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BTAC - Volunteers Needed 

Croanjingolong National Park

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. Read more...

Goldfields Track - Yarra Ranges

Parks Victoria has asked BTAC if we can provide 12 volunteers to help with track clearing on Saturday, 13 May on the Goldfields Track in the Yarra Ranges. 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 ...
 

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Emergency Planning

Dependence on communication/emergency alerting systems is no substitute for adequate pre-planning, good bush and navigation skills, appropriate fitness and sound leadership.  A bushwalking trip should be based on the participant's skill and experience and a party of sufficient size and strength for the particular venture.  These are the basic requirements for safety and enjoyment of the planned bush activity.   Such parties should be safe and not require external assistance in all but the most
unusual circumstances.

Let someone know before you go

ALWAYS leave a plan and party details with a trusted relation/friend with instructions if you have not contacted them by the due time.  Use the free Trip Intentions Online or the Victoria Police Trip Intentions Form.

Mobile phones for communications in the bush

Mobile phones can often be used for communications in the bush and other remote areas.  It is recommended that parties carry at least one mobile phone.

All mobiles are not equal.  Do some research to determine which mobile phone will be the best for the places you are likely to use it.

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) can be carried and used to issue a distress alert via satellite and overhead aircraft in the event an emergency occurs in the field.

Bushwalking Victoria recommends PLBs for bushwalking and other trips into remote areas, noting that they:

  • Can save lives, although they may not be completely reliable in all circumstances
  • Are a last resort in cases of grave and immediate risk to life – not a first resort
  • Are not a substitute for sound leadership and party strength
  • Help to minimise search and rescue efforts and costs
  • Should be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to assist the search and rescue response

 For more comprehensive information on this topic follow this link http://www.bsar.org/Remote-area-communications