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 |**Conservation Secretary**| Alex Colley| |**Conservation Secretary**| Alex Colley|
 |**Magazine Editor**| George Mawer| |**Magazine Editor**| George Mawer|
-|**Committee Members**| Morie Ward & Janet Trevor-Roberts|+|**Committee Members**| Morie Ward & Jennifer Trevor-Roberts|
 |**Delegates to Confederation**| Ken Smith &  Wilf Hilder, Jim Callaway| |**Delegates to Confederation**| Ken Smith &  Wilf Hilder, Jim Callaway|
  
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 (Reprinted from Feb.1969 Bushwalker) (Reprinted from Feb.1969 Bushwalker)
 Who has been down the Barrington river before? What a new and exciting trip for a long weekend! On our way home after the trip, walking to the car along the road, a farmer picked us up and told us of 2 young chaps who had been down the river 20 years previously. He knew of no one since. Who has been down the Barrington river before? What a new and exciting trip for a long weekend! On our way home after the trip, walking to the car along the road, a farmer picked us up and told us of 2 young chaps who had been down the river 20 years previously. He knew of no one since.
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 The river falls 3,600 feet in 7 miles. There must be some Waterfalls around but at the last minute abseiling ropes were not taken. The river falls 3,600 feet in 7 miles. There must be some Waterfalls around but at the last minute abseiling ropes were not taken.
-There were only 5 on our trip - Dot Butler, Gerry Sinzig, Norman Butler, Ross Wybom and myself. We picked a beaut camp spot very early on Saturday morning. It was near a bubbling creek and under some Scribbly Gums on private property, as we later found out. Early next morning we were rudely awakened by an hate farmer, (except for myself, who only saw him disappearing into the gathering light), who remonstrated with us for parking our car in front of a gate which was next to a grid. We apologised as we did not realise that it was a gate at 2am.+ 
 +There were only 5 on our trip - Dot Butler, Gerry Sinzig, Norman Butler, Ross Wyborn and myself. We picked a beaut camp spot very early on Saturday morning. It was near a bubbling creek and under some Scribbly Gums on private property, as we later found out. Early next morning we were rudely awakened by an hate farmer, (except for myself, who only saw him disappearing into the gathering light), who remonstrated with us for parking our car in front of a gate which was next to a grid. We apologised as we did not realise that it was a gate at 2am. 
 Breakfast was munched 10 miles further along the road on the Kerripit river where our trip was due to start. It looked like very wealthy grazing country there, even in the drought, but gum trees were scarce. Breakfast was munched 10 miles further along the road on the Kerripit river where our trip was due to start. It looked like very wealthy grazing country there, even in the drought, but gum trees were scarce.
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 The actual trip started off by a most refreshing swim: in an eel-infested pool in the Kerripit river - a good beginning. For a mile we walked through grazing paddocks in the hot midday sun until they merged into dense rainforest vegetation which one would find along all creeks and rivers in this area. We plodded after Dot who was following a cow pad which sidled high above the river through thick vegetation. The actual trip started off by a most refreshing swim: in an eel-infested pool in the Kerripit river - a good beginning. For a mile we walked through grazing paddocks in the hot midday sun until they merged into dense rainforest vegetation which one would find along all creeks and rivers in this area. We plodded after Dot who was following a cow pad which sidled high above the river through thick vegetation.
-Ross this is silly! we should be on the creek not 500 ft above it!"+ 
 +Ross "this is silly! we should be on the creek not 500 ft above it!" 
 "Maybe the cows know where they are going", someone assisted. "Maybe the cows know where they are going", someone assisted.
-We came down to the creek (cutting off a bend) and immediately came upon a 4ftdeep pool. We dropped our packs and jumped in, the water was surprisingly warm.+ 
 +We came down to the creek (cutting off a bend) and immediately came upon a 4ft deep pool. We dropped our packs and jumped in, the water was surprisingly warm. 
 Here the Kenipit river is like the lower Kanangra river but overhung with vines, mosses and orchids hanging from trees. As we rock-hopped onwards the river started to steepen slightly with cascades on every bend. The swimming was tremendous. Ross had another try at his dam building at one of the cascades but he was quite unsuccessful in creating a small slippery dip with water. Here the Kenipit river is like the lower Kanangra river but overhung with vines, mosses and orchids hanging from trees. As we rock-hopped onwards the river started to steepen slightly with cascades on every bend. The swimming was tremendous. Ross had another try at his dam building at one of the cascades but he was quite unsuccessful in creating a small slippery dip with water.
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 Single clouds started drifting overhead, making us wonder what we were going to do without a tent. "Be prepared" is the Boy Scouts motto but ground sheets can easily be erected into a shelter and overhanging Single clouds started drifting overhead, making us wonder what we were going to do without a tent. "Be prepared" is the Boy Scouts motto but ground sheets can easily be erected into a shelter and overhanging
 rocks (or bivvy rocks) can also be camped under. rocks (or bivvy rocks) can also be camped under.
-For lunch we stopped above a 15ft drop in the river below which was a swimming pool. Norm our tree climber, rushed up to the scrubby tree tops, traversing from one tree top to another using thick vines as ropes. Ross also felt energetic. He followed Norm on to the first tree. CRASH! It was too much. The second tree also gave way. + 
-Clouds changed from milky white to grey. Mist appeared and slowlly but surely it started drizzling. Waterfalls 20-40ftloomed ahead making for an interesting scramble.+For lunch we stopped above a 15ft drop in the river below which was a swimming pool. Normour tree climber, rushed up to the scrubby tree tops, traversing from one tree top to another using thick vines as ropes. Ross also felt energetic. He followed Norm on to the first tree. CRASH! It was too much. The second tree also gave way. 
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 +Clouds changed from milky white to grey. Mist appeared and slowly but surely it started drizzling. Waterfalls 20-40ft loomed ahead making for an interesting scramble. 
 We couldn't get much wetter as our swimming togs were still wet from the last swim and it was pleasant to feel the rain splashing in our faces after the hot weeks in the city. We couldn't get much wetter as our swimming togs were still wet from the last swim and it was pleasant to feel the rain splashing in our faces after the hot weeks in the city.
-Rocks slippery and wet slowed our progress considerably. We clamberedup and around 3 or 4 waterfalls about 30 ft high and camped where the creek levelled out. + 
 +Rocks slippery and wet slowed our progress considerably. We clambered up and around 3 or 4 waterfalls about 30 ft high and camped where the creek levelled out.  
 At 3600ft it was rather cold for a summer afternoon. A huge fire was lit, a feed cooked, and off to our fleabags. At 3600ft it was rather cold for a summer afternoon. A huge fire was lit, a feed cooked, and off to our fleabags.
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 Ross built a shelter under some trees using long dead branches criss-crossing each other and covering the structure with a plastic ground sheet. It was a good substitute for a stuffy old tent. Ross built a shelter under some trees using long dead branches criss-crossing each other and covering the structure with a plastic ground sheet. It was a good substitute for a stuffy old tent.
