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Update: 80th Anniversary Tree Planting

To commemorate Melbourne Bushwalkers 80th Anniversary the Club’s committee has decided to plant 500 trees as a long-term legacy for the club.

Due to the current COVID-driven uncertainty it has been decided to postpone the tree planting to 2022.

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Source: President

Getlost Maps version15 released

Getlost Maps has released version 15 of its topographic maps of Australia. Available in 1:25k and 1:75k map sets the Getlost Maps continue to improve in detail and features.

As always, all the maps are for you to download, for free. Take one or take them all, and share them around with people you know. Downloads have already passed 30 million free maps, and not slowing down.

Follow the More Information link to visit the Getlost Maps web page for the download link.

Alternatively, use the convenient maps download link in the Members' Area of the Melbourne Bushwalkers website to find the map you want and save a copy as a convenient PDF file.

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Source: Ian Mair

Plenty River Trail Public Consultation

The Victorian Government is investing in Plenty Gorge Park on Wurundjeri Country. This includes providing a link in the Plenty River Trail ($19.3million), upgrading Hawkstowe Picnic Area ($800,000) and uplifting Nioka Bush Camp ($383,500).

A draft trail alignment shows a new Plenty River Trail that will connect north to south along the Plenty River, along the western side of Plenty Gorge Park. Secondary trails are also planned so users can enjoy shorter return circuit walks.

The new trail will link to the new Mernda and Hawkstowe railway stations, providing active transport options for walkers and cyclists.

Parks Victoria is seeking community feedback on the draft alignment. Consultation is open now and will close on 11 July 2021.

ID: 340;
Source: Caroline Gonzalez

Update - Fedwalks 2021 – Licola, Friday 12 - Monday 15 November

FedWalks2021 will be held in the Gippsland Foothills and Southern Alps, based at the Licola Wilderness Village. Licola is a small village on the banks of the Macalister River, approx. 250km east of Melbourne.

FedWalks2021 will showcase the diversity of walks, scenery, landscapes, flora and fauna of the Gippsland Foothills and Southern Alps. Walks will take you to mountain tops, waterfalls, through fields of wild flowers and spectacular bush, down sparkling rivers, to mountain huts and a jewel of a lake. The walks will range from an easy stroll to challenging and include some offering supported overnight camps. In an exciting first for the Federation Walks Weekend, FedWalks 2021 is offering three overnight walks, two of which are supported and a shorter one which is a "come-and- try overnight walk".

Bookings for the walks open on Monday 2 August and close on Sunday 19 September 2021.

Choose from a suite of 22 walks that highlight the southern section of the Australian Alps. Follow the more information link to visit the Federation Walks 2021 home page for walk details and maps and be ready to get your bookings in early.

ID: 338;
Source: Bushwalking Victoria

Leader Training - Saturday, 26th June


When: Saturday 26th June, 2021
Time: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Clubrooms, Mission to Seafarers, Victoria

Why not attend our free sessions offered uniquely by our club?
Increase your confidence and skill to lead walks.

Others who have attended have commented -
* “Covered a lot and got valuable information about MBW website.”
* “It was well organised and good to do in one day.”
* “Very impressive and professional.”

9:30 - 10:30 Unit 1 – ‘So You Want to Become a Leader?’
10:30 – 11:15 Unit 2 – ‘Research, Planning & Previewing’
11:30 – 12:30 Unit 4 – ‘Risk Management & Safety’
12:30 – 1:00 – LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 Unit 7 – ‘Critical Incidents’

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Source: Angela Vetsicas