Saturday, December 20, 2014

13, 14, 15, 30,000

Front sherpa and rider are sister and brother Jones. Father
Mark Jones is in the blue shirt accompanied (l to r) by
Wendy Affleck NPWS Visitor Centre Manager
Michael Wright Head of Parks NSW and
Mr Mark Speakman (MLA for Cronulla)

Three new TrailRiders launched on Tuesday in NSW, and 30,000 page views on this blog. 

Let's get the page views out of the way first. We bloggers hold page views very close to our hearts. They are a token of the mark we have made in the world - how many people's attention we have got. It's all a bit self-serving really but I can side step because this is not primarily about me but rather about the TrailRider.

The first 10,000 took 4 years to March 2014. The next 10,000 took 5 months to August. This 10,000 took 4. Things are ramping up. 

Now for those NSW chairs.

Parks NSW has bought three chairs and the launch took place on Tuesday. They had been hanging out for the State Minister to have space in his schedule but finally decided to publish and be damned. Sadly the woman at NSWP who made it all happen, Christina Bullivant, could not be there but Michael Wright, the head of parks was. Also the Jones family about whom we will hear much more in the New Year. For now just take a peek at Have Wheelchair Will Travel to see why.
Brendan (with his dad Mark) obviously liked it

Two of the TrailRiders will be permanently assigned to Dorrigo National Park and Kamay Botany Bay National Park, closer to the city. The third will "float" but Christina just took it down to Kosciuszko where it will be for a while.

Check the Directory for all contact details. As with all the other chairs these will be free to use.

Do your Facebook duty and Like the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Page


  1. This is awesome Dave - what a way to wrap up the year.... we are impressed and excited about all the developments happening in Australia and you have been the major force behind it. Wishing we had such inclusion with Parks and Recreation here.... 2015 we will be promoting what is happening there and encouraging like-mindedness. Thanks Dave for all you have done and are doing over there. Sta well and have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year to you and your family. CC & Raymond @ PRMOS, Powell River, Canada.
    PS Jenyfa sounds a tad homesick about it being weird Christmas without snow - but I'm sure she'll get over it. Gotta get you two connected somehow - CC

    1. We'd love to connect with Jenyfa - pass her my email and phone number.

      Thank you for being such constant followers and for saying such lovely things.

      It was very useful to meet the BC Parks people at the Congress and they really did seem to be getting the point about getting involved more in TrailRider so fingers-crossed we'll see some change.

      When John Kenwright was in Canada - he delivered a conference paper in Montreal - he visited BC and spent time with Parks BC in Victoria as well a Stephen Hunter at the Sam Sullivan foundation. All useful contact I feel for us as well as you.

      Have a very Happy Christmas. I have a picture of Santa in a TrailRider that I'll be posting soon.

  2. Congratulations on your first 30,000 views.
    I'm proud and chuffed to the back teeth. xx

    1. Thank you so much for your congratulations my darling


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