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Keep up to date with additional information that may not get published in our newsletter or program. Visit this page weekly or prior to any event that you will be attending to ensure you are up to date with the latest information or any amendments that may get put in place from time to time.

🎂 25th Silver Anniversary:

My Outdoor Recreational Group, along with Trekfa Adventure and Ku-ring-gai Bushwalkers

will hold their combined Anniversaries at South Turramurra on Saturday 10th October 2020.

This will be a special year for the Ku-ring-gai Bushwalkers as they will celebrate their

25th Silver Anniversary. This event will include an optional ½Sunrise, awards, a brunch style

brekkie, celebration and more.

Please keep this date free for these three special events as everyone has a celebration to enjoy.

Download our promotional brochure here.

Updated 6th July 2020

REMINDER: COVID-19 Physical Distancing.

It is vital we learn the lessons from the recent COVID spikes, or we risk seeing many more across Australia, putting in jeopardy much of what we all have worked so hard to achieve in our fight against COVID-19.

An important message I would like to reinforce is, despite our success in combatting COVID-19, we are not at a stage where we can go back to living our lives the way we did before Australia had the pandemic. The virus is still with us, and will be for quite some time — and the international situation continues to get worse, not better.

The spike in Victoria shows just how easy it is for outbreaks to occur if we don’t continue to practise physical distancing and good hygiene, and stay at home when sick. It’s also a reminder of the importance of downloading the COVIDSafe app so health authorities can quickly find close contacts of people confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

Please practice good hygiene and safe physical distancing when attending club events and while in the public domain.

NB. It''s not time to let your guard down or to get complacent about the Coronavirus. In the last 7 days Australia has recorded 654 new cases while worldwide there has been 11.3 million confirmed cases with over a half million deaths.

We remind you to be all COVID safe... And, do the three!

1. Washing your hands as often as possible
2. Keeping your distance where you can; and
3. Downloading the COVIDSafe app.

And importantly, if you’re feeling sick, you need to stay at home and get tested. Let's all stay COVIDSafe and do the 3.

Published 6th July 2020

 

BiG November Event Amendment:

Due to our accommodation being closed down as a result of beach erosion with the chance of villas toppling into the sea, we have now lost our event accommodation for our BiG November Week-Away at Stockton Beach.

We will be holding an Urgent Meeting after completion of our Sunrise event on 18th July which will be open to any members suggestions as to where to move the event to. At time of writing this notification it has been suggested to move the event to Port Stephens providing we can obtain suitable accommodation there. Let us know your thoughts? E-mail us at; myorg@ozemail.com.au.

Published 30th June 2020

Staying Safe With COVID-19

As our community becomes more active and gets back to business, it's important that we...

Updated 17th June 2020

Have You Registered For Our New Sunrise Trial.... Looking After Yourself During COVID-19:

A majority of club members have now registered for our 'Looking After Yourself During COVID-19 Sunrise Events' and are now enjoing a great selection of walks.

Register now to receive your copy of our new Sunrise Trial Program. All bookings for these events must be made by phone (T: 0409 917 776) so that we can monitor numbers for COVID-19 guidelines. (Please do not book by SMS or e-mail, thank you).

Re-Published 13th June 2020

 

More COVID-19 Rules Have Been Relaxed:

Today, (13th June 2020) we have see more COVID-19 rules being relaxed with us easily being allowed to have up to 20 participants in a group under the reaxed guidelines. However, when it comes to social gatherings, there is not a word of advice on it anymore. But, it would appear now that we would come under the new heading of Sport and Recreation. If you would like to read more about the new guidlines for New South Wales, please go here.

Published 13th June 2020

Government Unable to Clearly Interpret Their Own Rules:

A recent reply from our enquiries with Health NSW indicates that bushwalking would probably not be defined as social gathering and that we are not limited by the 10 person rule.

However, sitting around in a park having coffee would probably be construed as social gathering and a limit of 10 persons should be observed. For members safety, we will continue at this time to observe our own COVID-19 rules. That is, 3 meter distancing between walkers and a10 meter distancing rule to be observed between groups where numbers exceed 10.

It would appear that the Goverment's interpretation is based on who reads what and how it is interpreted at the time, hence there could be multiple answers to our question as to what is the maximum number for bushwalking activities and whether we defined as a group or some type of gathering.

