Bushwalking Victoria Bulletin - October
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Bushwalking Victoria Bulletin 3
October 2017
Leadership Training

Would you like to lead a day walk for your club?
Would you like to know how to lead a walk safely and effectively?

Bushwalking Victoria is offering a weekend course in leadership for members of clubs who would like to lead walks. The course will cover the topics of leadership, planning, conducting a walk, risk management, walk administration and emergency management. The course is given by BWV Board members in a very helpful and informative way where you can meet and work cooperatively with trainee leaders from other clubs.
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 7-8 April 2018
Times: 8.45am - 4pm (earlier finish on Sunday)
Location: Outdoor Recreation House - Conference Room
  Westerfolds Park (Melways 33 G3)
  Fitzsimmons Lane, Templestowe
What do bring: BYO lunch, compass (preferably Silva brand)
  pen, grey lead pencils, ruler
What's provided: Morning & afternoon tea, maps and BMLC book

Registration and enquiries:
Registration closes on 1 March 2018.

Kind regards

Judy Hunter
Training Coordinator

Save the Date - AAAS Forum for Club Presidents
28 November 2017

AAAS Update and Forum/Information session has been arranged for Club Presidents (plus one other nominated person from the club). Further information and an Agenda will be distributed shortly.

Helicopter Operations - Grampians Peak Trail

Helicopter operations will be occurring between Mt William and the Major Mitchell Plateau as the Grampians Peaks Trail works continue this week.  This area will remain closed to public access.
The airlifts are part of the stage two construction work to upgrade pre-existing walking tracks that will become part of the Grampians Peaks Trail and link in with new sections of track being built next year.
For further information on the Grampians Peaks Trail visit or
Tracey Milne
Engagement and Communications Officer, Grampians Peaks Trail

T (03) 8427 3722 I M 0439 529 533


Congratulations - Jim Stranger

Bushwalking Victoria would like to congratulate Jim Stranger, a well-known Gippsland volunteer coordinator and bushwalker, for receiving this year’s Victorian Environment Friends Network - Best Friend Award. In addition to the tireless work Jim does with the Friends of Tyers Park and mobilising volunteers to maintain the Wirilda Walking Track, Jim is an active bushwalker and member of the Gippsland based Ben Cruachan Bushwalking Club. 

The award was presented at Darebin Parklands by Nina Cullen on behalf of the Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change.

Congratulations Jim, on a well-deserved award.

Peter Maffei
Bush Track and Conservation


Defibrillator Training

Bushwalking Victoria has been successful with their application for a Defibrillator. This Defibrillator will be for use of our member Bushwalking Clubs. As part of our commitment to the grant
 Defibrillator training has to be conducted. We are seeking Expressions of interest of bushwalking clubs who would like to send a representative from their club for some training. Once we have received your responses we shall organise a date and venue for the training to take place.

If you are interested please advise Patsy or Simone at

Peter Conroy
General Board Member
Federation Walks Coordinator​


Federation Walks

The annual Federation Walk will be in full swing this coming weekend in Warburton, and the weather forecast is favourable, a little rain on Saturday, but sunny for Sunday. The Melbourne Bushwalkers have done a wonderful job. Approximately 350 walkers have registered. Warburton will be abuzz with lots of guests.

We are looking for a Host Club for 2018 - any volunteer club out there willing take on this wonderful event. If so, contact Peter Conroy at:

Peter Conroy
General Board Member
Federation Walks Coordinator

Uunguu Visitor Pass for Independent Visitors
to Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau)


Please note, for anyone heading North.

In 2018, Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal people in the North Kimberley, Western Australia are implementing their Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP) for independent visitors to Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau), which includes Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls) and Mitchell Plateau Airstrip. 

Bushwalker Uunguu Visitor Passes for independent bushwalkers are available for purchase online ( and provide Traditional Owner welcome and permission to visit 3 approved Bushwalking Corridors and 13 Visitor Locations in the Ngauwudu (Road) Zone on Wunambal Gaambera Country. 

Please note that the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) National Park permit to enter Mitchell River National Park and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) permit requirements for entering Aboriginal Reserves are in addition 
to, and do not take the place of the UVP permission system.

Rachel Beadle
Uunguu Visitor Pass Manager
Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation
M 0439 288 235
University Testing
Footwear for self-managing knee osteoarthritis symptoms:
Knee Pain Exercise Trial/The Footstep Trial – Volunteers Needed!
Knee osteoarthritis is a major problem in Australia and there is no cure for the disease. It is recommended that clinicians provide advice on “appropriate” footwear for people with knee osteoarthritis. However, there is little evidence from clinical trials to determine which shoes are best for self-managing the condition.

The University of Melbourne Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine are looking for volunteers to join the TARGET Trial. This nine-month study aims to compare two different exercise programs effects on pain and function for individuals who are carrying some extra weight with knee pain. Eligible participants will receive five physiotherapy consultations and all exercise equipment at no cost to them!

You are eligible if you:
  • Aged over 50 years old
  • Have Knee Osteoarthritis on X-Ray (we can arrange if you live in Melbourne)
  • Have knee pain on most days in the past month
  • Happy to receive text messages if required
If you or someone you know would be interested, visit: or:

Kimp - (HREC no: 1544919)
T: (03) 8344 3109
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