Stakeholder Reference Group Participation

Hi Climbers
Parks Victoria (PV) is preparing a new management plan for the Grampians landscape, an area that covers the Grampians National Park and adjacent parks and reserves. You’ll find information on the Engage Victoria website – if you haven’t registered your interest there, do it now!
As part of this management plan review there will be a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) which will have representation of key user groups such as hikers, four-wheel-drivers and importantly us – the climbers.

This is pretty much the highest level of engagement you can have, which is good. The SRG is made up of one representative from each organisation identified by PV and invited to participate as representing a key user group. There are about 12 organisations or groups and the VCC has been invited as the representative body of the climbing community. Once the process has been finalised by PV, the composition of the SRG will be made public. We expect this to happen soon.

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The VCC Access and Environment Officer* will attend the SRG meetings, with the responsibility to communicate the needs of the climbing community. Whilst we are still awaiting formal details from Parks Victoria, we understand that the SRG will meet 4 times over the course of the next 12 months, with the first meeting likely to be held in August. As an essential part of consultation and transparency, the VCC will convene formal workshops open to anyone in the climbing community who wishes to contribute irrespective of memberships or affiliations. These workshops will be conducted not only in Melbourne, but also in the Grampians and other key locations as needed. SRG documents will be shared with the representative in advance of the meetings and then shared with the climbing community in advance of scheduled climbing community workshops to facilitate meaningful collaboration.

We will also liaise with the Founding Council of the various climbing, mountaineering and backcountry clubs who are working on creating a unified Victorian peak body. This is about giving all clubs and climbers a voice.

Now if you want to get involved in this process, help setting up the workshops or just share your thoughts, please get in touch directly with the VCC or your climbing club leaders.

Paula (President VCC) and Philipp (VP VCC) are inviting you to two more casual pub info nights on the 4th and 19th July. There you can ask any questions about everything what’s going on in the climbing world or just have one to seventeen** beers.

Carlton North • 6:00 pm • 4.7.2019 • details on the facebook event page
Halls Gap • 5:30 pm • 19.7.2019 • details on the facebook event page

Cheers 🍻

Facebook Messenger:
m.me/vicclimb

Emails:
Paula • president@vicclimb.org.au
Philipp • phammes@vicclimb.org.au

* Paula has been appointed as the interim AE Officer until we refill this position.
** Ben complained when we said only sixteen beers.

Education display packs

On their way to a gym near you.

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Access & Environment Officer report May 2019

As announced by the VCC President on 6th May    https://vicclimb.org.au/2019/05/access-environment-officer-announcement/  I have resigned from my my position as Access & Environment Officer. Today will be my last day although I will be seeing the project launch of the Central Gully Walking Track Repair through on Saturday June 8th.

This hasn’t been an easy decision to make especially as I leave in a challenging time for Access, but after 11 years in the job, it’s time for a bit of self care, and also for someone else with a fresh heart and head to journey through the next couple of years that the Grampians access issues more specifically, will require. Best wishes for the new Access officer.

This will be my last report. It won’t contain much about the Grampians access – there will be more updates coming out about that soon. Instead it is just a few things I have also been working on with some great volunteers.

CliffCare website

The new CliffCare website is currently being built by Brett Williams of Sidetrip Productions. This is definitely the website I have wished for many years. Easy to navigate, great educational information, advocacy history and current campaigns. Here is a screenshot – stay tuned for the launch sometime in the near future.

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Education

Now that the CliffCare Education Project poster campaign Access is No Accident has launched, further efforts can be put into discussing the issues at length. One of my last tasks to do today is put together some small packs that will be sent to the gyms that contain the Access is No Accident posters, CliffCare posters CLF3 Poster A4_1.0 and postcards, and a gym copy of a great publication – Aboriginal Heritage identification guide. This guide was developed by Parks Victoria’s culture and heritage branch. It is used by Parks Victoria employees as well as other agencies and groups that may work on Parks Victoria managed land. As the climbing community regularly engage in working parties in the parks, being aware is an important part of being a volunteer. Alongside this requirement for understanding the volunteer work, this booklet is a great opportunity for the climbing community in general to read up and understand a little more about Cultural Heritage and how it is more than rock art.

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Aboriginal Heritage Identification Guide

You can also find this for download on the Education tab – Indigenous Cultural Heritage
https://cliffcare.org.au/about/education/indigenous-cultural-heritage/

Many thanks to Parks Victoria for supplying hardcopies and allowing us to provide the pdf for access. This will eventually reside in the education portal on the new CliffCare website but it the meantime you can access it on the current website as noted above.

Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project Launch Date – Pick My Project.

