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 **SYDNEY BUSHWALKER** is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001.  To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager. **SYDNEY BUSHWALKER** is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001.  To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager.
  
-|Editor| Patrick James 5/2 Hardie Street Neutral Bay 2089 Telephone ​ 9904 1515| +|**Editor**| Patrick James 5/2 Hardie Street Neutral Bay 2089 Telephone ​ 9904 1515| 
-|Business Manager| Elizabeth Miller 1 The Babette, Castlecrag, 2068 Telephone ​ 9958 7838| +|**Business Manager**| Elizabeth Miller 1 The Babette, Castlecrag, 2068 Telephone ​ 9958 7838| 
-|Production Manager| Frances Holland| +|**Production Manager**| Frances Holland| 
-|Printers| Kenn Clacher, Tom Wenman, Barrie Murdoch, Margaret Niven & Les Powell|+|**Printers**| Kenn Clacher, Tom Wenman, Barrie Murdoch, Margaret Niven & Les Powell|
  
 THE SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS INCORPORATED was founded in 1927.  Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli (near Milsons Point Railway Station). ​ Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday. THE SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS INCORPORATED was founded in 1927.  Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli (near Milsons Point Railway Station). ​ Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday.
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 New Zealand is demarcated into demographic regions and not provinces as is often believed. Northland is the northernmost region and is that long finger of land sticking out from the top. At the end of 1997 I did a cycle tour spending the entire time in Northland. It’s an area Oz bushwalkers rarely, if ever, go near. The region does, however get plenty of tourists to its famous Bay of Islands. New Zealand is demarcated into demographic regions and not provinces as is often believed. Northland is the northernmost region and is that long finger of land sticking out from the top. At the end of 1997 I did a cycle tour spending the entire time in Northland. It’s an area Oz bushwalkers rarely, if ever, go near. The region does, however get plenty of tourists to its famous Bay of Islands.
  
- (As a matter of interest: this private cycle tour was a re-enactment of what was supposed to be an organised ride which went disastrously wrong for the organisers (Far Out Events). About 30,000 brochures were distributed throughout Oz and NZ resulting in 21 takers. The event was called off.) +(As a matter of interest: this private cycle tour was a re-enactment of what was supposed to be an organised ride which went disastrously wrong for the organisers (Far Out Events). About 30,000 brochures were distributed throughout Oz and NZ resulting in 21 takers. The event was called off.) 
  
 I was fortunate to spend the first 8 days on a farm at Pahi (Par-hee). By the way - all Maori place names end in a vowel. The waterfront farm was in a setting straight off a postcard with its rolling grounds dotted with magnificent old trees. The farmer had given up on trying to make a decent living out of farming and had become a practitioner of “back adjustments for both man and animal with cosmic assistance”. He did not advertise and yet his phone hardly stopped ringing. Most calls were from people with horses with suspected bad backs. I felt I was experiencing the type of culture which my great grandfather lived in - and I was charmed by the experience. When I expressed my astonishment to my cycling companion (an ex-Kiwi) she just said “this is New Zealand”. I was under the illusion that our cultures were identical - but that was based on my previous trips being confined to the city centres and the walking tracks. I was fortunate to spend the first 8 days on a farm at Pahi (Par-hee). By the way - all Maori place names end in a vowel. The waterfront farm was in a setting straight off a postcard with its rolling grounds dotted with magnificent old trees. The farmer had given up on trying to make a decent living out of farming and had become a practitioner of “back adjustments for both man and animal with cosmic assistance”. He did not advertise and yet his phone hardly stopped ringing. Most calls were from people with horses with suspected bad backs. I felt I was experiencing the type of culture which my great grandfather lived in - and I was charmed by the experience. When I expressed my astonishment to my cycling companion (an ex-Kiwi) she just said “this is New Zealand”. I was under the illusion that our cultures were identical - but that was based on my previous trips being confined to the city centres and the walking tracks.
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 Up to this point we did not do the tour alone as we and 8 others who had already paid for air fares got together after the organised tour had been aborted. The next day was a scheduled rest day and the 10 of us took a bus from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga which is the very top end of NZ. It is here that the Tasman meets the Pacific and, as there is a difference in the levels of the two bodies of water, one can see the chop where they meet (known, of course, as the Meeting of the Waters). The bus driver did not shut up and was determined to get across every bit of knowledge he had. He even described manufacturing processes as we passed pockets of industry. Not as boring as it might seem as his microphone was hand-held and the curves were negotiated with one hand. This also meant that when he wanted to point something out there was no hand on the wheel at all. We planned an ambush at lunch to collectively tick him off.  But we piked out. He was such a nice guy. His next lot of passengers can do the job for us. Up to this point we did not do the tour alone as we and 8 others who had already paid for air fares got together after the organised tour had been aborted. The next day was a scheduled rest day and the 10 of us took a bus from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga which is the very top end of NZ. It is here that the Tasman meets the Pacific and, as there is a difference in the levels of the two bodies of water, one can see the chop where they meet (known, of course, as the Meeting of the Waters). The bus driver did not shut up and was determined to get across every bit of knowledge he had. He even described manufacturing processes as we passed pockets of industry. Not as boring as it might seem as his microphone was hand-held and the curves were negotiated with one hand. This also meant that when he wanted to point something out there was no hand on the wheel at all. We planned an ambush at lunch to collectively tick him off.  But we piked out. He was such a nice guy. His next lot of passengers can do the job for us.
  
