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 =====Editorial - Best Interests Of The Public.===== =====Editorial - Best Interests Of The Public.=====
  
-In formally notifying the Club of his intention to add the resumed Era lands to The National Park, the Minister for Lands states that various individuals ​nad organisations submitted proposals which were "​widely at variance, but all have merited thorough investigation"​. However, "the circumstances of the case are such that the paramount point for consideration can only be the best interests of the public as a whole",​ and he has decided "the best interests of the public generally can be served by vesting control of the resumed lands in The National Park.+In formally notifying the Club of his intention to add the resumed Era lands to The National Park, the Minister for Lands states that various individuals ​and organisations submitted proposals which were "​widely at variance, but all have merited thorough investigation"​. However, "the circumstances of the case are such that the paramount point for consideration can only be the best interests of the public as a whole",​ and he has decided "the best interests of the public generally can be served by vesting control of the resumed lands in The National Park.
  
 We would, of course, have preferred to see the Era lands amalgamated with Garawarra Park, and have repeatedly represented our case to the Lands Department. One cannot judge from the Minister'​s letter whether he infers that administration by Garawarra Park Trust would be inimical to the "​interests of the public"​. Most probably, however, his viewpoint is that The National Park Trust is experienced in handling a recreational area used by large numbers, and should therefore be fitted to employ the additional lands for what he regards as the greatest possible benefit of the public. We would, of course, have preferred to see the Era lands amalgamated with Garawarra Park, and have repeatedly represented our case to the Lands Department. One cannot judge from the Minister'​s letter whether he infers that administration by Garawarra Park Trust would be inimical to the "​interests of the public"​. Most probably, however, his viewpoint is that The National Park Trust is experienced in handling a recreational area used by large numbers, and should therefore be fitted to employ the additional lands for what he regards as the greatest possible benefit of the public.
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 =====At The July General Meeting.===== =====At The July General Meeting.=====
  
-Friday, 10th July, had been a danp cold day in Sydney, and there had been heavy snowfalls on the local highlands, but about sixty of the old firm were present to have their feet chilled by one of the longest meetings in recent times. We had time to notice that the new drinking vessels were present also before things got under way with the introduction of Alastair (Al) Robieson to the Club, followed a little later by the addition of Eric Adcock.+Friday, 10th July, had been a damp cold day in Sydney, and there had been heavy snowfalls on the local highlands, but about sixty of the old firm were present to have their feet chilled by one of the longest meetings in recent times. We had time to notice that the new drinking vessels were present also before things got under way with the introduction of Alastair (Al) Robieson to the Club, followed a little later by the addition of Eric Adcock.
  
 During reading of the minutes a tumult sounded on the stairs, and we thought the Noises Off Club was having a revival: the President deserted his post to open the door for them, and they crept with cat-like tread to seats. We wandered if they had been initiating the Club's drinking vessels, but fear it was less distinguished glassware. A couple of brief queries, and the reading of a portion of the Minister for Lands' Era letter, brought us quickly to General Business, and announcements of the Half-Yearly General in September (constitutional amendments to be ready for the August Committee) and the Colour Slide Exhibition for late August, judging of entries to be done in advance by the Photographic Association of N.S.W. During reading of the minutes a tumult sounded on the stairs, and we thought the Noises Off Club was having a revival: the President deserted his post to open the door for them, and they crept with cat-like tread to seats. We wandered if they had been initiating the Club's drinking vessels, but fear it was less distinguished glassware. A couple of brief queries, and the reading of a portion of the Minister for Lands' Era letter, brought us quickly to General Business, and announcements of the Half-Yearly General in September (constitutional amendments to be ready for the August Committee) and the Colour Slide Exhibition for late August, judging of entries to be done in advance by the Photographic Association of N.S.W.
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 We came to the cooling device, and it was evident that there was opposition. Dormie said the projector may scorch members'​ slides, but several members argued that a cooling fan wasn't necessary, and Alan Wilson made the point that a 500-watt projector with fan was no cooler than ours (a 250-watt) without. Finally, this was also passed over to the select committee. We came to the cooling device, and it was evident that there was opposition. Dormie said the projector may scorch members'​ slides, but several members argued that a cooling fan wasn't necessary, and Alan Wilson made the point that a 500-watt projector with fan was no cooler than ours (a 250-watt) without. Finally, this was also passed over to the select committee.
  
