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1 Mar 2016-28 February 2017Step Out and Step Up

This incentive program encourages you to walk with at least 20 different walk leaders on CBC advertised walks commencing in the period 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017, inclusive. It provides the opportunity to meet new people and to visit new areas. Participation will be recorded from Acknowledgment of Risks and Obligation forms returned by walk leaders to .

See the periodically updated results (from March on) to check out your progress.

March Results



From February 2016ACT’s Percys

Like views from high hills? This secondary incentive program encourages you to visit many of the vantage points in the ACT. Some are not as easy as you might think, as a 'bag' requires you to touch the highest point of the feature. Thank you to David Dedenczuk for compiling and scoring the Percys.

Keep your own tally. See the list of ACT Percys.



1 Mar 2015-29 February 2016Totally Topo!

This incentive program is intended to promote activities in areas that Club members do not normally visit. The idea is to travel on foot (walk, ski, canyon, etc) on routes over as many maps as possible over the course of 12 months. The program will commence with walks that start on or after 1 March 2015 and finish on or before 29 February 2016.

Day and overnight categories are provided in an attempt to improve the program's fairness. Note that the definition of a day activity for this program is a little different from that which normally applies. For Totally Topo!, if an activity is to be considered a day activity, travel to and from the activity as well as the activity itself must be completed between 5 am and midnight on the one day.

A target number of maps is provided for each category. The ACT is covered by 17 maps (but one area is inaccessible) so 16 is the target for this category. Some inventive routes may be required for a couple of the ACT maps to meet the distance or time requirements. As usual, all activities must respect requirements for entering private land or land with other entry restrictions.

The Club statistician (currently the Assistant Walks Secretary) will generate the statistics from the Club's Activity Database. A record of the number of maps walked on by each person will be published periodically on the Club's website and a summary will be provided in it.

Check out the rules and the current results here.


Saturday 28 November 2015: Broom Clearing at Cotter Hut (S/E)

Come and join us for the CBC's 23rd annual broom clearing event.  Every year, in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation, a group of Club members help to monitor and remove this highly destructive invasive weed from the area around Cotter Hut. Our combined efforts have helped to reduce the spread of broom into Namadgi Park and preserve its natural beauty, while offering a pleasant occasion to socialise with others over lunch at the hut. Please bring gardening gloves and small tools (e.g. loppers, handsaws and/or secateurs). Leader: Cynthia Burton Map: Rendezvous Creek. Transport: ~ $44 per vehicle


21-22 February 2015Alpine weed control: Kosciuszko National Park (KNP)

In 2014 CBC embarked on an exciting new conservation partnership with Greening Australia (GA), NSW Parks and Landcare Australia. Through the partnership, CBC volunteers are being trained to recognize, report and take action to help control the spread of noxious weeds that threaten the unique alpine plant life found in KNP.

CBC volunteers mulching near Seaman's Hut

During the weekend of 21-22 February, a group of Club volunteers carried out weed removal, mulching, planting, and weed spotting in the Rawson's Pass, Charlotte's Pass and other areas of KNP's Main Range. The Main Range sites are popular for visitors to the park, both due to the terrific views from some of Australia's highest mountain peaks (eg Mt Kosciusko) and the attractiveness of its summer flowers.

Greening Australia provided lodge accommodation and most food for the volunteers, with shared cooking arrangements. The weekend was both a good opportunity to protect a beautiful place in which many of us like to walk and to enjoy socializing with other CBC members.

For further information about the partnership, or this activity, please contact:

2013 Centenary of Canberra 'Stretch Your Legs' Events

2013 was the centenary of Canberra and in the spirit of celebration we had a couple of special events designed to further encourage our participation in Club activities.

1 Walk with 20 different walk leaders in a year and

2 Visit 40 different ACT trigs in a year.

It was all in the spirit of fun – a personal challenge, not a competition. Walking with different leaders opens up different styles of walks in different areas and you’ll get to meet different people. ACT trigs are located in a variety of areas, from Canberra Nature Park inter-urban locations to hill tops deep in the bush. Most command wonderful views.

Find out more about these events and check the results board on the Centenary Events Page.

John Evans
Events Organiser

2012 20th Anniversary of the CBC Broom Clearing event

Broom plant

Every year since 1992 the CBC has organised a Broom clearing day at Cotter Flats in the Bimberi Wilderness area of Namadgi National Park. Broom is an invasive weed species which is prevalent in this area.

We had 20 Club participants for this the 20th anniversary of the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC) Broom clearing project, and since this will be the last year of this project in this form, this seems very apt.

Twenty years ago, CBC member, John Thwaite, thought about combining his love of bushwalking with his concern for conservation efforts and the desire to institute a long term conservation project for the Club. Through negotiations with the ACT Parks and Wildlife Service, John's efforts resulted in an annual Broom clearing exercise; removing and recording the invasive English broom species around the Cotter Hut in the Namadgi National Park. Not only did this exercise help with conserving the natural environment in this area, but it afforded the opportunity for Club members to access by vehicle, an area normally only accessible by foot.

Looking back through old issues of it I was expecting a fanfare announcement of this event, but was disappointed to find that it had quietly crept on to the activity program only the month before, with no write-up after the event. Perhaps this is because at this time conservation activities were a regular part of the CBC activities. It wasn't until the second year that a write-up appeared in the newsletter. Interestingly, that year there were only eight participants, but in the last 10 years the average has been closer to double that number.