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 The next day was clear and we walked up the river until it was feasible to climb a ridge to reach the fire trail to Carey's Peak. Small trees and lawyer vines made way to a tall forest of eucalypts at least 100ft tall and up to 8ft in diameter. Scratchings of Lyre birds or Brush Turkeys were seen. This area should be in the proposed Barrington National Park. Lawyer vines may have tripped us up but it was little noticed as we felt so small amongst such giants. The next day was clear and we walked up the river until it was feasible to climb a ridge to reach the fire trail to Carey's Peak. Small trees and lawyer vines made way to a tall forest of eucalypts at least 100ft tall and up to 8ft in diameter. Scratchings of Lyre birds or Brush Turkeys were seen. This area should be in the proposed Barrington National Park. Lawyer vines may have tripped us up but it was little noticed as we felt so small amongst such giants.
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 The change in vegetation was interesting, from tall eucalyptus forest the trees gradually became smaller as we climbed until at about 4500ft. stunted Blue gums and "Snow Grass" remained. The change in vegetation was interesting, from tall eucalyptus forest the trees gradually became smaller as we climbed until at about 4500ft. stunted Blue gums and "Snow Grass" remained.
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 After 5 miles of road bashing and lots of sweat we stopped for a snack in the middle of the fire-trail at a junction. Five minutes later a Land Rover, which had driven up from Barrington guest house carrying campers, nearly ran us over. After 5 miles of road bashing and lots of sweat we stopped for a snack in the middle of the fire-trail at a junction. Five minutes later a Land Rover, which had driven up from Barrington guest house carrying campers, nearly ran us over.
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 Some minutes later we met two other jeeps full of housewifely tourists - a real highway. We trotted off to Carey's Peak (five minutes from the road), and were rewarded with a hazy view of creeks and ridges from the top. Other creeks viewed from the Peak looked most interesting and jungley and the ridges looked reasonable going. Meeting another handful of tourists we immediately left for the peace and quiet of the Barrington river. Some minutes later we met two other jeeps full of housewifely tourists - a real highway. We trotted off to Carey's Peak (five minutes from the road), and were rewarded with a hazy view of creeks and ridges from the top. Other creeks viewed from the Peak looked most interesting and jungley and the ridges looked reasonable going. Meeting another handful of tourists we immediately left for the peace and quiet of the Barrington river.
-Encircling a large swamp after walking along another fire trail a mile, we started scrub bashing down a tiny creek.Prickly undergrowth and lawyer vines were abundant until we reached the Barrington River which was quite large, even high in its headwaters. On our way we saved a trout (8" long) from certain dehydration in a tiny pool. Half an hour later, after a hot lunch, we reached a swimming pool - the ideal lunch spot! What mismanagement! + 
-Strangers in the camp - two trout fishermen were sighted. They had caught 3 but they were only 8" long. We could not make out how they had reached the river apparently only walking a short distance? Before we reached a third fisherman, Gerry, Norm and I bombed another two pools from 40ft and20ft up. I hoped we scared the trout as they looked a bit undersized to me. +Encircling a large swamp after walking along another fire trail a mile, we started scrub bashing down a tiny creek. Prickly undergrowth and lawyer vines were abundant until we reached the Barrington River which was quite large, even high in its headwaters. On our way we saved a trout (8" long) from certain dehydration in a tiny pool. Half an hour later, after a hot lunch, we reached a swimming pool - the ideal lunch spot! What mismanagement! 
-We camped a couple of miles downstream where the river seemed to disappear into a gorge between gantic boulders. It was very misty that night, luckily Dot discovered some overhanging rocks quite big enough for 5 but some may have got wet if it rained too hard so a second overhang was found.+ 
 +Strangers in the camp - two trout fishermen were sighted. They had caught 3 but they were only 8" long. We could not make out how they had reached the river apparently only walking a short distance? Before we reached a third fisherman, Gerry, Norm and I bombed another two pools from 40ft and 20ft up. I hoped we scared the trout as they looked a bit undersized to me. 
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 +We camped a couple of miles downstream where the river seemed to disappear into a gorge between gigantic boulders. It was very misty that night, luckily Dot discovered some overhanging rocks quite big enough for 5 but some may have got wet if it rained too hard so a second overhang was found. 
 After our monstrous meals we took leave of the hot fire and cold rain for our warm sleeping bags. The roar from an 80ft. waterfall 50 yards away drowsed us off into deep sleep. Dot told us next morning that Gerry had suddenly sat up in his fleabag during the night and looking at apparent lights across the river shouted, "Who's that?" - no reply. Dot tried to look out of her sleepy eyes and but saw only glow worms between the rocks. After our monstrous meals we took leave of the hot fire and cold rain for our warm sleeping bags. The roar from an 80ft. waterfall 50 yards away drowsed us off into deep sleep. Dot told us next morning that Gerry had suddenly sat up in his fleabag during the night and looking at apparent lights across the river shouted, "Who's that?" - no reply. Dot tried to look out of her sleepy eyes and but saw only glow worms between the rocks.
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 "Look at that" Gerry exclaimed, "what is it?" "Look at that" Gerry exclaimed, "what is it?"
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 Dot explained to us that the whole river valley was mistily lit up by the moon trying to pierce through a bank of clouds. It looked quite eerie. Dot explained to us that the whole river valley was mistily lit up by the moon trying to pierce through a bank of clouds. It looked quite eerie.
-The next morning the two corners of my sleeping bag were soaked but were none the worse for it. After brekky we clambered around the side of a tree- covered cliff face to get down and around the waterfall. In actual fact it was a long slippery dip, 60ft long at 600 and with a boulder at the end to stop you just in case you went too fast.+ 
 +The next morning the two corners of my sleeping bag were soaked but were none the worse for it. After brekky we clambered around the side of a tree-covered cliff face to get down and around the waterfall. In actual fact it was a long slippery dip, 60ft long at 60 deg and with a boulder at the end to stop you just in case you went too fast. 
 For the next 2 miles the going was slow. Huge house-size boulders and small waterfalls which had to be scrambled around. Very similar to Bungonia block-up except that it was very slippery in the drizzling rain. Logs were not to be trusted. "Will I slip or won't I?" "Is that green slippery growth on the rock or is it a green rock?" Three of the party took off their sandshoes and claimed a better grip on the rocks. For the next 2 miles the going was slow. Huge house-size boulders and small waterfalls which had to be scrambled around. Very similar to Bungonia block-up except that it was very slippery in the drizzling rain. Logs were not to be trusted. "Will I slip or won't I?" "Is that green slippery growth on the rock or is it a green rock?" Three of the party took off their sandshoes and claimed a better grip on the rocks.
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 "At least you know when you're slipping." Gerry stated. "At least you know when you're slipping." Gerry stated.
-Dot's deciding factor Was when she nearly took a sixer down a slippery log over a rocky pool. We tried to race down, around, and over the boulders but high speed was not maintained.+ 
 +Dot's deciding factor was when she nearly took a sixer down a slippery log over a rocky pool. We tried to race down, around, and over the boulders but high speed was not maintained. 
 Along the river vines draped their greenery over the trees, Orchids grew in abundance, although not in flower. Along the river vines draped their greenery over the trees, Orchids grew in abundance, although not in flower.
 As we descended the Barrington mist rose above us, rocks dried up and the valley widened considerably.  As we descended the Barrington mist rose above us, rocks dried up and the valley widened considerably. 
  
