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QUEENSLAND BUSHWALKERS CLUB Inc.

Newsletter

PO Box 2199 Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109 Email qldbwc@yahoo.com Phone No (07) 3345 9543 http://sites.google.com/site/qldbwc/

September 2012

Somerset Trail

Club News
AGM 2012
The AGM was held on the 7 August 2012. After the Presidents and Financial reports were given, all positions on the management committee were declared open.
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Membership Fees Now Due


Membership is now due for the 2012-2013 financial year. Membership is still only $30.00 and is valid to 30/6/2013. A Membership Form can be downloaded from the Club website at http://sites.google.com/site/qldbwc/membership The Membership Form and fee may be handed to a committee member at a Club meeting or to a walk leader on a walk. Otherwise post the form and fee to the Club address above. Members have until the end of August to renew their membership or risk having their membership cancelled. For members receiving the Newsletter by postal mail, this will be the final Newsletter unless they renew their membership.

Unfortunately not all positions were filled. This was partly due to the fact that the attendance was a bit down even though it was boosted by two bushwalkers from another club who mistook our Tuesday meeting as their own! The new people on committee are Helen McAllister as President, Robin Laban as Vice President and Patricia Kolarski as Treasurer. Marion Laban stayed on as Secretary, as did Gerry Burton as Membership Officer, David Kenrick as Outings Officer and Richard Kolarski as Editor. However two positions still remain vacant, the Social Secretary and Training Officer. If any member is interested in those positions, please contact any of the committee members. Noelene McCay is the new Supper Convenor and Mary Sherlock the Librarian. Richard Kolarski and Anne Kemp are the BWQ representatives. Many thanks to those outgoing committee members who gave up their time contributing to the Club

First Aid Notice


I am a Leader with Brisbane Bushwalking Club and also a volunteer St John Ambulance trainer. I have run First Aid courses for BBC for 4 years and some of your members have also attended. I am running another First Aid course on 8/9 Sept for Bushwalkers and extend the invitation to your members to also attend. The cost is $140 for the 2 days and the course is called Apply First Aid. I customise the course to suit bushwalkers and although we have to cover the syllabus we have a lot of fun too. Issued Certificates are valid for 3 yrs and of course CPR is the first session on the Sat morning. Start times are 8am both days and 4pm is the scheduled finish time on each day. I commend this course in the interest of safer bushwalking! Please contact me on 0419746305 if interested. Peter Mrzyglocki

Newsletter Addition
Following a suggestion from a Club member, the Committee has agreed that a Pre-Walks Writeup section would be added to the Newsletter. Every leader putting on a walk would be expected to give a short writeup of the upcoming walk and this will be put in the Newsletter. This will help members who can't attend Club meetings have a better idea of the proposed walk.

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Meeting Place

General Information

President Secretary Treasurer

The Management Committee


Helen McAllister Robin Laban Marion Laban Patricia Kolarski John Hinton David Kenrick Geraldine Burton Richard Kolarski vacant vacant

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Club meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm. There is no Club meeting in January. Meeting are held at the Little King's Hall on the corner of Carl and O'Keefe Streets, Buranda. Entry is via the gate on Carl St. There is parking within the grounds and in Carl Street. Tea/Coffee and cake/biscuits are provided after the meeting. A coin donation would be appreciated.

Vice President

Outings Officer Membership Officer Editor Social Secretary Training Officer

Membership
Probationary Membership A non-member automatically becomes a Probationary Member on his/her first walk after signing the Acknowledgement of Risk form. No fee is payable to become a Probationary Member. A Probationary Member must become an Ordinary Member on his/her second walk by filling out a Membership Form and paying the membership fee. Ordinary Membership A person may become an Ordinary Member by filling out and signing a Membership Form, having a proposer sign the form and handing the form with the membership fee to a committee member or walk leader. The proposer may be a friend who is a member of the Club, a QBW walk leader, the Membership Officer or one of the committee members. Only an Ordinary Member has the right to vote at an AGM or be elected to a committee position. Members of Another Bushwalking Club Members of another bushwalking club which is affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland Inc. (or an interstate Federation) and who are covered by the same Insurance do not need to become a member of our Club to go on our walks. However Club members will have priority if there is a limit on numbers.