It seems like the Government does not know how to define us. Are we an 'individual group', 'a social gathering' ,a 'public gathering' or simply just a gathering? And then, how do you define each of those descriptions! You be the judge.... Read more.

Published 11th June 2020

Social Gatherings and The Need for Personal Responsibility: 

We need to remind members there is continued need for awareness and continued caution.

As a responsible organisation, we have taken the lead with having safety rules which are at a level that are higher than current Government guidelines. We need to be very cautious about relaxing these measures until we are confident there will not be a major resurgence of cases.

The most important protection for all of us, as we return to our outdoor activities, is for each and every member to show personal responsibility and always practise our new ways of interacting and hygiene. We must all practise our club’s minimum physical distancing. We must be absolutely fastidious with hand and cough hygiene while attending our events, at home and when out in the community. We must all remember to stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if we have even a mild cold or flu-like symptoms.

Members are reminded that in our recent past a single person in the community infected more than 35 others. This virus is very, very infectious.  It will be with us in one way or another for many months to come.

It is not yet time to celebrate, but as we return to some level of normality, the risk of complacency is great. The battle with this COVID virus is far from over. Each and every member must play their part in assisting in reducing the possible spread of this virus.

Published 10th June 2020

Join The Covid-19 Whats App Channel:

You can join our COVID-19 channel by messaging +61 400 253 787 through WhatsApp. You will receive a reply with instructions on what to do next. This channel provides heaps of information including the latest news, how to protect yourself and others, Support for people and families and much more.

Published 7th June 2020

Safe Distancing in COVID Times:

Members are reminded that for everybodies safety, our club has a three meter safe distancing rule in place. Furthermore, we can now also accommodate up to 20 members at any Sunrise event with our 2 leader - 2 group - 10meter distancing rule. Note: Please don't leave your booking until the last moment as we are now attracting up to 17 members along to our walks.

Published 7th June 2020

June/July Sunrise Program Out Now:

Register now to receive your program then book your events in by phone. We need to do this for operational reasons and to ensure that we meet Government health guidelines.

Register now to receive your copy of our new Sunrise Trial Program. All bookings for these events must be made by phone. T: 0409 917 776. (Please do not book by SMS or e-mail, thank you).

Updated 31st May 2020

Win a Gift - Are You Going To Be The Winner:

This competition was first published on 26th February 2020 and is now closed to further entries. The winner for the competition will be drawn on Saturday 18th July. Best of luck to all those members that entered our website competition.

Updated 24th May 2020

Full Program Due Out Soon plus Latest Update:

The continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions will see our club starting back with a full program of events from July 18, 2020. But, for the time being, we are offering our members Sunrise walks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And, with the larger volume of members now attending the Saturday events, we will be continuing to run dual walks so that we can stay within the Government guidelines for outdoor social gatherings which currently stands at 10 persons. To further assists our club with co-ordinating these events, members are asked to first register, then book their events individually by phone.

Note: All members attending our Saturday Sunrise are asked to bring along a fold-up chair so that we can enjoy an after-walk morning tea in the park while keeping to the social distancing rules.

See below for further details on registration and bookings.

Published 23rd May 2020

Helping To Keep Our Members Safe:

Although Government guidelines have been relaxed, for the time being, our club will continue with greater social distancing rules than recommended by the Government. And, where we feel it necessary we will restrict the maximum number of participants that can take part in a club event. Please follow and abide by our club's 3meter distancing rule as our members health and wellbeing is extremely important to us.

Published 17th May 2020

Don’t Forget To Turn Your COVIDSafe App ON:

For those of you who have taken safety to the next level by downloading the COVIDSafe App, please ensure that you have your app turned on prior to participating in any of the club’s events and whilst coming into close proximity to others. To ensure that the app is turned on and working you will see an image of the app rotating upon opening.

Published 15th May 2020

 

Book Your Events Early To Avoid Missing Out:

Our May/June Sunrise Walk Trials have proven very popular. To avoid missing out, please make your event booking early. See below for registration and how to book.

NOTE: In this present COVID-19 climate and for all practicalities and members safety, our group has a 'No Booking - No Go' policy that needs to be followed. Bookings are also required so that we can ensure that we do not exceed maximum group size numbers.

Register now to receive your copy of our new Sunrise Trial Program. All bookings for these events must be made by phone. T: 0409 917 776. (Please do not book by SMS or e-mail, thank you).

