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April 2012

South Kobble Creek

Club News
Abseiling
At the 27/3/2012 committee meeting the following motions were passed. That QBW no longer conduct abseil events. That any QBW abseil gear be sold, given away or destroyed and Trevor Davern is authorised to do so. Before the committee meeting there had been continuing discussion among committee members on abseil gear, abseil policy and procedures and litigation issues. There was also the issue of more expense to the Club as some abseil gear may have had to be retired immediately and new gear purchased to replace it. As only a minority of members abseil, QBW had utilised a “user pays” system so that anyone using Club abseil gear paid for the use of them. Abseil gear is not eligible for any grants so QBW members would have borne the full cost of the equipment. Also present at the meeting was Anne Kemp who gave input about what Brisbane Bushwalkers Club were doing. Eventually it was felt that with the size of our club, continuing with abseil events was not viable. It would take an enormous amount of time and effort by a limited number of members plus more expenditure by QBW to continue abseil events and maintain equipment, beside the work necessary to develop our own policy and procedures and risk assessment on abseiling. It was felt that as a bushwalking club, committee efforts would be better spent concentrating on bushwalking only. There are several alternatives available for QBW members if they wish to continue abseiling or learn about abseiling. Members can organise abseils privately or members could join FMR or another organisation that teaches abseiling. QBW will notify members of any such events. QBW walks which require rope assistance to negotiate difficult terrain will continue to go ahead.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Thursday 26 April 2012
Venue The Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, 7.00pm Cost $33.00 It is set seating so we need to book and pay before the event, as it would be nice to sit together. Closing date for bookings will be the 3rd April (club meeting). Lynn is the contact person and money collector. More information at http://banffaustralia.com.au/index.html

First Aid Course

14 July 2012

Any member who wishes to do the First Aid course or update their CPR will need to book online and prepay on line or over the phone. Cost $140.00 for the First Aid Course and $55 for just CPR. Book online for the Fortitude Valley venue in Brisbane and you will be sent a confirmation of booking. There is only one course booked for the 14th of July so the people doing First Aid would be together. Anyone wanting to do just CPR would however be in another room. Go to the St John Ambulance website for booking For any walk leader who has led 5 walks or more in the previous Club year the subsidy is 100% of the cost, while for other walk leaders it is 50%. Regards David Haliczer

Laminated Great Walk Maps
The Club now has 6 of the Queensland Great walks laminated. They are; Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Fraser Island, Cooloola, Gold Coast Hinterland, Carnarvon and Conondale. If any Club member would like to use the maps, please contact the equipment officer on 3345 9543.

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General Information
Meeting Place
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. President Secretary Treasurer

The Management Committee
Gil Gunthorpe Trevor Davern Marion Laban John Hinton John Brunott David Kenrick Geraldine Burton Richard Kolarski Lynn Nicol David Haliczer 0408 980 694 0411 512 202 0405 536 718 3343 3724(H) 0448 761 097 3349 8238(H) 3376 9454(H) 3345 9543(H) 3219 6228(H) 0432 901 030 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 waiver form. There is no fee payable to become a Probationary Member. However 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) of the applicant, the leader of the walk that the applicant is on, the Membership Officer at a Club meeting or if the Membership Officer is not available, one of the committee members. An Ordinary Member has the right to vote at an AGM or be elected to a committee position. A Probationary Member has neither of these rights. 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 Maggie Samootin Noelene McCay Gil Gunthorpe Richard Kolarski 3345 9543(H) 0419 739 500 3889 0264(H) 0408 980 694 3345 9543(H)

Campsite Monitors
John Brunott Kerry de Clauzel Ann Kemp Richard Kolarski John Shera John & Julie Shera Ballows, Paddys Knob Throakban, Barney Gorge and Lower Portals Spicers Peak (east & west) Running Creek Falls Panorama Point Mt Superbus & Rabbit Fence Jct Lower Panorama

Editors Pic

Club Equipment
Compasses Topo Maps Steripen First Aid Kits suitable for training purposes laminated for protection suitable for remote through walks Large kits suitable for Base Camps

Emergency lights and UHF Radios The above are for free use by members. Contact the Equipment Officer, Richard on 3345 9543 if you would like the use of any of the items. 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. Members will need to sign for them See Richard at the meeting or phone him on 3345 9543 Back Pack for Hire Bivy Bags For Sale $5.00 charge $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.
Steve at Branch Creek

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. Library Books These are brought to Club meetings. Members may borrow books for free after signing in for them. The books should be returned by the next meeting if possible.

