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 A leisurely start to Sunday enabled some of us to slip away and view the 'Passage of Time' an intriguing series of rocky fissures, providing a labyrinth of passageways, some of which descended into dark and secret depths. As much as we would have liked; we were unable to explore this remarkable and romantically named place, as the remainder of the party were waiting to depart. Some scrub bashing now ensued, although it was not of a very vindictive nature, and we were provided with cooler conditions than the previous day, with overcast skies, some wind and at times light rain. A leisurely start to Sunday enabled some of us to slip away and view the 'Passage of Time' an intriguing series of rocky fissures, providing a labyrinth of passageways, some of which descended into dark and secret depths. As much as we would have liked; we were unable to explore this remarkable and romantically named place, as the remainder of the party were waiting to depart. Some scrub bashing now ensued, although it was not of a very vindictive nature, and we were provided with cooler conditions than the previous day, with overcast skies, some wind and at times light rain.
  
-We lunched on the edge of the plateau, enjoying once again some extensive views, and then dropped off the side of a ridge, sidling along through luxurious ferns until reaching the foot of the nose. Descending once more to the tranquil junction of Booligah and Danjera Creeks, we had afternoon tea and a pleasant swim. All that was left now was the ascent of the far slope and the scramble up through the narrow rocky passageways of Blayden's Pass.+We lunched on the edge of the plateau, enjoying once again some extensive views, and then dropped off the side of a ridge, sidling along through luxurious ferns until reaching the foot of the nose. Descending once more to the tranquil junction of Boolijah and Danjera Creeks, we had afternoon tea and a pleasant swim. All that was left now was the ascent of the far slope and the scramble up through the narrow rocky passageways of Blayden's Pass.
  
 Led by Jan Mohandas, the party did this at something of a sprint, then paused at the top to relax and review our route of the weekend. Thanks were given to Bob for a delightful weekend and once again the fire trail echoed to the 'rev' of engines as the party departed homewards. Led by Jan Mohandas, the party did this at something of a sprint, then paused at the top to relax and review our route of the weekend. Thanks were given to Bob for a delightful weekend and once again the fire trail echoed to the 'rev' of engines as the party departed homewards.
  
-===== Conversation Report =====+===== Conservation Report =====
  
-==== COOLANGUBRA THE BATTLEGROUND ====+==== Coolangubra The Battleground ====
  by Jim Oxley  by Jim Oxley
  
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   - Prussiking onto a high platform in a tree .. a crime - willful damage to a tree. (Too bad about the chainsaws!)   - Prussiking onto a high platform in a tree .. a crime - willful damage to a tree. (Too bad about the chainsaws!)
   - Three people attaching themselves to a forest road by a 'Bletcher' device, awaiting the arrival of a timber jinker (and later, the police), .. a crime, willful damage to a road.   - Three people attaching themselves to a forest road by a 'Bletcher' device, awaiting the arrival of a timber jinker (and later, the police), .. a crime, willful damage to a road.
-  - +
 The last two manouvers result in convictions and criminal records. Such is their love for the forest that these young people will readily make sacrifices for it. The last two manouvers result in convictions and criminal records. Such is their love for the forest that these young people will readily make sacrifices for it.
  
 As I left the scene, a thought occurred. What would happen if a government declared the Budawangs a 'prohibited area' and allowed a foreign company to turn it into a desert? The pulp mills have voracious gullets and governments have great power. As I left the scene, a thought occurred. What would happen if a government declared the Budawangs a 'prohibited area' and allowed a foreign company to turn it into a desert? The pulp mills have voracious gullets and governments have great power.
-==== COOLANGUBRA THE STATISTICS ====+==== Coolangubra The Statistics ====
  
