Adrian Rogers, one of the team of Maintenance volunteers, replacing a marker plate in the Deep Creek Conservation Park
The Friends new End to End Maintenance program commenced on the Mother’s Day weekend with a two day camp based at Cape Jervis. Twelve volunteers plus the section leader Albert Schmidke and his colleague, Richard Triggs worked on the Trail between Cape Jervis and Tapanappa in Deep Creek Conservation Park.
The weather was perfect for maintenance work although the chill breeze later in the afternoon was piercing. As a result we had two full days of hard work maintaining the trail. There was plenty of pruning, plating and posting – large amounts of undergrowth needed to be cut back, many old plates had faded and needed to be replaced and several new marker posts were erected to help walkers on their way.
As a result, the first two sections on the trail are in good order and ready for the onslaught from End to End 12 this coming weekend.
Working through two End to End sections in the one weekend proved to be a considerable challenge. While the team coped very well and the majority of the planned maintenance work was completed, some sections were a little light on as far as pruning is concerned.
The team celebrated on the Saturday night with a very pleasant dinner in the Cape Jervis Tavern. Seven local guests attended the dinner in an effort to build relationships with local communities. Their responses were very positive which suggests that this initiative may assist us to enhance the reputation of the Trail and generate positive local interest.
Overall the feedback from all of the volunteers and our dinner guests has been very positive. We have received several constructive suggestions about how we can improve arrangements for our maintenance next camp to be held on June 17 and 18..
For that trip we will be moving along the trail from Tapanappa to Waitpinga. If you are interested in joining the maintenance group for that weekend, you can check the details and register via the Walk Calendar on our website.
For more information on the End to End Maintenance can be found in this bulletin
End to End 5 group plant 600 trees at Duttons Trough
It’s commonly known that volunteers are the lifeblood of many community organisations. I’ve rapidly come to appreciate the broad scope of activities essential to getting people out walking on the Heysen Trail.
So thank you to all our volunteers for your tireless efforts helping to develop, maintain and promote this wonderful trail – no mean feat when you consider it’s 1200km … not just a walk in the park.
There are many different ways that volunteers contribute to the Friends of the Heysen Trail:
- Monday to Friday the office is buzzing with enthusiasm – most importantly answering phone and walk-in inquiries, assisting with walk registrations, keeping the correspondence up to date and a myriad of administrative activites;
- Walking – every single weekend dozens of leaders are taking new and not-so-new members out and about on End-Ends, day and introductory short walks. It takes a lot of hidden preparatory work and energy doing pre-walks, checking trail status, coordinating transport, keeping a group informed and then merrily navigating the correct track;
- Maintenance – none of us would be walking so easily if the quiet achievers delivering the trail development & maintenance didn’t exist: on your next walk give a little thought to the section leaders and teams that ensure the markers are in place, vegetation is cleared etc. Remember, if you do see an issue along your track, to take a photo/location/details and pass it on to your walk leader or the office;
- Greening – not all the trees spring up of their own accord, but rather another busy team has planted, watered and nurtured hundreds of trees along parts of the Heysen Trail which boosts the environment and amenity for the rest of us;
- The Trailwalker Magazine keeps our members informed but also acts as signature promotion for the Heysen and to encourage members to keep walking and contributing;
- Marketing and promotion is also a challenging task carried out by several volunteers, including our prolific facebook/social media and website material – not to underestimate the important benefit of our on-line facility – the Friends have a website that is truly the envy of other organisations;
- Finances – where would be without the number-focused people who ensure that the dollars add up so that the Friends meet its requirements for record-keeping and auditing.
The list is not exhaustive and there always seems to be people ready to step in when needed such as the recent Hiking Expo – staffing the stall, handing out material, leading the come-and-try walks and clean up.
Thanks to everyone who volunteers their time in whatever capacity – it all makes a difference.
Paid help is needed! If you will be near the Flinders Ranges next weekend, Ben Hockings (Yumigo) one of our trail supporters has asked for your help.
Ben is organising the Hubert 100, a long distance running event in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park on Sat May 6 and Sunday May 7. He needs paid helpers to assist with the event.
Ben needs marshalls to attend water stations/checkpoints at four locations during the event. He suggests 1 or 2 people attend each check point and is offering up to $300 in travel and accommodation allowances per team.
A first aid officer will also be in attendance at each check point.
The check points locations and attendance times will be:
- 2.00pm Saturday to 8.30am Sunday
- 12.30pm Saturday to midnight
- 6.00pm to 9.30am Sunday morning
Intersection of Brachina Gorge Road and Bunyeroo Road
- 8.00pm to 7.00am Sunday morning
Intersection of Wilcolo Track and Heysen Trail
In association with Yumigo, Ben has organised running events on the Heysen Trail (you may have heard of the Heysen 105) and many other locations across South Australia.
As a result he has become a strong supporter and promoter of the Heysen Trail. If you can assist him, please contact Yumigo.
Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped plant trees on the Heysen Trail. The efforts of the Greening Committee and volunteers since 2013 are visible in a number of locations along the trail.