To negotiate round a waterfall on Branch Creek, members had to slip through this slit in a rock. Luckily Steve had been to Jenny Craig's.

New Members
Lorraine Risely As at 27/3/2012 we have 104 financial members

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Special Coming Events
Annual Shepherds Walk
Saturday 21st July 2012 Sponsored by Beaudesert Historical Society Inc. Tele/Fax: (07) 5541 3740. Email: hsb@hotkey.net.au Intending walkers must register their names by 18th July with the Society. Business Hours: 10.00am to 2.00pm Daily. Except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Walkers must assemble at the Historical Society Complex, located at the corner of Brisbane St and McKee St Beaudesert by 8.00am on the morning of the walk to check in, pay and sign the Disclaimer Form. It is preferable that Leaders of Bush Walking Clubs have their members complete the Disclaimer Form or their own Club’s Disclaimer Form prior to checking in and paying. Children under Fourteen Years and under must be accompanied by an adult and his/her name included on the Disclaimer Form, signed for by person responsible. Buses will leave the Society Complex at 8.30am and travel to Christmas Creek to view the Monument erected in memory of the Chinese shepherds killed in the skirmish. A short address will be given here on the Historical significance of the day. The walk will start in Christmas Creek and walkers will walk over the Jinbroken Range and down to the Washpool on the Albert River in the Kerry Valley Walkers must check their name with the society representative stationed at the river crossing. On the grounds adjacent to the crossing, Society members and members of the Restored Auto Club will have everything ready for walkers and non-walkers to enjoy a real Aussie BBQ sausage sizzle, with toast, tea, coffee, cordial and freshly cooked damper and syrup. Marquees and huge shady gum trees will provide lots of shade. Buses will return to Historical Complex at approximately 2.30pm.

Reciprocal Walks with Other Clubs
After recent emails with other bushwalking clubs, below is the list of responses. The newest addition is BOSQ who recently voted on reciprocal arrangements with other bushwalking clubs. 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/ Family Bushwalkers There is a $5 temporary membership fee per adult. Phone: (07) 3878 3293 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 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 Gold Coast Bushwalkers Gold Coast Bushwalkers may admit as honorary members financial members of bushwalking clubs which are affiliated with BWQ, or recognised overseas club of like nature when visiting the Gold Coast for the duration of their visit. This dispensation will be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

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 Early Bird Until 31/7/2012 - $36 After 31/7/2012 - $42 We are also offering a Tasty Spit Roast Dinner on Saturday night for $18.50 (BYO drinks) The cost for the weekend includes: Camping, Hot Showers, Friday Night Soup, Tea, Coffee & Nibbles all weekend, Bushwalks from hard to easy, Bush band “Stone the Crows”, and Sunday Morning 'Sausage Sizzle'. For more info and booking see our web http://pilgrimage2012.weebly.com/index.html site Contacts Hilary Riley 0415 526 910 & Betty Murray 0408 129 241 7th – 9th September 2012

BWQ Track Maintenance
So far this year BWQ members have not been able to do any proper maintenance work on the tracks due to wet weather. However, we have done one "inspection patrol" on the Shipstern Track and reported a couple of minor tree falls to the rangers. With Easter coming up, it would be good if most of the popular tracks at Lamington could be inspected just prior to Easter and any obstructions reported to the rangers. If any bushwalkers would be available to walk the tracks, either privately or on a club walk, and report any problem direct to the rangers, it would be appreciated. If possible, please take a digital camera to photograph the obstructions, and email direct to the ranger, contact below. Include a person (or your pack) in the photo so the scale of the object can be determined, and provide details of the location. Note: Bushwalking club members are permitted to clear minor obstructions such as small limbs and other debris from the track, provided it is safe to do so. Any large heavy fallen timber is best left to the chainsaw crew. Contact: Greg Baikaloff Ranger QPWS – DERM Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Section Ph 07 5533 3584 greg.baikaloff@derm.qld.gov.au

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

Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation has opened bookings for their very popular 8 day Highlights Tour. This all-inclusive guided walking tour is limited to 16 places. Led by experienced guides the tour departs Perth on 10th September 2012 in the midst of WA’s wildflower season. All inclusive cost: $2,450 (twin share) For more information go to www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au

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Past Walks
South Kobble Creek
14 January 2012 South Kobble Creek is in D'Aguilar National Park and has several waterfalls and cascades along its course. My plan was to follow the creek downstream all the way from near Mt Tenison Woods to civilisation down below.