Updated 13th May 2020

Members Vulnerability to The Virus:

Although our events are many times safer than visiting the shops, we do need however, to be especially mindful of vulnerable people who are at far greater risk of severe illness or death if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. MyOrg is not in a position to offer advice to members as to their vulnerability. MyOrg encourages each member to seek their doctor’s advice as to how vulnerable they are and what steps they personally need to take to protect themselves. We urge everyone to take this seriously whilst also respecting each member’s decision as to when they participate.

Published 13th May 2020

Road Map to COVIDSafe Australia:

Restrictions will continue to ease as the number COVID-19 cases continues to be controlled across NSW. The National Cabinet released the following graphic, which is a helpful guideline of likely changes in restrictions for the coming months. It is expected that most states will be at step 3 by July 2020.

Published 12th May 2020

COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted:

NSW will further ease COVID-19 restrictions from Friday 15th May. NSW residents will be permitted to have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, visits to a household of up to five people, while cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time although the Goverment's physical distancing rules of 1.5m will still apply. Note: Our club, in staying ahead of the pandemic and due to members ages will continue with its 3m physical distancing rules until further notice. Members are reminded to be vigilant and to not become complacent, the virus is still out there. it is only the guidelines that have changed. 'The Coronavirus has not taken a holiday or has days off. Please visit this page weekly to keep up to date with further happenings.

Published 10th May 2020

Book Your Events Early To Avoid Missing Out:

Our May Sunrise Walk Trials have proven very popular. To avoid missing out, please make your event booking early. See below for registration and bookings.

NOTE: In this present COVID-19 climate and for members safety, our group has a 'No Booking - No Go' policy that needs to be followed.

Published 8th May 2020

Sunrise Trial - Safe Practices:

While the Government is expected to relax some of its COVID-19 measures, our group however, will continue to practice a higher degree of safety than which is stipulated by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Published 7th May 2020

COVIDSafe App: In keeping our members safe, we urge everyone to download this app.

The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

Published 3rd May 2020

 

Sunrise Walk Trials Commence Tuesday 5th May 2020

Today, our leaders have trialled their own special Sunrise so that they could go over the Government guidlines and the new club rules to check out any of the difficulties that may arise from the higher safety measures which have been put in place. We can report that all went well and that we are looking forward to the commencement of our May Sunrise trials which will start on Tuesday 5th May 2020. See below for how to register and book events.

Published 2nd May 2020

Have You Registered For Our New Sunrise Trial.... Looking After Yourself During COVID-19:

Here is the list of the latest members to register for these new trial events.

Participants List: Carmel H (leader), Kylie H (Leader), Roger M (Leader), Allan R, (Leader), Greg W, (Leader), Lynne R, Anne-Marie S, Jono G, Yeen N, Robyn E, Karen J, Janne R, Warren F, Kerrie P, Susan B. Paul S, Kim R, Scott S, Za I, Terry F, Anne M, Leanne H, Corrie C, Penny M. Mal S. Peter H, Tracy H, Stephen C, Rhonda C.

Register now to receive your copy of our new Sunrise Trial Program. All bookings for these events must be made by phone. (Please do not book by SMS or e-mail, thank you).

Last Updated 2nd May 2020

Walk Trial for Looking after Your Physical & Mental Health

Taking into account the current situation with COVID 19 and the current Government rules, that is, limits for public gatherings - non-essential gatherings, stay at home unless you are going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other, we are expecting to trial some walks although the number will be limited to two leaders with two walkers at this time. We will however be taking safety one step further than the Government recommendations by introducing a minimum 3 meter safe distancing rule between leader and walker and a 10 meter safe distancing rule between the two groups. These trial Sunrise walks will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and will have the usual starting time of 7.30am. Our first walk will commence on Tuesday 5th May 2020.

Furthermore, for your safety we will be taking participants temperatures prior to the commmencement of each walk. Note: Any person who has a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or has been in contact with someone with flu like symptoms will not be able to take part in these walks. Please click on the following link if you are interested in participating in this trial. All bookings for these events must be made by phone. (Do not book by SMS or e-mail, thank you).

Updated 26th April 2020

Important Information About Exercising In a NSW National Park During COVID-19

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working to keep your local national parks open during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as NSW national parks have experienced significant increases in visitors in recent weeks, particularly during weekends, we need your help.

