 2020.
Terraces are seeded, October 2020.
Terraces are seeded, October 2020.
Seed is sorted and planted at the terraces, October 2020.
Seed is sorted and planted at the terraces, October 2020.
Catherine sorts seed, October 2020.
Catherine sorts seed, October 2020.

Temporary fences are painted while the ground was too wet to work on environmental projects.

Volunteers paint temporary fencing panels, November 2020.

Older terraces that had used outdated seeding methods were mulched and re-seeded with a larger variety of seed. The terraces will be observed to measure if the germination rates increase in these terraces.

Seed variety is added to an older terrace, November 2020.
Seeding at the terraces, December 2020.
Eloisa plants seed at terraces, November 2020.

Volunteers collected & sorted the seed from the flora in the terraces. The seed will be sown in existing and new terraces as they are created.

Volunteers collect seed at the terraces, November 2020.
Volunteers collect seed at the terraces, November 2020.
A Tub of wattle seed collected from the terraces, November 2020.
A tub of wattle seed collected from the terraces, November 2020.
Wattle seed & insects, November 2020.
Wattle seed & insects, November 2020.
Wattle seed, November 2020.
Wattle seed, November 2020.
Wattle seed, November 2020.
Volunteers collect wattle seed at the terraces, November 2020.
Wattle seed & pods, November 2020.
Wattle seed & pods, November 2020.
Wattle seed & ladybirds, November 2020.
Wattle seed & ladybirds, November 2020.
Seed collected from terraces, November 2020.
Wattle seed, November 2020.
Variety of seed cleaned and sorted, November 2020.
Crow ash seed & seedpod, November 2020.
Crow ash seed & seedpod, November 2020.
Harvesting wattle seed, November 2020.
Crow ash seed cleaned, November 2020.
Catherine trains a volunteer to sort seed, November 2020.
Volunteers sort seed, November 2020.
Volunteers prepare seed, soil & microbe mix ready for planting, December 2020.
Sorting seed, December 2020.
Probation volunteers after a day of seeding, November 2020.
Sorting seed, December 2020.
Eloisa & Catherine seed terraces, December 2020.

Volunteers seed the newly modified gully line with grasses and native plant species.

Probation volunteers remove lantana from eroded gully, November 2020.
Probation volunteers remove lantana from eroded gully, November 2020.
Lantana removed from eroded gully, November 2020.
Lantana removed from eroded gully, November 2020.
Removing invasive species from eroded gully, November.
Gully line cleaned out, November 2020.
Gully line cleaned out, November 2020.
Gully line cleaned out, November 2020.
Gully line cleaned out, November 2020.
Logs across slope to slow down erosian, November 2020.
Logs across slope to slow down erosion, November 2020.
Vine (not native) in gully line, November 2020.
Vine (not native) in gully line, November 2020.
Flower buds, November 2020.
Flower buds, November 2020.
The end of the day volunteers pose, November 2020.
The end of the day volunteers pose, November 2020.
Seed sorters, November 2020.
Seeded terrace, November 2020.
Seed planters, November 2020.
Terrace with germinated seeds, November 2020.
Caterpillar at terraces, November 2020.
Lichen terraces, November 2020.

Mulch Project

The Mulch Project was completed for the first time in December. More detailed information and specifics about the Mulch Project can be found in the April & May Activity Report at this Link.

A terrace was created on the Function Caretakers property as the mulch depot, a place to store the newly ground mulch until terraces are completed and ready to use it.

Caretakers paddock (view to top of property) before terrace, November 2020.
Caretakers paddock (view towards caretakers residence), November 2020.
Caretakers terrace complete (uphill view), November 2020.
Caretakers terrace (uphill view), November 2020.
Terrace begins at caretakers (downhill view), November 2020.
Caretakers terrace complete (downhill view), November 2020.

A griding company was contracted to grind up flitches at a local mill and deliver them to the Function Centre Caretakers mulch depot. Flitches are a waste product of wood mills, these off cuts are usually burnt.

