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Federation Walk - 28 & 29 October

Warburton

This years' Federation Walk is hosted by Melbourne Bushwalkers - planning is well ahead and bookings open on July 1. For further information follow this link.

BWV Leadership Forum & AGM

Save the date - BWV Leadership Forum is being held on June 24, 2017. 

Changes to the Packhorse Track

Many bushwalkers will have walked the delightful Packhorse Track that winds up through the forest from Howmans Gap to Falls Creek. There have been some changes to the track recently as part of Falls Creek's summer strategy. Read more

Grampians Peak Trail

Excitement in the Grampians is building, as construction on the northern and southern sections of the Peaks Trail gets underway.
Parks Victoria is working with hikers to plan the most scenic walks through the area. Watch this video

Deer Hunting on Snake Island

The Victorian Government announced recently that it would allow a trial to hunt hog deer on the island for a two year period. Bushwalking Victoria has a number of concerns reagrding this proposal. Read more ...
 

Member Discounts

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Croanjingolong Call for Volunteers

Croajingolong National Park -Queens Birthday Weekend - 10 - 12 June & beyond

Parks Victoria need a lot of work to be done in this fantastic park. Camping from 10 June to 18 June is free. Parks Victoria will provide one to two BBQs over this period.

We will be staying at Wingan Inlet. We need 20-25 helpers including 2-4 kayakers to paddle about 2km to spend the day track clearing with a possibility staying overnight.

There is a choice of two stays.

  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, and travel back home Tuesday, 13 June.
  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, have a walk/rest 13 June, work 14-16 June, walk /rest 17 June and travel home Sunday, 18 June.

Work on 16 June will be very low key.

If anyone is interested, after Sunday, 18 June, Mike Grant the project leader, is doing a private trip to Thurra River for fishing and walking until 25 June 2017.

If you are interested please contact David Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0417 565 919.

Cheers David

David Miller
Projects Coordinator
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC)
Mobile: 0417 565 919
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

 

Croanjigilong Call for Volunteers

Croajingolong National Park -Queens Birthday Weekend - 10 - 12 June & beyond

Parks Victoria need a lot of work to be done in this fantastic park. Camping from 10 June to 18 June is free. Parks Victoria will provide one to two BBQs over this period.

We will be staying at Wingan Inlet. We need 20-25 helpers including 2-4 kayakers to paddle about 2km to spend the day track clearing with a possibility staying overnight.

There is a choice of two stays.

  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, and travel back home Tuesday, 13 June.
  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, have a walk/rest 13 June, work 14-16 June, walk /rest 17 June and travel home Sunday, 18 June.

Work on 16 June will be very low key.

If anyone is interested, after Sunday, 18 June, Mike Grant the project leader, is doing a private trip to Thurra River for fishing and walking until 25 June 2017.

If you are interested please contact David Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0417 565 919.

Cheers David

David Miller
Projects Coordinator
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC)
Mobile: 0417 565 919
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

 

Photo Request

Photo Request

Bushwalking Victoria is preparing to launch its new website, filled with loads of resources for our members. This will include more information on tracks, bush safety, equipment reviews.

We want to show off the incredible walks that we have to offer here in Victoria – walks that you have been on, that you know best, and that you have seen in different seasons. To do that, we need your photos! We want our new website to be filled with pictures of Victoria's tracks, to help those planning their next adventure, and to inspire those who haven't yet bushwalked.

Help us by providing photos of tracks that you have walked on, including notes on when and where the photo was taken, and who took the photo. We also want to be able to give the photographer exposure as another way of continuing our efforts to promoting local bushwalking.

Photos can be landscapes, sunsets or sunrises, quirky or creative, and with or without walkers (please make sure you get permissions from any people featured in your photos). The photos will feature on the rotating banner of the homepage of our new website. We will also be using these pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

Send in as many photos as you want. Please send your photos to:

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If you have feedback or great ideas that you would like to see on our website or via social media, send us an email about that too.

 

New Study Explains Why Shoelaces Keeping Coming Untied

New Study Explains Why Shoelaces Keep Coming Untied

A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley explains why shoelaces keep coming untied – including double and triple-knotted knots. Certain knots are more likely to stay knotted longer than others – knots based on granny knots are inherently weaker and come untied sooner than knots based on reef knots.

To read about this study go to https://phys.org/news/2017-04-shoe-string-theory-science-shoelaces-untied.html

For a quick explanation of why the reef knot is more secure knot than a granny knot, view the Professor Shoelace video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaS6TwzLc8

 

Snake Island Balloted Hog Deer Hunting Program

Snake Island Balloted Hog Deer Hunting Program

The two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island commenced on Monday 6 February, with a total of eight hunters permitted on the island for five days. The ballot and hunting periods are regulated by the Game Management Authority (GMA) and Parks Victoria.

Snake Island is situated within Corner Inlet and is part of the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park in South Gippsland. Access to the island is by boat and is tide dependent, with the closest boat ramp at Port Welshpool.

Current estimates of Hog Deer numbers on the island are about 500 individuals.

Since the announcement of the two-year trial by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio in August 2016, the GMA and Parks Victoria have consulted with key user groups including the Snake Island Cattleman's Association, licenced tour operators, school groups, the Australian Deer Association and Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia.

The focus of the trial is on providing quality hunting opportunities in a safe and controlled way that coexists with current land use and visitors to the island. The Australian Deer Association conducted a hunter education weekend at Port Welshpool on 21 and 22 January 2017, and each hunter undertook a mandatory briefing by Parks Victoria and the GMA prior to their hunting period.

There will be a total of seven hunt periods held between February and May 2017, scheduled during the week days to avoid weekends and public holidays. Each hunt period begins on Monday at 8.00am and finishes on Friday at midday. Hunting is not permitted at night.

A hunter information package and fact sheet for the program has been developed and can be accessed from the Parks Victoria and GMA websites. Click on link below to access the GMA website.

http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/hunting/deer/hog-deer-hunting/balloted-hunting This includes a map outlining the hunting exclusion zones on the island.

South Gippsland District Newsletter, April 2017

To read Bushwalking Victoria's policy on invasive and feral animals on public land, go to:

http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/files/Submissions/2016_09_05_Bushwalking_Victoria_policy_on_invasive_animals_on_public_land.pdf

http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/files/Submissions/2016_05_08_Protecting_Victorias_Environment_-_Biodiversity_2036.pdf