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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

Tuesday 20 November 2018. Redfern Town Hall  7 pm. Topic: The ‘Save Kosci’ protest walk – a report from the front line. This year the NSW Government passed the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018, giving feral horses and other feral animals the right to continue damaging this unique NSW National Park, and endangering a host of threatened native species.  The ‘Save Kosci’ protest walk aims to make repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act an issue in the March 2019 NSW election. As the walk reaches its half-way point, join us for this illustrated update from its organiser, Convener of Save Kosci Inc., Linda Groom. Hear about the walk’s first weeks, and how this mammoth undertaking was organised. Find out how you can help and get involved.  Read the agenda.

Our most recent meeting

20-21 October, Annual Bush Camp, Bungonia. Members enjoyed day-walks, a sausage sizzle, a talk by Sharon Fulcher on ‘Are you a bio-secure bushwalker?’, and ‘How to keep your club on track’ workshop, and met old friends and new from across NSW & the ACT. More details.

AGM Tuesday 21 August 2018. Redfern Town Hall  7 pm

Guest Speaker Meg McKone from Coast and Mountain Walkers & Canberra Bushwalking Club. Topic: Exploratory trips in the West MacDonnells. Meg took us on a journey of discovery into some of the more interesting exploratory trips she has done in the West MacDonnell Ranges where Meg has made some significant discoveries (as far as she has been able to ascertain) such as “Portals Canyon”, and explored high level crossings of the Chewings Range. Meg also discussed likely places to find water and some of the hazards and delights of bushwalking in this spectacular region. Keith Maxwell spoke on why Bush Search and Rescue has joined the SES. Read the agenda. 

May 2018  Topic: What is the impact of raising Warragamba dam wall? Alex Allchin, President, Bushwalking NSW  informed us about the latest in the NSW state government’s plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall. The proposal would, during flood events, inundate 4,700 hectares of pristine World Heritage listed national parks and 65 kilometres of wild rivers – twice the length of the Franklin River that was under threat in the 1980s.  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


February 2018 Topic: Keeping Your Club on Track- Tips for the smooth running of bushwalking clubs. Read the agenda. See the presentation. Share your tips for how you or your club, keeps your club on track using this form. See the draft minutes here.


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.

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.  View the minutes 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 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.