Cliff – Change Agent
Cliff will not be well known to most Friends Members, however he played a pivotal role in the organisation’s resurgence in the early 2000s.
He realised the financial survival of the Friends depended on left over grant money that accrued interest, in the days when investments did that. And that was not very much. At that time, the Friends’ council dealt with the entire management process and Cliff thought that streamlining the various processes, using the committee structure, would benefit the organisation. Consequently, subcommittees of the Friends, i.e., Walking, Membership and Marketing, Financial and Trail Maintenance could focus on their tasks, improving efficiency. This, plus a dynamic council, could concentrate on increasing membership, revitalising the walking programme and generating yearly surpluses that could be churned back into the Trail though the Maintenance Committee. As a result, this lead to a massive increase in membership, doubling in 2 years, and to some extent, the End 2 End programme.
Apart from his association with the Friends, he was the economics professor at the University of South Australia, economics advisor to Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, introducing him to Grange, amongst his various achievements. Our condolences to his family and friends.
“Sharp, focused, and unstoppable. Great Council member, and always there when needed. Didn’t stop even when very ill. Formidable. Vale Cliff. Well remembered.”
“Great intellect – set the Friends on a path to create the large, successful organisation we have today. Vale Cliff.”
Friends of Heysen – Constitution Review – Member Information Session
FOHT Council has decided to review our 35 year old Constitution to modernise and refresh it to meet our current needs. Council is undertaking consultation with committees and members to help build a framework for the next 35 years.
The Constitution outlines the rules for how the Friends manages the finances, policies and priorities for our activities: walks program, trail development, office and promotion. Council members think it is a good opportunity to revitalise how we manage the Friends and encourage newer members to become more involved.
Interested members are invited to an information session that will outline key proposals, answer questions and obtain feedback from members.
Members will need to register via the Friends Walk/Event on-line system as numbers will be capped and usual COVID requirements apply. A draft document will be available.
Council will consider any feedback and issues raised before seeking legal advice on the provisions and any formal process.
The current Constitution requires that proposed changes be presented at a special Meeting of Members or Annual General Meeting.
To be held on Friday March 19th 2021
You are invited to attend the 34rd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc. The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Friday March 19th 2021. The venue will be the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville.
We are seeking nominations from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the AGM. There are vacancies in the following positions:
- Vice President,
- Treasurer and
- half of the remaining members.
Our Constitution calls for not less than four and no more than ten non office-bearing members.
You will also hear about our Association’s activities in 2020 and plans for 2021.
Come along and meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions). Find out what we intend to do to further develop, maintain and promote the use of the Heysen and other walking trails.
COVID SAFE: Members are asked to register to attend the AGM via our website walk/events program or phone the office. Numbers may need to be limited to meet space requirements as defined by SA Health at that time. Safe hygiene and social distancing will be in place.
Please note socialising after the formal meeting will not occur again this year, consequently, please don’t bring a plate.
If you are thinking of becoming more involved, please check the information and nomination form that you find in the Autumn issue of the Trailwalker, which will be issuing shortly.
- Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM held on August 28th 2020.
- President’s Report
- Financial Report
- Election of Returning Officer
- Election of Officers
- Vice President
- Council Members
- Appointment of the Auditor
- Election of Honorary Members
- Other Business
- Close Meeting
Any member wishing to move a motion at the AGM should be aware of the Constitutional requirements:
‘Notice of any such motion proposed to be moved at a General Meeting by any member not being a member of the Council shall be signed by the proposer and seconder and shall be delivered to the Secretary at least seven days before the meeting. No motion moved by any member other than a member of the Council shall be entertained by the meeting unless notice thereof has been given as aforesaid.’
Friends 2021 Calendar now in stock
The Friends 2021 Calendar is now available for pick up from the Office. If you’ve ordered a calendar for delivery by post, we have started sending them to you.
It is not too late to order copies – they are available from the on-line shop. You can also call into the Office or phone us
If you plan on picking up your calendar or other Christmas gifts, please note that our Office will close at 2.30 pm on Friday December 11th 2020.
We are giving our volunteers a well-earned break. They will return for our Office Volunteers Information Day on Monday February 1st 2021. The Office will re-open for business the following day, Tuesday February 2nd.
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 post out any orders received by midday Wednesday December 16th, on that day.
Please note that Australia Post has advised that for delivery by Christmas (within Australia) the following timeframes will apply:
- Send Parcel Post by Saturday 12 December 2020.
- Send Express Post by Saturday 19 December 2020.
- For sending letters within Australia this Christmas, Australia Post’s standard delivery timeframes apply.
Register for Walks
You can also still register for walks online during the break.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2021 calendar will be available soon.
Make sure you order your copies of the calendar early to get in on the low promotional price of $12.00.
Get one for your wall at home or work or buy some as Christmas gifts for family and friends.
We expect to have copies available at the Office in late November.
Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.
By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. We will be posting out the first orders by the end of November.
Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.80.
Save postage – pick your copy from our Office.
You can also order the calendar for pick up from the Office. If you can get into the office you can take delivery yourself.
Contact us either by phone or email.
Unfortunately, as we are unable to hold the End of Year Bash this year, we can’t offer that as a pick up location.
As the walking season has come to a close, the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving has heralded the beginning of our Twilight/Summer Walks. There is a 1.5-2 hour evening walk most weeks until March. Some longer walks may be held during the day.
