Vale David Beaton 1942-2021

David joined the Friends in 1996 about the time he retired from teaching. Within two years he had become entrenched in the office and become co-Membership Secretary in 1998, a post he held until 2009. At the same time, he joined the Walk Committee and started leading walks for the Friends.

The genesis of the End to End walk program

In 1999, at Walk Committee meeting, David suggested that, as we maintained the Trail, maybe we should also be facilitating our walking members to undertake the Trail, End to End.

As the first walk started in 2000, it was known as the Millenium Walk, however over time this has morphed into End-to-End One and then the End-to-End programme.

Consequently, he co-lead the first End to End, starting in 2000 and finishing in 2006 and then 2002, not happy with heading north, he started a southern trek from Parachilna south which he completed the next year.

The End to End walks have become extraordinarily popular as a result consequence of a simple suggestion, he made in 1999. The result so far is 15 groups and over 1,100 people introduced to hiking and the Heysen Trail.

David, the Administrator

Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance at Bridle Gap

David joined the Friend’s Council in 2003 and became Secretary in 2006, a position he held until 2008.

He was also a keen participant in maintenance, as Section Leader, strong, resilient, and resourceful and like many big men, quiet and thoughtful. His counsel was always considerate and considered.

In 2007, David was elected as an Honorary Member for his considerable contribution to the Friends.
In 2017, Walking SA bestowed on David a Special Recognition Award for his contribution to walking and the Friends.

Vale Cliff Walsh

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.

Tributes

“Sharp, focused, and unstoppable. Great Council member, and always there when needed. Didn’t stop even when very ill. Formidable. Vale Cliff. Well remembered.”
Simon Cameron

“Great intellect – set the Friends on a path to create the large, successful organisation we have today. Vale Cliff.”
Robert Alcock

Constitution Review – Member Information Sessions

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.

Why?

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.

Announcement of the Friends’ 34th AGM

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:

  • President
  • Vice President,
  • Secretary,
  • 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.

AGM Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM held on August 28th 2020.
  3. President’s Report
  4. Financial Report
  5. Election of Returning Officer
  6. Election of Officers
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Council Members
  7. Appointment of the Auditor
  8. Election of Honorary Members
  9. Other Business
  10. 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.’

Get your Friends Calendar before the Office Closure.

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

Office closure

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.

Annual General Meeting 2020- Rescheduled to Friday August 28th

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.

Urgent Announcement – Postponement of Friends Annual General Meeting

In response to Covid 19 health provisions for social distancing and to avoid non-essential gatherings, the Friends Council has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting that was scheduled on Friday 20 March 2020.

A new date will be notified when the public health situation becomes clear.

Announcements about other events will be made in the next day or so.

Announcement of the Friends’ 33rd AGM

To be held on Friday March 20th 2020

You are invited to attend the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc. The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday March 20th 2020. 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,
  • Secretary,
  • Treasurer and
  • half of the remaining members.

Our Constitution calls for not less than four and no more than ten non office-bearing members.

Our guest speaker will be a double act this year, Paul Nicholas and Eric Felgate. They managed the restoration and renovation of many of the iconic huts along the Trail including Mayo, Marschalls and Curnows with the help of men from Uniting Communities men’s shelters. This is their story!

You will also hear about our Association’s activities in 2019 and plans for 2020.

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.

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.

Please bring a plate. The bar will be open for drinks. Coffee and tea will be available.

AGM Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM held on March 22nd 2019.
  3. President’s Report
  4. Financial Report
  5. Election of Officers
    1. Vice President
    2. Secretary
    3. Treasurer
    4. Council Members
  6.  Appointment of the Auditor
  7.  Election of Honorary Members
  8.  Other Business
  9.  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.’

Hearing about Reconciliation from E2E8 walker Mark Waters

We were privileged at the December meeting of Council to have the opportunity to hear a presentation about Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from one of our members. Mark Waters completed the trail with E2E8 in August and worked within Reconciliation SA for eight years. The presentation initially arose from members of E2E8 asking questions about what Aboriginal country we cross as we walk along the trail. This led the group to decide to commence its walks with an Acknowledgement of Country. It seems awareness was growing among Friends as similar discussions had occurred during a couple of other E2E walks I joined last year. Mark took the initiative to write to the Friends about generating a broader discussion.

The Reconciliation SA website outlines the following information:

‘Reconciliation’ is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians talking, walking and working together to overcome the reasons that there is division and inequality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Reconciliation has both symbolic and practical elements. A spirit of goodwill, mutual respect and recognition of the effects of colonisation on Australia’s first people are the symbolic cornerstones of reconciliation effort.

In South Australia, an Acknowledgement of Country is a way of showing respect and awareness of Aboriginal owners of the land on which a meeting or event is being held, and of recognising the continuing connection of Aboriginal peoples to their Country. It is a demonstration of respect dedicated to the traditional custodians of the land or sea where the gathering of participants is being conducted. Government agencies and community organisations are adopting the practice of acknowledging the traditional custodians of Country at events, ceremonies, meetings and functions.

Awareness about Aboriginal history in SA and connection to country has grown since the Heysen Trail was developed 30 years ago. Council members were very interested and receptive to the discussion and felt that it was a good opportunity for the Friends to consider how we can understand more about the deep history of the areas we traverse. This is likely to be an ongoing conversation within the Friends and will also be raised at our next meeting with senior officers from the Department for Environment and Water, as owners of the trail.

Our new book Heysen Highlights includes a map identifying Aboriginal language groups along the Heysen Trail. Members are strongly encouraged to find out more and to consider showing respect through an Acknowledgement of Country at relevant times during the walk season. Council will provide further information about the Aboriginal lands that the trail traverses and a guide for appropriate words that may be used by walking groups.

Melanie Sjoberg
President, Friends of the Heysen trail

Announcement of the Friends’ AGM

To be held on Friday March 22nd 2019

The 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc. will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday March 22nd 2019. The venue will be the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville.

Nominations are sought from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the AGM, for positions including Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and half the remaining members. Our Constitution calls for not less than four and no more than ten non office-bearing members.

Briony Ankor who through-walked the Heysen Trail to raise awareness and funds for narcolepsyOur guest speaker will be Briony Ankor, who, in 2018 hiked the Heysen Trail solo using this challenge to raise funds and awareness of Narcolepsy.

Hear about our Association’s activities in 2018 and plans for 2019.

Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out what we intend to do to further develop, maintain and promote the use of the Heysen and other walking trails.

View further information about when Council meetings are held and the role of a Councilor. Download the Nomination Form for Council.

AGM Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM held on March 23rd 2018.
  3. President’s Report
  4. Financial Report
  5. Trail Development Report
  6. Election of Officers
    6.1 Vice President
    6.2 Treasurer
    6.3 Secretary
    6.4 Council Members
  7. Appointment of Auditor
  8. Appointment of Honorary Members
  9. Any  Other Business
  10. Close of 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.’