After a summer of fire, floods and storms we are now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The NPA is working to help protect and support our members through this time. Below you will find current guidance and new rules managing the NPA bushwalking program. These are dynamic and will be updated as the pandemic progresses and as government advice changes.
The leader forum will be held at Club on East, East Parade, Sutherland, from 9.00 am – 12.30 pm on Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Sam Garrett-Jones, Chair of Field Activities Committee
Bushwalking styles change: a current exhibition at the State Library of NSW features pioneers Myles Dunphy and Bert Gallop at Jenolan Caves in 1912 with their bulky swags … and rifles. A century on, what burdens do our bushwalking leaders carry, and how can we best support them?
Matt McClelland, Activities Manager, National Parks Association of NSW
From time to time, okay quite often, I get accused of getting carried away with food on bushwalks. It started with making cheese cakes, progressed to pizza then muffins. On the latests few walks I has started tormenting the great Japanese tradition of Nori (sushi) Rolls.
Sam Garrett-Jones, Vice president, National Parks Association of NSW
Summer is here and in anticipation of warmer weather our 60 Best Walks leaders are heading to the hills and to the beaches, lakes and rivers!
I was very interested in the article in “Nature NSW” Spring Edition 2016 by Barry Tomkinson which promotes the concept of “Walking Tourism”. The concept is not new and it is not without a number of concerns. There is today a clear push from Government to expand tourism into our reserves and national parks estate wherever possible. The National Parks and Wildlife Act was established for the protection of nature. With the objective to make the reserve system “commercially” self-sufficient the value of nature protection has the potential to be downgraded, if not forgotten.