Adopt a Track program
It is the aim of Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) committee that 20 clubs will have 'adopted a track' by the end of March 2016. To achieve this target we need another five clubs to adopt a track. Charlie Ablitt, the Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Projects Coordinator, is working with Parks Victoria to identify tracks that require work and are 'up for adoption'.
Below is a list of clubs that have adopted a track as at 31 August 2015
|Ballarat||Bukkertillible Track||Mt Buangor SP|
|Bayside||Freemans Mill Track||Bunyip SP|
|Benalla||Mt Samaria||Mt Samaria SP|
|Boroondara||Several tracks||Cathedral Range SP|
|Bunarong||Condons Track||Yarra Ranges NP|
|Diamond Valley||Sugarloaf Reservoir Walking Trail||Warrandyte SP|
|Grampians||Heatherlie Quarry Track||Grampians NP|
|Iranian||Several tracks||Lysterfield Park|
|Koonung||To be matched with a track|
|Maroondah||To be matched with a track|
|Peninsula||To be matched with a track|
|Strzelecki||Australian Alps Walking Track||Baw Baw NP|
|Warrnambool||Mt Abrupt||Grampians NP|
Bench Rest Track
|YHA||To be matched with a track|
For the 2015-16 year to date, our records show that clubs have contributed 473 hours of work valued at $15,372.50 (costed at $32.50 per hour).
Number of reported volunteer hours to date is 580 (411 this time last year). This work has been done by 31 volunteers (8 of whom have worked on two or three projects).
The BTAC committee aims to increase both the number of BTAC projects as well as the number of volunteers. We are heading in the right direction, but need continued support from volunteers to achieve our goals.
We have approximately 100 volunteers on our list and hope that many more club members or Individual Supporter members will join us. It would be fantastic if everyone on our volunteer list participated in at least one BTAC project a year.
|4 Oct 2015||Mt Dandenong|
|9-11 Oct 2015||Northern Wilsons Promontory|
|31 Oct-3 Nov 2015||Black River, AAWT|
|28-29 Nov 2015||Upper Howqua|
|Fri 22-Tue 26 Jan 2016 *
(Australia Day weekend)
* Date range to be confirmed
|Falls Creek area willow hunt|
|Fri 11-Mon 14 Mar 2106
(Labour Day weekend)
|AAWT, Omeo area|
Outdoors Victoria's 'Invest Outdoors' initiative
In July, Chuck Berger, the CEO of Outdoors Victoria, invited Bushwalking Victoria to provide a list of tracks that Outdoors Victoria could include in their Investment Priority List for Outdoors Victoria User Groups. Outdoors Victoria will use this list to advocate for a major increase to core Parks Victoria funding.
The BTAC committee asked our network of Field Officers to identify tracks and trails in their areas according to the following criteria:
- Closed tracks at risk of being lost for good and which are described in bushwalking guide books (so people expect them to exist), but which have been subject to neglect, fires, flood, erosion or vandalism, and have been abandoned by the land manager
- Existing tracks that are poorly maintained, at risk of becoming derelict or being closed for safety/environmental reasons because of lack of resources
- New tracks that Bushwalking Victoria would like to see developed.
Field Officers were asked to indicate the importance of their nominations by prioritising their nominations as 1 Urgent, 2 Important and 3 Desired, and give reasons for why the work should be done.
|McMahons Creek, Goldfields, Yarra Ranges||Closed due to vandalism to barriers and infrastructure around mine shafts||Urgent|
|Lerderderg Track: Blackwood Springs Reserve and North Blackwood Road||Closed due to subsidence and lack of track maintenance||Urgent|
|Grampians: Golton Gorge Loop Walk (2.3km)||Closed after 2011 floods and never reopened||Urgent|
|East Tyers Walking Track: Caringal-Munros Mill site||
A number of bridges are down
|Sunset Track, Bunyip State Park||Closed on the park's management plan and removed from maps, but is being used by vehicles and walkers||Desired|
|Grampians: Mackeys Peak||Track hard to find from Halls Gap and Pinnacle track||Urgent|
|Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT)||
Fallen trees between Mt Clear and High Cone
|Grampians: Mt Cassell||Inadequately marked with rock cairns
In need of clearing
|Gippsland: Grand Strzelecki Track||Potential to be iconic track
Billy Creek section requires ongoing maintenance
|McMillan's Walking Track||A track of historical significance
At risk of becoming derelict or being closed for safety/environmental reasons because of lack of resources for maintenance
|Grampians: Asses Ears Track||Weather and vegetation are degrading the track||Desired|
|Collins Siding - Tyers Junction, Baw Baw||Surface rutted after John Creek
Overgrown after Telbit Road
|Mt Langi Ghiran||Connect the forest road ascending (via Ghiran Reservoir) from the north along Easter Creek||Urgent|
|Mornington Peninsula||300m to link the Port Phillip coastal walks to Point Nepean||Important|
|Mt Macedon Trail||Add to Great Dividing Trail from the Blackwood area to Firth Park and onto Mount Macedon||Important|
|Grampians: Barbican Rocks||3km of new track to views from the Castle||Desired|
Megan Major, BTAC manager