Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
15 March 2020
On Sunday 15 March, the Foundation hosted a picnic for walkers who had registered an end-to-end walk on the Bibbulmun Track since it was officially opened in 1979.
We were delighted that our Patron, Kerry Sanderson AC CVO, attended. Kerry, who is Chair of the WA Parks Foundation, gave an informative update on their current projects, the importance of open spaces and the synergies between the Parks Foundation and the Bibbulmun Track.
Despite the ominous weather forecast, the rain held off, the sun came out and everyone spent a pleasant few hours sharing stories, catching up with old acquaintances and making new ones. Sadly, around 100 people didn’t show up due to fears of the Coronavirus.
BTF Events Manager, Steve Sertis, handed out prizes to those who met certain criteria including our latest member, anyone who had walked or cycled to the picnic or had brought their fuel stove to make a cuppa!
A rogues gallery of End-to-Enders was on display, a selection of log-books and red registers saw many people searching for their entries during their walks, and some of the valuable archived documents of the history of the Track proved fascinating.
The real value of the event, however, was the personal interactions. Meeting up with people that some had only heard of, or maybe met out on the Track once. "Oh wow, it is you! I saw you walking out of Chadoora Campsite when it was bucketing" were some of the more typical comments.
Thanks to everyone that attended and made it such a great day.
10 March 2020
Dr Jen George is an academic and consultant passionate about facilitating community-led governance of green infrastructure.
Last week Dr George presented a summary of her PhD research at an event organised by the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, which was well attended by representatives of local government and community land-care groups. Her work included the Foundation as a case study of a successful, resilient and sustainable organisation.
Community governance is about empowering and enabling community management. It is an option when there is a community of citizens passionate about and wanting to participate in management of green infrastructure. It can result in an effective, productive and economically sustainable working relationship between the community and the government (or other managing institution). As described by Dr George, it “challenges the usual paradigm (where) it is assumed that citizens can’t take a direct role in delivery of services or management of projects”.
The ‘community’ with a personal investment in the Bibbulmun Track include the walkers – particularly those who see it as sufficiently worth supporting to take out financial membership – the volunteers, whose contribution comes in the form of time and effort (as well as some out-of-pocket expense, sometimes not insignificant), and the staff and (volunteer) Board, who contribute their time and professional skills to an organisation they believe in.
In the context of the community governance framework, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation is the necessary interface between the government and the ‘community’; the role of the BTF is to enable and strategically guide the effort of the ‘community’.
Jen is a founder and director of Comcorp. They work with organisation to develop strategies and action plans for positive partnerships and best practice community governance. Find out more at comcorp.com.au
6 March 2020
In early March, four tonnes (twenty loads) of materials and equipment were airlifted to areas of Track inaccessible by vehicle. This meticulously coordinated operation was the start of a project to stabilise badly eroded sections along the south coast.
At several locations, including the popular Conspicuous Cliffs, the Bibbulmun Track is badly eroded making the fragile ecosystem more susceptible to erosion. This spectacular section is very popular and it is important that visitors can continue to experience one of the highlight sections of the Track in an environmentally sustainable way.
The project outcome will be well constructed, defined trail with good erosion management that will discourage walkers from creating alternate pathways and allow the vegetation to re-establish thus stabilising the dunes.
It has taken years of planning and preparation to get to this point starting with the trial and assessment of various materials in the dunes to see how they withstood the elements.
Assessment and recommendations were documented for seventeen areas along the coast. Stage 1 is to stabilise four sections where realignment is either not possible or undesirable. Techniques will include the installation of timber box steps, 100% recycled polypropylene grids and coir mesh.
The planning and coordination to date has been a collaboration between the Foundation and Parks and Wildlife Services. This strong partnership was instrumental in the project being supported by a $34,040 grant from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program. Remaining cash contribution is from the BTF’s 2019 raffle – so thank you members for your support!
Particular thanks to Peter Masters and team from DBCA’s Frankland District for all their assistance – and to Mark Davidson, Charlie Soord, Geoff Meates and Ross Simpson and other support volunteers who have, or will be involved with carrying out the work.
Thank you also to Nutkin Lodge who allowed access to their property for the airlift. This walker friendly business is adjacent to the Track near Peaceful Bay – so base yourself there for walks in the area.
We'll keep you posted on progress!
13 February 2020
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20 January 2020
We are excited to see that the new shelter at Sandpatch Campsite near Albany is ready to go well before the 2020 walking season.
The original shelter was destroyed by bushfire in May 2018 after only being in use for 6 years almost to the day!
We thank staff at DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service for the rebuild.
See the news article about the fire.