Category Archives: Updates

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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The Sandinista Scandal – White Lies from PV

Could Parks Victoria mistake natural white rock & bird poo for climbing chalk in their rush to ban climbing? Yes they could. What you are about to read is one of those big moments where the ineptitude of the PV’s assessment process of rock climbing areas is exposed for what it is. A flawed and amateur attempt to quite literally white-wash climbers in the worst possible light whilst shirking any responsibility. Think the “bolt in art” fiasco was bad? This is better.

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Death of an Industry – Parks Victoria’s demolition of Grampians climbing tourism

In this article we explain how Parks Victoria’s ham-fisted approach to management is heavily compromising the viability and integrity of climbing guiding in the Grampians and Arapiles. We hold them to account for the imminent destruction of a 30+ year old industry that was once a shining beacon of light for regional tourism. Already struggling with a decade of natural disasters, surprise climbing bans and steady anti-climber sentiment from PV – the recent Covid19 outbreak is most certainly the final nail in the coffin for many of these small businesses.

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