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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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Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation

Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation (BTAC) is a standing committee of Bushwalking Victoria that concentrates on tracks and trails strategy – i.e. looking at opportunities for new or upgraded tracks and trails, articulating a vision of the bushwalking facilities that bushwalkers want for the future and undertaking field work in Victoria's national and state parks.
BTAC also engages with key land-manager decision makers so that Bushwalking Victoria can influence planning as it affects bushwalkers more effectively and at an earlier stage.  A third aim is to more actively engage bushwalking club members and individual members of Bushwalking Victoria in track maintenance and conservation activities.

If you come across a problem with a bushwalking track or associated infrastructure while bushwalking, use this form to advise Bushwalking Victoria so we report the problem to Parks Victoria or the Department Environment of Primary Industries.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that action will be taken to fix the problem bit we will pass the details on.  docTrack Condition Report Form
If you witness or come across illegal activity while bushwalking, use this form to advise Bushwalking Victoria of the details so we can report it to the appropriate authorities.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that action will be taken by the relevant authority.  docxIllegal Activity in Bush Report Form 61.1 KB
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Volunteers do hands-on work on tracks and conservation projects that have been approved by Parks Victoria, now part of Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI). Work may include clearing vegetation, constructing or repairing steps or rails, fixing netting on boardwalks, installing or replacing signs, clearing water bars, removing noxious weeds or any other work that Parks Victoria/DEPI would like Bushwalking Victoria to help with.

Tracks and conservation project activities are publicised in Bushwalking News Victoria.

Further Information

Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Field Officers are appointed by BTAC and are responsible for a designated geographic area. They liaise and network with local bushwalking clubs and land managers and report monthly to BTAC. They are frequent visitors to their area and build strong relationships with land managers. Their task is to identify issues, recommend possible courses of action, research and investigate issues as requested.
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Club Contacts act as a point of contact to receive information about projects and to advise BTAC of track/conservation issues and activities that concern their clubs. The club contact person should have or develop a close relationship with the local Parks ranger, Friends Group or Advisory Group which may have a common interest.