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Latest update: 22nd May 2018

New meeting points for Sunday walks

Alternative meeting points to Flagstaff station forecourt will be trialled on some Sunday walks during the Winter and Spring 2018 programs. This is in response to occasional difficulties in getting enough car drivers at the regular CBD meeting point.  The new meeting places will be at major train stations in the direction of the start point of the walk, making it convenient for the majority of walkers to meet there. Leaders will be discouraging anyone from driving directly to the walk location unless they really do live closer to it than the new meeting point. Car-pooling will be arranged - there is plenty of car-parking at the stations, so even if you do have a car, you are encouraged to either give others a lift or leave your vehicle behind and travel up with someone else in groups of 4-5. Please take note of the new petrol-sharing policy below.

Meeting times will still be the standard 8.45am for a 9.00am departure unless otherwise advised. This will enable and earlier start (and hence earlier finish!) on these walks, addressing complaints about getting back too late.

The new locations are described below, and are also referred to against the respective Sunday walk on the Walks Program.

1) Ringwood station - in front of the RSL on Station St. (for walks east of Melbourne - first usage will be Marysville, 8th July)

2) Upper Ferntree Gully station - outside the Visitor Information Centre (for walks in the Dandenongs, first use will be Olinda, 15th July).

3) Sunbury station (for walks north of Melbourne, eg Mt Macedon)

4) Laverton station (for walks SW of Melbourne, eg Brisbane Ranges, You Yangs)

5) Frankston station (for walks on the Mornington Peninsula).

New Petrol-sharing Policy

To simplify calculating petrol usage the club has decided to adopt the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) rate per km,, currently 30c/km, plus tolls, shared by the number of people in the car.  This rate is based on methodology recommended by the  Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) and calculates the "average" incremental running costs per km, including fuel and wear and tear (ie does not cover fixed annual costs such as insurance and registration the driver incurs regardless of whether they make this trip).  This will be reviewed on a yearly basis.  As per the previous policy,  some drivers may choose to charge less, but it should not be more.

For example:  Melbourne CBD to Mt Macedon is around 70km, making a round trip distance of 140km.  140km x $0.30 is $42. If a car contains a driver and 3 passengers in it (total 4 people), each person would contribute $10.50 to petrol costs (or round down to $10)

Car pooling is meant to be mutually beneficial and respectful for both drivers and passengers, After discussions with drivers and passengers, we are sharing the following pointers for happy car pooling:

  • Please bring enough cash to pay for walk fees (if applicable) and to reimburse your driver for petrol if you are a passenger.

  • Drivers are only required to drop passengers back in the CDB at Flagstaff Station (or another city location if none of the passengers have to pick up their car).  Drivers have no obligation to go out of their way to drop passengers elsewhere, unless it is ‘truly’ on their way home.

  • Do take your stuff with you, including any rubbish, and leave the car clean and tidy. Please bring a couple of plastic bags and change of clothes to deal  with muddy and wet boots and clothing.

  • Ask your driver if they are OK with you eating or drinking anything that isn’t water in their car. 

  • If needed, help your driver with navigation and keep them alert and awake.

If you have any concerns about driver or passenger behavior, please contact the Club President (Kris)

Joining the YHA Bushwalking Mailing List

Anyone who's found themselves regularly participating in YHA Bushwalking activities is encouraged to join the club's mailing list. That way you'll receive a copy of the latest Walks Program and be kept informed of any changes or new events. The emailed Walks Program contains leaders' full contact details, enabling you to put your name down for popular events such as accommodated weekends before bookings open from our website.

The club uses a Yahoo! Group for its mailing list, and while changes by Yahoo! have made this less easy to manage than it used to be, the latest problems with joining up appear to have been fixed. To add yourself to the mailing list:

1) Submit your email address using the Subscribe page.
2) Shortly afterwards you should receive a reply from Yahoo! with instructions on how to confirm your membership.
3) After confirming (either by replying to Yahoo! or via a link included in the first email) you should receive a Welcome email from the YHA Bushwalking group. A copy of the current Walks Program is also supposed to be emailed, but of late this Yahoo! feature has been unreliable, so as an alternative the Welcome message contains a link to where a copy can be downloaded from.

If you attempt to join the mailing list but don't receive either the first or second response, please contact us at help@yhabush.org.au. Yahoo! doesn't allow us to add members directly to the mail group, but we can send an invitation; this usually seems to work, just remember that you must reply to the invitation to confirm your membership.


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