Mt Joyce

South Kobble Creek

Ten of us met up at Samford and we did the first lengthy car shuttle, leaving two cars at the end of the walk. We then piled into the other two cars and drove up to Mt Glorious and parked at the start of the Lepidozamia Track. While there we met a group of bushwalkers from BBW who were also doing South Kobble Creek but via a different route. After passing through the National Park gate we turned off to the old disused road that led towards the Piper Comanche. We then turned off again down a walking pad which dropped into a tributary of South Kobble. This creek had some small waterfalls and we slowly made our way down, around or through them. The creek had been scoured clean by heavy rain and I found some parts of the creek were unrecognisable from my previous walk only a few months ago. It was so bad that I completely missed the junction where the tributary actually entered South Kobble Creek proper. As the route was all downstream it didn't really matter but it was like walking down a completely different creek. We came to a high waterfall and the usual track down on the side had all collapsed. We had to make our way down over loose rocks and steep rock walls, but luckily we all made it safely down. At lunch time we came upon the BBW group having a swim in a pool at the bottom of another set of falls. They had come down via a ridge and now had the walk up the creek. By a strange quirk of fate, there was a member in my group and a member in the BBW group who were school mates of mine. We had not seen each other for 42 years! We had a chat about our school teachers and what we had been up to. From these falls the walk now was flatter and easier. We continued on till we came to a gazetted road and exited to where the cars were parked. A small group drove on up to Mt Glorious to pick up the other cars there while the rest enjoyed a very lengthy afternoon tea break. Many thanks to all who came, including two visitors from another club, Greg and Kerry. Richard

This leads onto a service road for a network of mountain bike tracks in the area and we followed this for about three quarters of the way up, having frequent rests to cool off a little. After leaving the service road the ridge steepens and narrows and we climbed to a rocky knoll for the morning tea break. Unfortunately there is quite a few of a very thorny bush growing along the ridge and a few of us had bloodied arms after brushing past. Definitely a plant to avoid if possible. After morning tea a short steep climb brought us to the top of the mountain where we rested and enjoyed the great views. It was too early for lunch so headed off down the descent ridge along a well defined track with plenty of tree markers to assist. A turn off down a side ridge brought us on to another service road and rejoined the mountain bike tracks and followed this road back to the dam lake and a grassy clearing where we stopped for lunch. From here it was only about a 3 Km. Walk back to the car park but unfortunately this section is rather boring with the last few hundred metres along the bitumen road in front of the dam wall being particularly oppressive in the heat. Back at the car my inbuilt car thermometer was reading 38 degrees so it was with great relief to be heading back to Beaudesert for refreshments. Thanks to all those who participated. David Kenrick 4 February 2012

Branch Creek

Branch Creek is in Bellthorpe National Park and has a reputation with Club members. Several years ago John B had led a walk there which became an endurance test as a recent storm had littered the creek with fallen trees. Another attempt by John had to be abandoned as the creek was too wet and slippery from rain the previous days. More recently I had attempted to descend the creek but I was only able to get halfway down. High waterfalls and lantana on the banks had stopped me from completing the walk.

Mt Joyce

21 January 2012

I had a good turn out for my first walk of 2012 and after meeting at McDonalds in Beaudesert to pool the transport we set off for the short drive to the car park at the new Wyaralong Dam. There is a good view of Mt. Joyce looking across the lake from the car park and our route up and down the mountain could easily be discerned. There is only about a 400 metre climb to the top but at this time of year through open forest it can become very hot. I was hoping for a bit of light rain to cool things off but this was not to be and we headed off along the road in front of the dam wall in perfect weather and the heat rapidly building.
Branch Creek

This time I would be ascending the creek. There were five other adventurous members with me as we met up at Woodford and then drove on to the nearby park.

