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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 & Jim Callaway| |**Delegates to Confederation**| Ken Smith & Jim Callaway|
  
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 **In This Issue**\\ **In This Issue**\\
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-|2| |proposed amendments to the Constitution| r|+|2| |proposed amendments to the Constitution| |
 |3| |From the Clubroom|Jan Roberts| |3| |From the Clubroom|Jan Roberts|
 |5 | |"Wilderness Visions II" |Maurice Smith| |5 | |"Wilderness Visions II" |Maurice Smith|
 |6 | |Letters || |6 | |Letters ||
-|7 | |Exrema Traverse |Colin Atkinson|+|7 | |Etrema Traverse |Colin Atkinson|
 |9 | |From the Clubroom|Jan Roberts| |9 | |From the Clubroom|Jan Roberts|
 |11| |Easter in the Brindabellas |Kris Stevenson| |11| |Easter in the Brindabellas |Kris Stevenson|
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-====== Proposed Amendments to the Constitution +====== Proposed Amendments to the Constitution ====== 
-of +**of** 
-The Sydney Bushwalkers Incorporated +**The Sydney Bushwalkers Incorporated 
-Annual General Meeting, 1996. ======+Annual General Meeting, 1996.** 
  
 **Clarification of Income Taxation Exempt Status** **Clarification of Income Taxation Exempt Status**
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 ====== FROM THE CLUBROOM ====== ====== FROM THE CLUBROOM ======
-**//Bold Text//By Jan Roberts**+**By Jan Roberts** 
 + 
 +**Marine Conservation - What is being done?** 
 +**April 17**
  
-**Marine Conservation - What is being dine? 
-April 17** 
 Last month, Marine Project Officer Tim Anderson from the National Parks Association presented the case for establishing Marine National Parks in NSW to SBW. Last month, Marine Project Officer Tim Anderson from the National Parks Association presented the case for establishing Marine National Parks in NSW to SBW.
  
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 Please contact Jan Roberts for more details on 411 5517 (h) or on the Internet:jroberts@ub com Please contact Jan Roberts for more details on 411 5517 (h) or on the Internet:jroberts@ub com
  
-**Upcoming Events +**Upcoming Events** 
-Club Auction - May 22**+ 
 +**Club Auction - May 22** 
 Don't miss the annual Club auction for the chance to purchase a special pre-loved camping item, or recycle your bits and pieces to other members and prospectives. A reserve price will be made available for those with really good gear. Be there to be part of the bidding fun with Patrick James leading as honorary auctioneer for the night.  Don't miss the annual Club auction for the chance to purchase a special pre-loved camping item, or recycle your bits and pieces to other members and prospectives. A reserve price will be made available for those with really good gear. Be there to be part of the bidding fun with Patrick James leading as honorary auctioneer for the night. 
  
 **Walking on One Leg - May 29** **Walking on One Leg - May 29**
 +
 Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance set a fashion in the 1970s. Is there any relationship between Zen, Yoga, Taichi, Tantra and the Art of Bushwalking? Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance set a fashion in the 1970s. Is there any relationship between Zen, Yoga, Taichi, Tantra and the Art of Bushwalking?
  
-You can decide on May the 29th, when **Peter Dalton** tackles this subject with "Walking on One Leg - Meditation and the Art of Bushwalking".+You can decide on **May the 29th**, when **Peter Dalton** tackles this subject with "Walking on One Leg - Meditation and the Art of Bushwalking".
  
 **Bush Zen** **Bush Zen**
 +
 Walking on one leg, Walking on one leg,
 +
 What's the point? What's the point?
 +
 It's hard enough on two  It's hard enough on two 
 +
 Said the baby to the fool. Said the baby to the fool.
  
 Try clapping with one hand,  Try clapping with one hand, 
 +
 Beats pumping iron in the gym. Beats pumping iron in the gym.
  
-"Slay the Buddah when you see him" +"Slay the Buddah when you see him" 
 + 
 Said Joshu to his cat. Said Joshu to his cat.
  
 Who thinks at all Who thinks at all
 +
 Halfway up a rock face in the rain. Halfway up a rock face in the rain.
  
 If it works, use it. If it works, use it.
 +
 If it doesn't throw it out. If it doesn't throw it out.
 +
 But always keep a spare leg in the pack.  But always keep a spare leg in the pack. 
 +
 Even Zen masters on one leg can need help. Even Zen masters on one leg can need help.
  
