Maroondah Bushwalking Club is based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

We are a club of about six hundred members with a comprehensive program of walks and other activities throughout the year, at levels from beginners through to experienced.

The Club offers great opportunities for walking and other outdoor activities.

Every week the Club has day walks programmed for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Club also has a walk on public holidays. We hold base camps, weekend and extended Backpacking activities in Victoria, interstate and overseas together with cycling and skiing activities.

We hold social events and provide training courses in First Aid, walking, navigation and leadership. We have monthly Club meetings with a guest speaker on a wide range of interesting topics.

A lending library of books, maps and magazines is available at our monthly meeting.

For members wanting to enjoy the backpacking experience backpacking equipment can be hired from the Club.

Insurance cover is provided to people whilst participating in Club activities.








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Bushwalking Victoria have informed us that their months of negotiating with the state government and Outdoors Victoria over the wording of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards had achieved little and that the prospect was grim. 

  • If it is introduced in its present form, bushwalking clubs will be unable to comply with the requirements that all walk leaders hold specific tertiary qualifications. 
  • It has been estimated that such qualifications would require at least 150 hours of study and college attendance. 
  • Consequently it seems likely that many, if not all, clubs would be forced to shut down.
  • If we did manage to continue then our insurance premiums would probably double and our leaders could face serious charges under ‘duty of care’ should an accident occur on a walk. 

All that is required is the inclusion of a statement such as “Compliance does not apply to volunteer clubs”.  Bushwalking Victoria have been unable to get any assurance that such a statement would be included.  

  • They have suggested that all clubs ask their members to contact their local Members of Parliament expressing their concern over the issue. 
  • It is more effective for you to contact your local MPs as they are obliged to pass on these appeals to the relevant minister and the minister is equally obliged to respond.  If you write directly to the minister there is no such obligation to respond to a private letter. 

To maintain our current arrangement of offering great walks led by suitably trained walk leaders we ask that you assist us in this important protest.  Attached is an appropriate letter to which you may add your details, print, sign and post to the relevant Member of Parliament for your area; or you may wish to write your own version.








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