-Alex Colley moved that the Conservation Secretary write the Minister for Conservation,​ calling attention to the shambles in Wollemi Creek (see July editorial), and pointing to the apparent disregard of the provions ​of Section 26D of the Water Act. The Wollemi-Putty Creeks would give evidence of what could happen with indiscriminate timber cutting: motion carried. Bill Cosgrove suggested our Federation delegates try to stir up the dormant Blue Mountains National Park project.+Alex Colley moved that the Conservation Secretary write the Minister for Conservation,​ calling attention to the shambles in Wollemi Creek (see July editorial), and pointing to the apparent disregard of the provisions ​of Section 26D of the Water Act. The Wollemi-Putty Creeks would give evidence of what could happen with indiscriminate timber cutting: motion carried. Bill Cosgrove suggested our Federation delegates try to stir up the dormant Blue Mountains National Park project.
  
 Now the Scouts were for it! Bill Cosgrove mentioned the display in the windows of the Scout Shop advertising a booklet on bushcraft. Bush beds, tables and a kennel-like affair "big enough to hold a lion" were on show. He thought we should point out to the Movement that this was contrary to conservation principles. The President pointed out that personal representations could be made, then Frank Ashdown commented that we used much timber ourselves, for instance in the Blue Gum working bee, and should put our own house in order. Betty Sisley pointed out it was dead wood at Blue Gum, and Betty Hall thought the personal approach best. Bill Henley said removal of dead wood reduced the fire risk, and Neil Schafer argued that we couldn'​t overlook the display, which seemed definitely opposed to conservation. Alex Colley remarked that scout camps were growing barer and barer, and Dormie moved as an amendment that the Conservation Secretary personally contact the Scouts, endeavouring to find out what lay behind the booklet and the display. Scouts were inchoate walkers, he said, trained in certain crafts, but not clear how they should be used, and sometimes they were vandals. Now the Scouts were for it! Bill Cosgrove mentioned the display in the windows of the Scout Shop advertising a booklet on bushcraft. Bush beds, tables and a kennel-like affair "big enough to hold a lion" were on show. He thought we should point out to the Movement that this was contrary to conservation principles. The President pointed out that personal representations could be made, then Frank Ashdown commented that we used much timber ourselves, for instance in the Blue Gum working bee, and should put our own house in order. Betty Sisley pointed out it was dead wood at Blue Gum, and Betty Hall thought the personal approach best. Bill Henley said removal of dead wood reduced the fire risk, and Neil Schafer argued that we couldn'​t overlook the display, which seemed definitely opposed to conservation. Alex Colley remarked that scout camps were growing barer and barer, and Dormie moved as an amendment that the Conservation Secretary personally contact the Scouts, endeavouring to find out what lay behind the booklet and the display. Scouts were inchoate walkers, he said, trained in certain crafts, but not clear how they should be used, and sometimes they were vandals.
  
-Vera Matasin suggested that they were not vandals by nature, but short of leaders, and if more walkers became scoutmasters the scouts may be better conservationists. She was roundly applauded. Tom Moppett said the whole thing was worth investigation,​ and he was prepared to make a direct approach. The gag was applied ​anl the amended motion carried.+Vera Matasin suggested that they were not vandals by nature, but short of leaders, and if more walkers became scoutmasters the scouts may be better conservationists. She was roundly applauded. Tom Moppett said the whole thing was worth investigation,​ and he was prepared to make a direct approach. The gag was applied ​and the amended motion carried.
  
 Dormie complained of the conduct of leaders, and the President pointed out that certain reasons were considered sufficient for a leader to cancel a walk - among them the presence of only one starter. Dormie suggested a code of ethics for leaders, but the motion failed. Len Scotland suggested a code for members going on walks, but the President ruled the motion facetious, and closed the meeting at 9.40 just as our feet froze hard. Dormie complained of the conduct of leaders, and the President pointed out that certain reasons were considered sufficient for a leader to cancel a walk - among them the presence of only one starter. Dormie suggested a code of ethics for leaders, but the motion failed. Len Scotland suggested a code for members going on walks, but the President ruled the motion facetious, and closed the meeting at 9.40 just as our feet froze hard.
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 __Hint No.2__: When you meet a girl don't make bushwalking the entire topic of conversation:​ in fact, the first couple of meetings the less bushwalking is talked about the better, but as time goes on gradually introduce it more and more into the conversation. __Hint No.2__: When you meet a girl don't make bushwalking the entire topic of conversation:​ in fact, the first couple of meetings the less bushwalking is talked about the better, but as time goes on gradually introduce it more and more into the conversation.
  