Grinding equipment, December 2020.
Flitches ground into mulch, December 2020.
Grinder, December 2020.
Loading grinder with flitches, December 2020
Flitches to be ground, December 2020.
Transport & grinding team, December 2020.
Truck full of mulch, December 2020.
Mulch delivered, December 2020.
Machinery in action, December 2020.
Grinding flitches at mill, December 2020.
Grinder mulches flitches, December 2020.
Grinder is loaded with flitches, December 2020
Flitches & grinder, December 2020
Truck is loaded with mulch, December 2020.
Mulch delivered to caretakers, December 2020.
Woodchip at caretakers depot, December 2020.
Grinder close to finishing project, December 2020.

God’s Way Ltd Directors hope that the mill will allow the grinding project to occur every year. If the project does go ahead there will be a recurring cost each year, God’s Way Ltd will require enough donations to come in to fund the project.

If you would like to donate to the Mulch Project please visit the God’s Way Ltd Donate page at this link.

Mulch Project Costs December 2020
Cubic Metres (m3)
2,690 m3
Total Cost $ (Dec 2020)
$41,800
Cost Breakdown
Trucking $ (per day)
$1,100 incl. GST
Grinding $ (per day)
$8,250 incl. GST
Mulch Costs Ground/Processed & Delivered
Cubic Metres (m3)
Total Cost $ (per year)
Cost per/m3 Delivered $
(incl. GST)
Hardwood Mulch (actual cost December 2020)
1 m3 $15.60 $15.60
2,500 m3 $39,000 $15.60
5,989 m3 (14.8 acres) $93,428 $15.60
15,000 m3 (37 acres) $234,000 $15.60

All costs are estimated in Australian dollars.

In Queensland Australia large amounts of land clearing occurs. Sadly the felled matter is mostly burnt rather than being added back into the eco-system or used for environmental recovery. If the matter was mulched and spread on top of the soil it would aid soil health including feeding microbes, fungi & other essential components for soil building.

The mulch makes a noticeable difference to environmental projects for example it:

  • Creates cover for the soil keeping it cooler
  • Retains moisture in the woodchip and soil
  • Provides food, shelter and moisture for insect and microbial life (and other intelligent life e.g. micro-organisms, fungi, bacteria etc.)
  • Slow releases nutrients into the soil
  • Has all manner of benefits to a degraded environment
  • God’s Way Ltd has looked into grinding up the felled trees and matter (slash as it is commonly referred to) from local clearing activities and has found that it would be feasible to hire a grinder in order to produce woodchip. God’s Way Ltd is open to joint venture mulch projects between other individuals and or other organisations who are interested in a regular source of mulch for their own projects.

    God’s Way Ltd does not currently have the funds to go ahead with projects like these on it’s own, but cooperatively with others and by sharing costs (individuals cover costs of grinding and transport to their own property) makes the project more economical. God’s Way Ltd would like to see less burning and more environmental recovery worldwide so organisations and individuals doing this on their own merit is a step towards positive environmental change.

    God’s Way Ltd feels that cooperative efforts between locals could bring about positive change in the area.

    If readers know of any properties that have cleared matter please contact us via the contact us page at this link.

    If you would like to donate to the Mulch Project or any other God’s Way Ltd project please visit the God’s Way Ltd Donate page at this link.

    Flitches & grinder, December 2020.
    Pile of flitches, December 2020.
    Piles of mulch, December 2020.
    Mulch piles, December 2020.

Plant & Machinery Branch

Heavy Machinery Maintenance

Over the August to December work periods some heavy machinery repairs were made.

The dozer’s tilt blade function failed and needed to be repaired.

The excavator’s fuel filter was replaced. New safety switches were installed on the excavator so that emergency shutdown happens at the push of a button.

Over the past years God’s Way Ltd has been gifted the use of a small tip truck by Divine Truth Pty Ltd. The ‘yellow tipper’, as it commonly referred to within the organisation, has had various issues since it’s purchase one of which included a gearbox change which cost $13,000. Over the past months more issues have been found including a fuel pump problem which has caused the tipper to be unusable and made some projects harder and more complicated while the tipper has been out of action.

In order to trouble shoot the fuel pump issue a new fuel pump was ordered. This proved to be problematic from the beginning as the tipper is an older model and there are few spare parts available for it in Australia. It took four months (due to postal delays) for a new fuel pump to arrive and after it was installed the issue was still occurred.

