This week it’s legal letters – both from ACAV and from Parks Victoria. In a potential bombshell, internal PV documents suggest the bans could only be valid for 12 months. It finally seems this issue is coming into the court of law – not just the court of public opinion.Continue reading Risky Business – Legal Action Begins
You have probably signed the petitions, sent letters to State and Local Government, joined an access organization and donated to various funds. Now is your chance to have your say on the new Grampians Landscape Management Plan. PV have announced workshops open to the public at various locations in the Grampians district and North Melbourne next month.Continue reading ACT NOW – SIGN UP FOR MANAGEMENT PLAN WORKSHOPS
Next Wednesday is a new beginning for the future of rock climbing in the Grampians. Or is it?
A lot of climbers have expressed frustration with the lack of progress in the Grampians climbing situation. This angst has been brought about especially by the replies many of us have received to our letters of concern directed to State Ministers and Parks Victoria. Almost without fail these replies have come straight from the public relations textbook – a couple of nice platitudes about rock climbing and then cookie cutter mention of a new Grampians National Park management plan that is in the process of being created as the “solution” to any concerns from climbers.Continue reading Disengage Victoria – Will climbers get a real say?
It’s been just over six months since the rock climbing “bans” in the Grampians were announced by Parks Victoria. It’s worth looking back and seeing what damage so far this has caused to the climbing community. Numbers don’t lie – so lets look at those!Continue reading Grampians Climbing in Decline – We Have the Figures
Many climbers have asked just how legal these climbing “bans” in the Grampians are. It’s an interesting question and worth exploring in detail. Much of the vagueness in Parks Victoria’s press releases and public statements reveal just how grey it really is – and we are sure they know it.Continue reading Is there really a Climbing Ban?
What you are about to read is a tale of deception and bluster. An email trail between land managers secretly planning the removal of rock-climbers from most of the Grampians crags, whilst the very same climbers appear oblivious to what is coming. Wool pulled over their eyes they profess the desire for consultation whilst the plans for their execution have already been drawn up.Continue reading Latest FOI Dump Examined
This is a guest post by Mike Rockell, a climbing lifer who left New Zealand and moved to Melbourne 4 years ago. His history with Victorian climbing goes back a lot earlier than that though, with his first trip to Arapiles in 1984. Mike is still climbing grade 26 at age 60. The Grampians, with it’s amazing rock and pre-historic beauty, have been his most recent climbing inspiration. Having seen significant climbing closures in New Zealand, Mike has now became part of the interim committee of the ACAV, following and working closely on the Grampians access issues.Continue reading How did Parks Victoria come to throw climbers under the bus?