After the successful win in the State Government ‘Pick My Project’ grant programme and all the usual paperwork and permits required –

The launch date is now confirmed – Queens Birthday Weekend – 8th June, 2019.

The project now needs one of the most important contributions in order to get it up and running. You.

We need bodies to help move some rocks down the track so that stonemason extraordinaire Walter Braun, can work his magic. All you need is an hour or so to spare, some closed toe shoes and that’s it.

We will meet at the top of Central Gully at 9.30am  for some launch festivities and then onto a little rock transportation. Please drop CliffCare a line so we can estimate numbers. cliffcare@vicclimb.org.au

Many thanks for the funding provided by the Victorian Government through Pick My Project.

And that’s about it – As always lots more to say, so many works in the pipeline but I will be passing that onto the next person now.
Thanks to many for their support over the years and best wishes in the access space.

Over and out,

Tracey Skinner

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National Reconcilliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week.

This is a great opportunity especially with the journey ahead for climbing, that we take the time to reflect, to learn and to understand.

To embrace.

National Reconcilliation Week takes place every year at the same time and the theme this year is

Grounded in Truth
Walk Together with Courage

From the website – National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia

There will be events across the country and one near you. Visit the website for more info.

https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/

https://www.reconciliation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ra-nrw-2019-guide_v8.pdf

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Project Launch – Upper Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project 2019

The launch date is now confirmed – Queens Birthday Weekend – 8th June, 2019. That’s only 2 weeks away.

We’ve had a few hiccups but we are now rearing to go.

The Pick My Project – Upper Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project now needs one of the most important contributions in order to get it up and running. You.

We need bodies to help move some rocks down the track so that stonemason extraordinaire Walter Braun, can work his magic. All you need is an hour or so to spare, some closed toe shoes and that’s it.

We will meet at the top of Central Gully at 9.30am  for some launch festivities and then onto a little rock transportation. Please drop me CliffCare a line so we can estimate numbers. cliffcare@vicclimb.org.au

Many thanks for the funding provided by the Victorian Government through Pick My Project

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Grampians Landscape Management Plan

Want to keep up to date with the management plan review and provide input? Register here at Engage Victoria. First step.

https://engage.vic.gov.au/grampians-management-plan

As announced on the 29th April, Parks Victoria will commence a review process of the Grampians National Park Management Plan in July 2019.
https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/grampians-national-park-statement

There will be a variety of opportunities to provide feedback over the review process and a Stakeholder Reference Group will soon be set in order to engage key stakeholders from the conservation, tourism and recreation sectors.

If you want to provide input make sure you register at Engage Victoria. Be informed and have your say.

 

May8 ClimbForGrampians

Today is the day people! ClimbForGrampians. All the listed climbing businesses in Victoria and South Australia have come together to help raise funds and awareness around the access work happening for the Grampians. Get on down to one of the gyms or buy yourself something nice. Today is also the official launch date of the ACCESS IS NO ACCIDENT – CliffCare Education Project. This is not just about the Grampians. This is about what we need to do as a user group for sustainable climbing into the future in the Grampians or wherever else we may climb. CliffCare would like to extend a huge thanks to all who have been involved in organizing this and the accompanying education campaign launch of posters and workshops and to all the climbers taking part

ACCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. Developed by Tracey Skinner (@CliffCare), Simon Madden & Ross Taylor (@verticallifemag), Florence Seow & Indie Ladan (@northsideboulders), the campaign highlights actions that you can take to minimise your impact as a climber on the environment and help protect your access to crags. Along with the poster launch there will be workshop sessions at a number of gyms on crag etiquette. The workshops have been developed by Florence Seow, they are free and run by volunteers.

For every person who climbs at one of the participating gyms listed below, $5 will be donated to CliffCare.

Show up and show your support!

See below for a list of participating gyms and details. Each participating gym’s in-house event activities may vary. Contact the gym for further details.

Participating Venues:
Adelaide’s Bouldering Club

Bayside Rock

Bogong Equipment*

Cliffhanger Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Climbing Anchors*

Gravity Worx

Hardrock Climbing

The Lactic Factory

Northside Boulders

North Walls Indoor Climbing

The Rock Adventure Centre

Urban Climb Collingwood

The Wilderness Shop*

9 Degrees Lane Cove
*Participating retailers donating %10 of retail sales revenue.

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All rights reserved © 2019 CliffCare. Illustration by Indie Ladan of Northside Boulders. Content by Tracey Skinner, Simon Madden, Ross Taylor and Florence Seow.

CHECK IT OUT HERE: https://cliffcare.org.au/about/education/cliffcare-education-project/poster-campaign/