Since then other issues have also been found and the following repairs were required:

  • Fuel pump & seals fixed
  • New hoses to the fuel pump
  • Radiator refurbishment
  • Toe ball to be attached
  • Replace temperature gauge
  • Reconditioned injector pump
  • Replace injectors

The above list of repairs ended up costing $6,000 AUD. The repairs, and some modifications (a new tip tray) made to the tipper so far have cost more than the original purchase price of the tip truck.

Due to the unreliability of the yellow tipper, how hard it is to source spare parts and the inconvenience of the tipper being out of action for months at a time, God’s Way Ltd is investigating costs and options to purchase a brand new (or single used highly reliable) tip truck as the small tippers are so handy to use on God’s Way Ltd projects.

Dozer.
Excavator.
Yellow tipper.

Construction Branch

Function Centre Caretaker’s Residence Renovation Project

In August & September 2020 the Construction Branch continued the Caretakers Residence Renovation. The house has been designed to be as maintenance free as possible.

A few areas on the house did however require painting such as raw steelwork or steelwork that had previously been painted, (the steel work was painted in colours to match the new color scheme), this included:

  • stumps
  • bearers
  • veranda posts
  • rafters

Gutters were plumbed in from both sides of the house to the water tank. The water collected off the roof in rain events becomes potable drinking water. Rain water and dam water are the only water sources available on the Function Centre caretakers property.

The first flush system (the system) is designed to keep the rain water clean. The system allows for the removal of leaves and other debris before it enters the pipework, this ensures that the water entering the tank is as clean as possible. A horizontal pipe that slopes gently downward towards an inspection cap adds additional filtration of dirt and any heavy material that may settle in the plumbing. The pipe will be periodically drained and cleaned.

Plumbing from gutter into tank, November 2020.
Corny attaches pump to transfer water, August 2020.
First flush system, August 2020.
Pumping water, August 2020.

Inside the caretakers residence the renovation continued. A coat of waterproofing material was applied in the caretakers residence wet areas.

Waterproofing material applied to shower area, August 2020.
Aerial view of caretakers property, August 2020
Aerial view of caretakers residence, August 2020
Caretakers residence and front garden area, August 2020.
Caretakers dam, August 2020.
Caretakers dwelling & dam, August 2020.

A general clean up happened at the Function Centre Caretakers property. Old fencing materials and rubbish from the caretakers residence renovation have been given away, will be reused or taken to the dump.

Function Centre Caretaker’s Shed Extension Project

In October the Construction Branch conducted some preparation work on the Function Centre Caretaker’s Shed Extension Project. The shed extension is being created as a heavy machinery servicing and general maintenance shed.

Plans of the proposed shed extension were sent to a structural engineer who approved and signed off the plans. Information required by the local council has been gathered, submitted and paid for so that a building permit can be issued for the shed extension.

The shed extension posts/columns will share the same foundations as the adjoining pre-existing shed. Due to the shed being extended the load (weight) of both sheds has increased. Because of this the existing foundations will be removed, enlarged and re-established.

Two of the existing post foundations had a concrete slab poured over the top of them. The slab has been cut away and jack-hammered out in readiness for when the new shed gains Council approval and the project begins.

Exposed foundations on the existing shed, these will be removed and enlarged, November 2020.

Divine Truth Studio Renovation

The Construction Branch worked on the Divine Truth studio renovation August through to October. Jesus gifts his time as the God’s Way Ltd systems manager which includes everything to do with data storage & maintenance. Jesus stores, backs up, maintains, updates, builds and configures hardware, software and everything else required to ensure data is safely looked after.

Divine Truth Pty Ltd made some technical upgrades including installation of larger servers to store more data. These upgrades also benefit God’s Way Ltd, more information can be read on Mary’s blog Update on Jesus & Mary 2020, at this link.

In order to house larger servers Jesus & Mary decided to make a small server room within their existing studio.

For the duration of the server room renovation Jesus & Mary moved their editing station and server storage into their small one bedroom house.

Servers are setup in Jesus & Mary’s house until the studio renovation is completed.
Lunch break from studio renovation, August 2020.
Studio setup in Jesus & Mary’s house, August 2020.
Studio setup in Jesus & Mary’s house, August 2020.
Studio packed with gear while server room is renovated, August 2020.
Studio setup in Jesus & Mary’s house, August 2020.

Jesus designed the server room and Corny constructed it.