Other Voluntary Positions


Equipment Officer Supper Convenor Librarian BWQ Rep BWQ Rep Richard Kolarski Noelene McCay Mary Sherlock Anne Kemp Richard Kolarski 3345 9543(H) 3889 0264(H) 3209 8514 3371 2707 3345 9543(H)

Compasses Steripen

Club Equipment

Topo Maps Emergency Lights First Aid Kits

UHF Radios

The above are for free use by members. Garmin GPS. QBW has 4 GPSs which have a 20 metre contour topo map of the whole of Australia included. Some of these are on permanent loan to members. PLBs with inbuilt GPS The Club has 5 PLBs with inbuilt GPS. The PLBs will be made available at each Club meeting and will need to be returned at the following Club meeting. Back Pack for Hire Bivy Bags For Sale $5.00 charge $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.

Reciprocal Walks with Other Clubs


Redlands Bushwalking Club
Only stipulation is that Redlands club members have priority over visitors. Calendar is available at: http://www.redlandbushwalkers.org.au/static/calendar.html

These bivy bags are 2 metres by 0.9 metres and are bright orange in colour. Use as a pack liner or emergency bivy bag. Space Blankets For Sale $2.50 each. Lightweight and take up no room at all. A must for all walkers! Contact Richard on 3345 9543 for any of the above.

Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland (BOSQ)


BOSQ allows financial members from other bushwalking clubs affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland to join in BOSQ activities without having to become members of BOSQ or pay visitor fees. This will be with the agreement of the activity leader. Members of BOSQ will have priority for nominations. Calendar is available at http://www.bosq.bwq.org.au/

Editors Pic

YHA Bushwalkers
Members of other BWQ affiliated clubs can join up to three walks per calendar year. Calendar is available at: http://sites.google.com/site/yhabushies/outings

Family Bushwalkers
There is a $5 temporary membership fee per adult. Phone: (07) 3878 3293

Gold Coast Bushwalkers


Gold Coast Bushwalkers may admit as honorary members financial members of bushwalking clubs which are affiliated with BWQ. This dispensation will be at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Get Batty With the Photo Competition!

Ipswich Bushwalkers Inc


Intending walkers must contact the leader in advance. The newsletter also contains a full description of the grading system and a list of Committee members and their contact numbers. Calendar available at www.ipswichbushwalkers.bwq.org.au Page 2 of 6

New Members
Michael Hoopman As at 30/8/2012 we have 56 financial members

Special Coming Events


2012 Pilgrimage
7-9 September 2012 A chance to walk & meet with other clubs. Hosted by Redlands Bushwalking Club At Canungra Showgrounds (Showgrounds Road, Canungra) On Cost 7th 9th September 2012 $42

Active Outdoors Expo

6 October 2012

Shows off the wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities available in South East Queensland. When: Saturday October 6, 8.30am 3.00pm Where: Bayside Park, Manly Demonstrations of Dragon Boat Racing, Campcraft, Rock Climbing, Stunt Bike Riding and Healthy Cooking. Activities To Try Climb up the Rock Wall, Lose yourself Orienteering, Walk a while or Paddle a Canoe Come, See and Learn Training for the outdoors, What to do in Moreton Bay, Healthy Food Festival, Outdoor Education Camps, Outdoor Gear & Equipment and Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Go to www.activeoutdoorsexpo.com for more information.

The cost for the weekend includes: Camping, Hot Showers, Tea, Coffee & Nibbles all weekend, plus Friday Night Soup Saturday Bushwalks from Hard to Easy, Bushband Stone the Crows, and Sunday Morning 'Sausage Sizzle'. An extra option is: Saturday night a tasty Spit Roast Dinner for $18.50 (BYO drinks). Must be pre-booked We are hoping that as many people as possible will join us under the Green Hanger for this meal. For more info and booking see our web site at http://pilgrimage2012.weebly.com/index.html Bookings can be made online or by post. Walks range from easy to hard, on track and off-track. Contacts Western Cliffs Pat & Luke's Bluff Chungaragool Cave Cooginbano & Bimboolba Lookouts Noowongbill Lookout / Darlington Range Bushranger's Cave Tooloona Creek Circuit Albert River Circuit Morans Falls & Western Lookout Killarney Glen Palm Falls Pages Pinnacle Mt Merino West Canungra Creek Circuit Ship's Stern Circuit Blue Pool, Staircase Fall, Bull Ant Spur Caves & Lower Bellbird Tracks Hilary Riley 0415 526 910 & Betty Murray 0408 129 241 Email: Pilgrimage2012@hotmail.com The showgrounds are open to the public for camping, so if members would like to come before the 7th or stay on after 9th they just need to contact the onsite caretaker. For those with caravans, powered sites are also available at a small extra cost.

