This is a guest post by Andreas Kupke, who in the last 8 years, has climbed in the Grampians more than anybody I know, and would be out there most weekends of the year (that is a lot of climbing). He had a preference for mid-grade sport climbing (not like my tendency for more obscure Trad), so has a good handle on the climbing numbers, increasing or otherwise, over that time.Continue reading Last Person on the Planet
On Wednesday 19th, there is going to be motion / debate at the Victorian Parliament, and the ACAV requested that climbers contact members of Parliament to voice their support for the ‘Lockout Motion’ and to share their personal story about what the Grampians means to them. Since I haven’t shared my story yet, here is my letter:Continue reading My Letter to the Ministers
This a quick personal story from Caillan Sainsbury (published with permission) that appeared on Facebook a week ago, and we thought it worth sharing with other climbers, as this IS what climbing means to most of us.Continue reading A Story From the Valley of the Giants
On the weekend there was a fairly positive article about the Grampians bans in Murdoch Press. The Australian (Free), and Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun (Subscription). The original headline (see the hardcopy below) is a shocker*, but the article itself is actually well researched and without any PV zingers.Continue reading The Aus – Sling Their Hooks?
Tonight in Natimuk, at the annual ‘GoatFest’ is a town-hall style meeting following the short films. It will be an opportunity for climbers to ask questions of Cliffcare and the GAWG, and find out what has been going on behind the scenes regarding the Grampians climbing bans (and we don’t doubt that a lot as been happening behind the scenes).Continue reading GoatFest Townhall & ACAV Announcement
Supported by Emma Kealy MP, we have collected a handwritten petition of 557 signatures in under one week.
Emma Kealy MP has submitted our requests to Lily D’Ambrosio in Parliament on Wednesday 20th March via a formal question. The handwritten petition with 557 signatories will be submitted to the Victorian Legislative Assembly this coming week to give weight to our cause (petitions submitted to the parliament this way must be handwritten).Continue reading Question to Victorian Parliament
I’ve been holding my tongue a little on this one as it’s so close to the heart. So many of us feel our voices unheard and misunderstood, in general as a whole we are scared to lose access to a place that means so much to us.Continue reading We Care So Much
Yesterday afternoon Parks Victoria (PV) released maps (see at bottom) showing the full extent of new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in the Grampians National Park/GariwerdContinue reading VL Update: New Maps from Parks Victoria
‘There’s no excuse’: Parks Victoria explains Grampians climbing ban.
Monday 18th Feb 2019
‘On Breakfast’ with Steve Martin talking with Parks Victoria chief operating officer Simon Talbot
There is also another interview a few days earlier:
3AW Interview with Simon Talbot, COO from Parks Victoria (15/2/19)