 The South-eastern forests are fast disappearing before the onslaught of chainsaws and bulldozers in the name of economics, although the operation is so unprofitable for Australia that even the 'Financial Review' commented on it. The South-eastern forests are fast disappearing before the onslaught of chainsaws and bulldozers in the name of economics, although the operation is so unprofitable for Australia that even the 'Financial Review' commented on it.
-As the major shareholder is a Japanese company, substantial profits will be repatriated to Japan. For turning 850,000 tonnes of timber into woodchips, they will make a profit conservatively estimated at $37 million, benefitting from Australia's cheap timber. How cheap? A maximum of 41$43 per tonne compared with a world average of A$87 per tonne.+ 
 +As the major shareholder is a Japanese company, substantial profits will be repatriated to Japan. For turning 850,000 tonnes of timber into woodchips, they will make a profit conservatively estimated at $37 million, benefiting from Australia's cheap timber. How cheap? A maximum of A$43 per tonne compared with a world average of A$87 per tonne. 
 Logging contractors are paid about $26 per tonne for felling, barking, loading and transporting. Mill costs are estimated to be about $3 per tonne and the Forestry Commission receives royalties between $14 and $17 per tonne, for roadbuilding and management. Logging contractors are paid about $26 per tonne for felling, barking, loading and transporting. Mill costs are estimated to be about $3 per tonne and the Forestry Commission receives royalties between $14 and $17 per tonne, for roadbuilding and management.
-The Commission states that 5000 hectares of natural regrowth will reach age 30 each year. This equals approx 450,000 tonnes of wood. Half of this will be thinned and passed to chip mills. By 2013, those 225,000 tonnes will be virtually the only pulpwood in the management + 
-Coolangubral wonderland today- +The Commission states that 5000 hectares of natural regrowth will reach age 30 each year. This equals approx 450,000 tonnes of wood. Half of this will be thinned and passed to chip mills. By 2013, those 225,000 tonnes will be virtually the only pulpwood in the management area. Only a small amount of timber will come from other sources. 
-area. Only a small amount of timber will come from other sources.+
 Therefore, an absolute maximum of 350,000 tonnes of pulpwood will be available annually. Yet the current export licence guarantees the mill 530,000 tonnes each year from Eden alone. If total pulpwood supplies fall below 600,000 the mill will probably close. Therefore, an absolute maximum of 350,000 tonnes of pulpwood will be available annually. Yet the current export licence guarantees the mill 530,000 tonnes each year from Eden alone. If total pulpwood supplies fall below 600,000 the mill will probably close.
 +
 It is painfully clear that large scale woodchipping has a limited life and most of the profit leaves Australia. Not only as cash, but as very cheap raw materials which are processed and then re-imported at many times the export price. It is painfully clear that large scale woodchipping has a limited life and most of the profit leaves Australia. Not only as cash, but as very cheap raw materials which are processed and then re-imported at many times the export price.
-We are razing our forests to provide others with quick profits. By returning to saw- logging we could avoid importing building timber which costs Australia millions every year. If trees are to be chipped, then paper and chipboard should be made in Australia. This would provide more jobs and contribute significantly to reducing our crushing foreign debt.+ 
 +We are razing our forests to provide others with quick profits. By returning to saw-logging we could avoid importing building timber which costs Australia millions every year. If trees are to be chipped, then paper and chipboard should be made in **Australia**. This would provide more jobs and contribute significantly to reducing our crushing foreign debt. 
 THE EDITOR. THE EDITOR.
  
-===== KANANGRA BOYD =====+===== Kanangra Boyd =====
  
 The Club was invited to make a submission to the Kanangra Boyd National Park Plan of Management, and a letter has been sent recommending the following:- The Club was invited to make a submission to the Kanangra Boyd National Park Plan of Management, and a letter has been sent recommending the following:-
-0 No tracks are to be open for private vehicle access within the park. Park headquarters to be outside the entrance to the park. 
-O No permanent structures for overnight accommodation allowed in the park, and a minimum of buildings. 
-O Acquisition of Kanangaroo Clearing and inholdings in the Bindook area. 
-O Exclusion of helicopters except for rescue or fire. lighting purposes. 
-O Fire breaks to be established outside the park, not within it. 
-O Opposition to the erection of obtrusive structures visible from within the park. 
-O An active program to eradicate feral animals, including campaigns to increase public awaremess of the devastation caused by these predators. 
-O An ongoing program to minimise water pollution of the park's river systems, particularly Cox's River and Kedumba Creek. 
-O Implementation of ongoing weed infestation eradication programs. 
-if If it- * if if if 
  
-===== 60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY =====+  * No tracks are to be open for private vehicle access within the park. Park headquarters to be outside the entrance to the park. 
 +  * No permanent structures for overnight accommodation allowed in the park, and a minimum of buildings. 
 +  * Acquisition of Kanangaroo Clearing and inholdings in the Bindook area. 
 +  * Exclusion of helicopters except for rescue or fire. lighting purposes. 
 +  * Fire breaks to be established outside the park, not within it. 
 +  * Opposition to the erection of obtrusive structures visible from within the park. 
 +  * An active program to eradicate feral animals, including campaigns to increase public awareness of the devastation caused by these predators. 
 +  * An ongoing program to minimise water pollution of the park's river systems, particularly Coxs River and Kedumba Creek. 
 +  * Implementation of ongoing weed infestation eradication programs. 
 + 
 +===== 60th Wedding Anniversary =====
  
 We were delighted, to hear that May and Paddy Pallin had their 60th wedding anniversary on the 11th of this month. We were delighted, to hear that May and Paddy Pallin had their 60th wedding anniversary on the 11th of this month.
-Equally delighted to hear that Paddy is back home from hospital, well in time for the celebrations.+ 
 +Equally delighted to hear that Paddy is back home from hospital, well in time for the celebrations. 
 Our warmest congratulations to you, May and Paddy - it must be all that fresh air and exercise which keeps you so young! Our warmest congratulations to you, May and Paddy - it must be all that fresh air and exercise which keeps you so young!
  
  
-===== 1988-1989 CHRismas-NEW YEAR WALK IN WADBILLLTGA- NATIONAL PARK =====+===== 1988-1989 Christmas-New Year walk in Wadbilliga National Park =====
  
-Story & Illustrations by Deborah Shapira Leaders: Carol Bruce & John Porter +Story & Illustrations by Deborah Shapira 
-Tea Maker & Fire Bug: Les Powell +
-Wombat Wrestler: Greta Davis +
-Converted Cross-country Skiier: Chris Perry +
-Diarist & Sometime Water-Skiier: Deb Shapira+
  
-Monday 26th December.+|Leaders:| Carol Bruce & John Porter| 
 +|Tea Maker & Fire Bug:| Les Powell| 
 +|Wombat Wrestler:| Greta Davis| 
 +|Converted Cross-country Skiier:| Chris Perry| 
 +|Diarist & Sometime Water-Skiier:| Deb Shapira|
  
