Central Australian Bushwalking Club committee met to review NT government COVID community advice.
We are unclear exactly which of these applied to the club so will seek clarification. We agreed that physical distancing is key to safety, and will defer organised walks until another meeting on 4th May 2020.
Some walking locations are open and walkers should enjoy the beautiful weather, please check https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit/check-park-open-alice-springs
COVID-19 is spreading in Australian communities and governments have introduced further restrictions in efforts to reduce the impact.
We are suspending non-essential gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). One reason for this is to give people time to fully understand social distancing requirements.
Most relevant to us is that bootcamps and personal training can be conducted outdoors if there are no more than 10 people and they maintain physical distances of at least 1.5m. This means no more than one person per 4 square metres.
Cancelled gatherings are safe gatherings. Groups can walk safely together once we have eliminated virus from world. We’re all in this together.
Bushwalking is a relatively safe activity during pandemic of respiratory disease, but travelling in a vehicle with windows closed could provide opporunity for disease spread.
I suggest to follow NT guidelines because we need to protect ourselves and keep our health workforce strong.
Walkers must be symptom free.
Current recommendations are that if there is to be the possibility of exposure in an enclosed space such as in a car, people should be asked whether they have travelled outside Australia in the past 14 days. If so, then we should ensure that they do not share enclosed vehicle space with others, following the advice of Dr Vicki Krause Head of NT Centre for Disease Control. We may need more vehicles.
It’s a live situation so things will change, and we need to keep safe.
Finke River in flood February 2020
The first schedule for 2020 has been published!
Please visit our Bushwalks & Activities Program page to see the schedule.
The summer’s hot, but we’ve had some rains, heavy in places and there’s a green transformation happening.
The Todd has flowed for a couple of days. Upstream of the town, there are still some large pools to enjoy.
Below are some magical spots where the rain has got to.
A secret location a few days ago.
Flowing waterfalls, crystal-clear pools of good water, far away from hooves, and with tadpoles, frogs and all the stages in between swimming without a care in the world – what’s not to stand and stare open-mouthed in wonder at!
In an instant, the 40-degree heat and the million flies became just a minor inconvenience.
Not as wet as the West, but had some rain.
Eremophila latrobei (Crimson Turkey Bush) in flower.
Harts Range area
The Ghost gum and the Bean tree. The leafless bean tree has bright red flowers on display
It may seem like common sense, but all drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This applies on our bushwalks too. To clarify this, the following has been added to the Leader Guidelines:
In terms of the potential of major injury or death, driving to and from the walk is probably the riskiest part of bushwalking. Drivers should put the safety of their passengers (their fellow bushwalkers) first. Stop or share the driving if tired or unwell.
Due to post-walk fatigue, drivers should be ‘Sober Bob’ and refrain from alcohol and other drugs.
As a passenger, please inform the driver to slow down or pull over if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
You can download the full guidelines here.
This article, a curatorial response to the 2012 exhibition, was written and considered for the prestigious national magazine Art Monthly. It was not used.
Cecil Hackett – At the summit of Mt Woodroffe, June 1933 (c) Wakefield Press
When I saw the cover image of Philip Jones’s Images of the interior: seven Central Australian photographers (Wakefield Press 2011), I knew that I needed it for the hybrid art–recreation exhibition I was curating: walking country: 30 years in the arid rangelands, a photographic journey.
Download the full article The art of walking country