Banff Radical Reels

Wed 28 November 2012

Another film social event is coming from the Banff Mountain Centre. This film is similar to the Film Festival that is conducted every year around April/May. I think the difference is, that it is not a competition. Where When Cost Brisbane Powerhouse 7pm Wed 28th November. $33pp, Group of 20- $28pp

Cut off date for bookings Friday 26th October. More information with a trailer at http://banffaustralia.com.au/ Contact Kerry De Clauzel on 3209 7146 or 0414 976 919

QBW Christmas Party

Fri, 30 Nov Sun, 2 Dec 2012

Well here it is again another year has just about gone and time for our annual Christmas Party. This year we have booked Camp Laurence which overlooks Moogerah Dam. This is an idyllic landscaped area which has great views of the dam and surrounding peaks. It has a big kitchen and hall with a big verandah overlooking the dam and lots of trees. There are 3 cabins plus dormitories with 8 bunks in each. An amenities block is is separate from the accommodation but close by. You will need to bring your own toiletries, bed linen, blankets, pillow and towels. The cost will be $50 per person for the weekend. The cost is the same whether you stay one night or two. We need a minimum of 30 persons to get the best value, so if you haven't joined us before please consider this weekend. We have a fun time, usually with a walk on the Saturday and in the evening it is party time with lots of food, a BBQ, quizzes, photo competition results and photo presentation of past walks. The meat will be provided by the Club. Vegetarians will be catered for too. Bring along a salad or some food to share plus of course your favourite liquid refreshments. There will be a Dress Up competition. This year the theme is Pyjama Party. Prizes to be won for best male and female. With Lake Moogerah at our doorstep, if you have a canoe, kayak or similar you are welcome to bring it along. Camp Laurence is located on five hectares on the western bank of Lake Moogerah. The centre is approximately 1 hours drive from Brisbane. It is easy to find as you turn left into Lake Moogerah Rd, (Spicers Gap Road) just west of Aratula and turn left into Ski Zone Road and then St Lawrence's Road. So please put this date in your calendar and hoping you can come along. There will be a walk sheet out at the meetings for you to register. Closer to the date we will have a catering form for you to note which goodies you will be bringing to share. Any questions please call me 3219 6228. Lynn

Nepal Trip

October 2012

I have made enquiries with regard to a 17 day fully supported trek through Langtang region in Nepal with Saran Saba. Departs October 2012 17 days 14 day moderate trek, fully supported tea house or camping option plus 3 nights Tibet Hotel Kathmandu Cost $1645 US or AUS (all land content included) For details phone Steve Pritchett 0431 599317 or spritchett@optusnet.com.au

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Coming Walks
Any person wishing to come along on a walk must contact the leader of the walk first. The leader will organise the meeting place and car pooling. The leader has full discretion on who can come on the walk. Nominations close 9:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to a weekend trip. For Wednesday walks, nominations close 9.00 pm on the Monday before.

Day 2: 15 km, 8 hours, partly off track, some climbing then 900 m descent. Day 3: 13.5 km, 8 hours, lot of creek crossings or wading along creek. Day 4: 17.5 km, 8 hours, 600 m ascent at start, mostly in fire trail. A day at each end has also been set aside for travel from/to Brisbane.

Venman Walk (Daisy Hill)


Wednesday, 5 September 2012 Leader Richard Kolarski S T4 F4 3345 9543

Lower Bellbird Circuit (Binna Burra)


Sunday, 16 September 2012 Leader John Morris A graded track walk. M T4 F4 3277 3253

An easy walk doing a large circuit on roads and walking tracks in the Venman Bushland, Neville Lawrie Reserve and Daisy Hill Parks. There will be practice with GPS's and map reading on this walk but let me know beforehand so that I can bring along any required equipment. The walk starts from the end of Leo Lindo Drive at 7.00am.

Mt Cooee and Tunbubudla (Glasshouse Mts)


Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Leader Richard Kolarski M T5 F4 3345 9543

An easy exploratory walk up and around a couple of minor peaks in the Glasshouse Mountains. Will do Mt Cooee first, a small peak next to Tibrogargan. Then a short drive to Mt Tunbubudla and will do a walk around the base of the East peak. Wear protective clothing as there may be scunge on the off track sections. Meeting at the Samford patisserie at 7.00am

Pilgrimage
Friday to Sunday, 7 9 September 2012 See Newsletter for details.