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Branch Creek is a tributary of Stony Creek and after crossing Stony Creek above the large swim hole we began the walk going up Branch Creek. The rocks were slippery and we had to criss-cross the creek several times. Also waterfalls along the way slowed us down as we had to find a way to get past them. Some of the waterfalls which were a series of cascades, required that you had to cross on one side and then cross over the other side for the next cascade. After several hours we came to the site of a large landslide. It looked like half the mountain slope had collapsed. The runoff from it had created sandy beaches downstream. We had to scramble up and over the landslide mound to get to the base of another waterfall. After a difficult piece of negotiating round the falls we had lunch at the top. By this time the creek had sapped our energy and it was decided to ascend the ridge to the dirt road which would lead us back. Luckily we found a dry creek gully that we were able to follow upwards and so avoid the lantana. We had afternoon tea at Woodford and Branch Creek kept its reputation. Richard

Love and Cedar Creek

12 February 2012

Summer is the time to do creek walks, so this is another classic one in D'Aguilar National Park. Seven of us met up at Samford and my logistic expertise was stretched to the limit as I tried to organise the car shuttle, where the dry clothes were to go and who was going to have morning coffee. Finally, all was done and we drove up to Mt Glorious. Barely had we started the Lepidozamia Track then we detoured off down a small gully, the headwaters of Love Creek. We kept to the creek bank as much as possible in the early section but this allowed the leeches in the vegetation to get a good drop of bushwalkers blood. It improved when we finally walked in the creek as there seemed to be fewer leeches there. There was no possibility of us getting lost as it was all downstream. The first time to get our boots completely immersed in the water was the worst and then it became straight forward to walk in the creek rather than trying to walk on slippery rocks. The recent rains had swollen the creek and there were several side creeks which looked impressive and worthy of being followed up on a later walk. The falls on the side creek up to Alex road were in full flow. There were two waterfalls that we had to negotiate around by going through the bush as it wasn't possible to continue in the creek without a compulsory swim. Everyone made it safely even though we had to scramble up some loose steep banks.

Cronan's Cascades

5 February 2012

We ended up being a group of sixteen keen walkers, including some first-timers and returnees. After the rain that had been hanging around for the past few weeks we were pleasantly surprised to have a lovely fine day, not too hot but warm enough that we enjoyed having to paddle through several causeways and creek crossings. After the heart-starter over Yellowpinch the rest of the walk was relatively level. Early morning tea at Campsite 10 (some of the logs we used to sit on have gone missing!!) and then on along the firetrail. Heavy machinery had been in recently to fix a land slip along the roadway. The pythons were out sunbaking and we passed five on our way to the cascades. Probably missing more we didn't see hidden in the grass.

Cronan's Cascades

Love Creek

The creek just below the waterfall was about 30cm higher than usual and the banks had been scoured out. We all managed to wade and rock hop up to the pool below the falls and we spent a while enjoying the ambience. Helen M. was prepared for a swim but resisted the temptation. All except one of the snakes had moved off the path for our return but we were all on high alert. Lunch at a lovely rocky creek crossing. A big pool beside the crossing again did not entice anyone to jump in. Back to the cars in good time to plan a coffee break at McCafe in Beauie. Surprised to see that it was 34 degrees at the Yellowpinch carpark. It felt warm but not that hot! Thanks so much to my fellow walkers for their company. A special thanks to the drivers John M., Neville, Marion and Helen M. Patricia Kolarski

We finally arrived at the top of Love Creek Falls and had a short rest on the dry slabby rocks there. At the bottom of the falls we had a look at the narrow cleft where the falls came down. After the falls the creek was flatter and opened up. As we neared our end point we came upon almost a hundred people at the Cedar Creek pools. It was quite a shock to us as we had got used to having the creek all to ourselves. Back at the cars it was bedlam. All the locals going for a swim had caused a minor traffic jam by parking on both sides on the narrow bitumen road. I had never seen so many people at Cedar Creek. Some of our group stayed at the Samford patisserie while three members went back to pick up the cars left at Mt Glorious. Luckily Gerry made it back to the patisserie before it closed, so that she did not miss out on her coffee. Many thanks to all who came along and made this day so memorable. Richard

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Anaphylaxis – First Aid Management
Introduction Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention. Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system. A severe allergic reaction usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure to the trigger. It is characterised by rapidly developing airway and / or breathing and / or circulation problems usually associated with skin and mucosal changes. Many substances can cause anaphylaxis but the most common are: • • • foods (especially nuts, eggs and seafood) drugs (e.g. penicillin) venom of stinging animals (e.g. bees, wasps or ants).