-The drive south was punctuated by meetings with Snowy Mountains trippers in Goulburn +**Monday 26th December**
-and Cooma all indulging in last minute junk food binges. After Cooma we went to Bemboka and then to Yankee's Gap where Greta's car was left. The entire party plus packs drove off to Two River Plain. We arrived at Tuross River after an adventure crossing the flooded bridge over the Kydra River and set up camp on soft grass and near several convenient woodpiles left by recent floods.+
  
-Tuesday 27th December.+The drive south was punctuated by meetings with Snowy Mountains trippers in Goulburn and Cooma all indulging in last minute junk food binges. After Cooma we went to Bemboka and then to Yankee's Gap where Greta's car was left. The entire party plus packs drove off to Two River Plain. We arrived at Tuross River after an adventure crossing the flooded bridge over the Kydra River and set up camp on soft grass and near several convenient woodpiles left by recent floods. 
 + 
 +**Tuesday 27th December**
  
 After the early morning cup of tea courtesy of Les we prepared to set off on The Adventure. From Tuross River we walked along a fire trail which would lead us through the park boundary. Eventually we were to reach a 1300m altitude, complete with semi-alpine vegetation. On the way we sighted two echidnas and several wallabies. After lunch we began to descend to the Brag River, a feat which took three and a half hours with almost impenetrable scrub at the top. We camped at the bottom on river stones. After the early morning cup of tea courtesy of Les we prepared to set off on The Adventure. From Tuross River we walked along a fire trail which would lead us through the park boundary. Eventually we were to reach a 1300m altitude, complete with semi-alpine vegetation. On the way we sighted two echidnas and several wallabies. After lunch we began to descend to the Brag River, a feat which took three and a half hours with almost impenetrable scrub at the top. We camped at the bottom on river stones.
  
-Wednesday 28th December.+**Wednesday 28th December**
  
-We began rockhopping downstream at about 8 am. Progress was slavish due to crossings being a bit treacherous. Made an early camp due to the availability of an attractive campsite whose landlord, a very large lace moniter, did not seem to mind. A few spots of rain caused us to have raingear on hand.+We began rockhopping downstream at about 8am. Progress was slowish due to crossings being a bit treacherous. Made an early camp due to the availability of an attractive campsite whose landlord, a very large lace moniter, did not seem to mind. A few spots of rain caused us to have raingear on hand.
  
-Thursday 29th December.+**Thursday 29th December**
  
-We had a good rest although Greta awoke with an interesting set of bruises on her legs which we decided she'd received from camping next to a wombat hole. Itwas slightlyeasier going th'kday although crossing remained +We had a good rest although Greta awoke with an interesting set of bruises on her legs which we decided she'd received from camping next to a wombat hole. It was slightly easier going that day although crossing remained 
-exciting. Eventually we adopted the "pairing off" method to make crossing safer. It was +exciting. Eventually we adopted the "pairing off" method to make crossing safer. It was now apparent that there was a lot more flowing water than was expected. We camped in another attractive place beyond the beautiful junction at Green's Creek. I'm coming back here, I thought to myself.
-now apparent that there was a lot more flowing water than was expected. We camped in another attractive place beyond the beautiful junction at Green's Creek. I'm coming back here, I thought to myself.+
  
-Friday 30th December.+**Friday 30th December**
  
-It wts a warm day, such that we were able to have a great swim complete with spa at lunch. We had made friends with a wombat who after a few moments of shyness turned around to pose for photographs. The side of the river after lunch was steep and closed in, causing a fair bit of scrambling to slow our progress. When we came upon a large pool our leaders, after -investigating the situation, decided we should camp on the beach. John +It was a warm day, such that we were able to have a great swim complete with spa at lunch. We had made friends with a wombat who after a few moments of shyness turned around to pose for photographs. The side of the river after lunch was steep and closed in, causing a fair bit of scrambling to slow our progress. When we came upon a large pool our leaders, after investigating the situation, decided we should camp on the beach. John 
-became a bachelor that night as Carol became involved with Jeffrey Atcher. (Who is Jeffery Accher? - ED)+became a bachelor that night as Carol became involved with Jeffrey Archer. (Who is Jeffrey Archer? - ED)
  
-Saturday 31st December.+**Saturday 31st December**
  
 The morning's walk to Yankee's Creek was hard work through scrub, steep walls and about 500% humidity. We had lunch at the junction of this "creek" which resembled a thundering torrent of water. At lunch Carol forgot her mug. The only reason I mention this, is because her brother on a lilo trip a month later retrieved it for her! All this meant at the time was a slight inconvenience to her at the imminent New Year's Eve celebrations The morning's walk to Yankee's Creek was hard work through scrub, steep walls and about 500% humidity. We had lunch at the junction of this "creek" which resembled a thundering torrent of water. At lunch Carol forgot her mug. The only reason I mention this, is because her brother on a lilo trip a month later retrieved it for her! All this meant at the time was a slight inconvenience to her at the imminent New Year's Eve celebrations
-complete with various beverages and other assorted goodies. Big blackugly clouds were looming as we made our way upstream. In what appears to be turning into an annuerevent, Carol tried to step on a death adder, and then having missed that one, tried to step on a second one, also unsuccessfully. There was now a heavy thunderstorm in progress to add to all this drama so we made camp in a lovely grassy area and in between downpours had a very enjoyable New Year's Eve at 9 pm BWT +complete with various beverages and other assorted goodies. Big black ugly clouds were looming as we made our way upstream. In what appears to be turning into an annual event, Carol tried to step on a death adder, and then having missed that one, tried to step on a second one, also unsuccessfully. There was now a heavy thunderstorm in progress to add to all this drama so we made camp in a lovely grassy area and in between downpours had a very enjoyable New Year's Eve at 9pm BWT (Bushwalker Time).
-(Bushwalker Time).+
  