-Water-boatman beetles entertained us during our lunch next to a long deep pool: We went on, the ridges covered with tree ferns and tall eucalypts slowly opened out and then suddenly we burst into the open paddocks. +Water-boatman beetles entertained us during our lunch next to a long deep pool: We went on, the ridges covered with tree ferns and tall eucalypts slowly opened out and then suddenly we burst into the open paddocks. 
-Wecould now look back again being reminded of New Zealand Heavily vegetated ridges hiding their mysterious tops in the forever overhanging mist and rain.+We could now look back again being reminded of New ZealandHeavily vegetated ridges hiding their mysterious tops in the forever overhanging mist and rain.
  
 **Up the Bleeding Barrington** **Up the Bleeding Barrington**
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 (Reprinted from June 1969 Bushwalker) (Reprinted from June 1969 Bushwalker)
  
-In this year's February issue of the SBW a trip to Barrington Tops is described. Had I not read that article I would not have got myself into this mess. Froth the description it sounds like a Sunday picnic. I was deceived and I just want to put the record straight. I live in Taree, about 80 miles from the Tops so over Easter I decided to reconnoitre the area to lead a future trip. What I thought would be two quiet days turned into the four most grinding, perishing days on record. By the end of the second day I had run out of food, my strength on the third. On the fourth I thought my sanity would go.+In this year's February issue of the SBW a trip to Barrington Tops is described. Had I not read that article I would not have got myself into this mess. From the description it sounds like a Sunday picnic. I was deceived and I just want to put the record straight. I live in Taree, about 80 miles from the Tops so over Easter I decided to reconnoitre the area to lead a future trip. What I thought would be two quiet days turned into the four most grinding, perishing days on record. By the end of the second day I had run out of food, my strength on the third. On the fourth I thought my sanity would go.
  
-The Nine Mile spur, between the Kholwha and the Barrington rivers (the B.) slowly climbs to the tops. The use of this track goes back a long way because I found two stone implements indicating that the trail was known to the Aboriginees. It takes a full day to climb that spur.The second day I took very casually. I went looking for a wartime airstrip by Land Rover with members of the Newcastle Aero club. They ran intome on the Tops. About Midday I headed down the B. having spent another hour with a party of trout fishermen, round the Big Hole. I thought half a day would be ample time to get down. I never thought that I'd be following that river for a further two days!+The Nine Mile spur, between the Kholwha and the Barrington rivers (the B.) slowly climbs to the tops. The use of this track goes back a long way because I found two stone implements indicating that the trail was known to the Aborigines. It takes a full day to climb that spur.The second day I took very casually. I went looking for a wartime airstrip by Land Rover with members of the Newcastle Aero club. They ran into me on the Tops. About Midday I headed down the B. having spent another hour with a party of trout fishermen, round the Big Hole. I thought half a day would be ample time to get down. I never thought that I'd be following that river for a further two days!
  
 The Big Hole is a splendid camping spot on the B. which can be reached by road. With the trout season nearly over there were few people about however. The Big Hole is a splendid camping spot on the B. which can be reached by road. With the trout season nearly over there were few people about however.
  
-On the afternoon of the third day I had enough of rock-hopping. Hoping for a quicker way out I climbed 1500 steep feet to the top of a ridge. It went the wrong way. I slept there and wisely headed back down at sun-up. I was short of water anyway. On this trip I committed three bushwalking blunders. I went alone, without a map, and without sufficient food to cover emergencies. With a contour map I would not have pointlesslyclimbed that spur. At this stage I hadn't eaten for 20 hours so I started taking an interest in what the bush had to offer. Raspberries and wild cherries were surprisingly common. I saw some little white berries in some "roo poo". I found a tree heavily laden with the same little white berries so I ate heartily reasoning that if 'roos can eat them so could I. A short time later I found a dead Kangaroo - most interesting. But I looked up and this voice spoke to me and saith I was not to perish in that place for he hath gotten other things planned for me besides crazy bushwalking. That's my story anyway. For a dollar or two Fil change it. On the fourth day when finally I dragged myself creat of the tangled forest and ceaseless rattle of water into flat fields I wept. I really did. With two full days of rock hobbling behind me, green pasture and cow dung never smelt so sweet. I was just so mighty pleased to be out. That river had become a monstrous and determined opponent baulking and snarling me with every step. I didn't want to see another waterfall again. When you're buggered, misty spray, twittering birds and cascading waterfalls lose all of that beauty they are supposed to have. OK it's a fine river but get this straight: Fair weather or foul, trout or no trout you'll never get me up the bleeding Barrington again!!  +On the afternoon of the third day I had enough of rock-hopping. Hoping for a quicker way out I climbed 1500 steep feet to the top of a ridge. It went the wrong way. I slept there and wisely headed back down at sun-up. I was short of water anyway. On this trip I committed three bushwalking blunders. I went alone, without a map, and without sufficient food to cover emergencies. With a contour map I would not have pointlessly climbed that spur. At this stage I hadn't eaten for 20 hours so I started taking an interest in what the bush had to offer. Raspberries and wild cherries were surprisingly common. I saw some little white berries in some "roo poo". I found a tree heavily laden with the same little white berries so I ate heartily reasoning that if 'roos can eat them so could I. A short time later I found a dead Kangaroo - most interesting. But I looked up and this voice spoke to me and saith I was not to perish in that place for he hath gotten other things planned for me besides crazy bushwalking. That's my story anyway. For a dollar or two I'll change it. On the fourth day when finally I dragged myself clear of the tangled forest and ceaseless rattle of water into flat fields I wept. I really did. With two full days of rock hobbling behind me, green pasture and cow dung never smelt so sweet. I was just so mighty pleased to be out. That river had become a monstrous and determined opponent baulking and snarling me with every step. I didn't want to see another waterfall again. When you're buggered, misty spray, twittering birds and cascading waterfalls lose all of that beauty they are supposed to have. OK it's a fine river but get this straight: Fair weather or foul, trout or no trout you'll never get me up the bleeding Barrington again!!  
  
-====== HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED.. ======+====== HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED..... ======
    
-Why isn't phonetic spelt the way it sounds? Why are there interstate highways in Tasmania?+Why isn't phonetic spelt the way it sounds?  
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 +Why are there interstate highways in Tasmania? 
 Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes? Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
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 Why are cigarettes sold in petrol stations when smoking is prohibited there? Why are cigarettes sold in petrol stations when smoking is prohibited there?
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 Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations? Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
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 If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors? If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?
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 If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan? If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?
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 If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen?  If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen? 
  