-There were too many racers in the group so my companion and I dropped back a day by staying overnight at Kohukohu. Kohukohu was too off the beaten track for a hostel. The village is situated on Hokianga Harbour. In the old days the settlements around the harbour were isolated from the rest of the country but communicated with each other by boat. These residents became the “Hokianga people”. The guests’ sitting room in the small hotel is actually the publican’s lounge room - so I watch TV surrounded by family photos. The publican served us dinner in his own dining room dressed in an apron over singlet, shorts and thongs. Nevertheless,​ it was comfortable and clean. For some unknown reason the publican’s Maori wife gave us a discount which resulted in this stayover ​being cheaper than any hostel. The village is but a run-down remnant of a much larger town which was here in the last century. Many of the timber houses seemed to be occupied by hippies. I doubt if many here had jobs.+There were too many racers in the group so my companion and I dropped back a day by staying overnight at Kohukohu. Kohukohu was too off the beaten track for a hostel. The village is situated on Hokianga Harbour. In the old days the settlements around the harbour were isolated from the rest of the country but communicated with each other by boat. These residents became the “Hokianga people”. The guests’ sitting room in the small hotel is actually the publican’s lounge room - so I watch TV surrounded by family photos. The publican served us dinner in his own dining room dressed in an apron over singlet, shorts and thongs. Nevertheless,​ it was comfortable and clean. For some unknown reason the publican’s Maori wife gave us a discount which resulted in this stay over being cheaper than any hostel. The village is but a run-down remnant of a much larger town which was here in the last century. Many of the timber houses seemed to be occupied by hippies. I doubt if many here had jobs.
  
 The only other stay-over which was not the usual good YHA hostel was at Opononi which was a type of pseudo-resort. By that I mean it was in a top natural setting but the money was not finding its way there as it did at Paihia, The YHA hostel here had burned down and a small and cramped hostel owned by a Swiss was where we ended up at. The owner once stayed here while passing through as a backpacker and decided to buy it. I noticed a lot of young northern Europeans travelling through. I particularly remember a conversation I had with two Germans at Opononi. They said that the long hours they were working at home was killing them. Sign of the times everywhere! ​ The only other stay-over which was not the usual good YHA hostel was at Opononi which was a type of pseudo-resort. By that I mean it was in a top natural setting but the money was not finding its way there as it did at Paihia, The YHA hostel here had burned down and a small and cramped hostel owned by a Swiss was where we ended up at. The owner once stayed here while passing through as a backpacker and decided to buy it. I noticed a lot of young northern Europeans travelling through. I particularly remember a conversation I had with two Germans at Opononi. They said that the long hours they were working at home was killing them. Sign of the times everywhere! ​
  
-The Maori population of the region is about 40% and it goes without saying that Northland is economically depressed. Old Kingwoods ​rattling along everywhere. I quickly got to recognise the difference between the style of a Maori church and other Christian churches. This was an indication that they like to do their own thing. I saw a number of small cemeteries with all of the headstones facing away from the road as if looking in a specific direction. Is there a Maori Mecca? I must find out some day. I saw a Maori funeral and it was big and made up of people of all ages. They obviously have a sense of community we seem to have largely lost. +The Maori population of the region is about 40% and it goes without saying that Northland is economically depressed. Old Kingswoods ​rattling along everywhere. I quickly got to recognise the difference between the style of a Maori church and other Christian churches. This was an indication that they like to do their own thing. I saw a number of small cemeteries with all of the headstones facing away from the road as if looking in a specific direction. Is there a Maori Mecca? I must find out some day. I saw a Maori funeral and it was big and made up of people of all ages. They obviously have a sense of community we seem to have largely lost. 
  