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 ====== Letters ====== ====== Letters ======
  
-The Editor, Dear Sir,+**The Editor, Dear Sir,**
  
 It was with regret, indeed chagrin that I read of SBW's decision to oppose Federation's proposed nomination of the Grose Catchment as "The Grose Wilderness." Therefore, I wholeheartedly support Jim Brown's letter which appeared in April issue of "The Sydney Bushwalker." It was with regret, indeed chagrin that I read of SBW's decision to oppose Federation's proposed nomination of the Grose Catchment as "The Grose Wilderness." Therefore, I wholeheartedly support Jim Brown's letter which appeared in April issue of "The Sydney Bushwalker."
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-The President +**The President 
-Sydney Bush Walkers Inc+Sydney Bush Walkers Inc**
  
 Dear Greta, Dear Greta,
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-====== Ettrema Traverse Attempt No 2, +====== Ettrema Traverse ======  
-Anzac Long Weekend 1996 ====== +Anzac Long Weekend 1996  
 +Attempt No 2,
    
 **Colin Atkinson** **Colin Atkinson**
  
-**Participants**: Jim Rivers, Oliver Crawford, Kenn Clacher, Edith Baker, Colin Atkinson, Ted Kelly, Graham Mitchell.+Participants: Jim Rivers, Oliver Crawford, Kenn Clacher, Edith Baker, Colin Atkinson, Ted Kelly, Graham Mitchell.
  
 I had been a part of Jim Rivers' first attempt at this traverse during Christmas, 1995. Unfortunately this had been unsuccessful and so, here I was among 6 other participants, eagerly heading South on Wednesday night 24/4/96, towards a rendezvous on the Yarramunmun Fire Trail with high hopes for a successful Ettrema traverse during the following 4 days walking. I had been a part of Jim Rivers' first attempt at this traverse during Christmas, 1995. Unfortunately this had been unsuccessful and so, here I was among 6 other participants, eagerly heading South on Wednesday night 24/4/96, towards a rendezvous on the Yarramunmun Fire Trail with high hopes for a successful Ettrema traverse during the following 4 days walking.
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 +====== Easter in the Brindabellas ======
  
-**Easter in the Brindabellas** +**by Kris Stephenson**
-**by Kris Stephenson**//Italic Text//+
  
 Good Friday found us at the Murrumbidgee Corridor Camp grounds just below the Brindabella Range, where most of the group had arrived overnight, some negotiating a new route via Tharwal. Jan Mohandas rounded us up for a departure at 7.00 am. for a 40 minute drive up the Brindabella and Mt Franklin roads to Bulls Head and Mt Ginini (we were running 20 minutes late). Unfortunately this seemed to set the tone for the rest of the trip. The dirt road was quite winding and this upset Michelle Morgan who got a little car sick. We assembled at the Mt Ginini Air Navigation Station to a brisk breeze, which made us scramble for our thermals whilst we waited for Michelle to recover, then we set off. Good Friday found us at the Murrumbidgee Corridor Camp grounds just below the Brindabella Range, where most of the group had arrived overnight, some negotiating a new route via Tharwal. Jan Mohandas rounded us up for a departure at 7.00 am. for a 40 minute drive up the Brindabella and Mt Franklin roads to Bulls Head and Mt Ginini (we were running 20 minutes late). Unfortunately this seemed to set the tone for the rest of the trip. The dirt road was quite winding and this upset Michelle Morgan who got a little car sick. We assembled at the Mt Ginini Air Navigation Station to a brisk breeze, which made us scramble for our thermals whilst we waited for Michelle to recover, then we set off.
  
-With 'sun shining we headed off down the Goodradigbee River on a steep track, chatting away, renewing acquaintances and forming new friendships, with Jan leading and Jean close behind, Christine and George Floyd, Karen and Richard Brading, Morag Ryder, Geoff Oxley, Ron Howlet, Michelle Morgan, Jo Robertson, Denise Shaw, Kay Chan, Tony Manes, Paul McCann, Jo Van Sommers, Jim Percy and myself. As we got to the bottom of the hill, we seemed to cross the river in two sections, firstly via rock hopping and then a large log. Jan announced that we would need plenty of water to do the next section,. 480 metres up to the summit of Mt Jackson, so we scrambled through brambles and briar, searching upstream to find a side creek which had clean water. Forty minutes later we realised, that where we had crossed the river via rock, was the side creek that we were looking for that fed the river. We quickly filled our wine skins, had a 20 minute lunch and set out up Mt Jackson at just on 1.00 pm.+With sun shining we headed off down the Goodradigbee River on a steep track, chatting away, renewing acquaintances and forming new friendships, with Jan leading and Jean close behind, Christine and George Floyd, Karen and Richard Brading, Morag Ryder, Geoff Oxley, Ron Howlet, Michelle Morgan, Jo Robertson, Denise Shaw, Kay Chan, Tony Manes, Paul McCann, Jo Van Sommers, Jim Percy and myself. As we got to the bottom of the hill, we seemed to cross the river in two sections, firstly via rock hopping and then a large log. Jan announced that we would need plenty of water to do the next section,. 480 metres up to the summit of Mt Jackson, so we scrambled through brambles and briar, searching upstream to find a side creek which had clean water. Forty minutes later we realised, that where we had crossed the river via rock, was the side creek that we were looking for that fed the river. We quickly filled our wine skins, had a 20 minute lunch and set out up Mt Jackson at just on 1.00 pm.
  
