Minimal impact guidelines
The Club supports and adheres to the principles of ‘minimum impact’ bushwalking:
Litter: If you carry it in, you can carry it out; this means everything, including so-called “bio-degradable” articles like apple-cores, banana peel etc.
Human wastes: When available, use established toilet facilities. If a toilet is not available, dig a 15cm deep hole at least 100m from camps and watercourses, then bury waste and toilet paper.
Fires: No fires in ‘fuel-stove only’ areas. If you want to make a fire elsewhere, keep it small, use established fireplaces and conserve wood. And don’t burn material containing foil or plastic.
Smoking Policy: If you must smoke, move a discreet distance from the group. Please ensure butts are disposed of in a closed container and carried out with you. DO NOT SMOKE IN THE BUSH ON HIGH FIRE DANGER DAYS.
Tracks: To help reduce erosion, keep to established tracks.
Group Size: From nearly all points of view a small party is better (remembering that for safety reasons a minimum size of four is recommended). Very large groups should be split up if possible.
Do not Disturb Wildlife: Observe, but don’t interfere with any wildlife, including nests. Do not feed wildlife! All native flora is protected within any park or reserve, meaning don’t pick the flowers.
Noise: Keep it down.
Anyone who refuses to comply with the minimum impact code will not be permitted to participate in future activities.
We respect and conserve the environment so that others may later enjoy what we enjoy now. Conservation while bushwalking means avoiding litter, waste, and other ‘impacts’, and generally trying to leave the environment better than we found it.
Remember the saying ‘take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints‘.