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cleaningCanberra SS, Illawarra SS and the Narooma office of Deua NPWS have embarked on a cave cleaning/restoration project in Wyanbene Cave. After many years of public, speleological and other group use, the cave has seen a great deal of mud build up on formations, some of which has been inadvertently passed from one section of the cave to another.

The results have been more than satisfactory. CSS and ISSĀ are the main proponents for the restoration work but we encourage other clubs that visit the area, to undertake a bit of cleaning on their journey through the cave and to minimise further mud contamination where ever possible. We have placed a few small black mats on the mud section to assist entry and exit over the mud section near the ladder climb and have placed flagging tape around some formations that have been cleaned of mud in that chamber.

There is also a path marked with flagging tape in the Old Tourist Chamber for the moment to see how it goes until other track marking can be obtained.

We would ask that the Cleopatra's Bath area be a boot removal area and/or dirty trog suit removed to reduce further impact on this area. There is now a walk area delinated in the Helictite Chamber to minimise possible future muddying of cleaned flowstone and helictites. Photos and reports below can be downloaded here.

The Report on the cleaning to date