 For the uninitiated Mt Jackson at 840 metres, was not a pretty sight, (a '4S' Mountain)., steep, scrubby, stony and four sweaty hours later, we finally dragged ourselves to the summit, some of us later than others. Still another 20 minutes to get to the fire trail and it was already 5.00 pm. Jim Percy had fallen back from the lead group to usher the stragglers onto the right track. I was so relieved to find level terrain, it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Jim. We regrouped at a clearing to make decisions, should we camp or continue onwards to find water, as most had consumed their supply in the climb. We continued along the trail until last light, when Jan ordered that we make camp. The men went in search of water- while the women pitched tents. Thankfully plenty( of water was obtained from a small creek not far away. We ate, drank cups of tea and fell into our sleeping bags early. For the uninitiated Mt Jackson at 840 metres, was not a pretty sight, (a '4S' Mountain)., steep, scrubby, stony and four sweaty hours later, we finally dragged ourselves to the summit, some of us later than others. Still another 20 minutes to get to the fire trail and it was already 5.00 pm. Jim Percy had fallen back from the lead group to usher the stragglers onto the right track. I was so relieved to find level terrain, it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Jim. We regrouped at a clearing to make decisions, should we camp or continue onwards to find water, as most had consumed their supply in the climb. We continued along the trail until last light, when Jan ordered that we make camp. The men went in search of water- while the women pitched tents. Thankfully plenty( of water was obtained from a small creek not far away. We ate, drank cups of tea and fell into our sleeping bags early.
  
