Meet our Board! [692]

The Bushwalking Victoria Board for 2018/2019

 

The Bushwalking Victoria Board has 10 members who are elected at our Annual General Meeting in June each year. Board members are elected from our affiliated member clubs and individual members. They are all volunteers passionate about bushwalking and serving the bushwalking community in Victoria!

The elected members for 2018/2019 (with a short bio) are:

President: Colin Macdonald
Victorian Mountain Tramping Club

 

Colin studied as a psychologist and spent most of his working life in Universities firstly counseling students and then managing student services. He grew up walking in the Victorian High Plains and then down in Tasmania and overseas. He is a member of the VMTC club and walk with them and friends and family. His current interests in Bushwalking and promoting bushwalking to the wider community and supporting the development of more training in bushwalking.

My current occupation is: Retired

I am passionate about bushwalking because: I walked and skied in the Victorian High Country as a child.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is Falls Creek to Mount Bogong.

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is:  Snakes (confectionery)

Best bushwalking tip I ever received:  Dehydrate your own food!

My favourite native animal is:  Tasmanian Tiger

 

Vice President: Peter Campbell
Individual Member

 

My current occupation is: IT consultant and Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) Convener and volunteer.

I am passionate about bushwalking because: I love mountains, wilderness and the bush.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: The Razorback.

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: Mixed fruit and nuts.

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: Look for campsites that don't get flooded.

My favourite native animal is: Wombat


Secretary: Mike Grant
Bayside Bushwalking Club

 

My current occupation is: Retired Telecommunications network construction manager

I am passionate about bushwalking because: It’s a way of life that keeps you fit, healthy and going to interesting places with others.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: The Alpine National Park Cross Cut Saw / Mt Howitt area and Mt Jagungal in the Kosciusko National Park.

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: Snakes (confectionery) 

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: If you can't find a 3rd use for an item in your pack leave it at home!

My favourite native animal is: Platypus

 

Treasurer: Paul Redmond
Bayside Bushwalking Club

 

My current occupation is: Retired accountant.

I am passionate about bushwalking because: I started bushwalking as an 18-year-old in 1966. My wife, Margaret, and I met when bushwalking as members of the Catholic Walking Club of Victoria. I gain great satisfaction from visiting the peaks and high places, from getting there by your own effort and navigation, and from being away from the roads, out there where what you’ve got is all you’re getting. But the greatest delight is to camp out there
at the end of the day (hard or easy), beside the track, beside the creek, beside the fire.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: Victorian High County - Bogong High Plains and the country around Howitt.

 

Robyn Shingles
Strzelecki Bushwalking Club

 

My current occupation is: Accountant

I am passionate about bushwalking because: It’s an activity that is accessible for all ages and fitness levels and benefits both mind and body.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: The Australian Alpine Walking Track

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: Vita Weets with tuna

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: 'Why don’t you try out these walking poles!'

My favourite native animal is: Quokka

 

Judy Hunter
Bayside Bushwalking Club

 

My current occupation is: Teacher Librarian (casual)

I am passionate about bushwalking because:  I enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh air, and the natural environment.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: Wilsons Promontry Circuit.

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: Zeypher Hi Protein Bar

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: Make sure your feet are comfortable with the best fitting boots and socks. 

My favourite native animal is: Red Tailed Black Cockatoos

 

Narges Adhami
Iranian Bushwalking Club

My current occupation is: Information Technology

I am passionate about bushwalking because: In Iran, one of my great passions was hiking in the mountains. Iran is famous for its great mountains. So to feed my passion after migrating to Australia, by experiencing new places through bushwalking. Bushwalking also helps me to organize my thoughts and explore my inner strengths and weaknesses and at the same time enjoying nature and relaxing, it's like a meditation for me.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: Mount Bogong in the Alpine National Park and Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: When the bushwalk gets hard, instead of getting frustrated, visualise having finished and going smoothly.

 

Julia Doughty 
Victorian Mountain Tramping Club

 

 

My current occupation is: .Senior Project Manger, Clinical Research

I am passionate about bushwalking because: I love getting outdoors and exploring new places to walk and revisiting familiar places..it is my place of relaxation and contemplation.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: The Grampians and Wilsons Promontory

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: Pasta Bolognese, an old favourite that works well, plus dried strawberries, kiwi and melon.

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: Food gives you heat, so eat late and do a bit of exercise before heading to your tent…keep warm!

My favourite native animal is: Wombat

 

Bob Peterson
Maroondah Bushwalking Club Inc.

 

 

My current occupation is: Retired viticulturist in the Yarra Valley.

I am passionate about bushwalking because: It is relaxing and away from the hurly-burly of city life and the workplace.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: High alpine areas, including the Crosscut Saw, Mount Speculation and Viking.

My favourite native animal is: Wombat

 

Darren Edwards
Individual Member

 

My current occupation is: Owner of a design agency, Invisage Creative Services.

I am passionate about bushwalking because: I love the outdoors, hiking in particular. I started hiking in order to escape from the real world for a while. To connect with nature, switch off from the hustle and bustle of life and disconnect from technology.

My favourite bushwalking track in Victoria is: It has to be Werribee Gorge. It is only a small park but has provided me with countless hours of escape. I have hiked there more times than I can recall.

My go-to scroggin/meal when on a bushwalk is: For a quick, easy snack I always enjoy a bag of home-made scroggin.

Best bushwalking tip I ever received: Learn how to use a map and compass and always carry them with you.

My favourite native animal is: Wedge-tailed eagles

 

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