-Sunday 1st January '89.+**Sunday 1st January '89**
  
-Upstream again - however this creek was defying all the laws and was getting fuller and faster flowing as we progressed. Crossings now required cajolery; coercion and bribery - at one stage, I, clinging desperately onto the handline, tried to step on top of a cascade, an act which the others thought rather hilarious. Eventually, we found the road to Yankee's Gap. Such a sight - all these +Upstream again - however this creek was defying all the laws and was getting fuller and faster flowing as we progressed. Crossings now required cajolery; coercion and bribery - at one stage, I, clinging desperately onto the handline, tried to step on top of a cascade, an act which the others thought rather hilarious. Eventually, we found the road to Yankee's Gap. Such a sight - all these hardened seasoned bushwalkers jumping up and down with excitement to see a road!
-hardened seasoned bushwalkers jumping up and down with excitement to see a road!+
  
-Monday 2nd January.+**Monday 2nd January**
  
-A ten kilometre road bash in intermittent sunshine to reach Greta's car into which we all piled to drive to the other car. The ride home was interrupted by obligatory pigouts in Cooma and Berrima. Altogether a memorable and fun walk. +A ten kilometre road bash in intermittent sunshine to reach Greta's car into which we all piled to drive to the other car. The ride home was interrupted by obligatory pigouts in Cooma and Berrima. Altogether a memorable and fun walk. 
-Nextmonth: Read how the Crazy Scots conquered Centre Pass on the Dusky Sound Track, +
-New Zealand!+
  
-===== THE APRIL GENERAL  MEETING =====+Next month: Read how the Crazy Scots conquered Centre Pass on the Dusky Sound Track, New Zealand! 
 +===== The April General Meeting =====
  
 by Barry Wallace by Barry Wallace
  
 The meeting began at 2015 with the President in the chair and some 25 or so members present. There were apologies from Carol Bruce, Wendy Aliano and Alan Mewett. The meeting began at 2015 with the President in the chair and some 25 or so members present. There were apologies from Carol Bruce, Wendy Aliano and Alan Mewett.
 +
 There were no new members to welcome, so we proceeded to read and receive the Minutes of the A.G.M. There were no matters arising. There were no new members to welcome, so we proceeded to read and receive the Minutes of the A.G.M. There were no matters arising.
  
-Correspondence brought a letter from The Wilderness Society, advising of a forthcoming bush dance, from F.B.W. enclosing minutes of their latest meeting and notes on a recent discussion with N.P.W.S., from a Mr. Harry Hill thanking us for the donation toward his preparation of a book on the Hume and Hovell Track, from Canoe and Camping requestion copies of the Club magazine for sale in their shops, and from F.B.W. providing notice of an extra- +Correspondence brought a letter from The Wilderness Society, advising of a forthcoming bush dance, from F.B.W. enclosing minutes of their latest meeting and notes on a recent discussion with N.P.W.S., from a Mr. Harry Hill thanking us for the donation toward his preparation of a book on the Hume and Hovell Track, from Canoe and Camping requestion copies of the Club magazine for sale in their shops, and from F.B.W. providing notice of an extra-ordinary meeting being called to further discuss incorporation. There were also two outgoing letters, to Mr. Tim Moore requesting that the Government consider adding a recently resumed area of land in the Coonabarabran area to the Warrumbungles National Park and to N.P.W.S. regarding their draft Plan of Management for the Kanangra Boyd National Park.
-ordinary meeting being called to further discuss incorporation. There were also two outgoing letters, to Mr. Tim Moore requesting that the Government consider adding a recently resumed area of land in the Coonabarabran area to the Warrumbungles National Park and to N.P.W.S. regarding their draft Plan of Management for the Kanangra Boyd National Park.+
  
 The Treasurer's Report indicated that we spent $580.46, received $3,706.00 and closed with a balance of $4,427.78. The Treasurer's Report indicated that we spent $580.46, received $3,706.00 and closed with a balance of $4,427.78.
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 The Walks Report was next, opening with a report on the Reunion at Coolana over the weekend of 10,11,12 March. There were reported to have been around 50 people and 4000 ticks present and a generally quiet and pleasant time was had by all. The day walk that weekend, led by Jan Mohandas, is reported to have gone, but there was no report. The Walks Report was next, opening with a report on the Reunion at Coolana over the weekend of 10,11,12 March. There were reported to have been around 50 people and 4000 ticks present and a generally quiet and pleasant time was had by all. The day walk that weekend, led by Jan Mohandas, is reported to have gone, but there was no report.
  
