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The Federation represents the interests of Western Australian bushwalkers through memberships of and positions on the following boards and organisations:

» Bushwalking Australia (National Peak Body)
» WA Sports Federation
» OutdoorsWA
Perth Hills Trails Reference Group
» The Urban Bushland Council

The Federation, through our peak body Bushwalking Australia, provides members with competitive Insurance Cover.

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.

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Monadnocks National Park
Monadnocks National Park

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South Coast

Why Join?

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 Liability Insurance.

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 activities.

  • 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.

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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

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Board of Management 2016/2017

President Des Cook
Vice-President Ian McDonald
Secretary Terry Mahoney (Acting)
Treasurer John Williams
Board Member Terry Mahoney

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