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 The night was warm and humid. The assembled multitude of some 40 to 60 souls simmered gently in the upstairs meeting room. At around 2012 the president called the meeting to order and called for apologies. These there were for Bill Burke, Jim Callaway Wilf Hilder, Bill Capon and George and Helen Gray. The night was warm and humid. The assembled multitude of some 40 to 60 souls simmered gently in the upstairs meeting room. At around 2012 the president called the meeting to order and called for apologies. These there were for Bill Burke, Jim Callaway Wilf Hilder, Bill Capon and George and Helen Gray.
  
-New members called for welcome were Nun Chorvat, Paul Veltman and Chris Miller. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and received.. The only matter arising was a motion from the floor that the committee begin planning for celebration of the club's 70th anniversary. This was passed without dissent.+New members called for welcome were Nun Chorvat, Paul Veltman and Chris Miller. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and received. The only matter arising was a motion from the floor that the committee begin planning for celebration of the club's 70th anniversary. This was passed without dissent.
  
-Correspondence brought a letter from Australia Post advising the our Post Office box arrangements arebeing changed due to refurbishing works at the GPO building. We also received a letter from the club's honorary auditor assuring us that our annual accounts were in order. Kirribilli Neighbourhood centre wrote to us advising that organisations renting their premises are required to have Public Liability insurance. We were able to respond to that one in the affirmative and also sent letters of advice to our new members.+Correspondence brought a letter from Australia Post advising the our Post Office box arrangements are being changed due to refurbishing works at the GPO building. We also received a letter from the club's honorary auditor assuring us that our annual accounts were in order. Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre wrote to us advising that organisations renting their premises are required to have Public Liability insurance. We were able to respond to that one in the affirmative and also sent letters of advice to our new members.
  
 General business saw a curious motion to bring on general business. Come to think of it this meeting was characterised by curiouser and curiouser motions. There was a motion to rescind the club's decision to oppose the listing of the Mount Hay area as wilderness. No doubt much will have been said and published about this issue by the time you read this. An amendment was carried to lay the matter on the table, present information for all points of view through the magazine, and determine the motion at the June General Meeting. There was also a motion to instruct the editor to publish something or other, but this lapsed before anyone managed to explain the concept of an editor to the various people who debated the matter. The usual motions were passed to permit the election of officer bearers to proceed concurrently with the business of the meeting and setting down the method of counting. General business saw a curious motion to bring on general business. Come to think of it this meeting was characterised by curiouser and curiouser motions. There was a motion to rescind the club's decision to oppose the listing of the Mount Hay area as wilderness. No doubt much will have been said and published about this issue by the time you read this. An amendment was carried to lay the matter on the table, present information for all points of view through the magazine, and determine the motion at the June General Meeting. There was also a motion to instruct the editor to publish something or other, but this lapsed before anyone managed to explain the concept of an editor to the various people who debated the matter. The usual motions were passed to permit the election of officer bearers to proceed concurrently with the business of the meeting and setting down the method of counting.
  
 The annual reports were taken as read and received with some questioning of the membership secretary's report. It seems there were some numbers missing for the current year. (These will be published in a coming magazine article, or perhaps you will have to buy the book. Watch these spaces!) The annual reports were taken as read and received with some questioning of the membership secretary's report. It seems there were some numbers missing for the current year. (These will be published in a coming magazine article, or perhaps you will have to buy the book. Watch these spaces!)
-The walks reports began at the weekend of 17, 18 February with Bill Holland hosting 18 prospectives on a training weekend at Coolana. He also had 5 members along to assist with instruction and guidance. Anne Maguire had 16 on her Kanuka Brook trip on the Saturday. Jim Calloway reported 11 enjoying a spot of swimming along the way On his Waterfall to Heathcote walk on the Sunday. Sandy Johnson had 5 on his Palm Beach to Mackerel Beach circular walk, which he described as delightful. John Hogan's bicycle trip from Parramatta to Botany Bay also attracted 3 starters on the Sunday. 
  
-Maurice Smith reported a party of 7 on his easy summer walk along the Clyde and Holland Rivers over the weekend of 24, 24 February. Whether they brought gourmet food or were just considered so by the leeches they met we do not IMOV. David Rostron had some 5 starters on his part exploratory swimming and rock scrambling trip on the Shoalhaven River from a Friday night start. Kenn Clacher's two day abseiling trip in the Wollongambe attracted parties of 6 and 8 for the Saturday and Sunday respectively. There was no report for Wilfs Stage 6 of the circumnavigation of Port Jackson on the Sunday. Similarly there were no details for Geoff Dowsett's Otford to Bundeena walk. Morrie Ward's compulsory wet feet trip in the creeks off Bells Line of road had 12 starters that day.+The walks reports began at the weekend of 17, 18 February with Bill Holland hosting 18 prospectives on a training weekend at Coolana. He also had 5 members along to assist with instruction and guidance. Anne Maguire had 16 on her Kanuka Brook trip on the Saturday. Jim Calloway reported 11 enjoying a spot of swimming along the way on his Waterfall to Heathcote walk on the Sunday. Sandy Johnson had 5 on his Palm Beach to Mackerel Beach circular walk, which he described as delightful. John Hogan's bicycle trip from Parramatta to Botany Bay also attracted 3 starters on the Sunday. 
 + 
 +Maurice Smith reported a party of 7 on his easy summer walk along the Clyde and Holland Rivers over the weekend of 24, 24 February. Whether they brought gourmet food or were just considered so by the leeches they met we do not know. David Rostron had some 5 starters on his part exploratory swimming and rock scrambling trip on the Shoalhaven River from a Friday night start. Kenn Clacher's two day abseiling trip in the Wollongambe attracted parties of 6 and 8 for the Saturday and Sunday respectively. There was no report for Wilf'Stage 6 of the circumnavigation of Port Jackson on the Sunday. Similarly there were no details for Geoff Dowsett's Otford to Bundeena walk. Morrie Ward's compulsory wet feet trip in the creeks off Bells Line of Road had 12 starters that day.
  
