Saturday, May 17, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Posts here are about Victoria or sometimes other parts of Australia. This time though the news is global. The IUCN, the largest conservation organisation in the world, is holding its ten yearly Congress in Sydney in November.
The Congress is split into eight streams, one of which is Improving health and well-being - Healthy Parks, Healthy People that Parks Victoria are organising along with the US Parks Service. PV are, as we see through the TrailRider lens, Australian leaders in terms of Access in parks and now they, and their tagline Healthy Parks Healthy People, will be on the world stage.
|Kathryn, Bill and me at re-Public in Castlemaine as seen|
Last week Bill Jackson (CEO) and Kathryn Campbell, who is co-ordinating the stream, came for lunch in Castlemaine to plan how Ros and I and the TrailRider would be involved in events in Sydney. There will be a TrailRider, maybe several, shipped to Sydney. There will be presentations with TrailRider(s) on stage, conference sessions, a Pop Up Park with sherpa-rangers from around the world ("sherpas in kilts?" was my response)....
It was a great pleasure to meet Bill in person and hear his history (was vice chair of IUCN) and the strength of his passion. Meeting Kathryn, who has such a huge job, and whose life it turns out intersects with mine in extraordinary ways was a pleasure.
Lastly though, I feel honoured and excited to be involved in this venture.
For the Facies among you here is your chance to spread the love:
Like the IUCN Congress page
Like Parks Victoria
Friday, May 2, 2014
|Two TrailRiders and 10 green-shirted sherpas - from the left:|
Kriss, Richard, Gilda, Chris, Joanne, Graeme, Kim, Rodney,
Letitia and Claire. Tammy at the end is a ranger.
This is my chance to tell you more about them - to see the kind of folk that have considered doing this and for to figure out if you too might don a green shirt one day.
All told there were 10 graduates, people who would now be registered officially as Parks Victoria volunteers and trained to push (or pull)
To confuse things Ros and I both wanted green shirts. Katherine Dyson on the left co-ordinates the volunteers and Tammy at the other end is a Grampians ranger. Naomi rode the second chair.
Kriss says "I am a really keen rock climber and the amazing environment of the Grampians/Gariwerd is the reason that my wife and I chose to move here a few years ago. The TrailRider gives me a unique opportunity to share this amazing place and the experience it offers with more people"
Gilda and Graeme are married Gilda is RuralAccess coordinator for Central Grampians, loves walking in the area and is very happy to share this experience as a Sherpa. Graeme has worked on rebuilding tracks in the Grampians and has extensive knowledge of the area, including fauna and flora.
Rodney and Joanne are also married. Joanne became involved with the TrailRider in 2011 when Rodney and she went to the Grampians with Ros, Dave and their family and were part of an epic trip to Boronia Peak. They live at Burnbank (50km north west of Ballarat). Rodney is a mechanical engineer. Interests - Anything mechanic always had a desire to assist aged and disabled persons(both personally and in employment capacity)- to share in the magical place where we live. The TrailRiders are such a great innovative way to do this.
Claire loves being in the great out doors and experiencing beautiful places ... It gives her a sense of peace and perspective. It will be amazing to be part of a team to enable others to experience this too.
al, grape growing, wine growing / making, walking, motorcycling, sailing and snowboarding (!)
Chris says "I am a retiree and a member of a bushwalking club and would be delighted to share my love of the outdoors with people who are unable to do so without assistance"
Kim lives next to the Grampians, Pomonal, and has
Thursday, May 1, 2014
|Mitchell being strapped in|
I'll let Gilda tell the story "About 35 people attended the launch including people with mobility issues, families and service providers. People who would normally not be able to enjoy the bush had the opportunity to have that experience using the TrailRider.
The best thing that happened on the day was a family who just happened to be visiting the area with their 11 year old son who uses a wheelchair, came over to have a chat about this ‘strange wheelchair’. What a great opportunity to take a young boy out for a 1 klm walk around the park. His Mum and big brother and some “sherpa’s” loaded him into the TrailRider and off we went.
|"Look Ma, we can do steps"|
Of all the many TrailRider moments I have witnessed this was the most joyful, the most heart-warming.
To see a family that thought they would never hike together again realise that they could. A 12 year old rider makes the sherpa's job easier too.
Have they been back I wonder?