Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
9 April 2014
Producing the new Guidebooks has been a mammoth project spanning 15 months involving a 60-day end-to-end walk, 21 revisions of each Guidebook by several people and many, many hours of editing.
It has been over 12 years since the Northern Guidebook was published and 10 years since the Southern Guidebook was published so there was a lot of work to do.
As part of the re-write we also determined that the Bibbulmun Track is over 1000km long. No longer do we have to say almost 1000km!
In order to make the books more user-friendly and the process of production cost effective, it was decided to divide the existing two guidebooks into eight smaller books designed to be used in conjunction with the eight Bibbulmun Track maps. The planning, history and other reference information contained in both the current Guidebooks forms a ninth book—the Bibbulmun Track Handbook. The general information contained in this book can be absorbed at home, rather than it having to be carried as part of a Guidebook.
With each guidebook corresponding to a map, walkers will no longer need to carry a book covering half of the Track when they are covering only short sections. Furthermore if there is a change in the Track alignment, only the relevant small guidebook will need to be updated.
The new Guidebooks contain a wealth of information for each map section including:
• Track Town information
• suggested day and overnight walks
• Track tips
• section by section descriptions
• vehicle access to each section
• reflections from the campsite registers, and of course
• new, improved and more detailed Track notes.
The Bibbulmun Track Handbook contains general Track information, planning, safety, history and more. It is designed to be used as a companion to the completely revised Guidebooks or as helpful planning information before you head out. It includes:
• general information
• how to get started, guided walks and tours
• trip planning
• history of the Track
• natural and human history, and more
The Guidebooks will retail for $11.95 each, and can be also be purchased as part of any map or Guidebook combination. The Handbook is free when you purchase all eight Guidebooks.
Please note that the new Guidebooks do not contain maps, distance tables or terrain profiles as this information is already on the official Bibbulmun Track maps. The Guidebooks are designed to be used in conjunction with the maps.
To keep the books up to date we will be posting updates on our website at www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/shop/guidebook-updates/. That way the information will stay current until the next revision. You can make a contribution to keep them up to date by sending your comments and feedback to email@example.com.
All proceeds of the sales of the books will go towards improvements and maintenance of the Track.
8 April 2014
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26 March 2014
There is currently a review underway in the West Australian Parliament of the laws that prohibit hunting on public or Crown land in Western Australia.
The Board of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation believes it is something that our membership should be concerned about and to that end we have made a submission to the Upper House Review by the Public Administration Committee opposing any hunting on Crown land, particularly that surrounding the Bibbulmun Track.
So how did this come about? We are all in agreement about the impact of feral animals on the West Australian environment; there is, however, disagreement about how we go about dealing with it. The Hon. Rick Mazza MLC, from the Hunters and Fishers Party now has a seat in the Upper House of the West Australia Parliament and is using his position to push for a review of the laws prohibiting hunting on Crown Land.
Mr Mazza has made no secret of the fact that if elected he would be pursuing this issue; it was, in effect, a primary part of his platform. Mr Mazza has also stated in Parliament he does not intend for recreational hunting to be allowed in National Parks, but rather on other Crown Land such as State Forests. There has been much discussion in Parliament about what constitutes other Crown Land, especially around Conservation Reserves.
There has also been lots of discussion around the fact that other States, namely NSW, allow hunting in National Parks so why doesn’t WA? Well, the fact is that NSW does not allow it. There was a trial and some attempt to introduce it, but due to a heavy public backlash, real concerns about how the scheme would operate, and the costs involved the NSW State Government finally abandoned the plan – even to the extent of disbanding the body funded and proposed to administer it, the Game Council of NSW. There is currently a trial under way in 12 of NSW’s 75 National Parks, but it is administered and managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Services.
Our belief is that any hunting on Crown Land will be the thin edge of the wedge, and as the Bibbulmun Track traverses State Forest as well as National Parks, the proposal will also affect the Track.
The concerns of the Foundation revolve around several issues, the key one being the safety of the bushwalking public. We have a right to enjoy the use of public spaces without the threat of being shot or intimidated by people with guns.
All of us, at some time, have encountered people using the Track in a manner for which it was not intended, whether using bikes, trail bikes or even off-road 4-wheel drive vehicles. We have encountered vehicle-borne people camped at Bibbulmun Track shelters in flagrant contempt of the rules governing access to the shelters. Sometimes, albeit rarely, those people were armed, had powerful hunting dogs and hefty supplies of alcohol. Probably not a good time or place to advise them about the illegality of their actions! These hunters are aware their behaviour is illegal, so how then do we take comfort from the fact that the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) informs us that they hope this part of the population will better manage their behaviour once hunting on public land becomes legal? I am sure that as a responsible organisation they are as concerned as the rest of us about this behaviour, but it still goes on.
Like any other sector of society, I am sure there are good and bad hunters and I understand that professional hunters are appalled by this element of their sport. I also understand that recreational, or amateur hunters, need more land to access so they can undertake their pursuit. But the fact is that we are talking about a sport in which an accident can have dire consequences for others. Getting shot is not like tripping over or twisting an ankle.
Apart from safety, the Board has a range of other concerns outlined in our submission around the areas of environment, trails tourism, the effectiveness of managed culls vs recreational hunting, and scientific evidence that shooters have introduced seed animals, mainly feral pigs, into the South West forests in the first place to facilitate their sport.
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation Board does not believe that recreational hunting is compatible with other forms of recreation, but if it were to be employed by government to reduce the feral animal population then it needs to be done as part of a managed detailed strategy, well-funded and resourced and directed by a government agency with specific outcomes.
For more insight into the pros and cons of recreational hunting, read this report by Dr Carol Booth, a policy officer with the Invasive Species Council of Australia: Is hunting conservation? A report into ‘Recreational hunting and its place within Australia’.
18 March 2014
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is not in favour of allowing recreational hunting in WA’s parks and has made a submission outlining its concerns.
Key points are walker safety, unauthorised access of Bibbulmun Track facilities by hunters resulting in negative experiences for walkers and serious doubt that such a scheme would make any environmental contribution to controlling pest animals.
The public can make submissions until Friday, March 28. A submission must address the terms of reference. Details can be found on parliament.wa.gov.au.
11 March 2014
The Bibbulmun Team Challenge is the most unique physical and mental team building challenge currently available in Western Australia. To celebrate the vibrant new look Bibbulmun Team Challenge has embraced for 2014, the BTF together with Grey Eyed Films has created a short promotional video that captures the essence of the Challenge. Featuring images and interviews from past participants this video will inspire and encourage CEO's, EO's, Directors and Managers across Perth to register members of their team (and even themselves!) for this incredible event.
The Challenge involves teams of four people competing against each other in a series of team-building activities across a 50km route of the Bibbulmun Track. The activities have an emphasis on outdoor skills, safety, environmental awareness, physical and mental challenges. Run over four days, participants are provided with comprehensive training and information as well as hire equipment.
It is ideal for corporations wanting to put leadership and problem solving skills to the ultimate test, build team camaraderie, and for individuals looking for an intense and fulfilling adventure experience in this spectacular landscape. Of course, it is also the ultimate test to prove which organisation has it all!
Check out the eagerly anticipated video here.
For further information, complete the enquiry form available on our dedicated Bibbulmun Team Challenge page.