Walking SA AGM + Annual Report published

Walking-SA-Annual-Report-2013-14-promo-coverWalking SA’s AGM is 7pm this Thursday, 30 October 2014, at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley.

Annual Report Published

  • eleven highlights of the past year
  • read about the year’s achievements
  • letter from the Government of SA congratulating the Board on the successful implementation of the recommendations of the 2013 Governance Review
  • Verdun Bridge Feasibility Study
  • update on the Mount Lofty Ranges Trails Walking Trail Network

Guest Speaker

Adelaide Hills Trails Network Strategy for website

The guest speaker is Mark de Lange from Adelaide Hills Council, who will give a short presentation on the Adelaide Hills 20 Year Trail Strategy.

The strategy is designed to link townships for commuting purposes, provide unique experiences for visitors and provide outlets for recreational activity. Trail opportunities identified include a mix of walking, cycling and horse riding trails; some for shared use and other trails designed specifically for walking.

Read the strategy: Part One and Part Two.

Walking SA 12 Month Celebration – Friday 29th August 2014

It’s 12 months since the ‘new’ Walking SA was established. Celebrate the achievements of the past year.

The evening will also be a special opportunity to:

  • Farewell and thank Brian Goodhind, Administrative Officer of Walking SA
  • Welcome Mel Paull, new Executive Officer
  • Briefly outline plans for future activities

6pm – 8pm
Friday 29th August 2014
Caledonian Hotel
219 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Please RSVP, read more at walkingsa.org.au

Politics and Walking, a Look at the Election Policies

With Saturday’s election looming, Bushwalking Australia has investigated expressed policies and the track record of political parties on a range of environmental, health and transport issues that may interest walkers.

“Too often, strong industry lobbies and vested interests have successfully derailed attempts to improve and reform important policies to the detriment of walkers and walking. Unlike other forms of sport, recreation and transport, the benefits of walking are not captured by powerful industries and interests, but flow across the entire society and economy, ” states the introduction.

View the information, including the policies of the Labor Party, Liberal/National Coalition and The Greens at www.bushwalkingaustralia.org/bushwalking-news/119-2013-election-scorecard

For broader environmental issues besides walking, refer to the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Senate Scorecard: www.action.org.au

Independent Review of Walking SA Complete

The independent review into the governance and organisational structure of Walking SA by BDO (formerly PKF) has been completed. The response rate to surveys conducted last year was one of the highest BDO has ever received for this type of review, which is an indication of the importance of walking within the community.

Walking SA has agreed in principle with all the recommendations of the review (view summary of recommendations). The Minister for Recreation and Sport has agreed to provide some additional funds to assist with their implementation.

Key aspects include:

  • Drafting a new constitution and implementing a modern governance structure to support a wider range of walkers and walking interests than has been possible in the past.
  • Better collaboration with local government and like-minded community organisations.
  • Enabling Walking SA to be more adequately resourced to perform these roles.

AGM This Thursday

We would also like to draw your attention to Walking SA’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting this Thursday 15th August at 7:30pm in the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley. At that meeting an interim committee will be elected, whose main task will be to implement the changes, as well as continue with the present operation of Walking SA. The AGM is open to members of the public as well as members of all affiliated walking clubs.

Walking SA Newsletter

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1) Newsletter

The peak body for recreational walkers in South Australia, Walking SA, has published their Autumn newsletter.

In this edition:

  • Invitation for nominations to Walking SA Transitional Board
  • Coastal Trails at Elliston, Yalata and the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Trails Update
  • Goannas Walking Group
  • Bushwalking Australia

2) Invitation for nominations to Walking SA Transitional Board

Walking SA will receive state government funding in 2013/14 towards the implementation of the major recommendations of its 2013 Review.

Their next critical step is the establishment of a broad Transitional Board to build on the good work of the current small Interim Committee.

Nominations are being sought for the Board from anyone wishing to contribute to the promotion and practice of walking at all levels in South Australia.

Refer to page 2 of the current newsletter for more details.

3) Walking SA AGM (Annual General Meeting)

Thursday 15 August 2013 at 7.30pm at the Unley Community Centre.

More information about Walking SA can be found on the Walking SA website.

Safety in Remote Areas – should hikers carry an emergency device?

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A public talk on whether hikers should carry a safety device, like a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), or Spot Tracker. How does a search and rescue operation work? What safety devices are available?

Two guest speakers:

  • Trevor Arnold, SES Commander North Region and Manager Technical Rescue Services
  • Anthony Chan, Electric Bug (retail)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 7.30pm

Venue: Burnside City Uniting Church – Cnr Portrush Rd/Fisher St, Tusmore (Enter from Fisher Street).

Trevor Arnold will speak on:

  • How SES see ‘remote’ as in ‘remote outback’. Should bushwalkers really equip themselves with a safety device?
  • The role of SES as a volunteer organization – how they are alerted to and respond to an emergency
  • Approximate time delay from call up to arrival on site, for instance for Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges
  • What is the surest device to achieve the surest response in the shortest time? Comparison of PLB and Spot devices
  • case stories

Anthony Chan will speak on:

  • How to use technology to keep ourselves (bushwalkers) safe in the bush
  • Comparison of devices (initial costs, recurring costs, reliability)

Please bring $5 for donation to offset cost of Hall hire and refreshments – there is no need to book for this event.

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Sunday’s Opening of the Walk Season

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It was a successful day in Elder Park with many people checking out walking options, lots of gear was sold, and a chance to chat with friends after the summer break.

Official Opening by the Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood. Entertainment by Bodaduck Bush Band and the Sing Australia choir. Plus a talk by Tim Macartney-Snape, Australian outdoor legend who has climbed Everest twice.

A Day on the Heysen Trail – The Warren Bonython Memorial Walk was well promoted with the yellow shorts art installation and many people enquiring at the marquee.

Now the season is open, check out the walk programme and plan your walking year.

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Take a Walk – Sunday’s Elder Park Opening of the Walk Season

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The opening of the walk season Take a Walk event is this Sunday, at Elder Park in the city.

From 10am to 3pm, on the northern side of the rotunda at Elder Park, the event features:

So why not Take a Walk? Remember, you’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia!

Take a Walk. You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia

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The Opening of the Walk Season is just a month away, on Sunday 14 April, at Elder Park in the city.

Visit the WalkingSA Facebook event page.

  • Come and Try walks by various bushwalking clubs from 10am. Registration will not be necessary.
  • Entertainment by Sing Australia – of which six of our FoHT members will be singing.
  • A Day on the Heysen Trail – The Warren Bonython Memorial Walk will be promoted at the event with an art installation.
  • Garage sale of surplus bushwalker gear in our marquee. Have something to sell? Contact the office for more info about how you can sell it on the day.

View the Take a Walk brochure.