Category Archives: Parks Victoria

Management Plan Submissions – You have until 24th January!

Act Now!

Parks Victoria has given the community 10 measly weeks to give them feedback on their diabolical plan to gut climbing in the Grampians – the deadline is Sunday 24 January 2021. Put that date in your calendar – don’t put this off. If you care about the future of rock climbing or bouldering in the Grampians (and Victoria) we really need you and your friends and family to go to the Engage Victoria website and leave your feedback. It can be done as a simple survey or send them an email – parkplan@engage.vic.gov.au . You can agree or disagree with all or parts of their plan – the most important thing is they get lots of feedback from climbers. Need inspiration on what to write – or just want to sign-on to a group submission? Check out the links at the bottom this page. It’s simple and easy to do.

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Off the Charts – the real route losses in the Grampians

We have crunched the data on the proposed route closures as detailed in the draft Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan and the results are pretty shocking. Parks Victoria didn’t list individual route closures – instead they used the misleading term “climbing areas” when announcing what was being closed. Why is it misleading? Because each area can vary wildly in how many routes/problems they contain. 32 “areas” on PV’s list contain less than 5 routes, whilst come areas contain over 100 (the average per area is 25). Even worse 26 “areas” out of 86 on their approved list contain less than 5 “ticks” on the crag – a good judge of an area’s popularity (is a crag with 5 ticks even worth assessing for climbers damage?) We extracted data from thecrag.com to get the real figures on the potential climbing losses if this management plan goes forward (which is highly likely).

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4500+ Climbs Closed – 38% Gramps and Arapiles Now off-Limits

  • Half of Grampians climbing routes are now closed
  • Tiger Wall, Castle Crag, Fang Buttress and Black Ians Rocks latest areas to close to all visitors
  • Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan draft has been completed
  • Parks Victoria confirms SPA & no climbing rule near Roses Gap Recreation Centre
  • Parks Victoria forced to reprint signage after admitting errors

We are going to just start with an update on statistics so everyone is on the same page when it comes to understanding the extent of the current climbing closures in the Grampians and Arapiles region. We have included this weeks Arapiles and Black Ians Rocks closure announcements.

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Sign of the Times – Protection Rules Relaxed for Profit?

  • Latest about Taipan from GWRN
  • New PV sign says tour operators can climb in Victoria Range SPAs
  • The Roses Gap Recreation Centre mystery
  • Minister’s letter confirms expiry of Interim Protection Declaration at Arapiles
  • Aboriginal Victoria denies Special Protection Areas are associated with Aboriginal Heritage Act or Regulations
  • Draft Grampians Landscape Management Plan “hoped to be out for public comment by the end of this year”
  • Graffiti rampant in Grampians according to PV
  • Roundtable 5 announced – then delayed?
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Arapiles Protection Declaration Expires

  • Arapiles’ Brain Death Boulder (Dyurrite 1) Interim Protection Declaration expires without renewal
  • FOI docs reveal archeological work is never put out to tender
  • Castle Crag & Mitre Rock potentially on the chopping block

The following is a quick look at the timelines and discrepancies associated with the closure of the Dyurrite 1 site – known to climbers as the Brain Death Boulder at Arapiles.

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Legal Action in the Supreme Court (Plus Formal Complaints)

  • October 2020 sees climbers vs PV in court
  • VCC submits a formal complaint to Victorian Ombudsman’s Office
  • ACAV submits formal complaint to Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists
  • New FOI documents reveal dodgy archeological procurement from PV
  • Victorian Climbing Management Guidelines launched
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Taipan, Spurt and Bundaleer – “Temporarily” Banned

  • Parks Victoria announce “temporary protection zone” around Australia’s best climbing areas
  • All access, including bush-walking is prohibited as of today
  • Climbing access organizations VCC & ACAV were given no advance notice of these bans
  • Gariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network has been consulting with PV & TOs about these site closures since at least June
  • Bans cannot be adjusted until after new management plan is announced (next year at earliest)
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