As an example of their work, the trees planted at Worlds End a few years ago can now actually be seen along the road at Duttons Trough (south of Burra).
Most of the trees are still only about knee high but they are starting to stand out from the other roadside vegetation. The best of the trees is scarcely large enough to hide behind (although the photo shows Neil is having a good try!). It has almost doubled in size over the last twelve months.
Our tallest tree, the Worlds End Wonder, is 1.75m and has shot up recently.
The good rains we’ve had over the last 12 months have helped, but the trees have also benefited from special care and supplemental watering provided by the Greening Committee.
In addition to Duttons Trough, the Greening Committee has also managed plantings at Centennial Drive in the Mount Crawford Forest, Hiskeys Hut and along the Bundaleer Channel reserve south of Spalding.
This year we are planting at Lights Pass on the Lavender Federation Trail.
Thanks again to the Greening volunteers and End to End walkers who have helped. Your efforts will be appreciated by walkers in the years ahead.
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017.
As this coincides with the end of the Fire Danger season in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire District, walkers are advised to delay their plans to walk on this section of the trail.
The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.
Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.
The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.
If you have any enquiries, please call Megan Harper at the Willunga Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8550 3408
Registrations have opened for the first Heysen Trail End to End Maintenance (E2EM) week-end to be held at Cape Jervis on 13th & 14th May.
If you are interested in helping out on the trail, you can register on the Friends website in the same way as you would for a walk.
We appreciate the contribution you will be making to maintaining the trail, so registration is free.
You may have already seen the earlier news item on End to End Maintenance weekends. If not, check it out now to find out more about the program.
There will be more End to End Maintenance week-ends throughout the walking season. These are now listed on the walks program on the website.
If you want any more information on the weekends, please contact the Office.
There is temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of the Jupiter Creek Diggings site.
The Diggings site has been temporarily closed due to storm damage which has raised safety concerns about some of the mine shafts. Repair work is being undertaken to restore the area.
As a result there is a 3.5 kilometre re-route between Rowe Road on the northern side of the diggings and Kuipto Forest.
Trail closure signs have been erected at both ends of the trail. Please follow the Heysen Trail markers along the re-route.
The Diggings are located west of Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. The site can be found on Map 3.1 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guide and also on the Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2A.
Bookings for the first End to End 12 walk on Sunday May 21st are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.
End to End 12 is the 12th Friend’s group to walk the Heysen Trail. The group will set off from the Cape Jervis trailhead heading towards Parachilna Gorge.
Their first destination is Cobbler Hill in the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The trail for this walk follows sandy coastal tracks and exposed coastal hillsides, providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island.
As with previous groups the level of interest has been strong. After opening on Monday morning, the first bus was full by midday. We have now added a second smaller bus, so there are limited spaces available.
You can register on our website http://heysentrail.asn.au/walks/1601/event/view/ or calling the office. Maybe chat with a friend about joining the group, but be quick!
Our new President, Melanie Sjoberg, walking the trail.
At the Friends Annual General meeting last Friday, the Friends welcomed Melanie Sjoberg to the role of President.
Melanie is a dedicated walker and in addition brings with her a wealth of organisational and negotiation skills. She recently retired from the position as Director in the Office for the Public Sector SA Govt.
Melanie completed walking the Heysen Trail in August 2014 with our E2E 4 group. Since then she has continued her connection with the Friends by joining the Lavender Federation Trail walks.
Melanie has provided the following thoughts on her role:
“As I follow a long line of dedicated people, I’m conscious of the challenges but also proud to be the first woman President. I am committed to the beauty and diversity of the Heysen, hence enthusiastic about its continued prominence as an SA icon. On that basis I’m open to any thoughts, ideas or feedback members may wish to share.”
If you wish to pass on any comments or ideas to Melanie, you can do so by sending her an email at the Friends office, email@example.com.
Melanie has taken the reins from our Past President (and now Vice President) Robert Alcock. Robert also spoke at the AGM about the many memories he has of the friendship he developed and the many walks undertaken during his 6 year term. Robert’s contribution was heartily acknowledged by those in attendance.
So thank you Robert and congratulations Melanie – welcome to the position of President of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and other Walking Trails.
Ron Kandelaars – Ambassador to the Heysen Trail and guest speaker at the AGM.
Come to the Friends’ AGM which is to be held this Friday, March 24 2017 at 7.30 pm. The venue returns to the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville South (not to be confused with the 10-pin bowling centre on Port Rd).
Guest speaker, Ron Kandelaars, the Friend’s Ambassador will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Ron will talk about his links with the Heysen Trail through the media.
Ron is currently seen on Channel 7 and heard on ABC Radio Adelaide. He is best known as the writer/producer/presenter (with Keith Conlon) of Channel 9’s popular long running travel program. ‘Postcards’.
Hear about our Association’s activities in 2016 and the plans for 2017. Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out their plans to further develop and promote the Heysen and other Walking Trails.
Please bring a plate of supper to share.