-Jan called for an 8.00 am. start on Easter Saturday, (we were only 15 minutes late this time). Tired, but recovered from the strain of the previous day, we started on the trail once again for a short distance, then off into the scrub to skirt a hill. After a short climb out of a saddle we walked down a wooded hill, Richard discovered a coloured blue and red beetle that had wings that looked like a set of mickey mouse ears when raised. At the base of the hill we came to a narrow creek, we crossed over and walked to the top of a small knoll set in cleared grassland, that was where Jan had proposed our first night's camp site. Alas, but only to dream of what might have been. The next couple of K's were across open grasslands, reminding some of the group of snowgrass countryIt was good to be on flat ground. We were making good time and the weather was clear. As I glanced ahead Jo Robertson seemed to stumble and take a fall on a weak ankle, however was soon up and on her way. We arrived at Coolarnine Homestead to find unlawful use of the hut in progress (some youngsters bunking overnight). Just as Karen and Michelle were remarking that these youngsters should not be using the huts unless it was an emergency, the National Parks Rangers arrived and cleared the squatters off. Kangaroos looked on as we ate our morning tea. We then explored the historic homestead, and found some interesting reading in the old newspapers that had been used to insulate the interior walls.+Jan called for an 8.00 am. start on Easter Saturday, (we were only 15 minutes late this time). Tired, but recovered from the strain of the previous day, we started on the trail once again for a short distance, then off into the scrub to skirt a hill. After a short climb out of a saddle we walked down a wooded hill, Richard discovered a coloured blue and red beetle that had wings that looked like a set of mickey mouse ears when raised. At the base of the hill we came to a narrow creek, we crossed over and walked to the top of a small knoll set in cleared grassland, that was where Jan had proposed our first night's camp site. Alas, but only to dream of what might have been. The next couple of K's were across open grasslands, reminding some of the group of snowgrass countryIt was good to be on flat ground. We were making good time and the weather was clear. As I glanced ahead Jo Robertson seemed to stumble and take a fall on a weak ankle, however was soon up and on her way. We arrived at Coolamine Homestead to find unlawful use of the hut in progress (some youngsters bunking overnight). Just as Karen and Michelle were remarking that these youngsters should not be using the huts unless it was an emergency, the National Parks Rangers arrived and cleared the squatters off. Kangaroos looked on as we ate our morning tea. We then explored the historic homestead, and found some interesting reading in the old newspapers that had been used to insulate the interior walls. 
 Another couple of K's along the Blue Water Holes Firetrail brought us to Caves Creek. I was having trouble with sore heels from my new boots so I opted to stay behind and mind the packs with Kay and Morag, whilst the rest of the party headed downstream for some gorge exploring, Tony Manes with his fishing rod. Did he catch anything you ask? Of course he caught some! But as the story goes they were too small so he had to throw them back, Another couple of K's along the Blue Water Holes Firetrail brought us to Caves Creek. I was having trouble with sore heels from my new boots so I opted to stay behind and mind the packs with Kay and Morag, whilst the rest of the party headed downstream for some gorge exploring, Tony Manes with his fishing rod. Did he catch anything you ask? Of course he caught some! But as the story goes they were too small so he had to throw them back,
-Jo Robertson came back hobbling with pain in her knee, possibly a pulled tendon resulting from her earlier fall. Most of the group returned soon after lunch, but Tony Manes had injured his left leg and came limping back just as we were leaving Caves Creek. A few got the chance to explore the limestone cave, which had many passageways and the usual +Jo Robertson came back hobbling with pain in her knee, possibly a pulled tendon resulting from her earlier fall. Most of the group returned soon after lunch, but Tony Manes had injured his left leg and came limping back just as we were leaving Caves Creek. A few got the chance to explore the limestone cave, which had many passageways and the usual shawl, stalactites and stalagmites. Running behind time again, we set off across a knoll onto a grassy plain heading south to Pockets Hut. As we left the plain to enter the woods, I came across Jo Van Sommers, attending to her sore feet. As I was in some pain as well, I decided to check my left heel and found a major blister which had broken. We patched our feet as best we could and headed off for camp, a couple of clicks down the road. 
-PAGE 12 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER MAY 1996 + 
-shawl, stalactites and stalagmites. Running behind time again, we set off across a knoll onto a grassy plain heading south to Pockets Hut. As we left the plain to enter the woods, I came across Jo Van Sommers, attending to her sore feet. As I was in some pain as well, I decided to check my left heel and found a major blister which had broken. We patched our feet as best we could and headed off for camp, a couple of clicks down the road. +We made camp at 5.00 pm. A lovely campsite with a good water creek close by. Due to the number of tent sites with varying drawbacks, eg. bull ants, and the objections to Paul McCann's snoring, it took Paul some time to settle on a suitable location for his tent. With a full moon glowing through the trees, a good evening was spent with stories of other adventures and jokes around the campfire. I bid all a good night, collected my food bags, and went off to my tent. As Kay and I were settling down into our sleeping bags I heard yelling from the direction of the campfire "STOP! THIEF!" "Who has stolen my desert?" We decided to ignore the commotion as it was a long way back to the fire, although i did remark that I might have collected one too many bags when packing up. All at once we were attacked by a wild Michelle foraging through the darkness with a headlight. We offered our packs for checking, whereupon Michelle's Easter desert was found inside mine. I quickly apologised but was chastised nonetheless by the glaring headlight and a loud voice, obviously desperate for the contents of the bag! 