Although we have had to close some facilities, including campgrounds and high-visitation areas (beaches, picnic facilities, busy lookouts) to protect staff and the community, many walking tracks remain open for exercise and we want to keep them that way. We ask that you please comply with the following directives and health measures:

  • In line with the advice of government and health authorities, you are advised to cancel all holiday travel plans to NSW national parks

  • If your planned visit to a NSW national park is for a purpose other than exercise, you should reconsider your plan as you may be in breach of the current public health orders

  • If you wish to exercise in a national park, choose a park close to your home. Visitors are reminded that non-essential travel is currently not permitted

  • If you are unwell, stay at home

  • Practice social distancing  

  • If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Please do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

NPWS officers and NSW Police are patrolling national parks to ensure visitors are complying with social distancing measures and other public health orders.

If visitors do not comply with these public health requirements, NPWS may need to close more areas of national parks. If an area closes, it is unlikely we will be able to reopen it until the public health guidelines change.

So please enjoy our NSW national parks, but be sure to exercise care while exercising your body, so we can keep these incredible places open.

Please check the Alerts page before visiting any park, and the COVID-19 page for all related updates.

COVID-19 updates >

Published 4th April 2020

Corona Virus Update:

Latest information from AGDH and the scientific community says that that social distancing and home isoloation may run for 6 months, and hence, as more people become infected, may last a longer.

Published 3rd April 2020

Membership Subscriptions:

There will be an arrangement to rebate members part of their membership subscriptions for the club closure period for all members who renewed priot to 7th April 2020. However, this rebate can not be extended to membership rates that are $65.00 or less as these subscription levels do not cover our member insurance costs.

Published 31st March 2020

Corona Virus Update:

As result of the latest COVID-19 advise, all events have been cancelled until further notice. Current information shows that the club can expect to be closed for a number of months.

Updated 31st March 2020

Corona Virus: (Staying fit at a distance)

How to stay fit and healthy at home

It’s easy to prioritise work commitments, house cleaning and taking care of others during the outbreak, and forget about yourself. Creating a workout schedule for the week is a great way to be motivated and stay on track. Establishing a home workout routine is a safe alternative to going to the gym. Many workouts, including bodyweight exercises and yoga, require little to no equipment. There are many fitness apps and free online resources to help make your home workout more effective and enjoyable.

Published 30th March 2020

Corona Virus Update:

There is a fine balance between staying physically and mentally fit, as well as taking sufficient precautions against the Coronavirus. From Friday 3rd April, anyone attending our events will be required to have their own personal sanitiser plus will be required to wear a mask on arrival and whilst attending the pre and post briefings. Participants will also have their temperature taken on arrival at the event and will not be able to take part should they have a temperature. Each participant will be required to sanitize their hands prior to and after the event plus on the event where required. As COVID-19 advice continues to change we are monitoring the updates closely. Should the Government issue a lockdown for outdoor fitness actvities we will cease our events immediately. Government imposed limits for outdoor fitness activities currently stands at 10 participants.

To manage our events, members must book by SMS so that we do not exceed the maximum allowable number of 10 participants. All leaders have the option of accepting a lesser number than the maximum allowable Government requirement. All Booking to: T. 0409 917 776. The club has also adopted a

2 meter and 5 meter safe distancing rule respectively for all briefings and while participating on walks.

Furthermore, we have available for members 4 bottles of personal hand sanitiser at $5.00ea and face masks are available for $2.00 each. These are currently not in stock but are expected to be available in about 7 days. While we are dealing with the Coronavirus, don't let mental health slide you down the hill. Go here to read the 10 Psychological Tips for Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Further reading: Health.gov.au, ScienceMag.org.

Published 29th March 2020  4.00pm

Corona Virus Update:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EVENT CANCELLATIONS 

At the time of collating our events for the Autumn program, COVID-19 advice has been changing rapidly. At this time the club has chosen to run its event where possible in the hope of keeping everyone fit and healthy to fight this virus should they become infected. Parcticing safe distancing of 1.5m (min) is an absolute must if we are to continue with our events. As the advice from the Government changes, there is a real risk that in the not too distant future the club will have to cancel part or possibly all of its events. We hope in the meantime that this does not come to fruition. Members are encouraged to check this page for further notifications and the Government website for information and the latest updates on COVID-19 and then make an informed decision as to whether to attend or not attend club events.

