AGM and Westerfolds Park walk


The weather blessed our AGM and Westerfolds Park walk. Covid rules dictated that we couldn’t old our AGM indoors as planned, but Westerfolds Park gave us a perfect outdoor shelter for our meeting followed by morning tea. (Thank you for all the tasty offerings!). We had a good meeting, and our current Committee was reelected unchanged for another year. Our membership fees are currently $45 pa, and will remain unchanged in 2023.

The Walks Coordinator presented the upcoming walks program for 2022, which is available to view on the website. As always, it is subject to change as necessary. The program on the web will be updated to reflect any alterations as soon as they are made. The walks look to be an interesting mix, and include a weekend in the Southern Grampians taking in some of the newly opened Grampian Peaks Trail, and a Week of Walks based in and around the Barmah State Forest. Our new Little Gems organiser presented an outline of the proposed series of activities. Little Gems provides a social and cultural program for all members, including in particular those who are no longer able to enjoy demanding walks.


After morning tea, we broke into two groups, and set off to find locations along the way using a compass for navigation. The shorter walkers became a little disorganised, as increasing heat and the need for sustenance drove them onwards. They resorted to using dead reckoning and common sense more than their compasses. Eventually they arrived at a shady and cool location for lunch. Success! Whew!

The longer walkers practised setting and following compass headings to numerous hidden spots in Westerfolds and adjoining parklands. They were ultimately rewarded by locating Melissa’s cakes for coffee and lunch. Congratulations to the navigators amongst them. Westerfolds Park is a delight in the middle of Melbourne, offering riverside walking along the Yarra, as well as open bushland. In the early days our planners saw the value of maintaining substantial green space along the Yarra, protecting it from the encroaching housing. Thanks to them, we can all enjoy it today.