The extra noise and heat being generated from the server fans needed to be controlled (constant air conditioning & sound proofing required) so it didn’t affect studio audio and video recordings and is not too loud for those working in the recording room.

A soundproof and fireproof separation wall was required.

Studio before renovation began.

Desks, floor & doors are taped and covered to keep area clean and as dust free as possible during renovation.

Server room construction begins, August 2020.

A dividing wall was built.

Dense sound proofing insulation was installed. It was checked for the smallest gaps so that no noise can travel through the walls.

Walls with sound proofing completed, August 2020.
Walls with sound proofing completed, August 2020.

The walls were sheeted with a magnesium oxide board (MGO board) on both sides of the wall. Magnesium oxide boad is fire proof (does not burn) and is very dense for noise control.

Fire resistant plasterboard was added on the inside wall and standard plasterboard on the outside wall.

MGO board completed, August 2020.
MGO board completed, August 2020.

All gaps in the walls were sealed, and all joints were plastered.

Plastering complete, September 2020.
Plastering complete, September 2020.

In September 2020, once the plaster work was sanded off and completed a shelving unit for storage was installed.

Jesus & Mary check the days work in the studio.
Shelving framework without plywood shelves, September 2020.
Wall before shelving is installed.
Shelving in server room completed, October 2020.
Server room shelves completed, November 2020.

A large solid core door (2340mm high x 1020mm wide) was installed to seal off the server room. The door is made of the most dense material available to prevent sound moving from the server room through the door and into the studio audio/visual recording room. To create a full sound proof barrier specialised acoustic seals were installed around and under the door once the painting was completed

Equipment to hang server room door, September 2020.
Corny working on the server room door, September 2020.
Server room door being prepared, September 2020.
Testing door hinges, September 2020.
Server room modifications, October 2020.
Server room door frame installed, October 2020.
Server room door hung, October 2020.
Server room door completed & server racks installed, November 2020.

During October the Construction Branch painted the new server room at the Divine Truth studio.

Paint work included:

  • All new works were painted with an undercoat
  • Two top coats were applied to the walls and ceilings
  • The new door and architraves were painted with undercoat and topcoat using a high gloss enamel paint
  • New and existing storage shelves were painted with a two part polyurethane product (Epic polycryl) that dries extremely hard. Polycryl was chosen for the longevity of the shelves against heavy usage including mitigating damage of heavy items being pulled in and out off the shelves. The product ensures ongoing protection and maintains a new look over a longer period of time than paint.
Server room shelves completed, November 2020.

The new server racks (to hold computer data storage) were installed and are ready to be fitted out with the computer equipment.

server racks in the server room, November 2020.

An electrician installed all the power runs that were required to get the server room operational.

Studio server room completed
Server room renovation completed, November 2021.
Studio complete and in use, November 2020.
Studio renovation completed, November 2020.
Servers.
Server hardware being constructed, November 2020.
Server hardware builds, November 2020.

Hostel Roof Repair

In September 2020, the Construction Branch fixed the hostel roof which had been leaking. Finding the source of the leaks had been near to impossible. The original roof was made up of mostly second hand corrugated iron roofing sheets which had a large number of patched holes from previous uses. It was decided that the most economical solution to the leaks was to replace the roof sheeting with new full-length sheets.

Hostel roof before being replaced, September 2020.
Hostel roof before being replaced, September 2020.
Hostel roof after being replaced, September 2020.
Hostel roof after being replaced, September 2020.
New hostel roof and guttering, November 2020.
New hostel roof and guttering, November 2020.

Water Management Systems

10m x 10m Shed Build

The 10m x 10m Shed Build has been completed (more information can be found in
June & July 2020 Activity Report)

In August extra bracing was installed on the rear bays of the 10m x 10m kit shed, this upgraded the shed to withstand cyclonic conditions.

Though the geographical area (location) where the shed is built, 125km inland from the coast, is not currently regarded as a cyclone affected area, the shed has been designed to withstand major climatic changes. In the event that rapid, destructive environmental events do occur potable (drinkable) water will be a resource vital for continual sustained existence of humanity and flora and fauna. The shed has been strengthened to ensure the structure survives extreme weather events so it can serve its purpose to protect the catchment of potable water.

The water tanks were installed underneath the shed roof so they are protected from the elements and UV light. This is to ensure that there will be a water supply in all conditions and circumstances and the water tanks will last for many years.