-__Hint No.3__: When introducing ​bushmalking ​into the conversation,​ don't start off by telling her of your trips across the Blue Labyrinth, Kanangra Walls and back in two days, etc., or she may do some serious thinking as to your sanity. Ratter, start by talking about Euroka, Blue Gum, Lake Eckersley, O'​Hares Creek, etc., then perhaps talk of the less sane section of your nature.+__Hint No.3__: When introducing ​bushwalking ​into the conversation,​ don't start off by telling her of your trips across the Blue Labyrinth, Kanangra Walls and back in two days, etc., or she may do some serious thinking as to your sanity. Ratter, start by talking about Euroka, Blue Gum, Lake Eckersley, O'​Hares Creek, etc., then perhaps talk of the less sane section of your nature.
  
 __Hint No.4__: Find out if she has a good knowledge of cooking. If the findings are in the negative, then do not proceed with investigations,​ as this point is of supreme importance. __Hint No.4__: Find out if she has a good knowledge of cooking. If the findings are in the negative, then do not proceed with investigations,​ as this point is of supreme importance.
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 Finally, after an amount of practice, a girl is found whom you consider will make an ideal walking companion. Then the next process of introducing her to walking and then to the Club begins. This is the most important job of all, as a clumsy approach to this job could mean failure. It may mean keeping company with her for about three months, or more, before even bringing her into the Club, or the bush. The time will depend on the girl concerned, but when she is first introduced to the bush, don't take her to a place like Blue Bum Forest, because by the time she descends into the valley by way of Perry'​s or Govett'​s,​ she will be reduced to a "knock kneed twirp" and not likely to come out again: rather, take her to a place like Euroka Clearing, which appears to be made just for that purpose. Finally, after an amount of practice, a girl is found whom you consider will make an ideal walking companion. Then the next process of introducing her to walking and then to the Club begins. This is the most important job of all, as a clumsy approach to this job could mean failure. It may mean keeping company with her for about three months, or more, before even bringing her into the Club, or the bush. The time will depend on the girl concerned, but when she is first introduced to the bush, don't take her to a place like Blue Bum Forest, because by the time she descends into the valley by way of Perry'​s or Govett'​s,​ she will be reduced to a "knock kneed twirp" and not likely to come out again: rather, take her to a place like Euroka Clearing, which appears to be made just for that purpose.
  
-If you are beginning around January or Fdbruary, you are very fortunate, as she can be introduced to O'​Hare'​s Creek, Lake Eckersley, etc., and the joys of a swim before breakfast (???). From there it's Euroka, Blue Gum, ard then to the usual stamping grounds. Once again, if failure is encountered at this stage don't despair, it was a good try anyway, as a good time was had in the process, but start all over again looking for some one else.+If you are beginning around January or February, you are very fortunate, as she can be introduced to O'​Hare'​s Creek, Lake Eckersley, etc., and the joys of a swim before breakfast (???). From there it's Euroka, Blue Gum, and then to the usual stamping grounds. Once again, if failure is encountered at this stage don't despair, it was a good try anyway, as a good time was had in the process, but start all over again looking for some one else.
  
 Persistence will assure success --- mine did! Persistence will assure success --- mine did!
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   - Will overcome clash between walking trips commencing Friday and Club Room fixtures for the same night. This may improve attendances on Friday night walks (about 50% of these walks fail at present) and ensure better attendances at meetings and social events.   - Will overcome clash between walking trips commencing Friday and Club Room fixtures for the same night. This may improve attendances on Friday night walks (about 50% of these walks fail at present) and ensure better attendances at meetings and social events.
-  - Will allow members to make final arrengements ​only a day or so before commencing a trip, instead of relying on 'phone calls or long-range plans.+  - Will allow members to make final arrangements ​only a day or so before commencing a trip, instead of relying on 'phone calls or long-range plans.
   - Will give a better deal to Club Officers who wish to do trips commencing on Friday nights, but find that their jobs require them to be present in the Club Room almost every Friday.   - Will give a better deal to Club Officers who wish to do trips commencing on Friday nights, but find that their jobs require them to be present in the Club Room almost every Friday.
   - Will allow immediate action to be taken when a meeting makes an important decision (especially conservation matters) instead of having to wait for several days.   - Will allow immediate action to be taken when a meeting makes an important decision (especially conservation matters) instead of having to wait for several days.
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 =====Thelma Hellyer.===== =====Thelma Hellyer.=====
  
