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Volunteers Required - Trackwork

Langi Ghiran Water Race Circuit

26 August 2017 at 9.30am - 16 Volunteers required. Contact David Miller on davidmiller3199@gmail.com

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.

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 ...
 

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Fundraising Event for The Mitta Mitta River in The Alpine National Park

Is your bushwalking club looking for the opportunity to be involved with and contribute to a significant bushwalking track conservation and maintenance project? A project which will make a lasting and significant improvement to one of Victoria’s most well-known and loved bush walking tracks?

A fantastic fundraising event has been planned for the weekend of October 7- 8, 2017 to raise funds for The Mitta River in The Alpine National Park. 

The Mitta Mitta river located in the Alpine National Park is beloved and renowned for having some of the best rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more in Victoria.  The original Friends of the Mitta (FOTM) accomplished great things during the heyday of this Victorian river.

Friends of the Mitta (FOTM) have been working with Parks Victoria for two years now to try and “formalise” the Graveyard Overlook/Tombstone Track/O’Connell’s Lookout and what is one of the most incredible overlooks in Victoria.  The project is supported by enthusiastic rangers on the ground, however, due to funding and resource issues this very remote region of the Alpine National Park needs some volunteer assistance to rejuvenate the wonderful Mitta Mitta track.

As such, a fundraising event has been organised by FOTM which will include the following planned activities:

  • On Saturday, we’ll team up into work parties for projects along the river. These will include things like: English broome control, willow eradication, campsite restoration, river clean-up and safety work, trail maintenance, put-in site improvement, etc.
  • Saturday evening we’ll have a fundraising event at the Blue Duck. As this is our first year back after many years, we plan to keep it simple: food, music, a silent auction, and a few equipment and Mittagundi booths.
  • On Sunday, everyone will run the river. We will have rafts and guides available for folks without the skills and/or equipment, as well as providing car shuttles.

The President of FOTM is calling out to Bushwalking Victoria clubs, organisations, schools and anyone who has enjoyed and utilised the Mitta River over the years to support this important project.

FOTM are really wanting this event to be a success and other assistance and skills where volunteers would be valued are:

  • Donations of volunteer time: for work parties, before and after the event.
  • Bands & Musicians: If you or someone you know would like to help out by playing music at the event, please contact Jeffe Aronson President of FOTM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Booths at the event: Any group or club wishing to erect a booth to provide information about their group, sell gear, etc.

After paying for the costs of the work parties and event, 100% of all donations will go towards costs of ongoing and future environmental and river running work projects along the Mitta Mitta River.

Donors will be mentioned in all FOTM advertising and marketing, paper, media and online. Donors may also request a free guided river trip down the Mitta.

Any club or individual member who is interested in helping or with ideas & suggestions, please contact:

Jeffe Aronson, President FOTM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matt Renshaw, Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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.