-We made camp at 5.00 pin. A lovely campsite with a good water creek close by. Due to the number of tent sites with varying drawbacks, eg. bull ants, and the objections to Paul McCann's snoring, it took Paul some time to settle on a suitable location for his tent. With a full moon glowing through the trees, a good evening was spent with stories of other adventuresand jokes around the campfire. I bid all a good night, collected my food bags, and went off to my tent. As Kay and I were settling down into our sleeping bags Iheard yelling from the direction of the campfire "STOP! THIEF!" "Who has stolen my desert?" We decided to ignore the commotion as it was a long way back to the fire, although i did remark that I might have collected one too many bags when packing up. All at once we were attacked by a wild Michelle foraging through the darkness with a headlight. We offered our packs for checking, whereupon Michelle's Easter desert was found inside mine. I quickly apologised but was chastised nonetheless by the glaring headlight and a loud voice, obviously desperate for the contents of the bag! + 
-Easter Sunday found a few wounded members. Jo's knee wasn't good, I checked my blistered heel, which was looking raw, and Tony was walking with his hands clutching his hips and with a definite limp. Michelle made the comment that men who walk that way usually had other men chasing them, and within seconds Ron Howlett came bobbing and bounding toward tony in a most peculiar manner. As he reached Tony he gave him a presentIt was Easter! And Ron made a great Easter bunny as he bunny hopped to each tent, distributing chocolate eggs. +Easter Sunday found a few wounded members. Jo's knee wasn't good, I checked my blistered heel, which was looking raw, and Tony was walking with his hands clutching his hips and with a definite limp. Michelle made the comment that men who walk that way usually had other men chasing them, and within seconds Ron Howlett came bobbing and bounding toward Tony in a most peculiar manner. As he reached Tony he gave him a presentIt was Easter! And Ron made a great Easter bunny as he bunny hopped to each tent, distributing chocolate eggs. 
-It started to rain, so of course, breaking camp was a bit late. Again.! We walked about a K and a half, after which Jo Robinson announced that her knee was quite bad and she didn't feel as if she could go the distance. I was feeling dubious about my own wound, it was only through Michelle's sterling efforts in blister mendingthat I was able to wear my boots at all. Jo, Ron and myself left the group to return via Coolamine Homestead and get a lift to Caribrra+ 
-The party pushed on, crossing the Goodradigbee river again, climbing the RollingGrounds Ridge to Leura Gap on the ACT and NSW state border. The weather turned wet and cold and a planned side trip to Mt Bimberi was cancelled. An early camp was made and the party retreated to their tents. A few stalwarts collected wood and built a grand fire to warm everyone. As evening approached, the rain stopped and the party moved into 'Rum and Lemon Barley' singalong mode. Easter Monday dawned to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The group started the day with a steep 300 metre descent to warm up and then a gradual climb out on a pleasant and grassy fire trail winding through snow gum forests. The only major incident being Karen Brading breaking new records in air running whilst avoiding a snake. Type, still in dispute. Lunch was at a sunny clearing on a saddle, followed by a side trip to Mt Gingra for spectacular views of the Brindabella's. Then a quick visit to Prior Hut and out along the Mt Franklin trail back to the cars at Mt Ginini. +It started to rain, so of course, breaking camp was a bit late. Again! We walked about a K and a half, after which Jo Robinson announced that her knee was quite bad and she didn't feel as if she could go the distance. I was feeling dubious about my own wound, it was only through Michelle's sterling efforts in blister mending that I was able to wear my boots at all. Jo, Ron and myself left the group to return via Coolamine Homestead and get a lift to Canberra. 
-Meanwhile the wounded made their:way across the plain through the rain, to Coolanaine Homestead to find that an Open Day was in progress, with hot damper, billy tea, home made plum jam and an open fire, just waiting for three bedraggled walkers. A couple of members of Canberra Bushwalkers, Robin and Andeana, rescued us by giving us a lift to the YHA in Canberra (a mere 257 kilometres), without 'their assistance we might still be hitch hiking. After a hot shower, take away pizza and lemon barley, we hit the old bunk bed. Our Easter Monday was spent at the National art Gallery viewing the William Turner Exhibition which was well worth the $12.00 entry fee. In both oils and water colours Turner managed to create the translucence effects of smoke haze and mists, from fires, moonlight, snowstorms, and squalls over stormy waters.+ 
 +The party pushed on, crossing the Goodradigbee river again, climbing the Rolling Grounds Ridge to Leura Gap on the ACT and NSW state border. The weather turned wet and cold and a planned side trip to Mt Bimberi was cancelled. An early camp was made and the party retreated to their tents. A few stalwarts collected wood and built a grand fire to warm everyone. As evening approached, the rain stopped and the party moved into 'Rum and Lemon Barley' singalong mode. Easter Monday dawned to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The group started the day with a steep 300 metre descent to warm up and then a gradual climb out on a pleasant and grassy fire trail winding through snow gum forests. The only major incident being Karen Brading breaking new records in air running whilst avoiding a snake. Type, still in dispute. Lunch was at a sunny clearing on a saddle, followed by a side trip to Mt Gingra for spectacular views of the Brindabellas. Then a quick visit to Prior Hut and out along the Mt Franklin trail back to the cars at Mt Ginini. 