Gold Creek Reserve (Brookfield)


Wednesday, 12 September 2012 Leader Richard Kolarski M T5 F4 3345 9543

Flinders Goolman Walk (Ipswich)


Saturday, 22 September 2012 Leader Helen McAllister L T4 F5 3844 4866

A moderate walk along forestry roads plus a bit of off track to test out those GPS/compass skills. A point to note is that the Gold Creek Dam was the first in the world to have a concrete stepped spillway. Wear protective clothing as there may be scunge on the unexplored off track section. The walk will be starting from the Gold Creek Reservoir at the end of Gold Creek Road at 7.00am.

This walk covers a 19km section of the Boonah to Ipswich trail and will involve a car shuttle between Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum picnic areas. Most of the walk will be on a graded track, but may involve some steep sections, with some good views as reward.

Boyds Butte (Currumbin) Lizard Point via Mt Bell (Boonah)


Saturday, 15 September 2012 Leader David Kenrick Off track walking up to Lizard Point. M T5 F5 3349 8238 Sunday, 23 September 2012 Leader Richard Kolarski S T5 F4 3345 9543

A mostly off track walk going up Boyds Butte and coming down a different way. Some sections are steep and loose plus there may be some scunge, so wear protective clothing. Not a long walk but steep and rugged in places. Terrific views of the Gold Coast area from the jagged tops of Boyds Butte. Meeting at Sunnybank Hills 6.30am.

Green Gully Track T/W (NSW)


15 -20 September ex Brisbane Leader Cost: $120 Petrol money: Because of the distance, there will be special cost-sharing arrangements The Green Gully Track is a 4-day walking experience set up recently by the NSW NPWS, and is situated in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park between Armidale and Port Macquarie (Walcha is the closest town). Overnight stops are in former stockmen's huts which have been set up like standard basic New Zealand tramping huts, i.e. they have bunks with mattresses, gas and some cooking gear, so tents and mattresses don't have to be carried. The hut at the end of Day 2 also has a hot shower. The night before and after the walk is in a house with home comforts like electricity and hot showers. The walk is not easy and is for experienced throughwalkers only. A day-by-day summary is as follows: Day 1: 17.4 km, 6.5 hours, undulating and on a fire trail. Neil Douglas There is 1 vacancy caused by a cancellation. L T6 F5 3875 1090

Bunya Mts Base Camp


Fri to Mon, 28 September to 1 October 2012 Leader Patricia Kolarski M T4 F4 3341 7509

Camping out at Bunya Mts so bring along some warm gear. The walks will be along graded tracks.

Message from BWQ


Members may have seen publicity about the product, the Rescue Red Laser Flare. After discussion with a Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) officer the advice is as follows: - The product is not approved for use in Australia - There are concerns about the effect of the laser light on the crew of search aircraft. Therefore AMSA does not encourage the use of these devices.

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Past Walks
Somerset Trail
23 June 2012 On a fine June morning, five other QBW members joined me on the Somerset Trail, a 13klm graded track in the Mt Mee region of D'Aguilar National Park. The weather was mild when we left the carpark at Samford, but when we arrived at the Gantry, the wind had picked up a bit and it felt more wintry. Luckily, we were sheltered somewhat as we walked through the eucalypt & scribbly gum forest, & the remains of the rainforest. The creeks we passed on the way had a lot more water in them since I was last there as few years ago, and some were a beautiful but mysterious aquamarine colour. Halfway along, we stopped for morning tea on the western escarpment and to enjoy the views of Somerset & Wivenhoe Dam. But without the forest to shelter us, we soon felt the effects of the winds, and stayed only briefly before we were on our way. Back at the Gantry, we sat down for lunch in the shadow of the old sawmill, before heading back to Samford for coffee. Thanks & credits to Norm for his photographic expertise, Barbara for sharing her horticultural knowledge, Sandy for her ornithological expertise, Margaret for enlightening us with her friend classification system and Karina for leading the way safely back (demonstrating her leadership potential). And of course, to all for their great company. Gerry.

discussion it was decided to have lunch and exit to steamer creek early along the ridge just north of steamer saddle. I thought if we kept going over Mt. Steamer it would probably by very late by the time we got back to the car and the long drive home. After resting for lunch we headed west along the ridge and soon picked up an old snig track that led us back to streamer creek and the road back to the car. Even though we didnt do what we planned it was still a good walk and I thank Margie, Gerry and Bob for coming along. Dave Kenrick