-We regret to record the death of Thelma Hellyer. To the majority of present members she may be just a name, but older members will have many kindly memories of Thelma. As Thelma Moir she joined the Club within a few weeks of its foundation in 1927 and was an active member for many years. She was one of the four girls on the Club's first Easter walk (1928). Despite the leaders advice to wear shorts modesty prevailed and the girls wore skirts. Even in those far off times Easter turned on the rain and crossing the flooded Cox's River with skirts up (and showing what goes with them) was, if not dangerous, ​ot least embarrassing and uncomfortable. From then on shorts were worn. She married a club member, Arthur Hellyer, and they were regular walkers for many years.+We regret to record the death of Thelma Hellyer. To the majority of present members she may be just a name, but older members will have many kindly memories of Thelma. As Thelma Moir she joined the Club within a few weeks of its foundation in 1927 and was an active member for many years. She was one of the four girls on the Club's first Easter walk (1928). Despite the leaders advice to wear shorts modesty prevailed and the girls wore skirts. Even in those far off times Easter turned on the rain and crossing the flooded Cox's River with skirts up (and showing what goes with them) was, if not dangerous, ​at least embarrassing and uncomfortable. From then on shorts were worn. She married a club member, Arthur Hellyer, and they were regular walkers for many years.
  
 Thel never lost her interest in the Club and she and Arthur and daughter Rhonda were frequently seen at Reunions and other outdoor club get-togethers. In January during a car camping trip she renewed her acquaintance with her old club mate Molly Marden (now Molly Taylor) who lives in the wilds between Rules Point and Brindabella. She attended the last Club Reunion and took ill shortly afterwards. Thel never lost her interest in the Club and she and Arthur and daughter Rhonda were frequently seen at Reunions and other outdoor club get-togethers. In January during a car camping trip she renewed her acquaintance with her old club mate Molly Marden (now Molly Taylor) who lives in the wilds between Rules Point and Brindabella. She attended the last Club Reunion and took ill shortly afterwards.
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 A few more thoughts on keeping warm in camp at nights. There is no doubt that with training and use one can accustom the body, to keep warm in low temperatures. It is written of Gino Watkins (the Arctic explorer who applied the principles of light weight camping to Arctic trips) that he taught himself to sleep under an open window in London'​s mid-winter with only a sheet over him. A few more thoughts on keeping warm in camp at nights. There is no doubt that with training and use one can accustom the body, to keep warm in low temperatures. It is written of Gino Watkins (the Arctic explorer who applied the principles of light weight camping to Arctic trips) that he taught himself to sleep under an open window in London'​s mid-winter with only a sheet over him.
  
-Even if such rigorous training has not been done it is possible to beat the cold in other ways. Body temperature is dependent on respiration and ciraulation. If therefore you wake in the wee sma' hours shivering, you can always get up and jump around to restore warmth but a much simpler idea is to do a few exercises whilst still lying in your sleeping bag. Deep breathing with exaggerated drawing in of the abdominal muscles will restore circulation and also ensure re-oxygenisation (if there is such a word) of the blood which will promote warmth and sleep will frequently come over you whilst still doing the exercise.+Even if such rigorous training has not been done it is possible to beat the cold in other ways. Body temperature is dependent on respiration and circulation. If therefore you wake in the wee sma' hours shivering, you can always get up and jump around to restore warmth but a much simpler idea is to do a few exercises whilst still lying in your sleeping bag. Deep breathing with exaggerated drawing in of the abdominal muscles will restore circulation and also ensure re-oxygenisation (if there is such a word) of the blood which will promote warmth and sleep will frequently come over you whilst still doing the exercise.
  
 Paddy Pallin. Lightweight Camp Gear. Paddy Pallin. Lightweight Camp Gear.
  
-201 Castleregh ​St., Sydney M2678.+201 Castlereagh ​St., Sydney M2678.
  
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