 Northland was a memorable experience and I’ll be back. Northland was a memorable experience and I’ll be back.
  
-TICKS TICKS  TICKS  TICKS+ 
 +====== Ticks Ticks Ticks Ticks ====== 
  
 Stephen Doggett¸ (Clinical Microbiology Unit, Westmead Hospital and Dept. of Medical Entomology, Sydney Uni. who spoke to us early this year has given the following details. Stephen Doggett¸ (Clinical Microbiology Unit, Westmead Hospital and Dept. of Medical Entomology, Sydney Uni. who spoke to us early this year has given the following details.
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 There is a variety of information under the link titled "Fact Sheets"​ including Ticks and Tick-borne diseases (such as Lyme disease and Tick Typhus), Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne diseases (eg Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, etc). There are also a variety of photographs under the link titled "​Photos",​ information on insect-borne diseases from overseas under the "​Travel Bug", links to other entomology and health related sites (naturally under "​Links"​),​ Frequently-Asked questions, plus more. Currently there are 70 pages and over 60 high quality JPEG images. ​ There is a variety of information under the link titled "Fact Sheets"​ including Ticks and Tick-borne diseases (such as Lyme disease and Tick Typhus), Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne diseases (eg Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, etc). There are also a variety of photographs under the link titled "​Photos",​ information on insect-borne diseases from overseas under the "​Travel Bug", links to other entomology and health related sites (naturally under "​Links"​),​ Frequently-Asked questions, plus more. Currently there are 70 pages and over 60 high quality JPEG images. ​
  
-Letter to the Editor.+ 
 +====== ​Letter to the Editor ​====== 
  
 Dear Editor, ​ Dear Editor, ​
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 We cannot, however, pass over your computer generated verse. We cannot, however, pass over your computer generated verse.
  
-"Machines that write and scan and spell?\\+Machines that write and scan and spell?\\
 To us poor frogs in pond and well,\\ To us poor frogs in pond and well,\\
 'Tis too beguiling to be true;\\ 'Tis too beguiling to be true;\\
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 ====== What Does It Take? ====== ====== What Does It Take? ======
    
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 By Maurice Smith By Maurice Smith
  
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 This personal injury cover travels with the member If you have this cover you have personal injury cover when you walk with any other Confederation affiliated club anywhere in the world, except in USA and Canada. This personal injury cover travels with the member If you have this cover you have personal injury cover when you walk with any other Confederation affiliated club anywhere in the world, except in USA and Canada.
  
-Each year Confederation invites clubs to take up personal injury insurance for their members. On several occasions over the past few years I have supplied details of the insurance cover to various committee members. What has been the result? Nothing has happened! ​ If you want to influence the club’s attitude on this matter, speak to a committee member. Start asking the obvious question “why aren’t we told about this insurance?​”+Each year Confederation invites clubs to take up personal injury insurance for their members. On several occasions over the past few years I have supplied details of the insurance cover to various committee members. What has been the result? Nothing has happened! ​ If you want to influence the club’s attitude on this matter, speak to a committee member. Start asking the obvious question “why aren’t we told about this insurance?​”
  
 Why can’t the committee put a “flyer” in the club magazine, informing members about the insurance cover. It would not be too hard to have a personal injury insurance box on the annual membership renewal notice. What about when prospective members sign up, why not have optional injury insurance on the application form?  Why can’t the committee put a “flyer” in the club magazine, informing members about the insurance cover. It would not be too hard to have a personal injury insurance box on the annual membership renewal notice. What about when prospective members sign up, why not have optional injury insurance on the application form? 
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 Maurice'​s letter from last month nearly got lost in cyber space. Confederation Insurance is available to all as was noted in July's general meeting, see p.6 and also last page for details. Editor.  ​ Maurice'​s letter from last month nearly got lost in cyber space. Confederation Insurance is available to all as was noted in July's general meeting, see p.6 and also last page for details. Editor.  ​
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 ====== July 1998 General Meeting ====== ====== July 1998 General Meeting ======
- by Barry Wallace. 
  
