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.
Below is a program of activities planned for the next six months:
|29 September - 1 October||Croajingolong National Park|
|21 - 22 October||East Tyers Walking Track|
|4 November||Two Bays Track Mornington Peninsula|
|18 - 19 November||Errinundra (Mt Ellery & Mt Morris Walking Track|
|2 - 3 December||Upper Howqua Walking Track|
|25 - 28 January||Mc Millan's Track|
|21 - 24 February||Mt Buffalo Willow Hunt|
|17 - 19 February||Mt Stradbroke track clearing|
|1 - 4 March||AAWT Mt Baw Baw|
|9 - 12 March (LD)||AAWT|
|20-21 April||Wilsons Promontory|
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.
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.
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.
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.