 The weekend of 1, 2, 3 March saw Geoff McIntosh cancel his election weekend trip out from Kanangra Walls to the Kowmung. Alan Donnelley deferred his Cedar Creek trip from the previous weekend and ended up with a party of 4 or 5 enjoying the scrub and a longer than expected walk. Eddie Giacomel's Saturday sortie to the Colo River had 6 starters on what was described as a good long day. Of the Sunday walks Ken Smith led a party of 18 on his walk out from Glenbrook via Kanuka Brook and Don Brooks called a halt to additions on the Friday evening when the number of intending starters topped 34 for his stage one of The Great North Walk. He put the numbers to good use in the event by arranging a clean up of the area under one of the bridges. The weekend of 1, 2, 3 March saw Geoff McIntosh cancel his election weekend trip out from Kanangra Walls to the Kowmung. Alan Donnelley deferred his Cedar Creek trip from the previous weekend and ended up with a party of 4 or 5 enjoying the scrub and a longer than expected walk. Eddie Giacomel's Saturday sortie to the Colo River had 6 starters on what was described as a good long day. Of the Sunday walks Ken Smith led a party of 18 on his walk out from Glenbrook via Kanuka Brook and Don Brooks called a halt to additions on the Friday evening when the number of intending starters topped 34 for his stage one of The Great North Walk. He put the numbers to good use in the event by arranging a clean up of the area under one of the bridges.
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 March 8, 9, 10 saw a curious repetition of reporting with Maurice Smith's trip in the Ettrema creek area being reported as 7 with leeches, much the same as the report for this trip over 17, 18 February. Either history repeated itself or our reporters did. There were two Saturday walks that weekend. Zol Bodlay and Pamela Leuzinger forced the party of 14 on their Magic Swimming Hole trip to endure a 3 hour lunch. March 8, 9, 10 saw a curious repetition of reporting with Maurice Smith's trip in the Ettrema creek area being reported as 7 with leeches, much the same as the report for this trip over 17, 18 February. Either history repeated itself or our reporters did. There were two Saturday walks that weekend. Zol Bodlay and Pamela Leuzinger forced the party of 14 on their Magic Swimming Hole trip to endure a 3 hour lunch.
  
-Morag Ryder's walk around Narrow Neck had no details other than wet. Of the two Sunday walks there was no report for Peter Kaye's Upper Grose walk and Greta James reported soggy conditions for the 6 starters on her walk up Kanuka Brook. The treasurer's report indicated that we spent $950 and closed the month with a balance of $2,842. The report gave rise to a motion that in future surplus monies from the C000lana fund be separately declared in reports and reinvested to the benefit of Coolana.. This was passed after some debate. Conservation report indicated that the NSW government are about to approve 8 wilderness areas. There was also mention of a paper by Ian Brown of NPWS Blue Mountains regarding damage to parks by use of tracks and suggesting the need to devise rules to control the commercial users of parks. Confederation report brought news that the Grose Wilderness submission has been put forward. General business brought the two motions on notice, restricting the use of funds of the organisation and controlling the disposal of funds in the event the organisation is wound up. Each of these were explained and passed.+Morag Ryder's walk around Narrow Neck had no details other than wet. Of the two Sunday walks there was no report for Peter Kaye's Upper Grose walk and Greta James reported soggy conditions for the 6 starters on her walk up Kanuka Brook. The treasurer's report indicated that we spent $950 and closed the month with a balance of $2,842. The report gave rise to a motion that in future surplus monies from the C000lana fund be separately declared in reports and reinvested to the benefit of Coolana. This was passed after some debate. Conservation report indicated that the NSW government are about to approve 8 wilderness areas. There was also mention of a paper by Ian Brown of NPWS Blue Mountains regarding damage to parks by use of tracks and suggesting the need to devise rules to control the commercial users of parks. Confederation report brought news that the Grose Wilderness submission has been put forward. General business brought the two motions on notice, restricting the use of funds of the organisation and controlling the disposal of funds in the event the organisation is wound up. Each of these were explained and passed.
  
 The announcements included a note that the third weekend of each month will be a weeding bee at Coolana. The announcements included a note that the third weekend of each month will be a weeding bee at Coolana.
-The meeting closed at 2222. 0 +The meeting closed at 2222. 
-FOR SALE +
-Macpac "Eclipse" 2 Person Tent. Recently fitted with new floor by Macpac. Remainder of tent in good Condition. Price $120.00 +
-Contact G. Floyd, Telephone 9929 4170 0 +
-FOR SALE +
-SCARPA "Lady Trek" Walking Boots. Italian Leather, Size 37. Tread as new. $150.00 +
-TRANGIA Stove Metho / Gas No 27-1. 2 Saucepans, frypan etc. As new. $50.00 SUIJNTO Compass 1020/360R. Swing dial type, fully encased, side eyepiece with sighting line. ACcuracy to 1. $70,00 +
-Enquiries: Maurice Smith. Tel 587 6325+
  
  
 ====== Editorial - About the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs ====== ====== Editorial - About the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs ======
  
-Most members will be aware of the recent application by Confederation for most of the Grose River Catchment to be declared a wilderness area. As there may be some recent Club members who do not know the history of Confederation perhaps now is an oportune time to bring everyone up to date.+Most members will be aware of the recent application by Confederation for most of the Grose River Catchment to be declared a wilderness area. As there may be some recent Club members who do not know the history of Confederation perhaps now is an opportune time to bring everyone up to date.
  
-The following material, reprinted from the March '96 edition of "The Bush Walker" (Confederations newsleter) will show how Confederation came into existence+The following material, reprinted from the March '96 edition of "The Bush Walker" (Confederations newsletter) will show how Confederation came into existence.
-Note: A copy of the 1932 invitation document referred to was supplied but is not reprinted here due to space considerations.+
  
-Also, as the Confederation Newsletter is not posted to members any more, (copies are usually available to members who visit the Kiribilly Clubrooms) from the same newsletter we reprint an article dealing with the Grose Wilderness proposal. Ed.+**Note**: A copy of the 1932 invitation document referred to was supplied but is not reprinted here due to space considerations. 
 + 
 +Also, as the Confederation Newsletter is not posted to members any more, (copies are usually available to members who visit the Kiribilli Clubrooms) from the same newsletter we reprint an article dealing with the Grose Wilderness proposal. Ed.
  
  
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 Shown here is a historic 1932 invitation to a bushwalking club, from Harold Chardon of the Sydney Bush Walkers, to attend the inaugural meeting of the Federation of Bushwalking Clubs. The document has been kindly provided to us by Greg Powell, and it will be added to all the other archival material on Confederation held in the Mitchell Library. Shown here is a historic 1932 invitation to a bushwalking club, from Harold Chardon of the Sydney Bush Walkers, to attend the inaugural meeting of the Federation of Bushwalking Clubs. The document has been kindly provided to us by Greg Powell, and it will be added to all the other archival material on Confederation held in the Mitchell Library.
  
-Of course, the inaugural meeting went ahead. On 8 September 1932, the newly appointed secretary wrote to the Sunday Sun news paper as follows: +**Of course, the inaugural meeting went ahead. On 8 September 1932, the newly appointed secretary wrote to the Sunday Sun news paper as follows:**
-The New South Wales Federation of Bush Walking Clubs has been founded by the bush walking Clubs of Sydney and the State generally, with a view to the protection and promotion of mutual aims and interests, to protect flora and fauna, to provide a clearing house for information as to the various routes and centres of interest and scenic beauty, to protect and develop recognised walking areas, and, most important of all, to keep our bush scenery in their naturally lovely condition. Some such action as this was forecast some time ago by the movement that, aided by some valued personal generosity, eventually resulted in the purchase of the Blue Gum Forest, this region now being saved to perpetuity as a walkers,- and campers paradise. +
-With the Metropolis increasing as each year goes by, and the surrounding areas becoming more thickly populated, it is not hard to visualise the time when bush walking, as we knell' it today, will be attended by far more difficulty and considerably less enjoyment.+
  
