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12 December 2017
On Sunday 19th November, the Foundation held a Vision Workshop for members and volunteers. The aim of the workshop was to build on the concepts gained from the online Vision Survey to develop a vision for the future of the Bibbulmun Track. The results of the workshop will articulate how we, the members, want the Track to look and feel.
Over 70 members attended to help flesh out the concepts that were grounded in the five most important attributes raised in the survey: those being the natural wilderness experience; the physical and mental challenge; solitude; simplicity; and the track facilities.
Concepts discussed at the workshop included:
Fundraising methods such as membership fees, ways to increase BTF membership, and consideration of fee systems for use of the Track.
The types of roads considered most acceptable to be used for alignments (e.g., old forestry tracks or rail formations, management tracks and/or public roads).
The style of bridge acceptable for different types of water crossings.
Campsites and shelters – including layout, preferred shelter, and improvements considered a priority.
Workshop participants were asked to sum up the unique character and traits of the Bibbulmun Track that they felt we need to ensure are retained (the look, feel, and character).
We would like to sincerely thank all members and volunteers who participated for their amazing input. The response rate and feedback was outstanding and constructive. Feedback about the workshop from participants was overwhelmingly positive.
“What a well-run session it was today. Well done to Ce, Steve, Linda and the team who organised it. Really enjoyed participating, and I hope the BTF gets lots of worthwhile data from this workshop.”
“I just want to congratulate the team for putting on such a professional session yesterday pm. It also made me happy to see that the survey we filled out has been looked at closely. It actually revitalised my enthusiasm for the Track!”
Stay tuned for more detailed results of the Vision Workshop which will be circulated to members.
7 December 2017
The awards were presented by the Department of Parks and Wildlife at a function on International Volunteers Day 5th December and it gives us great pleasure to announce that Ce won an Outstanding Service Award.
Ce has been a volunteer with the Bibbulmun Track Foundation for over 17 years, initially as a Maintenance Volunteer and subsequently as a Volunteer Guide. In addition to her guiding role Ce also works as a staff member In the BTF office in the position of Office Administrator. To further assist the Foundation with events, Ce upgraded her licence to drive the BTF bus, thus increasing the number of drivers available and expanding the types of events she is able to assist with.
To date, Ce has contributed over 1,350 hours in volunteer time, 900 of these in the past year.
21 November 2017
The Foundation recognised some of its 388 volunteers at a morning tea held at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall in Kalamunda on Sunday 19th November 2017.
During the event, 77 volunteers were rewarded with gifts sponsored by Mountain Designs for the number of hours donated to the Foundation during the year, based on more than 100, 300 and 500 hours.
This year our Long Service Awards hit a new high with 8 of our volunteers reaching their 20 year Long Service.
It was a huge task co-ordinating these rewards as 31 volunteers were recognised for 5, 10 and 15 and 20 years of service. We were delighted that many of the 20 year recipients who have been with the Foundation from the beginning were at the event to accept their award. We would like to thank Zanthorrea Nursery in Maida Vale, Windy Creek Estate, Herne Hill and Foundation members Jan and Colin Rad and Jim Freeman for their support of the awards.
The Foundation is extremely fortunate to have the commitment and dedication of so many volunteers, whether they are out maintaining the Track, working at community events, guiding events or working in the office. Every single volunteer is valued and vital for us to be able to provide the services we do and to keep the Track in world-class condition.
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13 November 2017
With a new venue and deciding to open up the event to all our followers not just members, we had a great turn out.
It was a very moving presentation on a unique journey walked by Sarah Hyde - following the Rabbit Proof Fence Walk. Sarah is a very eloquent speaker whos passion, consideration and respect of those whos' footsteps she followed flowed through her entire presentation. Fresh from her journey her account was passionate and full of lots of details and with the beautiful photos she shared it was hard not to be caught up in her spiritual account.
It was great to have two of our sponsors, Mountain Design and Sea to Summit, at this presentation. Lots of people had lie down on the Sea to Summit sleeping mat and sampling the delicious Back Country Cuisine range. As always the door prizes and lucky answers prize give away were fun.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Tales from other Trails night!
13 November 2017
SUEZ makes the best use of water and waste by providing smart and reliable resource management solutions. The local team provides solutions that supply seven million Australians with safe drinking water and diverts 1.2 million tonnes of waste from landfill every year.
Our association with the company harks back to 2011 when a landfill facility was proposed near the Track. The Foundation’s concerns around visual and noise impacts for walkers were taken into consideration and SUEZ established screening and other initiatives to ensure that the operation has had minimal impact on walkers.
WA State Infrastructure Manager, Craig Barker, said “SUEZ takes its role as a responsible neighbour very seriously and it’s great to hear none of your walkers have raised any concerns about our operations. We intend keeping it that way.
We have a great team of operators and a substantial investment in equipment on site which can contribute to track maintenance and we look forward to working with the Foundation to ensure there continues to be minimal impact to the Track and its users.”
The Foundation looks forward to establishing a positive partnership with SUEZ over the next three years.