 + 
 +Meanwhile the wounded made their way across the plain through the rain, to Coolamine Homestead to find that an Open Day was in progress, with hot damper, billy tea, home made plum jam and an open fire, just waiting for three bedraggled walkers. A couple of members of Canberra Bushwalkers, Robin and Andeana, rescued us by giving us a lift to the YHA in Canberra (a mere 257 kilometres), without their assistance we might still be hitch hiking. After a hot shower, take away pizza and lemon barley, we hit the old bunk bed. Our Easter Monday was spent at the National Art Gallery viewing the William Turner Exhibition which was well worth the $12.00 entry fee. In both oils and water colours Turner managed to create the translucence effects of smoke haze and mists, from fires, moonlight, snowstorms, and squalls over stormy waters. 
 We were able to contact the party by mobile phone at 4.00 pm. and arrange for lifts to the arranged Lebanese Restaurant at Queanbeyan. Don't laugh, it was delicious! We finally bid our farewells and separated from each other to wend our weary way home. Although a few unexpected injuries, we all had a great time, and the easter Eggs were delightful. We were able to contact the party by mobile phone at 4.00 pm. and arrange for lifts to the arranged Lebanese Restaurant at Queanbeyan. Don't laugh, it was delicious! We finally bid our farewells and separated from each other to wend our weary way home. Although a few unexpected injuries, we all had a great time, and the easter Eggs were delightful.
-PS. Our many thanks to our fellow walkers from Canberra, who without their assistance we might still be hitching. 0 + 
-MAY 1996 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALNER PAGE 13 +PS. Our many thanks to our fellow walkers from Canberra, who without their assistance we might still be hitching.  
-The April 1996 General Meeting. + 
-by Barry Wallace+ 
 +====== The April 1996 General Meeting ====== 
 + 
 +**by Barry Wallace** 
 There were around 18 people present when the president declared the meeting open, and, having called for them, received apologies from Denise Shaw and Jim Calloway. There were around 18 people present when the president declared the meeting open, and, having called for them, received apologies from Denise Shaw and Jim Calloway.
-New members Jenny Paton and Roger Sandal were called forward and Welcomed in the usual way. The minutes of the February general meeting were, well sort of not present! + 
-Teething problems for the new secretary we guess. That didn't stop matters arising bringing up the matter of organising celebrations for the club's forthcoming 70th anniversary. We are assured that they have someone in mind, but stealth is the name of the game right now. Correspondence was limited to one incoming letter, from L.G. Harrison. (Are we youngsters allowed to call him Mouldy, as in CrreyHam?) The letter called for reconsideration of the decision of the December general meeting opposing the Confederation's Grose River catchment wilderness proposal.+New members Jenny Paton and Roger Sandal were called forward and welcomed in the usual way. The minutes of the February general meeting were, well sort of not present! 
 +Teething problems for the new secretary we guess. That didn't stop matters arising bringing up the matter of organising celebrations for the club's forthcoming 70th anniversary. We are assured that they have someone in mind, but stealth is the name of the game right now. Correspondence was limited to one incoming letter, from L.G. Harrison. (Are we youngsters allowed to call him Mouldy, as in GreyHam?) The letter called for reconsideration of the decision of the December general meeting opposing the Confederation's Grose River catchment wilderness proposal. 
 The treasurer's report indicated that we acquired income of $1,762, spent $2,312 and closed with a balance of $1,557. The treasurer's report indicated that we acquired income of $1,762, spent $2,312 and closed with a balance of $1,557.
 +
 The walks report began with a poetic recitation, generally describing a judicial process that led to the defendant (rather than the accused in this case) being sentenced to one more year as walks secretary. Eddie made a seamless transition from blank verse to asking whoever had sent him a blank fax to come forward with more details. Not only did they send the wrong side of the page but they also either switched off or did not program the sending identification. The walks report began with a poetic recitation, generally describing a judicial process that led to the defendant (rather than the accused in this case) being sentenced to one more year as walks secretary. Eddie made a seamless transition from blank verse to asking whoever had sent him a blank fax to come forward with more details. Not only did they send the wrong side of the page but they also either switched off or did not program the sending identification.
-The report of the walks for the month began with Jim Rivers leading 8 starters on his trip of 16, 17 March to Mount Solitary. There was no report for Tony Maynes' Saturday walk in the + 
-Royal. Sunday saw Frank Sandor and a party of 25 struggling a little on a hot, slow version of the Roseville to Hornsby leg of the Great North Walk. Ron Waiter's part exploratory walk in +The report of the walks for the month began with Jim Rivers leading 8 starters on his trip of 16, 17 March to Mount Solitary. There was no report for Tony Maynes' Saturday walk in the Royal. Sunday saw Frank Sandor and a party of 25 struggling a little on a hot, slow version of the Roseville to Hornsby leg of the Great North Walk. Ron Waiter's part exploratory walk in Macquarie Pass National Park went, with the party reported, as "scratched but happy". 