Spicers Peak

28 July 2012

Spicers Peak looks very formidable especially walking up it from Governors Chair. The cliff face is steep and it seems unlikely that there would be a way up near the top. I had heard stories from other bushwalkers that there was some exposure and that a bushwalker had fallen to his death there a few years back. That had put me off doing it for the last twenty years. However it was time to bite the bullet and get it over and done with. I had scared off one potential walker by giving them the facts However when Mary rang, she was full of enthusiasm and then Michael joined in. The walk was on! We met up at Aratula and drove up to Spicers Gap. There was a cold wind blowing so we didn't waste time at the start. After admiring the view from Governors Chair we followed a foot pad which lead us to the ridge going up Spicers Peak. It was evident that some other walkers had done this recently. When we came to the first 'vertical bit I could see that they had come straight down. So up I went, grimly holding on to little wisps of grass and not trying to look down at the long drop below. To my surprise, the others followed me and made it up without a mishap.

Davies Ridge

24 June 2012

My original intention for this walk was to walk east on Davies Ridge to the edge of the Main Range and then south to Mt. Steamer and west around the Steamers rock formation and dropping down to Steamers Creek and back to the car to complete the circuit, but it didnt quite work out that way. I only had three other starters for the walk so we all piled into the Max for a very early start and long drive to the Emu Creek road. As we turned down the road past the old sawmill sight there were signs of recent logging activity and when we stopped at the back of Davies Ridge there was a fresh snig track bulldozed around the side of the ridge. The clubs G.P.S. wasnt working so reverting to the old manual method we set off up the ridge to find that the new snig track came back to the nose of the ridge and we followed this right to the top of the western knoll. The logging does not extend far along the ridge and we were soon pushing our east towards the edge of the main range. A razor back section along the way afforded some very good views of the streamers after stopping for some photo opportunities we continued on as the ridge widens and climbs towards the edge of the range. Recent wet years and no burn offs has meant a lot of regrowth and although the grass was not long it was thick so we stuck to an old track to make progress easier. This track led into a large patch of bracken which looks pretty innocuous at the start but we were soon buried over our heads in the stuff and pushing our way through is both time consuming and exhausting. Finally breaking through we climbed to the top of the knoll at the edge of the range for well earned but belated morning tea break. After morning tea we headed south to the next knoll through another extensive patch of bracken. Id remembered this from the first time Id walked this part of the range back in the mid 1980s and it was still just as bad. The trouble is if you stick to the eastern side of the ridge you have to push through bracken and if stay on the western side which is bordered by rainforest there is less bracken but you have to deal with barbed wire vine, raspberry and the more than occasional small gympie tree. The choice is between the devil and the deep blue sea. After what seemed like an eternity of pushing through this crap we started to climb to the next knoll but all of us except little Bob were starting to tire and slow down. By this time it was nearly midday and we still had to cross steamers saddle and climb the 270 metres or so to Mt. Steamer which was going to take another hour or so. After a group

Spicers Peak

The next vertical bit came and again I clutched at whatever pebbles and grass I could to help me up. The others followed and we even had time to take a photo. Near the summit of East Peak we skirted round to get to a gully which beside being steep and loose, also had some stinging nettle to check our mettle. Finally at East Peak we took in the views and had a short break. We followed a walking pad to West Peak. However we lost the pad soon after trying to find our descent point down a western ridge. We did some circling and back tracking till we found it. We had lunch on a rock, out of the cold wind and in the sun and it was bliss. We could see Spicers Lodge through the trees and on checking my GPS it was in the wrong direction. It had me befuddled until my memory clicked that there were areas round Spicers Peak where the rocks had a lot of iron affecting compasses. This was easily checked when I pulled out my compass and found it gave different directions for north depending where I lay it on the rock. The way back to the cars was via an open ridge and dirt roads. It was a long day but we had another mountain under our belt. Many, many thanks to Mary and Michael for coming along and sharing this day. Richard

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Queensland Bushwalkers Club 2012 Photo Competition