Over the last 20 years, the Club has removed many thousands of plants and even though this year we removed over 600 plants, the infestation is becoming much more manageable for the Park rangers. Therefore, this year will be the last of the CBC annual broom clearing exercise. But don't despair. Negotiations are underway for the Club to be involved in other annual conservation projects, which may also include occasional broom clearing.

Many members of the Club have participated in this exercise over the past 20 years, though records prior to 2003 are not accurately recorded. However, of note, Roger Edwards has missed only one year during this 20 year project. Rumour has it that he missed one year due to a torn decision to participate in the broom clearing or participate in a rogaining event. I'm sure he can be excused for missing this one year.

Myself, while having only been a participant for the last six years (missing one) I find it a little sad that this will be the last annual event, but on the other hand, I think that this is evidence of just what a difference John's project has impacted on the problem of the broom invasion in this area. So I think we should congratulate John (and his many volunteers) on a great job over the past 20 years.

Alison Milton

Final broom team 2012

10th Anniversary broom team 2001

2011 CBC 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Nov 2011 Anniversary book

The 50th anniversary book was published in November 2011 and launched at the 50th Anniversary Dinner. Click on the link to download a PDF file of the Anniversary Book. The book included an abridged article on the Macdonnell Ranges, written by Meg McKone. Click on the link to view the full article.

In the book, there are a couple of errors in the list of past committee members and a corrected page of this can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

11 Nov 2011 Anniversary Dinner

Table centrepiece

Over 80 people attended the 50th Anniversary dinner at the Southern Cross Yacht Club on Friday 11 November 2011.

The stunning centrepieces were designed by Cynthia Breheny and set-up by her and a small team of enthusiastic helpers. The speeches were kept to a minimum with the President giving a short speech and then John Evans presenting the awards for the 50 peaks in 50 weeks competition. Not surprisingly, Phillip Starr had the highest number of points and had climbed the highest number of peaks (75). All this before he broke his ankle. No doubt he would have reached 100 peaks if this had not been so.

The 50th anniversary book was 'launched' at this event with all participants receiving a copy of the book, whether they were current members or not. It would have been nice to allow a little more time for members to mix and chat with people whom they hadn't seen for a long time, but as soon as the first enthusiastic members hit the dance floor the music volume was raised and a few people decided it was time to leave.

Nevertheless, the rest enjoyed a stint on the dance floor with even the older members getting up to 'shake their thing'.

19/20 Nov 2011 Bungonia revisited

This trip commemorated a walk completed 50 years ago when a group of enthusiastic young bushwalkers went through Bungonia Gorge and downstream along the Shoalhaven River to what was called Cedar Flats for camping and swimming. A few months after this walk, members of the group formed what became the Canberra Bushwalking Club. Every 5 years the Club celebrates by following the same route or the easier route via Mt Ayre.

The indomitable Gösta Lynga, one of the Club's founding members, was to have led this walk but a temporary physical indisposition forced him to withdraw from the trip. Instead Alan Vidler emerged from his temporary bushwalking retirement to lead the trip. On Saturday morning Alan and his party of three – Margaret Roseby, Rupert Barnett and Rene Davies – piled into Alan's commodious 4WD and headed for Bungonia via Goulburn. More details on the walk are published in the Club newsletter. 

2011 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks

50 Peaks in 50 Weeks was a huge success. Over 2/3 of members participated. Thank you to all involved, both leaders and walkers. We stood on a few hills and breathed plenty of fresh air. 5 members topped 50 or more peaks and certificates were presented to Phillip Starr, John Evans, Chris Francis, Nathan Holt and Edwina Yee at the recent 50th anniversary dinner.

Certificates were also presented to those members who gained 100 or more peak-walk-points: Karen Cody, Rob Horsfield, Stan Marks, Brendan Kelly, Quentin Moran, Di Gillies, Stephen Marchant, Russell Howroyd, Jenny Horsfield, Linda Stone, Ralph Young, Jeff Bennetts, Lorraine Tomlins, Lois Padgham, Adan Lilley, Carol Anderson, Mike Bremers, Barry Keeley and Peter Conroy.

As part of the club's 50th anniversary celebrations, CBC is launching the "50 peaks in 50 weeks" event. We challenge you to meet this target. Points will be awarded on the height of the peak and the length and difficulty of the walk. Multiple peaks may be achieved on a single walk, but all peaks must be achieved on a club walk.

The individual results of the challenge and the peaks climbed can be seen on the 50 Peaks page.

2011 Back issues of IT

Digitalisation of past issues of IT since 1964 was completed in November 2011 and searchable PDF files are now available on the website. Thanks to Reet Vallak for lending her hardcopy collection for scanning. Visit the CBC Newsletter Archive to browse these back issues.

23-24 May 2009 Wog Wog to Corang Peak Track Clearing

On a rather wet weekend of 23rd & 24th of May a party of 15 enthusiastic "gardeners" from the CBC and NSW National Parks cleared a 4 km section of the Wog Wog to Corang Peak Track in Morton National Park (Budawang Ranges). The track is now much safer for walkers. Here's the Track Clearing Team and here's some members hard at work.

Members hard at work clearing the track

Corang track clearing team









20-21 Oct 2007 Folly Point Track Repair

Track clearing team

It was a rather warm weekend but 17 CBC members in conjunction NSW National Parks cleared all but the last kilometre of this well known 6 km walk in the northern Budawangs, Morton National Park.

We had the opportunity of driving from Sassafras along all 8.5 kms of the fire trail leading to the Folly Point track head at Newhaven Gap - the last 6 of which you normally have to walk along as well. Here's some of the Track Clearing Team at Newhaven.



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