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BTAC - Volunteers Needed

Wilsons Prom - 21 to 25 April.  Read more... 

Extended Navigation Training

A day of practical navigation to enhance your skills. 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 ...
 
Replacement of Toilet Block - Ritchie's Hut
 
Parks Victoria are currently in the process of replacing the existing toilet at Ritchie's hut.

The works are scheduled between February and April 2017.

There may be no toilet available for use between this period as the old toilet will be decommissioned. Please ensure you walk at least 100 metres from the river or any water way, dig a hole and bury your waste and toilet paper very carefully.

If you have any queries, please contact Parks Victoria, Mansfield on 13 1963.

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Charity Fundraiser

CanTeen – Wilsons Prom Challenge

CanTeen supports young people aged 12- 25 who are affected by cancer. This not only includes a diagnosis of cancer for the young person, but also a diagnosis of their mother, father, brother or sister. We provide a wide range of support services including counselling, camps, youth-centred hospital care, information and resources to support this very challenged time in a young person's life.

 

Almost five years ago we launched a Wilderness Program, in which we took young people who had been affected by cancer out into the wilderness for four days to reconnect with their own personal strengths and have optimal respite time in a naturally healing environment. The impact of the program has been profound.

 

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This year we have planned a very special event that will be of interest to bushwalkers. We have planned a wilderness hike to raise funds for one of our upcoming camps. We are seeking 25 participants to do a 35.5km hike in Wilsons Prom National Park and raise money to make this camp happen. So far we have five participants and we are hoping to get to 25.

 

Everyday hero – for fundraising/event information: https://everydayhero.com.au/event/hikethelight.

Registration: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/40365/hike_the_light.aspx.

 

Ruby Hart |State Manager – Victoria
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Wheelchair Hiking

A passionate adventurer, who hasn't let disability stop him from living life to the fullest, is helping Parks Victoria test new equipment that could be used in the future to help others undertake more challenging hikes in national parks.

 

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Campbell Message, who became a paraplegic after a car accident when he was two, volunteered his time recently to test special adaptive equipment at Wilsons Promontory National Park to see if it would help people to undertake the difficult hike.

 

Campbell tested an off-road handcycle with ultra-low gears for steep hill climbing. It also has two wheels at the front for extra stability and an extra steering system that can be activated by moving the chest on a panel attached to the steering. All camping gear needed to be carried and Campbell also had to tow his wheelchair on a trailer attached to the off-road handcycle.

 

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Campbell was accompanied by two wonderful friends on the hike from Telegraph Saddle to Oberon Bay; camped overnight then undertook the coastal route to Tidal River. It is a challenging hike and the team had to work together using various methods such as rope towing, hand cranking and even crawling to get through the steep and challenging terrain.

 

View the video of Campbell and the team in action at the Prom at https://youtu.be/lCqBgAxr7kQ.

 

Source: Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro, Regional Marketing & Communications- East Region, Parks Victoria
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