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.
Continue reading 4500+ Climbs Closed – 38% Gramps and Arapiles Now off-Limits
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? Continue reading Sign of the Times – Protection Rules Relaxed for Profit?
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.
Continue reading Arapiles Protection Declaration Expires
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 Continue reading Legal Action in the Supreme Court (Plus Formal Complaints)
Community divided over recent closures Bans a big legal bluff New Grampians & Arapiles guidebooks cancelled 22% of Arapiles bouldering now off-limits Grampians Peaks Trail installs “huts” for commercial use
“Taipan was supposed to be what was left for us to climb, now that’s gone too”
Continue reading Divided We Fall
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) Continue reading Taipan, Spurt and Bundaleer – “Temporarily” Banned
Many people woke this morning to the dramatic news on the radio that Arapiles was now closed. Thanks ABC for giving us all a pre-coffee heart attack! Lucky it was just media hype. But what really happened is newsworthy all the same.
Continue reading Declaration Protection – It’s Official
PV questions if regulations are an effective use of Gov funds Cultural heritage plans have led to minimal overall benefit Excessive costs led to heritage protection project cancellations PV only completed protection work at 4% of Vic rock art sites in 2017 Continue reading Parks Victoria Admits Heritage Regulations “Unsustainable”
Assist efforts in restoring access to world renowned climbing areas in the Grampians National Park