Walk the Yorke Official Opening 13 December 2015

The Friends of the Heysen Trail were represented at the successful opening to the Walk the Yorke at Port Vincent on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Around 70 walkers checked out four kilometres of the trail from Port Vincent wharf north to the Golf Club. At the Golf Club a large range of stalls and activities were crowded with locals and visitors before the opening by Rowan Ramsay MP at 12pm. There were many ARPA and Friends of the Heysen Trail members attending the walk.

Maps of the trail, including detailed section maps, are on the Visit Yorke Peninsula website.

The planning and construction was driven by the Yorke Peninsula Council Operations Manager, Stephen (Goldy) Goldsworthy. It was Goldy’s concept, and his passion and dedication that has delivered the project. Major funding came from an Australian Government Regional Development grant ($1.3m), plus the Yorke Peninsula Council ($1.3m) and the Government of South Australia ($900,000).

Almost 500km of trail, linking tracks and roads has been marked, trailhead signs are at all towns, plus walker crossing signs on the main roads. Shared Use signs indicate when walkers, bikes and cars are on the same road/track. Signs indicate where bikes and walkers separate. Bench seats installed and shelters with tanks constructed at strategic locations for multi-day treks. The section out of Port Wakefield towards Port Clinton follows the old trail formation. The walking trails vary from many kilometres of well formed gravel paths, to more challenging natural trail and beach walking along the south sections. For bushwalkers there seems to be a lot of road walking for an end to end trek, although the ARPA walkers have completed the full length over the past 3 years. Plenty of sections along the coast for short and day walks, with views of the ocean, along beaches and through coastal bush.

Goldy sees the Walk the Yorke as a work-in-progress, with the Council committed to maintenance, and local interest groups helping to keep the trail maintained. The plan is for upgrades and rerouting to improve the experience, to be done over time.

Checking out Other Sections – Port Clinton to Port Vincent

On Saturday as we checked out sections of the Walk the Yorke from Pt Clinton to Port Vincent.

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Checking out Other Sections – South from Port Vincent

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Seats made from recycled plastic, example at Port Julia. There are 40 of these seats that Stephen designed, and are installed along the walk. A lot of the posts and infrastructure utilises recycled plastic. Steel flexible posts, in yellow, are used as standard marker posts. Brown recycled plastic posts are also used for marker posts.

Christmas Closure – Open Monday 14th December – Online Sales Over Christmas

We previously advised that our office would be closed over the Christmas period, from Friday Dec 11th.

However the office will now be open on Monday Dec 14th as volunteers will be getting the new Trailwalker ready for distribution.

Therefore the new office closure date will be Tuesday Dec 15th. It will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

Last Chance – Heysen Trail 2016 Calendar

As a result, Monday Dec 14th will be your last chance to call into the office to purchase a copy of our new calendar. We will be open that day during our normal business hours of 10.30 am -2.30 pm.

Our new address is Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building, 33 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

After that you will still be able to order the calendar though our online shop: The sale price will remain at $15.00 per copy (plus postage & handling from $2.85).

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 will process and despatch any orders received by midday Friday December 18th, on that day.

We’re moving shop/office to Pirie Street, Adelaide – some closure dates

Shop/office location: Suite 212, Epworth Building, 33 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000We’re moving to:
Suite 212, 2nd Floor, Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Our office will be closed this Friday 20th November. We will re-open for some business at our new premises on Monday 23rd November, and will be fully open on Tuesday 24th November (this is when our phone service will resume at the new premises). During this moving time the best way to contact us will be via email.

Apart from our address, all our other contact details remain the same.

Our new central location is in Pirie Street, adjacent to the Adelaide City Council offices.

Christmas Closure Dates

Our shop and office will also be closed over Christmas, from Friday 11th December. We will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

Bushwalk.com eMag Featuring South Australia’s Best Walks

Bushwalk.com eMag October edition cover - Best South Australian Walks featuring Friends of the Heysen Trail

The October edition of Bushwalk.com eMag is out – with a focus the best walks in South Australia. The articles include a profile on the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

Other SA articles include:

Other articles include:

Welcoming our 1,000th Member

Welcoming our 1,000th member, Rachel Faulkner, Friends of the Heysen TrailThe End-to-End 5 group caught up with the Friends’ 1,000th member, Rachel Faulkner, in Port Augusta earlier this month. Rachel lives in Whyalla and is a Trail Runner with her partner. Rachel explained that they joined the Friends as they enjoyed running the Heysen Trail. As the 1,000th member Rachel was presented Life Membership and a embroidered fleecy top by Julian Monfries, Secretary (and past President) of the Friends, representing the President.

Annual General Meeting – Guest Speaker CEO of DEWNR – March 27

Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc

2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

7.30pm Friday March 27 2015, at the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Ave, Woodville South.

Sandy Pitcher, CEO of DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources)Guest Speaker Sandy Pitcher, CEO of DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Ms Pitcher has served as Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet since 2010, and has more than 14 years of experience in the senior ranks of the public service in South Australia, Canberra and the United Kingdom. In 2012, Ms Pitcher’s service was recognised nationally when she was awarded Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the community and government category.

Hear about our Association’s activities in 2014 and the plans for 2015. Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out how we spend your money.

Historic images of Morialta exhibition

2015 will be 100 years since Morialta was declared a National Pleasure Resort on 15 July 1915.

The Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc with support from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges are to deliver a number of public events in 2015 to celebrate the centenary of Morialta Conservation Park.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail have sponsored two images. All images are available through an online silent auction, open until November, and any proceeds we receive will go towards our work on the Heysen Trail.

Exhibition Schedule

Coventry Library, Stirling 3 – 13 March 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 15 – 31 March 2015
The Summit Community Centre, Norton Summit 2 – 30 April 2015
Campbelltown Library 2 – 29 May 2015
Burnside Civic Centre Atrium 3 – 26 June 2015
Gumeracha Library 30 June – 30 July 2015
Tea Tree Gully Library 2 – 28 August 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 1 – 16 September 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 22 – 30 September 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 2 – 31 October 2015
Historic image of Morialta Exhibition 2015

Heroes of the Field – Heysen Trail & CFS Volunteer on Front Page of the Advertiser

John Potter, volunteer with Cudlee Creek CFS and maintenance and construction volunteer on the Heysen TrailOne of our chief maintenance and construction volunteers is featured on the front page of today’s Advertiser. As well as volunteering on the Heysen Trail, John Potter is a volunteer with his local Cudlee Creek CFS, and is among an army of volunteers doing 12-hour shifts to protect life and property in the Adelaide Hills bushfire.

Christmas Closure

Our office is closed over the Christmas period, from Dec 12th, to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We’ll reopen on Tuesday 20st January 2015.

Online Shop Sales

While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business. Over the break, shop orders will be despatched within 5 working days.

If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and despatch any orders received by midday Saturday December 20th, on that day.

Register for Walks

You can also still register for walks online during the break.

End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band – Sun Nov 30

End of Year Bash 2014

Come and see your President boogie to the tune of the foot-tapping Bogaduck Band at the beautiful Paxton Winery in McLaren Vale.

Sunday 30 November, 12-5pm
$20 per person
Book online at heysentrail.asn.au/xmas
or via the office

Befores, bbq and artisan bread provided. Wine for purchase by the bottle or glass, cash only, no BYO. Bring beer or soft drink, bring Salad or Dessert to share, chair or rug, plates & cutlery.

Paxton Winery
Lot 100 Wheaton Road, McLaren Vale