-By 2013 hours some 16 or so members had accumulated in the meeting room, so your scribe, as acting chair, called the meeting to order and began proceedings. ​ There were apologies for Alex Colley, Eddy  and Jennifer Giacomel, Fran Holland and Don Wills. ​ New members Diane Jardine, Andrew Craig and Steve Bittinger were called for welcome, with Andrew as a no-show and the others being welcomed in the usual way.+Barry Wallace. 
 + 
 +By 20.13 hours some 16 or so members had accumulated in the meeting room, so your scribe, as acting chair, called the meeting to order and began proceedings. ​ There were apologies for Alex Colley, Eddy  and Jennifer Giacomel, Fran Holland and Don Wills. ​ New members Diane Jardine, Andrew Craig and Steve Bittinger were called for welcome, with Andrew as a no-show and the others being welcomed in the usual way.
  
 The minutes of the June general meeting were read and received with no matters arising. The minutes of the June general meeting were read and received with no matters arising.
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 The call for general business brought forth an announcement about the regrowth of white cedar trees at Coolana, and the call for announcements saw an announcement about the upcoming bus trips to join the protest at the Jabiluka mine site.  The meeting closed at 2106 and not a minute too soon. The call for general business brought forth an announcement about the regrowth of white cedar trees at Coolana, and the call for announcements saw an announcement about the upcoming bus trips to join the protest at the Jabiluka mine site.  The meeting closed at 2106 and not a minute too soon.
  
-Apology. Due to some as yet unidentified malfunction,​ error, cosmic ray shower or other mischance, two of our valued Honorary members received mail out labels which incorrectly bore the dreaded ***SUBS OWING*** imprint last month. Thank you to Frank Rigby for pointing out the problem to us, and our apologies to both people affected After reviewing Frank’s letter we were convinced that the appropriate course of action would be to shoot all parties concerned in this outrage. ​ Before we do there is one small formality to be observed. ​ We need a software program, personal computer and operative to replace the present offending ones.  Until this can be achieved a simple apology will have to suffice.  ​+Apology. Due to some as yet unidentified malfunction,​ error, cosmic ray shower or other mischance, two of our valued Honorary members received mail out labels which incorrectly bore the dreaded ***SUBS OWING*** imprint last month. Thank you to Frank Rigby for pointing out the problem to us, and our apologies to both people affected After reviewing Frank’s letter we were convinced that the appropriate course of action would be to shoot all parties concerned in this outrage. ​ Before we do there is one small formality to be observed. ​ We need a software program, personal computer and operative to replace the present offending ones.  Until this can be achieved a simple apology will have to suffice.  ​
  
-Barry Wallace,  Hon. Membership Secretary. ​+Barry Wallace,​ Hon. Membership Secretary. ​
  
  
-LIBBY’S DIARY by Libby Harrington+====== ​Libby's Diary ======
  
-Some called it ‘mid life crises’ others suggested I was just crazy however I dismissed ​ all negative comments accepted the encouragement from my close friends and proceeded to blow a whole lot of dollars, don a back pack, burn all bridges and head overseas. ​ I was told that most SBW members are affected in some way eventually ​ by this disease, as I agreed to join those heading for the Haute Route  in France. A most unforgettable month which has already been recorded in this magazine, and the beginning of my sole journey, eight months roaming Europe culminating in a high altitude trek in Nepal.+Libby Harrington 
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 +Some called it ‘mid life crises’ others suggested I was just crazy however I dismissed ​ all negative comments accepted the encouragement from my close friends and proceeded to blow a whole lot of dollars, don a back pack, burn all bridges and head overseas. ​ I was told that most SBW members are affected in some way eventually by this disease, as I agreed to join those heading for the Haute Route in France. A most unforgettable month which has already been recorded in this magazine, and the beginning of my sole journey, eight months roaming Europe culminating in a high altitude trek in Nepal.
  
 One of my most memorable journeys was a visit to the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and fortunately was blessed with perfect weather as this story would be very different if I had experienced the “norm”. One of my most memorable journeys was a visit to the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and fortunately was blessed with perfect weather as this story would be very different if I had experienced the “norm”.
  