-has under consideration, a proposal made by the Mountain Trails Club that representation be made to the Minister for Lands suggesting that an area of land be resumed adjacent to the Lilyvak Railway Station, admittedly the Clara Junction of Hikedom. +//The New South Wales Federation of Bush Walking Clubs has been founded by the bush walking Clubs of Sydney and the State generally, with a view to the protection and promotion of mutual aims and interests, to protect flora and fauna, to provide a clearing house for information as to the various routes and centres of interest and scenic beauty, to protect and develop recognised walking areas, and, most important of all, to keep our bush scenery in their naturally lovely condition. Some such action as this was forecast some time ago by the movement that, aided by some valued personal generosity, eventually resulted in the purchase of the Blue Gum Forest, this region now being saved to perpetuity as a walkers,and campers paradise.// 
-Cleary was soon afterwards sacked as Railways Commissioner, due to his clashes with Premier Lang. He then became long-standing chairman of the ABC, and has been referred to as the Father of the ABC, though he fell into relative obscurity and poverty after his sacking in 1945. + 
-Given that the reservation of Blue Gum Forest was not only the catalyst for creation of Confederation, but also represents the genesis of the Blue Mountains National Park, we are all much indebted to Cleary - and to all the prominent bushwalking activists of the time, such as Myles Dunphy, Dorothy Lawry, Joe Turner, Roy Bennett, Alan Rigby, Marie Byles and many others. +//With the Metropolis increasing as each year goes by, and the surrounding areas becoming more thickly populated, it is not hard to visualise the time when bush walking, as we know it today, will be attended by far more difficulty and considerably less enjoyment.// 
-Andy McQueen+ 
 +//With this possibility in view the Federation has under consideration, a proposal made by the Mountain Trails Club that representation be made to the Minister for Lands suggesting that an area of land be resumed adjacent to the Lilyvale Railway Station, admittedly the Clara Junction of Hikedom.//
  
-The Federation is also alive to the fact that the beauty spots of National Park are being littered with all sorts of unsightly and insanitary rubbish left lying about, by careless people. A certain amount of vandalism is also going on+//The Federation is also alive to the fact that the beauty spots of National Park are being littered with all sorts of unsightly and insanitary rubbish left lying about, by careless people. A certain amount of vandalism is also going on.//
    
-Nomination of the Grose River Catchment +//Clubs already affiliated are:- 
-Clubs already affiliated are:- + The Mountain Trails Club of N.S.W
- The Mountain Trails Club of N.S. W+
  The Sydney Bush Walkers  The Sydney Bush Walkers
  The Hikers Club of Sydney  The Hikers Club of Sydney
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  The Workers Educational Association  The Workers Educational Association
  The Ramblers Club  The Ramblers Club
- Y. WC.A. Ramblers Club + Y.W.C.A. Ramblers Club 
- The Bush Tracks Club (Wagga) + The Bush Tracks Club (Wagga)// 
-The honorary Secretary at Box 1251HH, G.P.O., would be very pleased to hear from any clubs wishing to affiliate and would much appreciate this fact being made known. + 
-With best wished [etc]+//The honorary Secretary at Box 1251HH, G.P.O., would be very pleased to hear from any clubs wishing to affiliate and would much appreciate this fact being made known. 
 +With best wished [etc]// 
 Of the above foundation clubs, the Sydney Bush Walkers, the Workers Educational Association (in the form of the W.E.A. Ramblers and Naturalists) and the Ramblers are still with us. Of the above foundation clubs, the Sydney Bush Walkers, the Workers Educational Association (in the form of the W.E.A. Ramblers and Naturalists) and the Ramblers are still with us.
  
 The 'valued personal generosity' which allowed the purchase of Blue Gum Forest came from Mr W.J. (Jim) Cleary, who at the time was the Commissioner for NSW Railways and an avid freelance bushwalker. At the height of the Depression, while supporting his wife, five daughters and an unemployed brother, Cleary made an anonymous interest-free loan. of $10,000 (in today's values) to the Blue Gum Forest committee. The 'valued personal generosity' which allowed the purchase of Blue Gum Forest came from Mr W.J. (Jim) Cleary, who at the time was the Commissioner for NSW Railways and an avid freelance bushwalker. At the height of the Depression, while supporting his wife, five daughters and an unemployed brother, Cleary made an anonymous interest-free loan. of $10,000 (in today's values) to the Blue Gum Forest committee.
 +
 +Cleary was soon afterwards sacked as Railways Commissioner, due to his clashes with Premier Lang. He then became long-standing chairman of the ABC, and has been referred to as the Father of the ABC, though he fell into relative obscurity and poverty after his sacking in 1945.
 +
 +Given that the reservation of Blue Gum Forest was not only the catalyst for creation of Confederation, but also represents the genesis of the Blue Mountains National Park, we are all much indebted to Cleary - and to all the prominent bushwalking activists of the time, such as Myles Dunphy, Dorothy Lawry, Joe Turner, Roy Bennett, Alan Rigby, Marie Byles and many others.
 +**Andy McQueen**
 +
 +
 +====== Nomination of the Grose River Catchment ======
 +
 Confederation has recently made a nomination under the Wilderness Act of approximately 55,000 hectares of the Blue Mountains National Park as The Grose Wilderness. As an area of great historical significance to bush walkers and conservationists it is fitting that Confederation of NSW Bushwalkers makes the nomination of this magnificent system of gorges and plateaus for optimum protection as a wilderness area. Confederation has recently made a nomination under the Wilderness Act of approximately 55,000 hectares of the Blue Mountains National Park as The Grose Wilderness. As an area of great historical significance to bush walkers and conservationists it is fitting that Confederation of NSW Bushwalkers makes the nomination of this magnificent system of gorges and plateaus for optimum protection as a wilderness area.
  
-In introducing bushwalkers to this nomination we need to emphasise that the heavily visited and well tracked area centred on the Blue Gum Forest that people immediately associate with the Grose is only a small part of the total area of the gorge. Downstream of the Govetts Creek junction is another forty kilometres of rugged gorge along the Grose and over one hundred kilometres of wild tributary streams often with extensive gorges environment movement is al State and Federal Govemm national parks of the Greate (including Wollerni, Blue Nattai) to be listed as a Wor having areas of declared wil Heritage Area we can be ce those areas as wild places +In introducing bushwalkers to this nomination we need to emphasise that the heavily visited and well tracked area centred on the Blue Gum Forest that people immediately associate with the Grose is only a small part of the total area of the gorge. Downstream of the Govetts Creek junction is another forty kilometres of rugged gorge along the Grose and over one hundred kilometres of wild tributary streams often with extensive gorges of their own. The environment movement is already actively seeking State and Federal Government support for the national parks of the Greater Blue Mountains, (including Wollerni, Blue Mtns, Kanangra and Nattai) to be listed as a World Heritage Area we can be certain that management of those areas as wild places could not be comprised by the pressure of greater visitation. This is evident in some WHA parks where visitation increases have ed to the spread of facilities and roads into pristine areas.
-by the pressure of greater vi in some WHA parks where +
-f their own. The ady actively seeking tt support for the Blue Mountains s, Kanangra and d Heritage Area. By emess within the World in that management of d not be compromised itation. This is evident situation increases have led to the spread of facilities and roads into pristine areas.+
  
