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Bushwalking Victoria needs your help!!

Volunteer on the Board:
As we near the BWV AGM in June it is becoming apparent that BWV will have a number of positions to fill as Board members approach the end of their term or retire from the Board after considerable service.

Like all other committees, BWV are hoping to attract candidates to the Board who can step up in future to fill office bearer positions.  It is much easier to take on these roles having first served a term as a General Board member to gain an understanding of BWV operations.  

BWV is in urgent need of a Secretary. Can someone please step up and help with this?

Volunteer on a Team:
Becoming a Board member is just one way that you can get involved in the Bushwalking Victoria community.  If you can’t commit to the monthly meeting, why not offer your practical skills to assist on some of BWV’s projects?  BWV are developing a number of project teams to assist in supporting our club. There is an opportunity to be involved in the following activities:
Communications Team - source items for BWV monthly Bushwalking News, social media posts, write articles for website/bulletins, etc
Club Development Team - strategies and plans to assist clubs to develop and grow.  For example: reviewing current processes (keep it simple), finding new members, developing committee members and leaders, assisting struggling clubs.
Community Development Team - develop strategies to assist new and diverse bushwalking groups form, community engagement, introductory walks/activities, etc.
Risk Management Team – review and develop risk management policy and practice and provide guidance to clubs.
Having been through the past two years of uncertainty and upheaval caused by COVID, BWV are hopeful that 2022 will be the year to get back on track.

If you know of anyone who can help out in any of the above, please contact Mike Grant, President  or Robyn Shingles, Secretary


ID: 389;
Source: Bushwalking Victoria

EOI: Mt Gar Basecamp, Queens Birthday Weekend, June 10-13

This is a combination Base Camp and Pack Carry over the Queens Birthday Weekend, June 10, 11, 12 &13.

It will be a chance to explore old tracks and new in the Northern Gariwerd (Grampians: Mt Difficult Range), including, Mt. Gar and Mt. Gunigalg. The new Peaks Trail provides a variety of links between old tracks in this ruggedly picturesque landscape, creating circuit options and views not previously available.

Base Camp option (June 10-13):
Troopers Creek Campsite: For 3 nights: June 10,11&12.
Cost $10 per person max.
Site toilet and tank water. No shower.
The Base Camp option will provide a choice of Easy/Medium day hikes (14km-16km).
One Hard hike (14km) will be provided on June 11 for those looking for something more challenging. There will be sections off-track with rock-climbing in exposed locations (limited participation).
Leader/Leaders required for the three day hikes (maps and routes to be provided). Please advise your availability to lead when lodging your expression of interest.

Pack Carry option:
June 12-13: Medium/Hard, 32 km, 1500m total ascent, rock scrambling and steep, rocky sections.  
Start and finish at Base Camp location.

Participants for the Pack Carry Option can also do the day walks on the days before and after the Pack Carry if the choose. When registering your expression of interest please indicate whther you will also be doing some of the day walks.

Leader contact: Leigh Wykes

ID: 388;
Source: Leigh Wykes

Membership Subscriptions for 2022-23 Now Due

That time of the year has come again and Subscription Renewal for 2022-23 is now due for the Club's Financial Year starting from 1st April.

I am pleased to let you know that the recent AGM approved the recommendation that there be no increase in subscription level again this year, the 19th year in a row without an increase. Details of the current fees are provided on the FAQs Page of the website.

If you have changed any of your details a copy of the Subscription Renewal Form with subscription amounts and payment options will be included with the April, May and June newsletters or you can downloaded a copy from the website downloads page by using the "More information ...." link below:


ID: 387;
Source: Membership Secretary

Expressions of Interest: X-C Skiing at Rover Chalet, 5-13 August

Once again we have been offered the use of the Rover Chalet for a week’s X-C skiing. The chalet is an 11 km ski in from Falls Creek so is well away from the crowds. The chalet is well fitted out with a commercial grade kitchen, mattresses for sleeping on in the loft, internal toilets and hot showers. There is a washing machine and a drying room. 240v power so you can charge your phones even if reception is restricted.

We run the week with a voluntary roster covering all the chores that need to be done, cooking, cleaning, wood chopping, bread baking etc. We try to organize full day trips every day taking lunch with us, usually at least two standards, an easier and a harder. If the weather is lousy we often play around on sheltered slopes near the chalet, perfecting (in my case trying) telemark turns.

The week includes a hall to sleep in on Friday night and a bus up and down to Falls Creek. To ski in we have to carry our fresh meat and vegetables, all the other food is stored in the large pantry in the chalet. To go in you need to have had experience on skis and to be able to carry a pack. The pack can be kept fairly light as you don’t need many clothes because you can wash and dry them up there.

If you are interested talk to Doug Pocock.


ID: 374;
Source: Doug Pocock