Once the water tanks were positioned, upgraded cross bracing was added onto the side bays of the shed.

Shed ready for tank installation, August 2020.
Cross bracing at back of shed, August 2020.
10m x 10m shed cross bracing, August 2020.
10m x 10m shed one tank installed, August 2020.
Construction Branch skids tanks into position, August 2020.
Construction Branch skids tanks into position, August 2020.
Tanks installed under 10m x 10m shed, August 2020.
Tanks installed, August 2020.
10m x 10m shed bracing after tanks were installed, September 2020.
10m x 10m shed after rain, September 2020.
10m x 10m shed after rain, September 2020.

Water Tanks Moved & Positioned

In August 2020, water tanks that were previously cleaned (more information can be found in the June & July 2020 Activity Report), were ready to be taken to their respective locations.

Four water tanks were installed to collect water off the 10m x 10m shed roof. The tanks will gravity feed water to other locations on the Function Centre and Function Centre Caretakers properties.

Now that the water tanks have been installed the opportunity to water the terraces exists. Plans are in place to pump dam water up to the 10m x 10m tanks and gravity feed the water down the hillside as required.

Water tank installation information
  • Each water tank is made from high density Polyethylene and weighs approximately 450kg.
  • A car trailer was hired to move the tanks. A temporary timber platform was built and inserted to raise the trailer floor level up to the height of the trailer wheel guards, this enabled the tanks to roll smoothly onto the trailer.
  • Aluminium building planks were used to create a gentle slope for the tanks to roll on and off the trailer.
  • When the water tanks were rolled off the trailer and into the required position on the tank pad, the tanks were then simply pushed over (lots of volunteer muscle was applied) to land on their base.
  • Care is taken to ensure that the ground that the tanks land on is clear of obstacles and protrusions that could puncture the tanks.
  • With experience volunteers found that the placement of the tanks could be done quite accurately so when a tank was tipped over it landed almost exactly in the position required. Sometimes this was not feasible for example when tanks were placed under a roof they need to be skidded into position.

    Skidding tanks into position
    • The tanks under the 10m x 10m shed were 3.6m high when turned on their side. These tanks were skidded to their precise location.
    • Skids are made from long, strong but not very wide material that can be put under the tank acting a little like railway tracks.
    • The skids keep the tank off the ground so it can be pushed sideways while creating as little friction as possible (the more friction the harder it is to push).
    • Skids are also used to rotate the tanks on the spot if necessary. For example lining up the tops of the tanks so the water intake basket is in line with the roof gutter location.
    • Steel skids and hardwood skids were trialled to slide the tanks into position.
    • Volunteers found that hardwood skids rubbed down with a bar of soap were the most effective as skids.
    Water tanks wait to be loaded onto trailer.
    Winding straps to hold down tanks.
    Tank ready to be rolled onto trailer, August 2020.
    Misty morning at caretakers, August 2020.
    Tank loaded ready to be strapped down.
    Tank backed through terrace, August 2020.
    Tank is pushed over ready to skid under shed roof.
    Tank is pushed into position under shed roof.
    Trailer as is went over a hump ready to collect next tank.
    Tank ready to roll off trailer at 10m x 10m shed site.
    Tank is levered onto skids.
    Tank on skids.
    Next tank loaded and strapped ready for transportation.

    Two water tanks were installed in close proximity to the residence and gardens (at the highest point closest to the house) on the Function Centre Caretakers property to store and then gravity feed dam water to the garden areas around the house.

    Circles marked out for tank placement at caretakers, August 2020.
    Tank is transported to installation location, August 2020.
    Tank on tank pad.
    Tank is pushed over into position on pad.
    Tank is rolled off trailer, August 2020.
    Shade cloth is used under tank to swivel it into position.
    Tanks installed to hold dam water for caretakers gardens.

    During September 2020, the water tanks that were installed under the 10m x 10m shed were re positioned (rotated) so that plumbing fittings are easily accessible and correctly positioned. The tanks have been reused from other locations and have pre-existing holes cut into them to attach valves and install overflow connections. The existing holes did not end up in the precise position required when first moved so the tanks were rotated so the existing holes are now in the best position for the tanks new use.