-The following weekend, 17,18,19 March saw Oliver Crawford leading a group of 6 hardy souls through wet weather on his Wollangambe walk. Bob King reported 4 on his Crikey Canyon walk, suffering at the mercy of bad weather and un-mapped fire trails. The Rock Scrambling Instrustional was cancelled, but the Abseiling Instructional went ahead with substitute leaders and 7 participants who reported a pleasant time and fine weather. Alan Mewett's Valley of The Waters day trip had showery weather, spectacular waterfalls swollen by recent rains, numerous leeches (with or without panty-hose) and 11 starters. There was no report of Ralph Penglis' foreshores track walk and no report of Jim Percy's swim across Lake Eckersley walk, although someone was fairly sure it did go.+The following weekend, 17,18,19 March saw Oliver Crawford leading a group of 6 hardy souls through wet weather on his Wollangambe walk. Bob King reported 4 on his Crikey Canyon walk, suffering at the mercy of bad weather and un-mapped fire trails. The Rock Scrambling Instructional was cancelled, but the Abseiling Instructional went ahead with substitute leaders and 7 participants who reported a pleasant time and fine weather. Alan Mewett's Valley of The Waters day trip had showery weather, spectacular waterfalls swollen by recent rains, numerous leeches (with or without panty-hose) and 11 starters. There was no report of Ralph Penglis' foreshores track walk and no report of Jim Percy's swim across Lake Eckersley walk, although someone was fairly sure it did go.
  
-The Easter weekend saw reports of Bill Capon's Katoomba to Mittagong trip (rerouted to explore the Tonali'Tableland from Yerranderie) with'10-starters and ,B days of rain, Dot Butler's (masquerading-for walks program purposes as John Porter and Carol Bruce) Warrumbungles walk with a cast of 23, including some locals and one rather nasty gash-with-a-stick type injury; Wendy Aliano's Kosciusko walk with 9 starters, cool but fine weather and no leeches or ticks, and Alan Doherty's Blue Breaks walk with 14 walkers, some rain, no leeches, no ticks. There were no day walks scheduled for that weekend.+The Easter weekend saw reports of Bill Capon's Katoomba to Mittagong trip (rerouted to explore the Tonali Tableland from Yerranderie) with 10-starters and days of rain, Dot Butler's (masquerading for walks program purposes as John Porter and Carol Bruce) Warrumbungles walk with a cast of 23, including some locals and one rather nasty gash-with-a-stick type injury; Wendy Aliano's Kosciusko walk with 9 starters, cool but fine weather and no leeches or ticks, and Alan Doherty's Blue Breaks walk with 14 walkers, some rain, no leeches, no ticks. There were no day walks scheduled for that weekend.
  
-The weekend of March 31, April 1,2 saw John Porter's abseiling trip to Kanangra cancelled and Peter Miller's Mapping Instructional deferred to some fine weekend. Maurie Bloom cancelled his Minnamurra Falls bike trip due to a lack of suitable padle-wheel bikes, and Ralph Penglis' Otford to Bundeena walk was cancelled due to ralph's late return from hilidys. Ian Debert's Marathon Meal walk went to program, although due to the strenuous nature of the event large numbers of people only joined as the walk proceeded and were not able to complete the entire course(s).+The weekend of March 31, April 1,2 saw John Porter's abseiling trip to Kanangra cancelled and Peter Miller's Mapping Instructional deferred to some fine weekend. Maurie Bloom cancelled his Minnamurra Falls bike trip due to a lack of suitable padle-wheel bikes, and Ralph Penglis' Otford to Bundeena walk was cancelled due to Ralph's late return from hilidys. Ian Debert's Marathon Meal walk went to program, although due to the strenuous nature of the event large numbers of people only joined as the walk proceeded and were not able to complete the entire course(s).
  
-There was no report of Joe Marton's mid-week walk from/to Springwood but the following weekend, April 7,8,9 saw Kenn Clacher leading a party of 5 on his Wollemi abseiling trip. They had some problems with navigation and reported the waterfalls as exceedingly wet. George Walton re-routed his walk to Mount Cloudmaker to avoid swollen creeks and the 8 starters were greatly comforted by being able to shelter in the 100 Man cave. Jan Mohandas1 SAturday sprint down thle Six-Foot Track was deferred, watch next month. Of the day walks, there was no report of Hans Stichter's Benowie Track walk but Wendy Aliano's Wolgan Valley walk had a party of 9 encountering showery conditions in the late afternoon - to conclude the Walks Report. A selection of slides taken on recent walks was screened immediately following the reports.+There was no report of Joe Marton's mid-week walk from/to Springwood but the following weekend, April 7,8,9 saw Kenn Clacher leading a party of 5 on his Wollemi abseiling trip. They had some problems with navigation and reported the waterfalls as exceedingly wet. George Walton re-routed his walk to Mount Cloudmaker to avoid swollen creeks and the 8 starters were greatly comforted by being able to shelter in the 100 Man cave. Jan Mohandas' Saturday sprint down the Six-Foot Track was deferred, watch next month. Of the day walks, there was no report of Hans Stichter's Benowie Track walk but Wendy Aliano's Wolgan Valley walk had a party of 9 encountering showery conditions in the late afternoon - to conclude the Walks Report. A selection of slides taken on recent walks was screened immediately following the reports.
  
