The Economics of Rock Climbing – What are we worth?

The economic value of rock climbing is increasingly recognised internationally. This tourism not only provides income and employment but also draws experienced and skilled individuals to regional areas. Labour attraction and retention are critical issues for regional areas in Victoria. A paper has been produced on behalf of the Victorian Climbing Club to estimate the […]

VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and resuming club activities

The VCC Committee has agreed to a COVID-19 Safety Plan which is required by the Government and DHHS. This plan enables the club to safely resume running club trips, courses and activities in 2021. Our regular club trips, courses and activities can now be planned and advertised once trip leaders are organised. This plan ensures […]

VCC submission on the Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan

This is the draft VCC submission in response to the Greater Gariwerd Landscape draft Management Plan (it might change a little before it is submitted).  VCC members are exhorted to email their own submissions to – feel free to get ideas from this draft

Successful tree planting last Saturday

CliffCare was involved in a very successful tree-planting at Centenary Park at Dyurrite / Mt Arapiles last Saturday, 21 November. There were 37 people who signed the log sheets and pitched in to dig holes, plant and water the trees in the campgrounds, and make tree guards for the new plantings. It was wonderful to […]

The VCC has instigated a legal challenge against PV

Today, two renowned Australian rock climbers commenced a Court case against Parks Victoria to review its decision to deny them permission to rock climb at world-class climbing areas at the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park in Victoria.In February 2019, Parks Victoria announced the world’s largest rock climbing bans, covering 551 square kilometres of the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park […]

The Founding Council and Climbing Governance recommendations

To all VCC members, I write this in the wake of the recent Zoom meeting (Sunday 30th August, 2020) of interested climbing reps on the so-called “Founding Council” to keep you ‘in the loop’. At this meeting, Phil Goebel (Sport Climbing Victoria) and Andrew Knight (Outdoors Victoria) talked to the draft options paper that had […]

How PV misled the Minister

In February 2019, Parks Victoria (PV) announced it had made a Set-aside Determination that prohibited climbing in a huge section of Gariwerd / the Grampians National Park.  Over the next two months, PV endeavoured to justify the rationale for the prohibition in two ‘after-the-fact’ ministerial briefing papers, sent to the Minister for Energy, Environment and […]

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