-After a most picturesque bus journey through the Scottish highlands, and around the bonnie banks of  Loch Lomond, I arrived at the quaint little fishing village of Oban where the ferries departed for the southern isles of the Outer Hebrides. The ferry schedule for all the islands was a logistical nightmare since I had only nine days, however the Scottish folk have a humour and desire to help beyond compare. ​+After a most picturesque bus journey through the Scottish highlands, and around the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, I arrived at the quaint little fishing village of Oban where the ferries departed for the southern isles of the Outer Hebrides. The ferry schedule for all the islands was a logistical nightmare since I had only nine days, however the Scottish folk have a humour and desire to help beyond compare. ​
  
- At 3pm the car ferry departed, it was huge and needed to be as there were a couple of semi trailers laden with produce for the isles. It is amazing where an Aussie or two can be found and I spent most of the journey chatting to one of the waitresses who had chosen to live in Scotland.+At 3pm the car ferry departed, it was huge and needed to be as there were a couple of semi trailers laden with produce for the isles. It is amazing where an Aussie or two can be found and I spent most of the journey chatting to one of the waitresses who had chosen to live in Scotland.
  
 As the sun set a glowing red on the horizon around 8pm, we docked at the tiny port of Barra. Business revolves around the ferries’ arrival and departure and we were assured that someone would open the tourist office, and that Mr whoever would drive the taxi if needed and hopefully he wouldn’t be too inebriated. As the sun set a glowing red on the horizon around 8pm, we docked at the tiny port of Barra. Business revolves around the ferries’ arrival and departure and we were assured that someone would open the tourist office, and that Mr whoever would drive the taxi if needed and hopefully he wouldn’t be too inebriated.
  
-Well everything ‘happened’ and I found myself in a little B & B a few metres from the waters edge. There were fishing nets draped everywhere as I meandered my way to the front door.  There is no hostel ​ on Barra although I am told one will open soon. Typical of Scottish hospitality,​ I was offered ​ a full hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and black pudding for those strong tummies, not mine! Just what was needed to cycle the island in a day.+Well everything ‘happened’ and I found myself in a little B & B a few metres from the waters edge. There were fishing nets draped everywhere as I meandered my way to the front door.  There is no hostel on Barra although I am told one will open soon. Typical of Scottish hospitality,​ I was offered ​ a full hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and black pudding for those strong tummies, not mine! Just what was needed to cycle the island in a day.
  
 The most significant memory of these islands is the complete lack of trees, regardless they have a stunning beauty in their barrenness with rolling hills covered in heather, merging into white, sandy, desolate beaches. It is possible to walk the beaches, visit the aerodrome which is a sand flat at low tide, the ancient churches, graveyards, `standing stones’ and chat to the local crofters. ​ What a joy to watch the dogs work the sheep off the hills into the pens.  The most significant memory of these islands is the complete lack of trees, regardless they have a stunning beauty in their barrenness with rolling hills covered in heather, merging into white, sandy, desolate beaches. It is possible to walk the beaches, visit the aerodrome which is a sand flat at low tide, the ancient churches, graveyards, `standing stones’ and chat to the local crofters. ​ What a joy to watch the dogs work the sheep off the hills into the pens. 
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 All good things must come to an end eventually and a deep sadness was felt by all who left that morning ​ on the 6am ferry connection to the mainland ferry. We experienced a red, red sunrise which silhouetted a myriad of small islands and a multitude of birds as we sailed towards Skye and as I stood on the windswept deck, I wondered how soon I could return to explore the two islands of  Lewis and Harris, which are more mountainous with a different beauty. All good things must come to an end eventually and a deep sadness was felt by all who left that morning ​ on the 6am ferry connection to the mainland ferry. We experienced a red, red sunrise which silhouetted a myriad of small islands and a multitude of birds as we sailed towards Skye and as I stood on the windswept deck, I wondered how soon I could return to explore the two islands of  Lewis and Harris, which are more mountainous with a different beauty.
  
-====== Knives======+ 
 +====== Knives ======
  
 by Patrick James by Patrick James
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 More information can be obtained (1) by contacting the NSW Police Service Customer Assistance Unit on 1800 622 571, between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, (2) by visiting your local police station and obtaining a 'Z Card', a handy wallet size information kit which explain the new laws, (3) by reading the Police and Public Safety Act 1998, or by (4) obtaining professional legal advice.  More information can be obtained (1) by contacting the NSW Police Service Customer Assistance Unit on 1800 622 571, between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, (2) by visiting your local police station and obtaining a 'Z Card', a handy wallet size information kit which explain the new laws, (3) by reading the Police and Public Safety Act 1998, or by (4) obtaining professional legal advice.
  
