Category Archives: Updates

ACT NOW – SIGN UP FOR MANAGEMENT PLAN WORKSHOPS

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.

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Disengage Victoria – Will climbers get a real say?

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.

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How did Parks Victoria come to throw climbers under the bus?

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.

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