First Aid Courses
The main courses offered by St John Ambulance Australia are: Emergency First Aid (also known as Workplace Level 1) Provides the skills to manage emergency first aid situations, including managing the unconscious casualty, performing CPR, controlling bleeding and managing other life threatening situations. It is suitable to both people in workplaces and members of the public who want to be able to manage an emergency first aid situation. Apply First Aid (also known as Senior First Aid or Workplace Level 2) The first aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations, providing care for the ill or injured until medical aid arrives. It is suitable to both people in workplaces and members of the public who want training in first aid. The Apply First Aid qualification remains current for three years. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) This course provides the skills to recognise and then manage a casualty who is unconscious and is not breathing. CPR is a life saving technique which can sustain life until an ambulance arrives. A CPR refresher program should be undertaken every 12 months. Occupational First Aid (also known as Workplace Level 3) The most advanced St John course, specifically designed for people employed as Occupational First Aiders and those aspiring to be employed as one. It covers Advanced First Aid as well as maintaining first aid equipment and resources. Entry to this course requires a current Senior First Aid certificate. This qualification remains current for three years. Caring For Kids This course is designed to meet the first aid needs of parents, grandparents, carers in the child care industry and members of the public who may be entrusted with the care of babies and children. Remote Area First Aid This course is designed to meet the first aid needs of bushwalkers, climbers, canyoners, cavers, 4WD enthusiasts, outdoor/adventure instructors, wilderness guides, scout leaders or people who work and live in remote locations. This qualification remains current for three years, during which time a recertification course must be completed. Sports First Aid This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an effective sports injury prevention program, and give competent first aid to the ill or injured until medical aid arrives in a sporting environment. The course has been developed in accordance with the Sports Industry Trainers Package.

Recognition Anaphylaxis encompasses a variety of symptoms and signs. Diagnosis is largely based on history and physical findings. Onset can range from minutes to hours of exposure to a substance Symptoms and signs are highly variable and may include • • • • • • • • • difficult / noisy breathing wheeze or persistent cough swelling of face and tongue swelling / tightness in throat difficulty talking and /or hoarse voice loss of consciousness and / or collapse pale and floppy (young children) abdominal pain and vomiting hives, welts and body redness.

Management People with diagnosed allergies should avoid all trigger agents and have a readily accessible anaphylaxis action plan and medical alert device. The injection of adrenaline is the first line drug treatment in life threatening anaphylaxis. People who have suffered a prior episode of anaphylaxis often have prescribed medication including adrenaline in the form of an auto-injector. Parent s and carers who administer adrenaline to children by way of an auto-injector can do so safely and effectively.

An old version of a 0.3 mg EpiPen auto-injector

If the victim’s symptoms and signs suggest anaphylaxis the following steps should be followed. • • • • • • • • Prevent further exposure to the triggering agent if possible Child less than 5 years - 0.15 mg intramuscular injection. Older than 5 years - 0.3mg intramuscular injection Call an ambulance (Dial Triple Zero - 000) Allow the victim to assume a position of comfort. Administer oxygen and / or asthma medication for respiratory symptoms. Further adrenaline should be given if no response after five minutes. If breathing stops begin CPR

The Flinders Karawatha Corridor
A sixty km bushland corridor from Karawatha forest (Brisbane southern suburbs), through Greenbank Army Reserve to Flinders Peak (near Ipswich) and down to the Wyaralong Dam (near Boonah) has been protected by legislation recently. The corridor will be managed by the South East Queensland Regional Implementation Group – a partnership of government and private agencies. The management plan is scheduled for preparation by April 2012. This will be followed by determining how the publicly owned lands will be managed in the long term. The South East Queensland Regional Implementation Group is seeking ideas and views on the management plan for this corridor. Contact the Secretariat on (07) 5451 2281, email for further information or visit the Department of Environment and Resource Management website. Page 6 of 6

From Australian Resuscitation Council

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