What We Do
- Why Join? - History - Insurance
- Council of Delegates - Constitution
- Strategic Plan
What We Do
The Federation represents the interests
of Western Australian bushwalkers through memberships of and positions
on the following boards and organisations:
Australia (National Peak Body)
Hills Trails Reference Group
Urban Bushland Council
The Federation, through our peak
body Bushwalking Australia, provides members with competitive
The Federation has been engaged
in continuous dialogue with Western Australian State Government
agencies to allow bushwalking in Water Catchments. The hard work
bore fruition in March 2008 when the Department of Water reinstated
an historic ruling allowing bushwalking to continue in catchment
areas outside reservoir protection zones and on designated trails
and campsites anywhere in catchments, subject to the review of
the Department of Water Policy 13.
In April 2010 the Federation were
invited to present a submission and formally address the WA Legislative
Council Standing Committee on Public Administration enquiry into
recreation in drinking water catchments prior to the review of
Department of Water Policy 13.
The Report was handed down at the
end of September 2010. Importantly for bushwalkers the Report
recommended that in the review of Policy 13 the Department of
Water was to collaborate with other State Government Departments
that had statutory authority of land that is used as drinking
water catchment. These Departments are Department of Sport and
Recreation, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department
of Health, Tourism WA and Department of Water.
The final Policy 13 allows bushwalking
in catchments at the same level as previously, and requires parties
of more than 25 participants that wish to camp away from designated
campsites to arrange environmental clearance with the Department
of Environment and Conservation.
The Federation has coordinated training
weekends in leadership & navigation for member clubs (Bush Skills
Weekends) and has been instrumental in acquiring funding for Bibbulmun
Track hut construction.
Weano Gorge - Karajini
Monadnocks National Park
Your Club's membership with the Federation
of Western Australian Bushwalkers helps provide a valuable advocacy
and negotiating base for fighting issues that affect the quality of
bushwalking in Western Australia.
Through our National Peak Body - Bushwalking
Australia - we participate in a national scheme that provides comprehensive
Public Liability, Personal Accident & Associations
Add your club's weight to the battle to
protect, preserve and enhance bushwalking opportunities and the bushwalking
environment in WA. Have your say.
If you would like to find out more about
joining one of our member clubs, click here.
Did you know that Bushwalking Australia's National
Insurance Scheme covers over 21,000 walkers from 197 clubs against the
risk of Public Liability, Associations Liability and Personal Injury?
The idea of bringing together a number
of proud and independently minded bushwalking clubs in WA under one
centrally state-based organisation was an idea proposed and driven by
Jerome DaCosta and Melvyn Lintern (Perth Bushwalkers Club) in the 1990's.
Support for the idea was expressed by members of a number
of bushwalking clubs, including Alf Moredount (Western Walking Club)
whose assistance was invaluable in the drafting of the Constitution
and Steve Napier (Bushwalkers of WA) who provided much valued enthusiasm
and practical input.
The Federation of Western Australian Bushwalkers was officially
launched in October 1992 and was a body principally designed to deal
with the bigger issues of bushwalking, such as negotiating with Government
agencies, educating the general public, encouraging the development
of existing clubs, and, with the potential to commence new groups, deal
with complex administration matters, insurance arrangements, training
of leaders, etc.
Some earlier achievements of the Federation were:
- Production of a widely read subscription newsletter
called The COMPASS of which Steve Napier (BOWA) was the first Editor.
- A series of yearly training weekends held at Icy Creek
Dwellingup where all Clubs came together to share their training skills
and to socialise.
- An agreement between the Federation and the Water Corporation
in regards to access to water catchments for traditional bushwalking
- A most successful bid to raise its own operating funds
by conducting a Quiz night in 1998.
- Commencing addressing issues affecting long-term safety,
such as the installation of fresh water tanks located at the Stirlings
and the Fitzgerald River National Park.
- Being a ready made organisation able to meet all requirements
when Public Liability Insurance became available.
The Federation has been engaged in continuous
dialogue with Western Australian State Government agencies to allow
bushwalking in Water Catchments.
Through our Peak Body Bushwalking Australia, the Federation provides
members access to comprehensive Public Liability, Personal Accident
& Associations Liability Insurance Cover.
For all information relating to Insurance see www.bushwalkingaustralia.org
Board of Management 2016/2017
||Terry Mahoney (Acting)
What We Do - Why
Join? - History - Insurance
- Board - Constitution
- Strategic Plan