On the Tracks Newsletter
The third issue of the Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation newsletter, On the Tracks, has been emailed to everyone on the BTAC database. You can also download it from the Bushwalking Victoria website at http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/newsletter-archive.html.
Volunteer Management Workshop
I attended a workshop presented by Tony Goodrow entitled Relative Impact- Volunteer Management ROI Model. (ROI is the acronym for Return on Investment.) This highlighted the need for organisations to put an economic value on the contribution of volunteers, rather than just count and report the number of hours contributed. This has implications for how BTAC might value volunteer input into our projects in the future.
You can read about volunteer ROI at http://www.betterimpact.com/roi/.
Point Nepean Quarantine Station
Bushwalking Victoria was alerted by a club member that only a short time was available to put in a submission about the appointment of the Point Leisure Group as preferred proponent for the Point Nepean Quarantine Station. Given that other groups had already submitted lengthy and comprehensive responses, we decided that ours should be short and reinforce the areas of concern already submitted by others. The process demonstrated the value of our Commercial Activities in Protected Areas Policy. Our submission will be posted on the Bushwalking Victoria website soon.
All the information about the proposed development at Point Nepean National Park is available at http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/visiting-parks-and-forests/point-nepean-national-park.
Shipwreck Coast Master Plan
Bushwalking Victoria received a copy the draft Shipwreck Coast Master Plan for review and consideration with an invitation to comment by 19th October. Bernard Jordan, our Field Officer for the Otway ranges, will prepare our response.
For information about the draft master plan and the consultation process, go to http://shipwreckcoastyourplan.com.au/.
Meeting with Bushwalking Victoria
As Charlie Ablitt reported in Walking and Talking with the Bushwalking Victoria Vice President, he, Chris Towers and I met with Kate Millar and Chris Rose from Parks Victoria. The aim of the meeting was to re-establish consultation and communication given the recent restructuring and changing focus of Parks Victoria. We identified some areas where exchange of information would be useful and some issues we need to work through in the future. The meeting highlighted the fact that bushwalkers have a huge pool of experience to contribute to planning future development. It also highlighted that the current tracks and facilities cannot be sustained without a significant contribution by volunteers.
Reporting Illegal Activities in the Bush
We have developed an Illegal Activity in the Bush Report Form for bushwalkers to use to report illegal activities, vandalism or rubbish dumping in the bush. It can be downloaded from the Bushwalking Victoria website at http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/forms.html, under Other.
Manager Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Convener