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You can read about the Cliffcare response in full on the Cliffcare website.
SUMMARY OF WHAT IS BEING DONE TO REPRESENT CLIMBERS IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY (By Cliffcare)
We’ve sent a response to Parks Victoria from climbers. In that response we touched on some of the following points: we are disappointed that climbers were not consulted prior to the decision to implement a ban; some of the areas closed are of international significance to climbers; the vast majority of climbers are very respectful of Indigenous cultural heritage and their environmental impact, and we have a long track record of working with PV in the past; we’ve come up with solutions to past problems by working with Traditional Owners and we believe we can work with Parks Victoria, Aboriginal Victoria and Traditional Owners to try and come up with workable solutions to regain access to some of these crags.
- We have initiated correspondence with local Traditional Owner groups with a view to establishing positive and collaborative relationships.
- We’re seeking more detail from Parks Victoria about why each particular area has been included in the ban.
- We’re seeking legal advice to understand the regulatory and legislative framework in which decisions about access are being made.
- We’re forming several working groups, one to directly negotiate with Parks Victoria, and the other to provide advice and assistance to the negotiating team.
- We’re putting together a plan to represent climber’s viewpoints to the general public.
WHO IS REPRESENTING CLIMBERS?
Victorian Climbing Club (VCC)
Tracey Skinner, the VCC’s Access Officer in charge of running CliffCare, the body that works to manage access state-wide
Paula Toal, VCC President
Steve Monks, long-time member
Nina Scott-Bohanna, communications
Western Victorian Climbing Club (WVCC)
Adam Merrick, committee member and editor of The Bolder
Local Climbing Representatives
Adam Demmert, roped climbing representative
Simon Weill, bouldering representative
VCC is seeking legal assistance to better understand the regulatory landscape.
Vertical Life magazine
Simon Madden, Editor; Ross Taylor, Editor