I would like to give you my Presidents Report for 2012. It has been very busy year with Day Walks, Through Walks, Social Walks, Abseiling, Bike Riding, Base Camps, Overnight Walks, extended Walks and a number of Training Days. We can be proud of this number of activities, and would like to thank all the Leaders whether you lead more than 20 walks or lead 1 walk it all helps. A total of 167 activities were held this year which is an increase of 25% on last year. These were made up of 138 day walks including Richard's Wednesday Walks, 12 Base Camps, 5 social outings, 3 extended trips, 1 training day. I would like to thank Richard who has lead more than 20 walks, Dave Kenrick who has lead 11 & John Brunott who has lead 10 and all the rest of you who lead walks of which there were 77 walks lead by 22 leaders. 9 through walks, 4 abseils, 2 walks planning days and

Presidents Report 2012

The Queensland Bushwalkers Club Photo Competition is on again. Entries of digital images only. Sorry, no prints. Images must have been taken on a Queensland Bushwalkers Club event since the November meeting 2011. There are 3 categories: Pictorial: Photographs of any broad natural scene. Pictorial photographs can include for example creeks, seascapes, waterfalls, mountains, rocky outcrops, and clouds Nature: Photographs depicting flora or fauna, excluding domestic animals. This category should also exclude evidence of man. Examples of nature photographs are birds, animals, native flowers, forest, fungi, reptiles, insects etc Club Character: Photographs showing one or more people participating in a bushwalking type of activity and can be humorous as well as serious. 5 entries allowed per category per member (limit of 15 in total). Photos must be saved as a JPEG image file with no compression. Make them the maximum resolution from your camera and they will be resized to suit viewing. The images may be produced from a digital camera or a scanned image of a print or slide. Photos must be submitted on a CD or DVD, or USB Memory Stick (named, which can be returned). Please do not email your entries. Each entry photo needs to be titled as follows: Name_Title_Location_Category_Image Number.jpg eg. Patricia Kolarski_MtNorman_GirraweenNP_Nature_1.jpg Photos must be titled this way or the entries cannot be identified. Hand your entries to Patricia Kolarski or post them to 74 Kallista Road, Rochedale, 4123 by the November Club meeting 2012. The winners will be announced at the Club Xmas Party. Besides the winners in each category which will be decided by a panel of judges, there will also be the People's Choice award. Any questions call Patricia on 3341 7509.

This is a great effort by all of you who have given up time to organise and participate in all these events. These activities were lead by 23 Leaders, out of 105 members which is around 24% of our total membership which is almost a quarter of our members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Leaders who gave up their time to lead walks or other activities. If it wasnt for Leaders like you the walks would not have gone ahead. In the 2012 -2013 year we need to increase the number of Leaders which will mean more walks doesnt matter if the walks are on tracks they are just as interesting as those walks off track as well as submitting reports on walks for the newsletter. This is important as members like to read these reports. Membership is up slightly on 2011 when QBW had 97 members. In 2012 we reached 100 members and we now have 105 members which is an increase of around 8% on 2011. QBW is has a verity of walks that suits all walkers so I encourage you all to introduce a new member especially younger members to the club as we are all getting older. This year we saw the termination of Abseiling which was brought on by all the politics involved in maintaining a club that has abseiling as one on their outings. We as a committee this year decided to hold membership fees to $30 for this financial year. 2012 though the committee saw no need to increase fees so that is why they were held over for another 12 months. The new committee will look at the fees for 2013 and notifying members early in the year if there is to be an increase. I would like to see more members become active in the club and hold a position on the committee as some of the current committee members have been on the committee for more than three years, so we need to see some new blood with possible new ideas. One objective for 2012 -2013 is to introduce more members this way fees will stay low please we can offer leader training days and see more members leading walks. Finally I would like to thank the committee of 2011 - 2012 who put there best foot forward at all times to ensure the club ran smoothly. Without a good committee, a club cannot operate properly. The QBW committee has been totally committed and that is one reason why QBW is one of the number one clubs in SE Queensland. I would like to thank Mary and Noelene and the other members who assisted with the supply of supper for our Club Meetings. This is appreciated for it allows new members to meet current members. I would like to also thank Lynn who have organised social functions such as social walks, social nights out and so on. Finally I would like to thank all the Leaders for leading walks in 2011-12. Without making this commitment as leaders QBW would not be the club it is. Gil Gunthorpe

Threatened Species Day - 7 September


Friday 7 September is National Threatened Species Day and Wildlife Queensland will be one of the participants in this years BIG event in Brisbanes Queen St Mall, featuring live animals, wildlife activities and presentations. National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year - commemorating the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

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