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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Cape Jervis events – tour environmental projects, or plant some trees

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1. ‘Walk and Talk’ day – Saturday 25 May

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some outstanding environmental projects at Cape Jervis on this ‘Walk and Talk’ day.

Meet the Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group, COOTS group in action, Hooded Plover Recovery and Marine Debris Survey volunteers and others experts on this coast.

Visit the Natural Resources website for more information.

2. Tree planting – Saturday 1 June, Sunday 2 June

Join the tree planting efforts at the start of the Heysen Trail.

For more details view the tree planting invite or contact

Help wanted planting 600 trees

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The Greening Committee is looking for volunteers to help plant 600 trees along the Heysen Trail between Worlds End and Burra. We have scheduled the planting for Saturday 1st June, Sunday 2nd June and Monday 3rd June.

We are proceeding in cooperation with the End-to-End 5 group who will be walking from Worlds End to Burra and on to Wandallah over the weekend. If you wish, you can mix some walking with some tree planting.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Neil via or on 0447 922 617.