-Macquarie Pass National Park went, with the party reported, as "scratched but happy"+ 
-The weekend of 22, 23, 24 March saw Jan Mohandas leading a party of 17 onhis walk in a strangely altered version of Banington Tops. They reported fog for the uphill bits and lookouts on Saturday, and :sUnny conditions for the downhill bit on Sunday, but no leeches. Kenn Clacher reported a party of 17, reduced to 14 by illness, on his walk to Bibbenluke Mountain the same weekend. They also experienced fog at the lookout points butin +The weekend of 22, 23, 24 March saw Jan Mohandas leading a party of 17 on his walk in a strangely altered version of Barrington Tops. They reported fog for the uphill bits and lookouts on Saturday, and sunny conditions for the downhill bit on Sunday, but no leeches. Kenn Clacher reported a party of 17, reduced to 14 by illness, on his walk to Bibbenluke Mountain the same weekend. They also experienced fog at the lookout points but in their case the leader provided full descriptions of what they were missing. Well, the program did promise spectacular scenery. Paul McCane's canoe trip on Myall Lakes had 8 voyagers sharing the wide lake surfaces with various power boats in generally fine, mild conditions. They shortened the trip somewhat due to slow going and at least one case of sore arms. Of the day walks, Tony Maynes led a party of 8 through a beautiful day on his Heathcote to Sutherland walk on the Saturday and Ian Debett'Warringah Coastal walk the same day attracted 7 starters in changeable conditions. Dick Weston's Sunday walk was undersubscribed and did not go but Peter Miller reported 13 starters enjoying pleasant conditions for his Berowra bushland and barbecue outing. 
-their case the leader provided full descriptions of what they were missing. Well, the program did promise spectacular scenery. Paul McCane's canoe trip on Myall Lakes had 8 voyagers sharing the wide lake surfaces with various power boats in generally fine, mild conditions. They shortened thetrip somewhat due to slow going and at least one case of sore arms. Of the day walks, Tony Maynes led a party of 8 through a beautiful day on his Heathcote to Sutherland walk on the Saturday and Ian Debeit'Wartingah Coastal walk the same day attracted 7 starters in changeable conditions. Dick Weston's Sunday walk was undersubscribed and did not go but Peter Miller reported 13 starters enjoying pleasant conditions for his Berowra bushland and barbecue outing. + 
-John Hogan led a canoe fleet with complement of 6 souls on his Cattai Creek canoe trip over the weekend of 30, 31 March. The trip was described as lovely. The rest of the program that weekend was day walks. Saturday saw Alan Wells leading 9 on his Cox River trip in warm conditions with numerous snakes while Ken Smith had 12 on his Leura to Katoomba walk. On the Sunday David Carter had a party of 21 on a Ramble in the Royal. The party split after lunch so that some of them could catch the early train-. Sounds familiar!+John Hogan led a canoe fleet with complement of 6 souls on his Cattai Creek canoe trip over the weekend of 30, 31 March. The trip was described as lovely. The rest of the program that weekend was day walks. Saturday saw Alan Wells leading 9 on his Cox River trip in warm conditions with numerous snakes while Ken Smith had 12 on his Leura to Katoomba walk. On the Sunday David Carter had a party of 21 on a Ramble in the Royal. The party split after lunch so that some of them could catch the early train. Sounds familiar! 
 Ken Smith reported 3 on his "very scenic" April 1 trip from Glenbrook to Warragamba. Ken Smith reported 3 on his "very scenic" April 1 trip from Glenbrook to Warragamba.
-Easter weekend saw Tony Holgate leading 10 on his programmed walk from Dead Horse t> + 
-PAGE 14 +Easter weekend saw Tony Holgate leading 10 on his programmed walk from Dead Horse Gap to Tom Groggin. They initially set it up as a car swap but back problems and some tougher than expected going forced a re-think, and on Monday the rains came. The party retreated to the security of a brick tent for Sunday evening and drove home on the Monday. The 16 walkers on Jan Mohandas's walk in the Brindabellas encountered similar weather conditions with rain on the Sunday. Peter Miller and his party of 6 encountered more clement weather in the Blue Breaks but the creeks were mighty dry and conditions were hot. They shortened the trip somewhat by returning to the Kowmung on Saturday, declaring Sunday a day of rest, and coming out up Gingra Creek on the Monday. Bill Capon had 12 plus 1 on his Blue Breaks trip from the Yerranderie side. The trip went to program but there was that curious end note about not dining at the Oberon Services Club because Rick King had been thrown out of there once. Rick King? Our Rick King? Thrown out of well just about anywhere? There has to be an explanation for this. Go for it lads (imputes lasses as well of course)! Ian Rannard's walk along a section of the Hume and Hovel track had 19 starters and a variety of weathers. Friday and Saturday were fine with rain late Saturday evening. It rained most of Sunday but fined late in the day. Monday morning they had a frost. 
-THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER +
-MAY 1996 +
-<1 Gap to Tom Groggin. They initially set it up as a car swap but back problems and some tougher than expected going forced a re-think, and on Monday the rains came. Tne party retreated to the security of a brick tent for Sunday evening and drove home on the Monday. The 16 walkers on Jan Mohandas's walk in the Brindabellas encountered similar weather conditions with rain on the Sunday. Peter Miller and his party of 6 encountered more clement weather in the Blue Breaks but the creeks were mighty dry and conditions were hot. They shortened the trip somewhat by returning to the Kowmung on Saturday, declaring Sunday a day of rest, and coming out up Gingra Creek on the Monday. Bill Capon had 12 plus 1 on his Blue Breaks trip from the Yerranderie side. The trip went to program but there was that curious end note about not dining at the Oberon Services Club because Rick King had been thrown out of there once. Rick King? Our Rick King? Thrown out of well just about anywhere? There has to be an explanation for this. Go for it lads (imputes lasses as well of course)! Ian Rannard's walk along a section of the Hume and Hoven track had 19 starters and a variety of weathers. Friday and Saturday were fine with rain late Saturday evening. It rained most of Sunday but fined late in the day. Monday morning they had a frost.+