The full programme will soon be listed on our walk calendar but here are the details for the first four walks:
Wed 4th November 6.15pm: Wirraparinga Trail Loop Plus A Bit
A gentle walk along the 5km Wirraparinga Trail in Brownhill Recreation Park, plus a bit of an add on. Optional dinner or a refreshment at nearby Edinburgh Hotel.
Wednesday 11th November 6pm: Randell Park, Mitcham
A somewhat uphill walk through Randell Park with views over the city as the reward.
Thursday 19th November 6pm: Torrens Linear Park (Lockleys)
This walk winds along the River Torrens linear path. An easy 6 km walk, with no hills. Dinner afterwards at the Lockleys Hotel.
Friday 27th November 6pm: Stirling Dinner walk
A 9-10 km loop starts with an uphill section into Stirling. Then downhill to enjoy our dinner and fellowship at the Stirling Golf Club.
Pay with either option:
- a Golden Boots pass, which are accepted for Twilight walks
- Twilight walk casual fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age)
Register online or via the office
If you don’t have a Golden Boots pass, you can purchase one when you register for the walk. Just click on the Golden Boots pass payment option.
Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/walks
Walking SA Adelaide100 Trail Launch,
7km showcase walk
10:00am Sunday 11 October 2020
Join Walking SA to celebrate the launch of the first section of the Adelaide100® trail.
The Adelaide100® is a loop walking trail of over 100km that takes in the coast, waterways and hills of the capital city of South Australia.
The 7km showcase walk starts from Pinky Flat, following the linear trail along the beautiful River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri. Walking upstream past Adelaide Oval before crossing the river at Hackney Bridge and returning past the zoo and Elder Park. Passing the Festival Centre and Convention Centre, the walk continues under Montefiore Road, crossing the river over the weir before returning to Pinky Flat.
Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines.
Post a photo on social media with #adelaide100 for a chance to win a $200 Scout Outdoor Centre voucher.
Tickets: Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines. Please register to assist us in managing our COVID-Safe event plan.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Hike Length: 7km
Registration and start location details can be found via the following link to Walking SA website.
More people walking more often
The President speaks
Friends of Heysen Trail Annual General Meeting 2020- Rescheduled from March
Now that Covid 19 restrictions have eased the Friends is able to convene its postponed AGM.
- President Report on 2019
- Treasurer Report for 2019
- Election of Council Members
- Approval of Auditor for 2020/2021
- Nomination of Honorary Members.
The meeting will be held at the usual location – The Woodville Bowling Club,
Oval Avenue, Woodville, commencing at 6.30 pm.
Members are asked to register in advance as numbers may still need to be limited to appropriate space requirements as defined by SA Health at that time. Safe hygiene and social distancing will be in place.
Please note socialising after the formal meeting will not occur this year, consequently please don’t bring a plate.
Easing of restrictions will allow gradual reintroduction of walks
The Friends Council appreciates your ongoing support during the Covid 19 restriction period. The latest SA Government announcement about a slight easing of some restrictions is welcome, although we will remain vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our volunteers and members.
Council has supported a recommendation from the Chair of the Walking Committee to adopt appropriate guidelines that will assist us to revive small group walking over the next few weeks. Walk leaders will be consulted about suitable loop walks with the view to ease into a modified program around the middle to late June after finalising any practical steps.
Extra responsibilities of walkers
Members attending walks will be expected to
- register online
- take responsibility for their own and others health by adhering to the current social distancing requirements; and
- stay away if they have any cough, cold or fever symptoms.
End-to-End 2020 programme remains cancelled
Council’s decision to cancel our End to End walks for this year (and subsequently confirmed in the April news item) has not been rescinded.
Golden Boots passes extended
To acknowledge the patience of our members during the Covid restrictions, Council has decided to extend expiry dates for Golden Boots passes by 12 months.
We are also looking at how to recommence volunteer trail maintenance and will notify members when we have confirmed those arrangements.
Office relocation and reopening
During this period the Friends is also moving office to a larger space just next door. The office will remain closed until the relocation has been completed. Council has decided it is safer for our team if we get the new space organised before opening up again.
See you on the trail
We appreciate your patience as we gradually ease back into operation, and look forward to seeing you back on the trail.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail is disappointed to announce an extension to the cancellation of planned activities beyond 31 May 2020.
Sadly, in light of ongoing public health requirements, the Friends Council and Executive has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all the following activities:
- End to End Walk Program for 2020;
- Group walks using buses: Lavender/Willunga Basin/Yurrebilla/Yorke Peninsula; and
- Except that the October South Coast Walk will be reviewed mid-year.
- Trailstarter/Trailwalker program.
- Trail Development infrastructure projects;
- Section Leader Trail Maintenance; and
- Friends Shed work.
- Remain closed until further notice;
- Online shop will cease for map and book sales;
- Membership Subscriptions and Renewals will continue to be processed.
- Production of pdf only version will continue until restrictions are removed.
We share the frustration and regret that walks and trail work plans had to be adjusted.
Depending on progress around the current public health risks and any announced reduction in community isolation practices, the Friends may be able to revive some of our local Trailstarter/Trailwalker and/or trail development work later in the year. The website will be updated if that occurs.