-This article sets out to put our +This article sets out to put our nomination in perspective through references to the NSW Wilderness Act and comparisons of this area with other NSW wilderness areas already identified, declared or being`assessed under the act. A few myths will hopefully be exploded along the way.
-nomination in perspective hrough references to the NSW WildernessAct atiel' comparisons of this area with other NSW wilderness areas already identified, declared of being`assessed under the act. A few myths will hopefully be exploded along the way.+
  
 **WHAT AREA ARE WE NOMINATING?** **WHAT AREA ARE WE NOMINATING?**
-The nomination is for most of the national park lands in the Grose catchment. The nomination excludes substantial human built features incompatible with wilderness, namely: the public roads - Hat Hill Rd, Victoria Falls Lookout Rd and the Bell to Mt Tomah stretch of the Bell Rd; sections of the main grid powerlines between Lawson and Katoomba; the walking tracks into the valley from Perry's Lookdown, Govett's Leap and Evan's Lookout and the Acacia Flat camping ground. The other main Walking tracks to Blue Gum Forest and the forest itself would be within the wilderness area but there would be nq constraints 6n the continued existence and use of these walking routes if declared wilderness. Blue Gum Forest would become the gateway to the Grose Wilderness for people entering via the major walking tracks.+ 
 +The nomination is for most of the national park lands in the Grose catchment. The nomination excludes substantial human built features incompatible with wilderness, namely: the public roads - Hat Hill Rd, Victoria Falls Lookout Rd and the Bell to Mt Tomah stretch of the Bell Rd; sections of the main grid powerlines between Lawson and Katoomba; the walking tracks into the valley from Perry's Lookdown, Govett's Leap and Evan's Lookout and the Acacia Flat camping ground. The other main Walking tracks to Blue Gum Forest and the forest itself would be within the wilderness area but there would be **no** constraints on the continued existence and use of these walking routes if declared wilderness. Blue Gum Forest would become the gateway to the Grose Wilderness for people entering via the major walking tracks.
  
 **HOW IS WILDERNESS DEFINED AND MANAGED?** **HOW IS WILDERNESS DEFINED AND MANAGED?**
 +
 New South Wales has had a Wilderness Act since 1987, Which lists the following criteria for wilderness identification: New South Wales has had a Wilderness Act since 1987, Which lists the following criteria for wilderness identification:
-a) that the area together with its plant and animal communities has not been substantially modified by 'humans and their works OR is capable of being :restored to such a State+ 
-b) the area is of sufficient size to maintain its natural systems; and +a) that the area together with its plant and animal communities has not been substantially modified by 'humans and their works OR is capable of being restored to such a state
-C) the Atea is capable of providing opportunities for Solitude and 'Self reliant recreation.+ 
 +b) the area is of sufficient size to maintain its natural systems; and 
 + 
 +C) the area is capable of providing opportunities for solitude and self reliant recreation. 
 The act allows members of the public or community groups to nominate areas for the National Parks and Wildlife Service to assess. Once the nomination is made, the NPWS has two years to complete its assessment. Land identified as wilderness by the NPWS can then be declared under the Act by the Minister for the Environment. The act allows members of the public or community groups to nominate areas for the National Parks and Wildlife Service to assess. Once the nomination is made, the NPWS has two years to complete its assessment. Land identified as wilderness by the NPWS can then be declared under the Act by the Minister for the Environment.
-Management of declared wilderness areas is required to restore, protectand maintain the area in a natural state, minimise disturbance to wildlife, allow areas to evolve with minimum interference and permit opportunities for compatible activities like bushwallcing, nature study, photography and self reliant camping.+ 
 +Management of declared wilderness areas is required to restore, protect and maintain the area in a natural state, minimise disturbance to wildlife, allow areas to evolve with minimum interference and permit opportunities for compatible activities like bushwallcing, nature study, photography and self reliant camping.
  
 **IS THIS AREA LARGE ENOUGH TO BE A WILDERNESS?** **IS THIS AREA LARGE ENOUGH TO BE A WILDERNESS?**
 +
 There are twenty four declared and several unprotected wilderness areas in NSW. At 55,000 hectares the Grose Wilderness would be larger than 50 percent of those areas which range in size from areas like Levers Plateau There are twenty four declared and several unprotected wilderness areas in NSW. At 55,000 hectares the Grose Wilderness would be larger than 50 percent of those areas which range in size from areas like Levers Plateau
-15442 ha), Bogong Peaks (27494 ha) and Nattai (30424 ha) to our largest areas like Kanangra-Boyd (130000 ha), Macleay Gorges (165392 ha) and Wollemi (433530 ha). In terms of meeting b) in the above criteria there is certainly a large enough area to maintain its natural systems. Furthermore there is a natural link through national parkland to the north with the massive Wollemi Wilderness Area, the areas being separated in places only by a two lane road and adjacent powerlines+15442 ha), Bogong Peaks (27494 ha) and Nattai (30424 ha) to our largest areas like Kanangra-Boyd (130000 ha), Macleay Gorges (165392 ha) and Wollemi (433530 ha). In terms of meeting **b**) in the above criteria there is certainly a large enough area to maintain its natural systems. Furthermore there is a natural link through national parkland to the north with the massive Wollemi Wilderness Area, the areas being separated in places only by a two lane road and adjacent powerlines.
-** +
-IS IT TOO DEGRADED TO BE WILDERNESS?** +
-As a result of urban development in part of the upper catchment the area contains some weed infestations, however these are confined to areas along the major rivers and streams downstream of intense urban development. Groups such as Friends of Blue Gum Forest and members of Confederation in conjunction with NPWS have been actively controlling weeds such as Gorse and Broom. Wilderness management places high priority on eradication programs for weeds and feral animals. The water quality problems mainly arise from Blue Mountains sewerage and urban runoff entering the catchment. An upgrading of the Blue Mountains sewerage system is presently underway. If stormwater basins are also installed at the edge of bushland to clean up urban runoff.+
  
 +**IS IT TOO DEGRADED TO BE WILDERNESS?**
  
 +As a result of urban development in part of the upper catchment the area contains some weed infestations, however these are confined to areas along the major rivers and streams downstream of intense urban development. Groups such as Friends of Blue Gum Forest and members of Confederation in conjunction with NPWS have been actively controlling weeds such as Gorse and Broom. Wilderness management places high priority on eradication programs for weeds and feral animals. The water quality problems mainly arise from Blue Mountains sewerage and urban runoff entering the catchment. An upgrading of the Blue Mountains sewerage system is presently underway. If stormwater basins are also installed at the edge of bushland to clean up urban runoff.
  