 Day walks over Easter saw Ken Cheng's poetry walk to Appletree Bay on the Saturday with a range of yarns, jokes, and poems, to celebrate his first year in the country. We are told a real atmosphere developed over the day, so much so that he is looking at doing more trips featuring poetic and other cultural contributions. The other Ken, Smith that is, led 8 on his Sunday walk from Glenbrook to Warragamba, and on Monday came back for more with 16 on his Springwood to Faulconbridge trip. All of which brought the walks reports to an end. Day walks over Easter saw Ken Cheng's poetry walk to Appletree Bay on the Saturday with a range of yarns, jokes, and poems, to celebrate his first year in the country. We are told a real atmosphere developed over the day, so much so that he is looking at doing more trips featuring poetic and other cultural contributions. The other Ken, Smith that is, led 8 on his Sunday walk from Glenbrook to Warragamba, and on Monday came back for more with 16 on his Springwood to Faulconbridge trip. All of which brought the walks reports to an end.
-Conservation report indicated that the NSW government has declared 8 new wilderness areas totalling around 350,000 hectares and have eight more under consideration. Unfortunately these latter are the areas that are problematic, with + 
-Other interest (pressure) groups opposing the declarations for a variety of reasons. Matters arising saw the discussion of four matters of concern regarding National Parks areas. The matters were, Vehicles sighted inside the track barriers at Marra-Marra NP, Cattle in the Kanangra Boyd NP, track marking in and vehicle access to Nattai Wilderness (sic.) Area and destruction of the public toilets and subsequent hygiene problems at Werrong Beach in the Royal. In each case it was decided to write to the NPWS advising them of our concerns and asking for a response. Confederation report indicated that the tourist track proposals for the Illawarra region are still under consideration. There was also passing mention of a comment from NPWS that they would welcome information on what goes on in their parks. In this particular case they referred to our walks program but as you will see we took a broader view. Matters arising saw a move to recommend the publication of the letter from the Outdoor Recreation Council of Australia, hereafter ORCA, with apologies to the cetaceans. I promise you it makes interesting reading.+Conservation report indicated that the NSW government has declared 8 new wilderness areas totalling around 350,000 hectares and have eight more under consideration. Unfortunately these latter are the areas that are problematic, with other interest (pressure) groups opposing the declarations for a variety of reasons. Matters arising saw the discussion of four matters of concern regarding National Parks areas. The matters were, Vehicles sighted inside the track barriers at Marra-Marra NP, Cattle in the Kanangra Boyd NP, track marking in and vehicle access to Nattai Wilderness (sic.) Area and destruction of the public toilets and subsequent hygiene problems at Werrong Beach in the Royal. In each case it was decided to write to the NPWS advising them of our concerns and asking for a response.  
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 +Confederation report indicated that the tourist track proposals for the Illawarra region are still under consideration. There was also passing mention of a comment from NPWS that they would welcome information on what goes on in their parks. In this particular case they referred to our walks program but as you will see we took a broader view. Matters arising saw a move to recommend the publication of the letter from the Outdoor Recreation Council of Australia, hereafter ORCA, with apologies to the cetaceans. I promise you it makes interesting reading. 
 General Business saw a reinforcement of the command to go forth and celebrate the club's 70th anniversary. I didn't actually hear an "or else", but it was there! General Business saw a reinforcement of the command to go forth and celebrate the club's 70th anniversary. I didn't actually hear an "or else", but it was there!
-So then it was a matter of announcements, and the meeting closed at 2139. 0 + 
-Search & Rescue Call-out+So then it was a matter of announcements, and the meeting closed at 2139.  
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 +====== Search & Rescue Call-out ====== 
 Early on Monday May 6th we were notified that two male persons were reported overdue from a 4 day lilo trip on the Colo River, entering at Canoe Creek on Thursday 2nd and due to exit via Bob Turners Track on Sunday 5th. Early on Monday May 6th we were notified that two male persons were reported overdue from a 4 day lilo trip on the Colo River, entering at Canoe Creek on Thursday 2nd and due to exit via Bob Turners Track on Sunday 5th.
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 All S&R team members were notified and three nominated themselves to attend at the police HQ being set up at the Bob Turner track head. All S&R team members were notified and three nominated themselves to attend at the police HQ being set up at the Bob Turner track head.
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 Fortunately the two men found their way to the top of the Colo Gorge and were assisted out by the Police helicopter late afternoon Monday. Fortunately the two men found their way to the top of the Colo Gorge and were assisted out by the Police helicopter late afternoon Monday.
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 Thanks everyone - George Mawer Thanks everyone - George Mawer
  
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