 There was a Federation Report, it should be covered elsewhere in the magazine. There was a Federation Report, it should be covered elsewhere in the magazine.
  
-General Business brought news that Carol Bruce has resigned the position of Social Secretary, due to other commitments, and is replaced by Dot Butler. Careful, Dot, no beer and meat pi2s, now. The meeting passed a motion to the effect that our delegates to F.B.W. move to the effect that the organisation deplore the proliferation of track markers, particularly in the vicinity of Beloon Pass and explore the possibility of removing the marker line which now appears to extend from Mittagong to Katoomba.+General Business brought news that Carol Bruce has resigned the position of Social Secretary, due to other commitments, and is replaced by Dot Butler. Careful, Dot, no beer and meat pies, now. The meeting passed a motion to the effect that our delegates to F.B.W. move to the effect that the organisation deplore the proliferation of track markers, particularly in the vicinity of Beloon Pass and explore the possibility of removing the marker line which now appears to extend from Mittagong to Katoomba. 
 And then it was just a matter of the announcements, and it was all over for another month. And then it was just a matter of the announcements, and it was all over for another month.
 +===== Mail Bag =====
  
 +From Reg Alder, one of our long-standing members, came a letter commenting on Don Finch's article, in which he made reference to K126 shoes. Reg said:-
  
-===== MAIL BAG =====+"The sole will be seen to be quite thin and of a hard rubber, their wearing quality will substantiate this. Because of this hardness the tread depends for its grip on making an impression in the surface trodden on or of the surface being of sufficient roughness to indent the sole. Since once being committed to complete 
 +a walk and there can be no guarantee of there always being fine weather, walking across a smooth wet surface can be as dangerous as walking on ice. In rock-hopping, sand can be picked up on the sole and unless the foot can be placed squarely on a rock surface a slip is inevitable.
  
-From Reg Alder, one of our long-standing members, came a letter commenting on Don Finch's article, in which he made reference to K126 shoes. Reg said:- +The tread has no indented surface across the width of the shoe and the wedges present a flat surface. Walking across or climbing on a surface which slopes to the side is particularly dangerous as the shoes offer no grip at all on a smooth, wet or sandy surface."
-"The sole will be seen to be quite thin and of a hard rubber, their wearing quality will substantiate this. Because of this hardness the tread depends for its grip on making an impression in the surface trodden on or of the surface being of sufficient +
-roughness to indent the sole. Since once being commited to complete +
-a walk and there can be no guarantee of there always being fine weather, walking across a smooth wet surface can be as dangerous as walking on ice. In rockhopping, sand can be picked up on the sole and unless the foot can be placed squarely on a rock surface a slip is inevitable. +
-The tread has no indented surface across the width fthe shoe and the wedges present a flat surface. Walking across or climbing on a surface which slopes to the side is particularly dangerous as the shoes offer no grip at all on a smooth, wet or sandy surface." +
-(Pity that Dunlop cannot put Volley treads on a KT26 sole the combination would make a +
-near-perfect bushwalking shoe. EDITOR)+
  
-===== VALEWILLIAM (JACKCOCKERILL =====+(Pity that Dunlop cannot put Volley treads on a KT26 sole the combination would make a near-perfect bushwalking shoe. EDITOR) 
 +===== ValeWilliam (JackCockerill =====
  
-In the first week of April we lost one of our foundation members, Jack Cockerill, who died in his 88th year. He joined the Mountain Trails Club in 1917, and later the S.B.W. This cheerful and energetic man is commemorated by "Cockerills Lookout", a point on the Moola Range, overlooking the Upper Kowmung. Thanks to Jeff Rigby for sending th6fE information to The Bushwalker.+In the first week of April we lost one of our foundation members, Jack Cockerill, who died in his 88th year. He joined the Mountain Trails Club in 1917, and later the S.B.W. This cheerful and energetic man is commemorated by "Cockerills Lookout", a point on the Moola Range, overlooking the Upper Kowmung. Thanks to Jeff Rigby for sending this information to The Bushwalker.
  
-===== BUSHFIRES! =====+===== Bushfires! =====
    
-What would you do if your campfire 'got away' from you? Would you know how to extinguish it without water? How to prevent a major bushfire starting? What not to do.. where not to go? If you do'nt, come along on Wednesday 31st May and learn all the do's and dolnts from Ben Esgate. Ben has a swag of slides on bushfires and an even bigger swag of knowledge from years of fighting fires in the Blue Mountains. Learn what every bushwalker should know, but very few do!.+What would you do if your campfire 'got away' from you? Would you know how to extinguish it without water? How to prevent a major bushfire starting? What not to do.. where not to go? If you don't, come along on Wednesday 31st May and learn all the do's and don'ts from Ben Esgate. Ben has a swag of slides on bushfires and an even bigger swag of knowledge from years of fighting fires in the Blue Mountains. Learn what every bushwalker should know, but very few do!
  
