ACAV Report Round Table 4 – Part 1

This report outlines the approach taken by ACAV at the fourth Parks Victoria Rock Climbing Round Table meeting held on 5th March 2020. Parks Victoria RT4 Agenda

Meeting attendees: 
Mark DingleDeloitte Australia (meeting chair)
Jeff FloydParks Victoria Chairman (meeting host)
Matthew JacksonParks Victoria CEO
Maria PizziParks Victoria Director, Managing Country Together
Mark NormanParks Victoria Chief Scientist
Will CoxParks Victoria Senior Manager, Strategic Project, Rock Climbing
Carol NicholsParks Victoria Director, Government Relations
Adam MerrickWestern Victorian Climbing Club
Paula ToalVictorian Climbing Club
Tim Schofield Climbing QTs
Coralie ReichRMIT Outdoors Club
Matthew TaitRound Table Bouldering Representative
Mike TomkinsACAV
Edwin IrvineGariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network
Daniel EarlRound Table Licensed Tour Operator Representative
David StricklandSport & Recreation Victoria
Andrew KnightOutdoors Victoria
Phillip GoebelSport Climbing Victoria
Romain ThevenotSport Climbing Australia

An ACAV handout was circulated to the meeting attendees for discussion and to clarify our desired outcomes from the meeting. This was printed on orange paper to draw attention to the high level message and clarify the role of ACAV in this process.

Note that the Voluntary Stewardship Program is intended to be run by Cliffcare and work is already under way to get this up and running. Volunteers required, please contact Steven Wilson, or email the VCC.

The meeting Chair, Mark Dingle of Deloitte will issue an official Communique (brief summary) within 24 hours, followed by official Meeting Notes within 7 to 10 days.

Throughout the 3-hour meeting the elephant in the room was the inadequate consultation with climbing groups over the extensive Grampians climbing bans introduced 12 months ago. More than 100 Parks Victoria cliff surveys have now been completed with no attendance allowed by climbing representatives.

ACAV and VCC have persistently requested survey attendance to allow the environmental and archaeological site findings to be understood in a climbing context and impacts mitigated in accordance with world’s best practice.

Stand by for Part 2 of this report, to include further details on the progress of environmental and archaeological surveys, including a list of the sites selected. Parks Victoria has committed to issuing the presentations that were given at this meeting.

ACAV President’s Update

4th March 2020 Mike Tomkins

There have been some recent changes on the ACAV Committee. This is a brief update on the comings and goings. We will be providing some positive information on climbing access initiatives over the coming weeks and regular updates are planned to ensure that ACAV members are kept fully informed. The fourth Round Table meeting with Parks Victoria occurs on 5th March and we are anticipating significant updates on the Grampians access situation.

Back in December, eight members of the ACAV Committee requested a Special General Meeting of ACAV seeking a leadership spill. The vote was not successful, and I remained as President, but with minority support on the Committee through January and February.

Following the recent resignation of our Secretary, Leeanne Lindorff, it was necessary for us to seek a replacement for this vital role. The Committee was fortunately able to appoint Kuba Szczepanik as ACAV Secretary.

At a recent Committee meeting, several motions were passed to appoint replacement Committee members after some resignations following the Special General Meeting.

Three new ACAV Committee Members have been appointed as follows:

  1. Vanessa Tocatjian
  2. Simon Carter
  3. Constantine Dritsas

Shortly after these appointments, three members of the ACAV Committee resigned: Goshen Watts, Mark Wood and Lauren Coman.

The ACAV Committee now comprises the following ten members:

  • Aaron Lowndes
  • Andrei Svetski
  • Con Dritsas
  • Dick Lodge
  • Kuba Szczepanik (Secretary)
  • Matt Brooks
  • Matt Tait
  • Mike Tomkins (President)
  • Simon Carter
  • Vanessa Tocatjian

The former Committee members have worked tirelessly for the cause of Victorian Climbing access and I would like to thank them sincerely for the many hours of voluntary work that they have committed on behalf of the climbing community. The above Committee is now focused on a raft of initiatives, working in close cooperation with the Victorian Climbing Club. Stand by for further updates in the coming days.