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 Len Scotland urged that notices be placed on the board a month in advance, showing the names of leaders, to simplify the procedure for anyone wishing to attend. Len Scotland urged that notices be placed on the board a month in advance, showing the names of leaders, to simplify the procedure for anyone wishing to attend.
  
-Kevin Ardill moved that a water jug and six tumbers ​be obtained for the use of speakers addressing meetings, and that the Social Secretary become curator of the drinking vessels. Motion carried.+Kevin Ardill moved that a water jug and six tumblers ​be obtained for the use of speakers addressing meetings, and that the Social Secretary become curator of the drinking vessels. Motion carried.
  
 With the usual quota of announcements concerning introduction of winter train time-tables,​ blank spaces on the forthcoming walks programme, and reminders of the Photo Exhibition, the night was sped at 8.45 p.m. With the usual quota of announcements concerning introduction of winter train time-tables,​ blank spaces on the forthcoming walks programme, and reminders of the Photo Exhibition, the night was sped at 8.45 p.m.
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 A National Park should be truly national... perhaps, in the enlightened years to come, international! What Victoria or Tasmania or Queensland or Where-you-will does with her primitive lands is as much my business as the New South Wales lands. In these matters at least, the whole nation or the whole human race, is as one. A National Park should be truly national... perhaps, in the enlightened years to come, international! What Victoria or Tasmania or Queensland or Where-you-will does with her primitive lands is as much my business as the New South Wales lands. In these matters at least, the whole nation or the whole human race, is as one.
  
-Victoria has sixteen National Parks (See ITational Parks of Victorie ​Town and Country Planning Association of Victoria) and some of these, together with certain proposals, came under review in our Victorian National Parks Tour during the 1952-53 Christmas - New Year Period. We moved into the Kinglake National Park from Seymour through Kerrisdale, climbed up the Main Divide along the magnificent King Parrot Creek skirting Mt. Disappointment (made famous by the exploits of Hume and Hovell) to West King1ake (Tommy'​s Hut). The Kinglake Plateau extends for about twelve miles along the crest of the Plenty Ranges, a portion of the Main Divide travelling east-west at this point, and varying from 1600 to 2100 feet in height. Practically the whole of the Park lies on the southern slopes of the Divide... about 22 square miles (14,000 acres) of splendidly timbered spurs and thickly wooded valleys. It is pretty evident that the gullies would contain a wealth of native fauna including the lyre bird.+Victoria has sixteen National Parks (See ITational Parks of Victoria ​Town and Country Planning Association of Victoria) and some of these, together with certain proposals, came under review in our Victorian National Parks Tour during the 1952-53 Christmas - New Year Period. We moved into the Kinglake National Park from Seymour through Kerrisdale, climbed up the Main Divide along the magnificent King Parrot Creek skirting Mt. Disappointment (made famous by the exploits of Hume and Hovell) to West King1ake (Tommy'​s Hut). The Kinglake Plateau extends for about twelve miles along the crest of the Plenty Ranges, a portion of the Main Divide travelling east-west at this point, and varying from 1600 to 2100 feet in height. Practically the whole of the Park lies on the southern slopes of the Divide... about 22 square miles (14,000 acres) of splendidly timbered spurs and thickly wooded valleys. It is pretty evident that the gullies would contain a wealth of native fauna including the lyre bird.
  