-It wasn't bushwalkingbut it was good ( if you like that kind of thing). ​ By John Carlson+ 
 +====== ​It wasn't bushwalking ​====== 
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 +but it was good (if you like that kind of thing).\\ 
 +John Carlson
  
 The Walks Programme showed that on Tuesday 5th May there was to be a walk through Rookwood Cemetery and down the Cook's River pathway. I hadn't been to the Cemetery for a while, so I decided to go. The Walks Programme showed that on Tuesday 5th May there was to be a walk through Rookwood Cemetery and down the Cook's River pathway. I hadn't been to the Cemetery for a while, so I decided to go.
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 After lunch we left the Cemetery. An 8km stroll down the Cooks River path brought us to Canterbury Station ​ and the end of a satisfying walk through a part of Sydney we don't often visit. Sure, it wasn't bushwalking,​ but it was interesting (if you like that kind of thing). Participants:​ Marion Plaude, Brian Hart, John Coulson, Ian Rannard. After lunch we left the Cemetery. An 8km stroll down the Cooks River path brought us to Canterbury Station ​ and the end of a satisfying walk through a part of Sydney we don't often visit. Sure, it wasn't bushwalking,​ but it was interesting (if you like that kind of thing). Participants:​ Marion Plaude, Brian Hart, John Coulson, Ian Rannard.
  
-PHOTOGRAPHS REQUIRED+**PHOTOGRAPHS REQUIRED**
  
 "A picture is worth a thousand words" "A picture is worth a thousand words"
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 ====== Clubnight Reports ====== ====== Clubnight Reports ======
  
-by Elwyn Morris+Elwyn Morris
  
 K TO K REUNION ​ This walks leaders’ presentation began with Eddy Giacomel’s ​ computer graph of the mountain heights and valley lows between Kanangra and Katoomba, which made the climbs look totally vertical but, he assured us, was based on eight pages of accurate data. The trip was 4l km as the crow flies but more like 55 km on the ground. Jan Mohandas interjected from the back that a l00m climb equals one km of walking; with 2,200m total climbing, that would make the route equivalent to 63km! K TO K REUNION ​ This walks leaders’ presentation began with Eddy Giacomel’s ​ computer graph of the mountain heights and valley lows between Kanangra and Katoomba, which made the climbs look totally vertical but, he assured us, was based on eight pages of accurate data. The trip was 4l km as the crow flies but more like 55 km on the ground. Jan Mohandas interjected from the back that a l00m climb equals one km of walking; with 2,200m total climbing, that would make the route equivalent to 63km!
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 CLUB AUCTION A small but discerning group of enthusiasts,​ canny collectors and as yet unfitted-out members assembled to view the offerings and to make impassioned bids for a wide selection of mainly bushwalking gear.  Bidding was carried out in a dignified manner with only on a few occasions some Christmas sale/​bargain hunting behaviour. ​ No blood was shed, we all had a good time and the Coolana fund is $238.70 richer. CLUB AUCTION A small but discerning group of enthusiasts,​ canny collectors and as yet unfitted-out members assembled to view the offerings and to make impassioned bids for a wide selection of mainly bushwalking gear.  Bidding was carried out in a dignified manner with only on a few occasions some Christmas sale/​bargain hunting behaviour. ​ No blood was shed, we all had a good time and the Coolana fund is $238.70 richer.
  
-COMING UP:All 8 for 8.l5pm.+COMING UP: All 8 for 8.l5pm.
  
-THE KOKODA TRAIL, NEW GUINEA ​on August 19 with Morie Ward who walked it recently with other SBW members.+THE KOKODA TRAIL, NEW GUINEA on August 19 with Morie Ward who walked it recently with other SBW members.
  
 THE BUDAWANGS on August 26. A walks leaders’ presentation by Bill Capon, Alex Colley and Tony Holgate on this delightful and complex area. Pre-meeting dinner at the Blues Point Café, 135 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, mains round $8. Book by the Monday with Denise Shaw, 9922.6093H. THE BUDAWANGS on August 26. A walks leaders’ presentation by Bill Capon, Alex Colley and Tony Holgate on this delightful and complex area. Pre-meeting dinner at the Blues Point Café, 135 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, mains round $8. Book by the Monday with Denise Shaw, 9922.6093H.
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-NOW IT'S MID WEEK CAMPING by Bill Holland+====== Now Its Midweek Camping ======
  
-The Autumn Walks Programme ​ introduces mid-week camping. ​ This is an opportunity for older members, and younger ones who can take some time out of the working week, to enjoy the great outdoors far away from the weekend multitude.+Bill Holland 
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 +The Autumn Walks Programme introduces mid-week camping. ​ This is an opportunity for older members, and younger ones who can take some time out of the working week, to enjoy the great outdoors far away from the weekend multitude.
  
