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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail
The Friends of the Heysen Trail are saddened by the passing of our highly esteemed past President Jamie Shephard on 27 December, 2016. Jamie was active in all facets of the walking community, and a most generous host of social functions for the members. Jamie will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend to all who knew him, and he will be very sadly missed in the wider community.
Our office will close for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm on Friday December 16th 2016 to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We will reopen at 10.30 am on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over the break, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen.
Online Shop Sales over Christmas
While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business.
However, as many of our volunteers will be on holidays, it may take longer than normal to service orders. We will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 business days.
If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we undertake to despatch any orders received by midday on Tuesday December 20th, on that day.
Register for Twilight walks
While the Office is closed, don’t forget that you can still register for walks online:
The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.
Don’t miss the wave! The Friends 2017 Calendar pre-order discounted price offer ends soon.
Although it’s not December yet, the presses are nearly ready to roll on the production of the Friends 2017 Calendar.
Submit your order before midday on this coming Monday, November 21 and catch the pre-publication discount price of $15/copy. Orders made after that will be at the normal price of $18.
Purchase online via our online store, or to place a pick-up order direct via the office (phone 08 8212 6299, Mon-Fri 10.30am – 2.30pm).
For on-line store orders, postage to anywhere in Australia is $3.75/single copy
We plan to have copies available to pick up at the End of Year Bash, BBQ and Band at Belair National Park on Sunday December 4.
If you want to join us at the Bash, to assist with catering arrangements, bookings for the Bash close at 2.00pm on Wednesday November 30th.
Book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
Check out more information on the Bash here.
Raunchy Sugar are back!
We changed the venue last year to Karka Pavillion and Belair National Park is still buzzing.
This year don’t miss out. Get your End to End group or walking friends organised and be there.
Come along to Rock and Roll with Raunchy Sugar. Or maybe just relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka.
It all happens on Sunday 4 December, 12 – 4pm
The Friends will provide: Befores, BBQ meat and artisan bread.
BYO – wine, beer or soft drink, Bring a Salad or Dessert to share.
Don’t forget a chair or rug, glass, plates & cutlery.
Book early! $20 per person. No refunds!
Book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests.
Remember the venue: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park. Upper Sturt Road, Belair
$15 per copy, available late November-early December
Showcasing photographs of South Australia’s long distance adventure hike – the 1,200km Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.
An A4 wall calendar, opening up to A3.
Photos submitted by Friends of the Heysen Trail members and Heysen Trail hikers.
Pre-order now for just $15 per copy. Postage from as little as $3.75. Available late November at $18 per copy. Available for delivery or pick-up in late November-early December.
Purchase online via our online store, or to place a pick-up order please order direct via the office (phone 08 8212 6299, Mon-Fri 10.30am – 2.30pm)