-===== SCOUTS STRANDED IN BUSH CAVE =====+===== Scouts stranded in Bush Cave ===== 
 + 
 + - by Alec Field - Daily Telegraph, 3 April '89
  
- - by Alec Field - Daily Telegraph, 3 April 189 
 Seven scouts - one with an ankle injury - huddled in a cave last night as torrential rain raised swollen creeks in a south coast ravine. The scouts, four days overdue on a 60 km trek through rugged country, were stranded by flash floods. Seven scouts - one with an ankle injury - huddled in a cave last night as torrential rain raised swollen creeks in a south coast ravine. The scouts, four days overdue on a 60 km trek through rugged country, were stranded by flash floods.
-All aged 15 to 17 and from Cnnberra, they were found yesterday below cliffs at Mount Talaterang, north west of Milton, by searchers with the N.S.W. Federation of Bushwalking Clubs. More than 50 bushwalkers joined the search after helicopters were grounded by bad weather.+ 
 +All aged 15 to 17 and from Canberra, they were found yesterday below cliffs at Mount Talaterang, north west of Milton, by searchers with the N.S.W. Federation of Bushwalking Clubs. More than 50 bushwalkers joined the search after helicopters were grounded by bad weather. 
 The search breakthrough came yesterday when the bushwalkers found a log entry in a book at a bush campsite near Mount Talaterang. Three bushwalkers trekked to cliffs above the Talaterang Falls and their calls were heard by the stranded scouts in the ravine. The search breakthrough came yesterday when the bushwalkers found a log entry in a book at a bush campsite near Mount Talaterang. Three bushwalkers trekked to cliffs above the Talaterang Falls and their calls were heard by the stranded scouts in the ravine.
-The bushwalkers set up a shelter in a cave beneath the cliffs. Late yesterday, another bushwalking team established a base radio station above the ravine to provide contact with the group for a rescue attemp today. "There was absolutely no chance of getting them out by helicopter today so we've decided to walk them out tomorrow or bring in helicopters if weather conditions improve," Mr Roach said.+ 
 +The bushwalkers set up a shelter in a cave beneath the cliffs. Late yesterday, another bushwalking team established a base radio station above the ravine to provide contact with the group for a rescue attempt today. "There was absolutely no chance of getting them out by helicopter today so we've decided to walk them out tomorrow or bring in helicopters if weather conditions improve," Mr Roach said. 
 Heavy rains have deluged the area during the past three days and creeks rose by 1 metre in less than 24 hours to 2 pm yesterday. Heavy rains have deluged the area during the past three days and creeks rose by 1 metre in less than 24 hours to 2 pm yesterday.
 +
 (For the first time, bushwalkers with S & R have been acknowledged by the press! ED.) (For the first time, bushwalkers with S & R have been acknowledged by the press! ED.)
- +===== Federation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW =====
-===== FEDERATION OF BUSHWALKING CLUBS NSW =====+
  
  - Notes taken at April meeting.  - Notes taken at April meeting.
 +
 A special meeting was held at National Trust Centre to discuss incorporation and insurance. The main decisions were:- A special meeting was held at National Trust Centre to discuss incorporation and insurance. The main decisions were:-
-+  * The Draft Constitution was adopted, with some amendments, the main points amended oeing listed below. 
-The Draft Constitution was adopted, with some amendments, the main points amended oeing listed below. +  Having agreed on the Constitution, it was resolved to proceed with an application for Incorporation. 
-Having agreed on the Constitution, it was resolved to proceed with an application for Incorporation. +  It was agreed that Public Liability Insurance be undertaken. A policy offered by Insurance Exchange of Australia, with Norwich Insurance was agreed to, the premium in the initial year to be 50 cents per member covered. 
-It was agreed that Public Liability Insurance be'undertaken. A policy offered by Insurance Exchange of Australia, with Norwiei Insurance was agreed to, the premium in the initial year to be 50 cents permember covered. +  A further insurance policy offering some degree of Personal Accident Insurance from the same company was held in abeyance for further consideration. Such a policy would involve an additional premium of $1.50 per member (total $2 for two insurance cover). The offer from the insurer will be circulated to all Clubs, which will be required to indicate if they desire the additional Personal Accident policy. 
-A further insurance policy offering some degree of Personal Accident Insurance from the same company was held in abeyance for further consideration. Such a policy would involve an additional premium of $1.50 per member (total $2 for two insurance cover). The offer from the insurer will be circulated to all Clubs, which will be required to indicate if they desire the additional Personal Accident policy.+
 The more significant amendments to the Draft Constitution were:- The more significant amendments to the Draft Constitution were:-
-1. The term "Federation" will be changed to "Confederation" (this because the word "federation" implies an Australia-wide body). 
-2. The"Objects" clause altered to include provision to "Maintain a Search & Rescue Organisation" which will be affiliated with other volunteer rescue bodies. 
-3. The category "Associate Membership" to be discontinued. All Clubs to be full members of the Confederation. 
-4. A proposal that the number of delegates be variable, depending on the size of the Club, 
-wa held over for further discussion. It was suggested the ratio be 1 delegate up to 50 members; 2 for 51/100 members; 3 for 101/150 members, and 4 delegates for clubs with over 150 members. 
-5. General Meetings of the Confederation to be held monthly or as determined by a General Meeting. 
-It is expected that the process of Incorporation will involve a period of at least three months, which should give time for Clubs to decide on the Insurance Policies. 
  
