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Bushwalking NSW has general meetings of club delegates four times per year. These are held on the third Tuesday of August (AGM), November, February and May, usually at Redfern Town Hall – 73 Pitt Street, Redfern -just 7 minutes from the station. Clubs are encouraged to send delegates to the meetings to contribute to the discussion and to represent the club’s interests.

Our next meeting

General Meeting 7 pm Tuesday 20 February 2018. Topic: Keeping Your Club on Track- Tips for the smooth running of bushwalking clubs. Read the agenda. Share your tips for how you or your club, keeps your club on track using this form.

Bushwalking NSW is running this presentation/workshop session. We are sure you have a lot of your own tips, stories, tricks and ideas, about how to Keep Your Club On Track, and we want to hear them and share them!

The door prize/s of the evening goes to whomever can come up with the funniest and/or most helpful club-running story/tip/idea/approach. Our President will be the final judge, and you need to submit your story/tip/idea/approach using this form by noon on Tuesday 20 February, 2018 – even if you can’t make it on the night. We want to hear from all our clubs! And we will share the outcomes of the night with all clubs via our newsletter so get involved and share your best experiences.


General Meeting 7 pm Tuesday 15th May, 2018

Bushwalking NSW Annual Bush Camp & AGM 20 – 21st October 2018 at Bungonia Campground and National Park

Our most recent meeting

November 2017  Our keynote speaker was Carol Isaacs on the topic Adventure Conservation Adventures. Do you enjoy going beyond? Do you like going to wild places that few other people get to see?  By engaging in Adventure Conservation you can ‘go beyond’. Instead of just admiring nature, you can support its flourishing, and travel to very remote wild places. Carol is an experienced Adventure Conservationist with a few stories to tell about what it is like, and how you can engage in this exciting activity. Read the Minutes. Read more.

AGM Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 13th August 2017. Euroka Campground, Glenbrook was the setting for a unique meeting, with an opportunity to participate in free Minimal Impact Bushwalker Train the Trainer education,  On Saturday there was a choice of walks to Maxwell’s Hut in the Kedumba Valley, followed by a sausage sizzle. Read about proposals to conserve the hut. Sunday featured a walk along Erskine Creek after the AGM meeting. Read the Annual Report. Read the agenda.

Club Delegates

Clubs are asked to send delegates to the meetings to contribute to the discussion and to represent the club’s interests Clubs are entitled to send a number of delegates dependent on the number of members. Clubs with up to 100 members have 2 delegates, up to 250 members can send 3 delegates, and bigger clubs have 4 delegates.

Club sizeDelegates
251 or more4
An agenda is sent to clubs at least a week before, detailing any specific items to be discussed. Any other relevant documents will also be sent. Clubs are asked to discuss any matters and have their delegates briefed to act on their behalf.

AGM Minutes, Agendas and Annual Reports

2017 AGM

2016 AGM

2015 AGM

2014 AGM

General Meeting Minutes and Agendas


May 2017  Our keynote speaker was Sharon Fulcher, Dip. Ed. Sharon is an Environmental Educator and NPWS Conservation Volunteer, who is currently completing a Masters of Environmental Science. She spoke on the topic ‘How can we Leave No Trace’ when bushwalking?’.  Minimal Impact Bushwalking (MIB) strives to minimize our impact on the outdoors while allowing our immersion in it. Bio-security is everyone’s responsibility but has largely been missing from our MIB code. This presentation looked at the latest MIB information and resources as well as raising issues around bio-security, and how bushwalkers can aid in keeping our environment ‘clean’. View Sharon’s fabulous presentation, read the agenda and the minutes.

Feb 2017 GM Our keynote speaker was Greg Kirk, Special Ambulance Rescue Team Paramedic on the topic “How bushwalkers can prepare for rescue operations”. Here is the agenda and the interesting presentation with information on how to maintain bushwalker access by preventing the sell-off of Crown Roads. The minutes are here.


Nov 2016 GM The keynote presentations was by Matt McClelland and Helen Smith. The topics were “Bushwalking 101”, a website all about helping people better settle into bushwalking with information on everything from how to tie your shoelaces, through to collecting water in remote places, and “Naturally Accessible”, bushwalking for those with people with mobility restrictions.

Bushwalking NSW also released new Risk Management Guidelines which were developed by:

  • Margaret Covi (Watagan Wanderers)
  • Geoff Reed (WEA Ramblers Sydney)
  • Linda Groom (Canberra Bushwalking Club)
Access the presentation here RM presentation Nov 2016 meeting

Read the agenda and more about the speakers  here.  The draft minutes are here.

May 2016 GM We heard speaker, Anne McLeod present her biography of Marie Byles “The Summit of Her Ambition: the spirited life of Marie Byles”. Read about her presentation and view the agenda  here. View the draft minutes here.

Feb 2016 GM: Our keynote speaker Dr Les Higgins talked on bushwalking in the light of what is known about our need for nature and the astounding array of benefits that flow from meeting that need. You can download Les’ slides from here, and listen to his talk by clicking the forward arrow below. Please note that the recording is in it’s ‘raw’ format. You may like to fast forward through the beginning when the audience are providing their feedback. Listen to Les’s talk:

The following links will provide the February 2016 General Meeting AgendaBushwalking NSW Presentation and Minutes. You can find out more about Les here.


Nov 2015 GM: The keynote speaker at the November General Meeting was Yuri Bolotin talking about the Gardens of Stone in Focus photographic competition. Here is the meeting Agenda and Presentation and Minutes.