 To the newcomer the Park is a mystery. There is little to indicate the extent or nature of the various points of contact in the parklands and it was very difficult to obtain a map of the area. When a map was obtained it was some years old. This map showed that the park was a disjointed affair consisting of two incomplete and unconnected parts (a third at Wombelano Falls is small) giving the impression that the park has been thrown together from the "​left-over"​ Crown Lands. The reservations in most parts, cover portions of ridges and valleys which would appear to have but one evitable result when full development of alienated lands takes place in the district... the exposure of the habitats of plants and animals it is desired to protect. In some instances, the heads of creeks are not included in the reservation and in another only one side of a valley comes in the park. We paid a visit to Sugarloaf Peak reputed to have "one of the finest views in the whole Kinglake District"​ only to find that the growth of scrub completely obscured the view. (Even the intrepid climbing of trees was of little avail.) We camped the night at Masons Falls... a pleasant spot. To the newcomer the Park is a mystery. There is little to indicate the extent or nature of the various points of contact in the parklands and it was very difficult to obtain a map of the area. When a map was obtained it was some years old. This map showed that the park was a disjointed affair consisting of two incomplete and unconnected parts (a third at Wombelano Falls is small) giving the impression that the park has been thrown together from the "​left-over"​ Crown Lands. The reservations in most parts, cover portions of ridges and valleys which would appear to have but one evitable result when full development of alienated lands takes place in the district... the exposure of the habitats of plants and animals it is desired to protect. In some instances, the heads of creeks are not included in the reservation and in another only one side of a valley comes in the park. We paid a visit to Sugarloaf Peak reputed to have "one of the finest views in the whole Kinglake District"​ only to find that the growth of scrub completely obscured the view. (Even the intrepid climbing of trees was of little avail.) We camped the night at Masons Falls... a pleasant spot.
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 The Main Range is but lightly elevated plain, west through Kilmore, Lancefield and Woodend with Mount Macedon rising in no uncertain manner. Macedon reminded one of that outstanding South Coast landmark... Dromedary... the Camel'​s Hump of Macedon completing the illusion. It is little wonder that the Mount attracted the attention of Sir Thomas Mitchell on his return from his meeting with the Henty Brothers at Portland. It is recorded that "while the boat carriage was being repaired on the Campaspe, Mitchell made an excursion of about 30 miles to the South... climbed and named Mount Macedon, from which he viewed Port Phillip."​ Unfortunately,​ the haze prevented our seeing the Port but we could determine the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne and enjoyed a magnificent view westward along the Main Divide through Trentham and Daylesford. Like the surrounding districts of Kyneton and Woodend, Macedon is basalt-capped. All the Central Highlands are rich with lush feed and green pasture grasses... a most impressive piece of country. One wonders what the tenure of the land about Mt. Macedon is... there are numerous farms and houses, but the tops should surely be a National Monument. The Main Range is but lightly elevated plain, west through Kilmore, Lancefield and Woodend with Mount Macedon rising in no uncertain manner. Macedon reminded one of that outstanding South Coast landmark... Dromedary... the Camel'​s Hump of Macedon completing the illusion. It is little wonder that the Mount attracted the attention of Sir Thomas Mitchell on his return from his meeting with the Henty Brothers at Portland. It is recorded that "while the boat carriage was being repaired on the Campaspe, Mitchell made an excursion of about 30 miles to the South... climbed and named Mount Macedon, from which he viewed Port Phillip."​ Unfortunately,​ the haze prevented our seeing the Port but we could determine the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne and enjoyed a magnificent view westward along the Main Divide through Trentham and Daylesford. Like the surrounding districts of Kyneton and Woodend, Macedon is basalt-capped. All the Central Highlands are rich with lush feed and green pasture grasses... a most impressive piece of country. One wonders what the tenure of the land about Mt. Macedon is... there are numerous farms and houses, but the tops should surely be a National Monument.
  
-In the Report of the State (Victorian) Development Committee on National Parks, there appears a recommendation for the estahlishment ​of a Central Highlands National Park. We visited a number of points of interest within the area suggested. The proposed Park would be bounded on the south by the Main Divide from Trentham through Bullarto and Leonard Hill to Wombat, and would cover the headwaters of the Coliban River and the Loddon River as far downstream (north) as Vaughan Springs.+In the Report of the State (Victorian) Development Committee on National Parks, there appears a recommendation for the establishment ​of a Central Highlands National Park. We visited a number of points of interest within the area suggested. The proposed Park would be bounded on the south by the Main Divide from Trentham through Bullarto and Leonard Hill to Wombat, and would cover the headwaters of the Coliban River and the Loddon River as far downstream (north) as Vaughan Springs.
  
 "It has been estimated that 80 per cent of the mineral springs in Australia are concentrated within a radius of 20 miles of Daylesford. Of these, the radioactive Hepburn Springs are, we believe, of such excellent quality as to be unsurpassed by any other spa water in the world" (From the Report). "It has been estimated that 80 per cent of the mineral springs in Australia are concentrated within a radius of 20 miles of Daylesford. Of these, the radioactive Hepburn Springs are, we believe, of such excellent quality as to be unsurpassed by any other spa water in the world" (From the Report).
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 "The last appointment to the Committee of Management was made in 1923, and, as far as can be ascertained,​ no control of the park has been attempted for some time. The Werribee Gorge National Park is literally locked away from the people as access is gained only by crossing private property."​ "The last appointment to the Committee of Management was made in 1923, and, as far as can be ascertained,​ no control of the park has been attempted for some time. The Werribee Gorge National Park is literally locked away from the people as access is gained only by crossing private property."​
  
-Access is indeed difficult, and since the Park is of small size strictest control of use and despoliation is vital. It is primarily a National Monument of geological interest and its use ahould ​jealously guard its scientific features.+Access is indeed difficult, and since the Park is of small size strictest control of use and despoliation is vital. It is primarily a National Monument of geological interest and its use should ​jealously guard its scientific features.
  