 +  - The term "Federation" will be changed to "Confederation" (this because the word "federation" implies an Australia-wide body).
 +  - The "Objects" clause altered to include provision to "Maintain a Search & Rescue Organisation" which will be affiliated with other volunteer rescue bodies.
 +  - The category "Associate Membership" to be discontinued. All Clubs to be full members of the Confederation.
 +  - A proposal that the number of delegates be variable, depending on the size of the Club,  was held over for further discussion. It was suggested the ratio be 1 delegate up to 50 members; 2 for 51/100 members; 3 for 101/150 members, and 4 delegates for clubs with over 150 members.
 +  - General Meetings of the Confederation to be held monthly or as determined by a General Meeting.
  
-===== SOCIAL NOTES =====+It is expected that the process of Incorporation will involve a period of at least three months, which should give time for Clubs to decide on the Insurance Policies. 
 +===== Social Notes =====
  by Dot Butler  by Dot Butler
-Wednesday, 21st June - Keith Muir, Project Officer of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, will give us a slide presentation they have prepared to explain the case for a Nattai National Park. This area should be reserved for lightweight bushwalking, meaning US, so come along and give encouragement. 
-Wednesday, 28th June - A great night when Col Putt and Dr Graham Budd will co-operate in showing their wonderful adventure to Heard Island in the refurbished lobster fishing boat 'Patenellar, taking a climbing party to climb the virgin active volcano "Big Ben". A colour film, with sound, taken by the B.B.C. is part of the treat. 
  
-===== FOOTNOTES =====+**Wednesday, 21st June** - Keith Muir, Project Officer of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, will give us a slide presentation they have prepared to explain the case for a Nattai National Park. This area should be reserved for lightweight bushwalking, meaning US, so come along and give encouragement.
  
-o N.P.W.S. advise that there is a new marked walking track down to the Colo. Take the Bell Road to Mountain Lagoon and follow the fire trail that goes to Condor TrigTake the lower branch to Mailes RidgeThe walking track leads down Mailes Ridge near Merco TrigThere is a good campsite at the bottomA 4WD vehicle is recommended for the fire trail. Mountain Lagoon map, 1:25,000.+**Wednesday, 28th June** - A great night when Col Putt and Dr Graham Budd will co-operate in showing their wonderful adventure to Heard Island in the refurbished lobster fishing boat 'Patenella', taking a climbing party to climb the virgin active volcano "Big Ben"A colour film, with sound, taken by the B.B.C. is part of the treat.
  
-o Happy 80th Birthday to L.G. ("Mouldy") Harrison! In April, seven octogenarians and two septugenarians helped "Mouldy" to celebrate his birthday at the home of Mrs Ray Page, on Jamberoo Mountain. Present were May and Paddy Pallin, Freda Ashley, Frank Duncan and Edna Garrard. The youngest person at the party was well over 50! Ray Page is also a longtime Honorary Member of S.B.W.+===== Footnotes =====
  
-o Ray Page was given recognition by Kiama Municipal Council when she was made "Australia Day Citizen" this yearAt ceremony in Jamberoo township the Mayor of Kiama told the overflowing hall (which included about 12 S.B.W.$) how Ray had been conservationist all - her life and "trod gently on the earth"Ray responded with typical modesty by turning attention away from herself, recalling how the people of Jamberoo had unselfishly fought bush fires and saved her home.+  * N.P.W.S. advise that there is new marked walking track down to the Colo. Take the Bell Road to Mountain Lagoon and follow the fire trail that goes to Condor TrigTake the lower branch to Mailes RidgeThe walking track leads down Mailes Ridge near Merco TrigThere is good campsite at the bottomA 4WD vehicle is recommended for the fire trail. Mountain Lagoon map, 1:25,000.
  
- Janet Waterhouse and David McIntosh were officially engaged in January, but have finally plucked up enough courage to announce it to the rest of the S.B.WtribeCongratulations Davidit couldn't happen to a nicer guy. The wedding will take place "some time before Christmas". Our best wishes to both of you - and if you hold the reception at Coolanawe can ALL come! (P.S. David's new phone number is 85 5343)+  * Happy 80th Birthday to L.G("Mouldy") HarrisonIn Aprilseven octogenarians and two septugenarians helped "Mouldy" to celebrate his birthday at the home of Mrs Ray Page, on Jamberoo Mountain. Present were May and Paddy PallinFreda Ashley, Frank Duncan and Edna GarrardThe youngest person at the party was well over 50! Ray Page is also a longtime Honorary Member of S.B.W.
  
-Non-active members who are now Active Members again:Tom WilhelmGeorge Lauder and Temora FleetThere were no new members this month. +  * Ray Page was given recognition by Kiama Municipal Council when she was made "Australia Day Citizen" this year. At a ceremony in Jamberoo township the Mayor of Kiama told the overflowing hall (which included about 12 S.B.W.s) how Ray had been a conservationist all her life and "trod gently on the earth". Ray responded with typical modesty by turning attention away from herselfrecalling how the people of Jamberoo had unselfishly fought bush fires and saved her home.
-* it if it-+
  
-===== SUBSCRIPTION OWING =====+  * Janet Waterhouse and David McIntosh were officially engaged in January, but have finally plucked up enough courage to announce it to the rest of the S.B.W. tribe! Congratulations David, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. The wedding will take place "some time before Christmas". Our best wishes to both of you - and if you hold the reception at Coolana, we can ALL come! (P.S. David's new phone number is 85 5343)
  
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 +Members who may for various reasons be crossed off, may apply to the Committee for re-instatement.
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