 The accent will be on easy walking with easy/medium grade options or just plain camping and relaxing. Also, an opportunity to assist at Coolana with gentle maintenance or just relaxing at our delightful property on the Kangaroo River. The accent will be on easy walking with easy/medium grade options or just plain camping and relaxing. Also, an opportunity to assist at Coolana with gentle maintenance or just relaxing at our delightful property on the Kangaroo River.
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 The Autumn Programme includes: The Autumn Programme includes:
  
-Coolana ​   (Monday 5th October - Sunday 11th October) ​ Join Gemma Gagne for the week or just a day or two.  There will be working bees and walks in the valley.+Coolana ​  ​(Monday 5th October - Sunday 11th October) ​ Join Gemma Gagne for the week or just a day or two.  There will be working bees and walks in the valley.
  
 Coolana ​  ​(Tuesday 13th October - Friday 16th October) Frances and Bill Holland would like company for all or some of the days. Easy walks perhaps stretching out a little for those who feel energetic. ​ Otherwise, bird watching, relaxing and happy times each evening. ​ Coolana ​  ​(Tuesday 13th October - Friday 16th October) Frances and Bill Holland would like company for all or some of the days. Easy walks perhaps stretching out a little for those who feel energetic. ​ Otherwise, bird watching, relaxing and happy times each evening. ​
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 Wombean Caves  (Tuesday 10th November - Thursday 12th November) ​ This commences with a bus tour from Mittagong to Old Joadja historical township then on to Wombean Caves where we have reserved accommodation (or camping). ​ The next two days will include walking and optional cave tours. ​ Contact Bill Holland for early booking. Wombean Caves  (Tuesday 10th November - Thursday 12th November) ​ This commences with a bus tour from Mittagong to Old Joadja historical township then on to Wombean Caves where we have reserved accommodation (or camping). ​ The next two days will include walking and optional cave tours. ​ Contact Bill Holland for early booking.
  
-CONSERVATION by Bill Holland+ 
 +====== Conservation ====== 
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 +Bill Holland
  
 The fox baiting continues at Coolana with the news that two more foxes will no longer threaten the colony of endangered brush tailed rock wallabies located nearby.  ​ The fox baiting continues at Coolana with the news that two more foxes will no longer threaten the colony of endangered brush tailed rock wallabies located nearby.  ​
  
-NPWS announces that a Draft Plan of management for Kuring Gai National Park is under preparation. It foreshadows a walking track from Towlers Bay to Mackeral Beach but it is  NOT proposed to provide a pedestrian bridge at The Basin.+NPWS announces that a Draft Plan of management for Kuring Gai National Park is under preparation. It foreshadows a walking track from Towlers Bay to Mackeral Beach but it is NOT proposed to provide a pedestrian bridge at The Basin.
  
-About 5,660 submissions were  received on the Wollemi Wilderness Draft Plan of Management. ​ A great majority were form letters from 4WD clubs and enthusiasts urging retention of existing access.+About 5,660 submissions were received on the Wollemi Wilderness Draft Plan of Management. ​ A great majority were form letters from 4WD clubs and enthusiasts urging retention of existing access.
  
 Regarding transfer of lands from the former Sydney Water Board to NPWS, negotiations are still continuing between NPWS and Sydney Water re transfer of lands in Prospect Natural reserve and Blue Mountain areas. ​ Perhaps the recent water hyper - scare will accelerate these transfers. ​ Regarding transfer of lands from the former Sydney Water Board to NPWS, negotiations are still continuing between NPWS and Sydney Water re transfer of lands in Prospect Natural reserve and Blue Mountain areas. ​ Perhaps the recent water hyper - scare will accelerate these transfers. ​
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 The Premier announced an additional eight new national parks at the recent "​Visions For The New Millenium"​ symposium.  The Premier announced an additional eight new national parks at the recent "​Visions For The New Millenium"​ symposium.
  
-WALKS SECRETARIAT+ 
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 The Winter Walks Program is now out and it is time to start thinking about the Spring Walks Program. ​ (Like painting the Harbour Bridge, the walks program never stops.) You can send in walks by mail to the Club, or by fax, or even come into the Clubrooms. ​ Bill Capon, Walks Secretary. The Winter Walks Program is now out and it is time to start thinking about the Spring Walks Program. ​ (Like painting the Harbour Bridge, the walks program never stops.) You can send in walks by mail to the Club, or by fax, or even come into the Clubrooms. ​ Bill Capon, Walks Secretary.
  