    The method to rotate a 1/2 tonne tank was to use skids:

  • Which are two long lengths of hardwood timber with a layer of soap rubbed into the timber.
  • The tank has direct contact with the timber and can be easily rotated
  • To get the timbers under the tank, a lever was set up using a crowbar on top of a block of wood
  • The crowbar was inserted underneath the tank to lift it up which made enough space to slide the timber skids under the tank.
  • Once the timber was in place, two long ratchet straps (usually used for tying down loads on trucks) were positioned around the perimeter of the tank at about waist height, the ratchet tightening handles were positioned at opposite sides of the tank
  • When the straps were done up tight, the ratchet handles then became handles to rotate the tank into the desired position.
  • Tank strapped and ready to be rotated, September 2020.
    Tank being rotated using ratchet straps, September 2020.

Information Sharing Branch

Information sharing is slow at this time. With only five members in the organisation information is shared as often as time allows alongside the daily practical implementation of projects. Data is being gathered and stored so that a record of the projects that are currently underway in the organisation are documented. As more volunteers come to have a heartfelt desire for the organisations objectives and principles more information will be able to be shared.

Photographs taken during the work period are sorted and edited, December 2020.

Founding Member Activities

Jesus and Mary were busy with various projects over the August to December work period including:

  • Overseeing and managing God’s Way Ltd projects
  • Divine Truth Studio renovation
  • Editing the Sin & it’s Causes Assistance Group audio and video
  • Eco-tent/cabin refurbishment commenced. The cabin refurbishment will be an opportunity to test out various experimental techniques that may be used on God’s Way Ltd projects in the future
  • Many other activities including Divine Truth, God’s Way Ltd and personal projects

    Jesus was busy with the following activities, as well as those mentioned above:

  • Built servers (designed, built hardware, coded software, tested, trouble shot issues)
  • Server maintenance, backups, re programming tasks
  • Updated all of God’s Way Ltd servers, which requires major upgrades & reconfigurations
  • Designed, setup & programmed God’s Way Ltd members a workstation with a virtual machine
  • Advised God’s Way Ltd members on technical equipment purchases for personal projects

Jesus developed RSI in his shoulders and wrists due to the repetitive nature of the audio and video editing work. Due to this injury he could only complete 3-4 hours of editing in one stretch. This means he also worked on other technical upgrades and projects between editing to break up the repetitive task.

For updates written by Jesus & Mary visit the following links on Mary’s blog.

Server Upgrade

Jesus server setup and hardware builds

Jesus’ workshop with server components, November 2020.
Jesus fitting components into the server case.
Server components.
Jesus works on a server.
Adjusting fans for server.
Inside the server, November 2020.
Server components partially installed.
Jesus works on servers while Mary edits video.
Inside the neatly built server.
Jesus tests server software.

Eco-tent/Cabin Refurbishment

Eco-tent/cabin before refurbishment commenced.

Eco-tent one damaged by the wind, August 2020.
Eco-tent two before refurbishment began, August 2020.
Eco-tent/cabin one refurbishment
Eco-tent one under renovation, October 2020.
Eco-tent one welding, November 2020.
Eco-tent one, side view, October 2020.
Eco-tent one, side view, November 2020.
Eco-tent one, front view, October 2020.
Eco-tent one, front view, November 2020.
Eco-tent one renovation steel beams in place, December 2020.
Eco-tent one, back view, December 2020.
Eco-tent one, side view, December 2020.
Eco-tent one, side view, December 2020.
Construction team, December 2020.
Eco-tent/cabin two refurbishment
Eco-tent two before refurbishment began, August 2020.
Eco-tent two, November 2020.
Eco-tent two, December 2020.

Final Words

The August to December 2020, work periods have been filled with activities. Members have noticed that even with a very small team, when they diligently chip away at projects much can be accomplished over time.

Until the next update, best wishes from the directors of God’s Way Ltd.

Mary
Mary
Catherine
Catherine
Eloisa
Eloisa

Title: Activity Report: August to October, 2020
Date of Submission: 15 December 2020
Date of Event: 1 August – 9 August 2020, 20 August to 6 September, 16 September – 4 October & 14 October – 1 November
Post Contributors: Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins, Mary Luck, David Walsh, Catherine Spence
Location: Wilkesdale, Queensland, Australia
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