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Grampians Access 2019 7-Mar-2019 At 6:13:40 PM Dave J
On 7-Mar-2019 Tori_GMAC wrote:
>I am trying to post in this forum, but every time I do I get the message
>: Invalid or Suspicious Input Detected. Press BACK on your browser.
>I've tried editing my post; but I get the same response every time. Is
>there a keyword that causes this error message . . . or certain characters?
>There are no profanities in my post, I need to know the offending word/s
>that are blocking my post???
It might be the links or the emoticons.

Was this what you were going to post?

"I have just had a chat with a ranger (a friend who will remain nameless) about the access issues that climbers are dealing with I specifically asked for clarification on the new SPA's and how they will affect climbers, and climbing tour operation...

The ranger indicated to me that all areas listed in the most recent update are indeed off limits to all recreational climbers; and that even Licenced Tour Operators (such as myself) might be in a legal grey-area accessing Summerday Valley..."
part 2 coming For further clarification on my access rights I am being referred to a higher up E x e c u t i v e within the organisation I hope to have a constructive conversation with this person tomorrow.

I told the ranger that my livelihood - and the livelihood of many local operators and instructors - depends on our ability to work in Summerday Valley (and other areas). I said that I felt the bans were rushed policy and that they have been poorly communicated to the broader climbing community. I said that I would fight these bans, and that I'll have to be physically stopped by 'compliance officers' from operating in an area that I pay a significant sum of money to PV and other bodies (insurance) to access. OK OK my blood was up a little; (I didn't expect the February SPA update to escalate to official PV policy so quickly) but my ranger friend agreed with me, and said we (the climbing community) should fight the bans, lest climbing in the entire Grampians be prohibited.

Immediately after this call I spoke with the local member (Emma Kealy), who has been doing some background work on the climbing access issue. She has had meetings with Aboriginal Victoria and local indigenous groups. The state of affairs isn't entirely as it would seem from various Parks Victoria media releases. Emma hopes to raise the issue of access on the floor of the Victorian Parliament tomorrow, to get a better idea of how this policy has been formed, and why it is being pushed so strongly (and in such an opaque manner) by Parks Victoria.

I'll add more when I know more."

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