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 Does the Railway Department know the risks it is taking with its trainload of trikers? The new hikers are sure to pick up some of the habits of their Bushie leaders. For instance everyone may want to travel in the leading carriage going to the hike and be just as eager to patronise the rear (of the train) when returning. An eight carriage train therefore may have to be shunted and recompositioned (cop that, Mr. Windsor) eight times so that all could have a turn "near the injun"​. Does the Railway Department know the risks it is taking with its trainload of trikers? The new hikers are sure to pick up some of the habits of their Bushie leaders. For instance everyone may want to travel in the leading carriage going to the hike and be just as eager to patronise the rear (of the train) when returning. An eight carriage train therefore may have to be shunted and recompositioned (cop that, Mr. Windsor) eight times so that all could have a turn "near the injun"​.
  
-We may even have the spectacle of a bulging front carriage with the rest of the train almost empty. Workers with experience of peak hour travel would feel at home but imagine when the leaders decided to change to shorts. We are all aware that each carriage is equipped with a convenient compartment where travelling trousers are exchaaged ​for walks wear. Emulating the leaders could only lead to serious congestion in the passage ways. By-law 1542, section (a), clause (d) distinctly states that passengers must not wilfully obstruct any corridor or passageway, so less harrowing methods of changing will have to be adopted. Ladies and Gents at destination stations would resemble the Black Hole of Calcutta if utilised, so here we have a problem for the Railways to solve. Junction stations en route with "​Change here" boards will have to cover them carefully till the Trikers Special has passed.+We may even have the spectacle of a bulging front carriage with the rest of the train almost empty. Workers with experience of peak hour travel would feel at home but imagine when the leaders decided to change to shorts. We are all aware that each carriage is equipped with a convenient compartment where travelling trousers are exchanged ​for walks wear. Emulating the leaders could only lead to serious congestion in the passage ways. By-law 1542, section (a), clause (d) distinctly states that passengers must not wilfully obstruct any corridor or passageway, so less harrowing methods of changing will have to be adopted. Ladies and Gents at destination stations would resemble the Black Hole of Calcutta if utilised, so here we have a problem for the Railways to solve. Junction stations en route with "​Change here" boards will have to cover them carefully till the Trikers Special has passed.
  
 In planning the walk I suggest the Railway Department consider starting from a publess town and placing the finishing post in a town with a pub or two. The males thinking of beer, and the ladies determined to keep an eye on the thirsty ones, would ensure a fair percentage concluding the trek. In planning the walk I suggest the Railway Department consider starting from a publess town and placing the finishing post in a town with a pub or two. The males thinking of beer, and the ladies determined to keep an eye on the thirsty ones, would ensure a fair percentage concluding the trek.
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 ===Social Report:=== ===Social Report:===
  
-Organisation ​pf the Federation Ball to be held at the Paddington Town Hall on Monday, September 14th, is proceeding. Tickets at 17/6d. are now available. Guessing competition to be drawn on July 2nd.+Organisation ​of the Federation Ball to be held at the Paddington Town Hall on Monday, September 14th, is proceeding. Tickets at 17/6d. are now available. Guessing competition to be drawn on July 2nd.
  
 ===Information:​=== ===Information:​===
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 Only those stations in areas commonly used by walkers are shown. Train times do NOT apply on week days, Saturdays or Holidays. Where frequent electric train services operate, no details are given. Only those stations in areas commonly used by walkers are shown. Train times do NOT apply on week days, Saturdays or Holidays. Where frequent electric train services operate, no details are given.
  
-infor-nktion ​correct as at June 25th, but subject to alterations. Note "​d"​ denotes - stops to set down only.+Information ​correct as at June 25th, but subject to alterations. Note "​d"​ denotes - stops to set down only.
  
 ===Illawarra:​=== ===Illawarra:​===
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