Published 26th March 2020

Corona Virus Update:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Australian Govenrment Department of Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Our information provides daily updates, answering your questions about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers.

Published 24th March 2020

 

Corona Virus Update:

Our club has published a community care brochure on how we can mitigate riskand change the way we interact to help protect ourselves and our community. The brochure covers personal hygiene, self isoloation, social distancing,and contact tracing. Read more.

Published 24th March 2020

Corona Virus Update:

As of today, 16th March, anyone entering Australia from any overseas country is required to self-isolate for 14 days. We would ask for your support in not attending events if you have travelled overseas, until you have self-isolated for 14 days and you are well. Read more.

Published 18th March 2020

 

Corona Virus Update:

What can I do?
If you are sick, stay away from others – that is the most important thing you can do.
You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:
* wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going
to the toilet
* cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser,
and
* if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
As well as these, you can start a range of social distancing and low cost hygiene actions now.
These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow
the spread of disease in the community – and you can use them every day – in your home,
workplace, school and while out in public. 

Information on social distancing – Version 1 (15/03/2020) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Published 17th March 2020

DISCLAIMER: COVID-19

While the information within this website has been created with all due care, no warranty is given that this content is free from errors, inaccuracy or omission or that the information is the most-up-to-date available, and all content is subject to change without notice.

You should rely on your own enquiries as to the correctness of the content within this website and its links. It is your responsibility in using this content to make your own decision about the correctness of any information.

Win a Gift:

Click on the following e-mail link and send and you will go into our draw for a special gift.

Published 26th February 2020 1430hrs

Event Cancellation:

Programmed events for Saturday 8th February have been cancelled due to the forecast extreme weather event.

Published 7th February 2020 1830hrs

 

Paddle Information Revised:

Please see our latest brochure for the revised update on Saturday's paddle 1st February 2020; File reference: The Hacking River & Barbecue REVISED 12.0km - Broch.010220.

Published 31st January 2020 1740hrs

 

Future Walk Amendments:

As part of the current State of Emergency declared by the NSW Premier and in response to predicted extreme and catastrophic fire weather, all national parks, including tracks, trails and campgrounds in Greater Sydney, will be closed from time to time during these events. Please visit this page for any event amendments, cancellation and postponements etc. 

Published 20th December 2019 1837hrs

Email Outage:

This e-mail outage has caused our club and its members a significant disruption in the smooth co-ordination of its events.

As a matter of urgency, we have now set up a new address for our club members to use although the interim back-up e-mail address < bushwalkers@ozemail.com.au > will continue to be hosted.

FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS: myorg@ozemail.com.au

Published 3rd January 2020 1821hrs

Get Spotted Competition 2020:

You've got to be in it to win it.... Just wear your club t-shirt to any of our post event socials and you will go into the draw to have a chance of winning a very special prize. See upcoming newsletters for further details.

Published 5th January 2020

Paddle Nambucca:

This paddle has been earmarked for 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th May 2020. Please get your name down early as places for this event will be limited. Please click here for Expressions of Interest.

Last Updated 5th January 2020

 

Big November:

Our preliminary information for our 2020 Big November event has been posted on our Member Login page. Simply sign in as a Guest to view. Expressions of Interest.

Last Updated:5th January 2020

Membership:

Membership Renewal is payable during March each year.

The club offers a $15.00 discount for subscriptions received on or before the 31st March.

Last Updated: 5th January 2020

Paddle Workshops Help Build Smarter Safer Paddlers:

Paddlers should be reminded that our club goes to great lengths to ensure all paddlers are well educated and are on the same page with the rescuer when it comes to retrieving a paddler after capsize.

Our paddle workshops help you to become a smarter safer paddler. Paddlers who have not undertaken a workshop can often prolong the time it takes to be rescued and may also compromise their safety and that of the rescuer.

As a paddler, you are responsible for your own safety and are expected to take an active role to ensure that you act safely at all times whilst participating in our paddle events.

Don’t compromise your safety or the safety of your fellow paddler. Our paddle workshops are not only educational but also a fun experience on the water.

The next paddle workshop is expected to held in 2020.

Last Updated: 3rd November 2019

Trial an Event:

Our 'Trial an Event' day is usually made available each Saturday with a Sunrise bushwalk. Why not invite a friend along to trial an event. Register here.

Last Updated: 3rd November 2019