For over 10 years The Mountain Journal, produced by the indefatigable Cam Walker, has been keeping interested readers up to date with developments in the Victorian Alps and beyond with a free email notification delivered daily, sometimes several times a day.
With a focus on topics related to environment, news and culture from the Australian Alps, the email notifications keep you in touch with items of importance to the natural preservation of the alpine regions.
The first print edition is hot off the press, and will be (covid lockdowns permitting) surfacing in cafes, mountain huts and public spaces across the Alps soon. The aim is to produce an Annual, taking content from the website, including some new content, and covering the key mountain/ environment issues of the year.
The 2021 edition includes:
A very interesting read. Check the "More information ..." link for the free download details.
The well publicised changes to booking procedures for popluar walks like the Larapinta Trail, Jatbula Trail and Tabletop Track are now scheduled to come into practice in a staged process:
The online booking system is intended to streamline bookings and ensure greater certainty for campers and multi-day trail walkers. Visitors will need to book and pay online before you go to a Northern Territory park.
The new multi-day walking fee will be introduced for trails across NT parks and will be $25 per night, up to a maximum of $125 for 5+ nights, plus campsite fees.
Seethe "More information ..." link for details.
The debate has raged for countless years. Conservation and tourism struggle to co-exist.
"Walking enthusiasts sit somewhere in the middle, staggered along the pro/anti spectrum depending on the kind of hiking their health or wealth will allow." This quote from a recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald encapsulates the quandry many bushwalkers face. How many of us have a foot in both camps? Indignant when a new proposal comes forward to change the natural spleandour, yet ready to accept the added comfort of facilities already in place.
The debate can even be seen to question the current day use of the term "bushwalking" and what it means to be a "bushwalker".
In the well written and researched article quoted above the authors do not take one position or the other. Rather they draw from proponents of both sides and provide a good summary of the commercial pressures impacting on public land across Australia in the push to develop eco-tourism.
Your view? Why not drop a note to the Editor of the club's newsletter.
"‘Unique experiences, instead of mass tourism’: the great walking holidays boom", Konrad Marshall and Miki Perkins, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 24, 2021.
ParkConnect is the Parks Victoria volunteer portal via which individuals register to volunteer with Parks Victoria and volunteer activities are approved to occur. It is also the avenue through which volunteers join the Bushwalking Victoria group and join a Bushwalking Victoria activity.
Parks Victoria is changing both the way volunteers register for activities and making a Working With Children Check (WWCC) mandatory for all volunteers. The requirement for all volunteers to have a WWCC has now been extended to 31 December 2021.
All Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) volunteers who wish to continue volunteering with BTAC are requested to register on ParkConnect, join the Bushwalking Victoria group and obtain a Working with Children Check.
If you have not already done so, I hope you will make the effort to register on ParkConnect. While many of us are still in lockdown now would be a good time to complete this request.
Please contact me or any of the BTAC Committee if you need assistance.
The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan outlines the proposed 57-kilometre, multi-day route, combining and upgrading an existing track network, which will take in the Diamantina Spur and Razorback with an optional ascent of Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second-highest peak.
Parks Victoria have released the first edition of the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Community Update.
Considerable concern was raised within the bushwalking community when the first Master Plan was released. The Community Update seeks to allay concerns by addressing key questions raised.
Parks Victoria will provide updates and information as the project progresses. To stay up to date you can register your interest to receive community updates: - https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/460212F5DB37E78C2540EF23F30FEDED .
Victoria's Roadmap to ending the COVID lockdown sets some key target dates and vaccination levels. It is expected that we will be able to return to most activities from early-November. If you have not already done so, you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated now.
All Melbourne Bushwalkers outdoor activities have been cancelled for Metroplitan members through to end-October. The Leaders for each trip will contact those booked to ensure they are informed.
The Slide Presentation scheduled for Wednesday 22nd September will be delivered as a Video Meeting. Members have been sent an email with details. Video clubroom meetings have been scheduled through to end-October.
The Clubrooms at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria will be closed until further notice following the club Committee meeting on 4th October.
At its monthly meeting on Monday, 6th September, the Club Committee discussed vaccination requirements for participants in club activities.
It is anticipated that all participants in club activities will need to be doubly vaccinated for COVID-19.
The club encourages our members to be doubly vaccinated as soon as possible.
If members wish to comment on this matter, please address correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be further discussion on this matter at the 4th October Committee meeting.
It was last October when we had the last Video Clubroom and we had optimistic hopes that we would be back to face-to-face meeting and regular walking activities.
Ten months have passed and we face the prospect of an even longer period of restrictions. Time to revive the Video Clubroom!
It will be a more informal session. Less of the structured presentations and more time to interact. A chance to re-connect and share anecdotes of keeping the bushwalking dream alive under COVID. Halina will keep us thinking with weekly puzzles sprinkled throughout the session. A member of the Club Committee will provide timely updates on any developments and issues of importance to members.
There will be some longer formal presentations as and when members wish to make a contribution.
Members will be sent an email with login details.
Rubbish in the bush or around your local neighbourhood is an unwanted eyesore.
The free App "Snap Send Solve" enables users to report Dumped Rubbish and a number of other community issues such as Illegal Parking, Overgrown Vegetation, Damaged Pavement and Graffiti, in 30 seconds or less. Around 220k community reports were made in Victoria during 2020 with a high level of user satisfaction.
Now the developers of "Snap Send Solve" have launched SNAPtember with a weekly prize of $500 to encourage broader community action. Every time a Snapper reports the issue of the week, they will go in the running to win $500. There will be one winner selected each week.
See the attached PDF file from the "More information ..." link for details or check out the "Snap Send Solve" website for further background.