-closure (ie extra 
-s: Faulconbridge 
-ver Walking Track or HayRd -5 Ian out to or 9,5 Ian to the Mt Rd - 4.5 lan to Baltzer 0 metres only with located; Mt banks Rd - ities. Some trails in the so require closure. 
- 
-**PORT** 
 both the water quality and weed situations. should vastly improve in the valley. Similar problems (poor water quality and/or introduced species) affect other wilderness areas - Nattai, Kanangra, Guy Fawkes, Ettrerna, Macleay Gorges and Barrington being a few examples. In summary wilderness can still be declared over areas with these problems since degradation in existence is reversible. both the water quality and weed situations. should vastly improve in the valley. Similar problems (poor water quality and/or introduced species) affect other wilderness areas - Nattai, Kanangra, Guy Fawkes, Ettrerna, Macleay Gorges and Barrington being a few examples. In summary wilderness can still be declared over areas with these problems since degradation in existence is reversible.
  
 **PAST AND PRESENT HUMAN ACTIVITIES** **PAST AND PRESENT HUMAN ACTIVITIES**
-walking areas with lengths o walking required) are as foil Point Rd - 6km to the Grose 7 km to the lookout; the Mo the Lockleys Pylon track hea Hay track; Burramoko Ridg Lookout; Pierces Pass Rd - 
-parking and picnic facilities 1 km, also with relocated fa Patterson Range area would 
  
-As mentioned the nomination does not include the area of highest visitation incorporating the formal camping area at Acacia Flat and part of Govett's Gorge bounded by the Perry's Lookdown and +As mentioned the nomination does not include the area of highest visitation incorporating the formal camping area at Acacia Flat and part of Govett's Gorge bounded by the Perry's Lookdown and Rodriguez Pass tracks plus the public roads to Perry's Lookdown and Victoria Falls. Their management can then continue to cater for the large number of visitors received and the tracks and other facilities maintained or upgraded. Walking tracks in the wilderness eg Pierces Pass would certainly remain as natural trails due to continuing use by walkers. Foot tracks formed along popular routes may occur in wilderness areas, the Budawang area being an obvious example. The idea is not to construct or mark any new tracks in wilderness areas. Other remnants of human activity include the Engineers bridle track from 1858, sections of which can still be found and walked and some small remains of mining venture for shale and coal between the 1870's and 1950's.
-Rodriguez Pass tracks plus the public roads to Perry's Lookdown and Victoria Falls. Their management can then continue to cater for the large number of visitors received and the tracks and other facilities maintained or upgraded. Walking tracks in the wilderness eg Pierces Pass would certainly remain as natural trails due to continuing use by walkers. Foot tracks formed along popular routes may occur in wilderness areas, the Budawang area being an obvious example. The idea is not to construct or mark any new tracks in wilderness areas. Other remnants of human activity include the Engineers bridle track from 1858, sections of which can still be found and walked and some small remains of mining venture for shale and coal between the 1870's and 1950's.+
  
 **ROAD CLOSURES** **ROAD CLOSURES**
-The most significant recent human impact was the construction of many kilometres of fire trails along most ridge tops surrounding the valley in the 1960's. These trails now range in condition from impassable and overgrown to officially closed excepting management vehicles to freely open for public use. They have on the whole become redundant for fire fighting purposes with the use of aircraft now preferred as both more effective and of less risk to firefighters. After some consulting with member clubs Confederation has chosen to take a consistent approach for all of these vehicular trails within the wilderness boundary in supporting their closure and rehabilitation with parking facilities relocated where required. Our view is that the roads should be revegetated with future access along these ridges on foot only. The road closures affecting popular 
-There were probably a few of you read those extra wal not as loud as was heard in learned of the imminent clea and sprung into action to sa the following decades as th with fire roads and proposa the valley. Confederation w the efforts to secure the fut surrounding valley. This a called the birthplace of con supporting the wilderness and all, walkers can show th is as strong as ever and no on our recreational in Wilderness statistics cOmp Red Index published by Th Wilderness.  
-llective winces as some ng distances. Possibly. e 1930's when walkers ng of Blue Gum Forest it from the axe. Nor in wild ridges were tamed s flagged for roads into s formed as a result of e of Blue Gum and the ea could rightfully be rvation in Australia. In roposal, road closures 
-t our conservation ethic  
-necessarily provisional 
-erests being served. 
-from the Wilderness 
-Colong Foundation For 
  
-RAIN +The most significant recent human impact was the construction of many kilometres of fire trails along most ridge tops surrounding the valley in the 1960's. These trails now range in condition from impassable and overgrown to officially closed excepting management vehicles to freely open for public use. They have on the whole become redundant for fire fighting purposes with the use of aircraft now preferred as both more effective and of less risk to firefighters. After some consulting with member clubs Confederation has chosen to take a consistent approach for all of these vehicular trails within the wilderness boundary in supporting their closure and rehabilitation with parking facilities relocated where required. Our view is that the roads should be revegetated with future access along these ridges on foot only. The road closures affecting popular walking areas with lengths of closure (ie extra walking required) are as follows: Faulconbridge Point Rd - 6km to the Grose River Walking Track or 7km to the lookout; the Mt Kay Rd - 5km out to the Lockleys Pylon track Head or 9.5km to the Mt Hay track; Burramoko Ridge Rd - 4.5km to Baltzer Lookout; Pierces Pass Rd - 800 metres only with parking and picnic facilities relocated. Mt Banks Rd 1km, also with relocated facilities. Some trails in the Patterson Range area would also require closure. 
-It rained and r ed and rained + 
-The average fall wa well maintained+**YOUR SUPPORT** 
 + 
 +There were probably a few Collective winces as some of you read those extra walking distances. Possibly not as loud as was heard in the 1930's when walkers learned of the imminent clearing of Blue Gum Forest and sprung into action to save it from the axe. Nor in the following decades as the wild ridges were tamed with fire roads and proposals flagged for roads into the valley.   Confederation was formed as a result of the efforts to secure the future of Blue Gum and the surrounding valley. This area could rightfully be called the birthplace of conservation in Australia. In supporting the wilderness proposal, road closures and all, walkers can show that our conservation ethic is as strong as ever and not necessarily provisional on our recreational interests being served.  Wilderness statistics compiled from the Wilderness Red Index published by the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. 
 + 
 + 
 +====== RAIN ====== 
 + 
 +It rained and rained and rained 
 + 
 +The average fall was well maintained 
 And when the tracks were simply bogs And when the tracks were simply bogs
 +
 It started raining cats and dogs It started raining cats and dogs
 +
 After a drought of half an hour After a drought of half an hour
 +
 We had a most refreshing shower We had a most refreshing shower
 +
 And then most curious thing of all And then most curious thing of all
 +
 A gentle rain began to fall A gentle rain began to fall
 +
 Next day but one was fairly dry Next day but one was fairly dry
 +
 Save for one deluge from the sky Save for one deluge from the sky
 +
 Which wetted the party to the skin Which wetted the party to the skin
 +
 And then at last the rain set in And then at last the rain set in
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 Anonymous Anonymous
-submitted by Peter Rossel+ 
 +submitted by **Peter Rossel**
  
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