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.’

31st AGM Friends of the Heysen Trail

 

will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 23rd March 2018 at Thebarton Community Centre,

South Rd & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031, Australia.

Nominations are sought from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the Annual General Meeting, for all positions including the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and half of the remaining members (our Constitution calls for not less than four and not more than ten non-office bearing members). Nomination forms available in Autumn Trailwalker and at the office.
Council meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, in a room adjacent to the Friends office in Epworth House, 33 Pirie Street. Meetings usually conclude by 7.30pm.
In addition to Council, there is an opportunity for members to contribute to one of the various Committees: Walking, Trails Maintenance, Marketing and Membership (inc. Trailwalker), Office and Greening etc.

Agenda

1. Apologies

2. Acceptance of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on 24th March 2017

3. President’s Report

4. Financial Report

5. Maintenance Report

6. Election of Officers

6.1 Vice President

6.2 Treasurer

6.3 Secretary

6.4 Council Members

7. Appointment of Auditor

8. Election of Honorary Members

9. Other Business

9.1 Setting of annual subscriptions.

9.2 Any other business.

9.3 Amendment to the Constitution.

Motion 1
That in paragraphs 12(1), 14(5) x3, 15(1) x2, Appendix 6(4), 8(4), 8(5)x2 and 8(6) to replace ‘Chairman’ with ‘Chair’ and 8(6) ‘Chairman’s’ to ‘chairs’

Motion 2
That in paragraph 7(3) and 16(3) “him” to “them” and in paragraph 8(6), 11(3), 14(3), 14(5) and in the Appendix to Constitution paragraphs 6(3), 8(3) and 8(5) “his” to “their”.

Motion 3
That in paragraph 10 remove “his or”.

Motion 4
That we change paragraph 15(1) to
“Minutes of all proceedings of General Meetings and of the Council and its committees and sub-committees shall be filed in electronic folders designated for minutes of Council, general meetings and each committee accordingly and authorised as a correct record by the Chair of that meeting or by the Chair of the next succeeding meeting.”
NB this then negates the need to change Chairman to Chair as above.

Motion 5
That we change Paragraph 15(3) to
“books containing the minutes of proceedings” to “electronic folders designated for minutes of proceedings”

Motion 6
That in Appendix to Constitution Paragraph 9 change to
“Minutes of all proceedings of General Meetings and of the Council and its committees and sub-committees shall be filed in books or electronic folders designated for minutes of Council, general meetings and each committee accordingly and authorised as a correct record by the Chair of that meeting or by the Chair of the next succeeding meeting.”

  1. Close of Meeting.

Guest Speaker Sean Benz Senior Ranger, Visitor Services.

Sean joined the Department when the State Government’s $10.4 million investment in upgrading metropolitan national parks was announced. He has since been involved in those upgrades, including the new trails and camping areas at Onkaparinga Gorge National Park, the new playground at Morialta Conservation Park and the new trails at Anstey Hill Recreation Park and will talk of The Park of the Month initiative.

The Friends elect their first female President

Our new President, Melanie Sjoberg, walking the trail.

At the Friends Annual General meeting last Friday, the Friends welcomed Melanie Sjoberg to the role of President.

Melanie is a dedicated walker and in addition brings with her a wealth of organisational and negotiation skills.  She recently retired from the position as Director in the Office for the Public Sector SA Govt.

Melanie completed walking  the Heysen Trail in August 2014 with our E2E 4 group. Since then she has continued her connection with the Friends by joining the Lavender Federation Trail walks.

Melanie has provided the following thoughts on her role:

“As I follow a long line of dedicated people, I’m conscious of the challenges but also proud to be the first woman President. I am committed to the beauty and diversity of the Heysen, hence enthusiastic about its continued prominence as an SA icon.  On that basis I’m open to any thoughts, ideas or feedback members may wish to share.”

If you wish to pass on any comments or ideas to Melanie, you can do so by sending her an email at the Friends office, heysentrail@heysentrail.asn.au.

Melanie has taken the reins from our Past President (and now Vice President) Robert Alcock. Robert also spoke at the AGM about the many memories he has of the friendship he developed and the many walks undertaken during his 6 year term. Robert’s contribution was heartily acknowledged by those in attendance.

So thank you Robert and congratulations Melanie – welcome to the position of President of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and other Walking Trails.

AGM 24th March 2017 – Guest Speaker Ron Kandelaars

Ron Kandelaars – Ambassador to the Heysen Trail and guest speaker at the AGM.

Come to the Friends’ AGM which is to be held this Friday, March 24 2017 at 7.30 pm.  The venue returns to the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville South (not to be confused with the 10-pin bowling centre on Port Rd).

Guest speaker, Ron Kandelaars, the Friend’s Ambassador will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Ron will talk about his links with the Heysen Trail through the media.

Ron is currently seen on Channel 7 and heard on ABC Radio Adelaide. He is best known as the writer/producer/presenter (with Keith Conlon) of Channel 9’s popular long running travel program.  ‘Postcards’.

Hear about our Association’s activities in 2016 and the plans for 2017. Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out their plans to further develop and promote the Heysen and other Walking Trails.

Please bring a plate of supper to share.

 

 

 

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Vale Jamie Sheppard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

The Friends of the Heysen Trail are saddened by the passing of our highly esteemed past President Jamie Shephard on 27 December, 2016. Jamie was active in all facets of the walking community, and a most generous host of social functions for the members. Jamie will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend to all who knew him, and he will be very sadly missed in the wider community.

Vale Jamie Sheppard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Friends Office will close for Christmas.

Our office will close for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm on Friday December 16th 2016 to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We will reopen at 10.30 am on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over the break, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen.

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 undertake to despatch any orders received by midday on Tuesday December 20th, on that day.

Register for Twilight walks

While the Office is closed, don’t forget that you can still register for walks online:

Merry Christmas!

The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Friends win awards at Walking SA Awards Presentation

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

14681725_1266883953355764_7727399999955805516_njulian-7220879_nThe Friends won an award on Thursday night at the Walking SA Awards for South Australia, for our work on the HeysenTrail and for our End-to-End walking program.
Special Recognition Award – Organisation – http://bit.ly/2dyLYCo

Two of our members also won Walking SA Awards for Longstanding Contribution – Individual. Colin and Julian were awarded for an enormous amount of work they have put in over many many years.

Listen to Radio Interview with Ron Kandelaars on 891 ABC Adelaide, 13 July 2016

Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide.

He discusses walking South Australia’s 1200 kilometre long Heysen Trail as a great bucket list item, and our organisation’s End-to-End Walking Program. He also interviews Katrina Gillespie who is walking the trail with her two teenage sons and husband together, to set aside their digital devices and walk the Heysen Trail together as a shared experience.

Listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

Volunteers Sought for Trail Development

Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old.

The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. These plans include –

  1. Trail remarking and track work – a 3 year project commenced this year.
  2. Camp site facilities – toilets, water tanks and benches are planned for more sites.
  3. Hut upgrades to include benches, seats, painting etc.
  4. New huts are being considered at White Park; Simmons Hill; Cuddlee Creek and a Freemans hut replacement.
  5. Rebuilding the Waitpinga Beach sand ladder.

You can help

We need help to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.

  • Waitpinga Beach walkway: We need a team to urgently undertake work on the sand ladder. The existing structure is in a dilapidated condition.
  • Cobbler Creek shed, Salisbury East. Urgent work is required to produce items needed for the campsites and huts. We propose to initially open the shed once a month, on a Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm, for this work.

We would love to hear from anyone with time available and an interest in the trail to HELP us.

Contact us to discuss how you can help.

The trail needs us, please help.