-telephone: 02 9398 7820, fax: 02 9314 5791+Telephone: 02 9398 7820, fax: 02 9314 5791
  
 Some announcements which are still current, but check details in the Walks Program. Some announcements which are still current, but check details in the Walks Program.
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 Don Brooks is putting on two day walks, at Kanagra on 7th and 8th of November. ​ He plans to arrange comfortable cabin accommodation at Oberon on the Saturday night. ​ He would like to hear form interested walkers as early as possible as accommodation needs to be arranged well in advanced.    Don Brooks is putting on two day walks, at Kanagra on 7th and 8th of November. ​ He plans to arrange comfortable cabin accommodation at Oberon on the Saturday night. ​ He would like to hear form interested walkers as early as possible as accommodation needs to be arranged well in advanced.   
  
- ​FOOTNOTES ​ by Patrick James 
  
-The Reunion is coming up soon.   ​It's in October held according to the formula the weekend before the first full moon, after the long weekend in October. ​ Thus the reunion is on the weekend of 31 October-1 November. ​ Plan ahead, don't double book yourself and prepare for a beautiful weekend at Coolana.+====== Footnotes ====== 
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 +Patrick James 
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 +The Reunion is coming up soon.  It's in October held according to the formula the weekend before the first full moon, after the long weekend in October. ​ Thus the reunion is on the weekend of 31 October-1 November. ​ Plan ahead, don't double book yourself and prepare for a beautiful weekend at Coolana.
  
 Long time member and friend to many, Bill Hall has moved into the Wollongong Nursing Home, 12 Suttor Place, Figtree 2525.  Bill assures us that visitors are very welcome. Long time member and friend to many, Bill Hall has moved into the Wollongong Nursing Home, 12 Suttor Place, Figtree 2525.  Bill assures us that visitors are very welcome.
  
-I was on a walk last weekend in the Blue Mountains led by Anne McGuire and I'm certain that I saw Elvis during the walk.  I could have been mistaken but unlikely. ​ Did anyone else see him?+I was on a walk last weekend in the Blue Mountains led by Anne McGuire and I'm certain that I saw Elvis during the walk. I could have been mistaken but unlikely. ​ Did anyone else see him?
  
 If July was good for celebrations,​ August is even better with Switzerland,​ Macedonia, Singapore, India, Indonesia and Malaysia all taking a day out of the month. ​ If July was good for celebrations,​ August is even better with Switzerland,​ Macedonia, Singapore, India, Indonesia and Malaysia all taking a day out of the month. ​
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 CLAYTONS WEEKEND at KANANGRA. Weekend walk on 7 and 8 Nov. 1998, of two Kanangra day walks: ​ Day 1, 13 Km Craft Walls area,  and Day 2, 9 Km in the Cottage Rock area.  Limit 16, with accommodation in on-site vans at Oberon. ​ Early expression of interest would be appreciated. ​ Contact the leader, Don (Milo) Brooks on 9807 1657 before 9.30 PM. CLAYTONS WEEKEND at KANANGRA. Weekend walk on 7 and 8 Nov. 1998, of two Kanangra day walks: ​ Day 1, 13 Km Craft Walls area,  and Day 2, 9 Km in the Cottage Rock area.  Limit 16, with accommodation in on-site vans at Oberon. ​ Early expression of interest would be appreciated. ​ Contact the leader, Don (Milo) Brooks on 9807 1657 before 9.30 PM.
  
 CLUB COOLANA. You don't need a printed invitation to attend Coolana, just ring the one of the numbers below and all will be revealed. ​ See also the Walks Program CLUB COOLANA. You don't need a printed invitation to attend Coolana, just ring the one of the numbers below and all will be revealed. ​ See also the Walks Program
  
-Don Brooks 9807 1657 (home) +Don Brooks 9807 1657 (home)\\ 
- +Frances Holland 9484 6636 (home)\\ 
-Frances Holland 9484 6636 (home) +Patrick James 9904 1515 (home)\\ 
- +Joan Rigby  (02) 6247 2035 (home)\\ 
-Patrick James 9904 1515 (home) +Peter Rossel 9924 2085 (home)
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