Interim Protection Declaration for Taylor’s Rock/Declaration Crag?

The following communication was received on 30th March from Parks Victoria. It relates to the consideration, by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, of an Interim Protection Declaration for Taylor’s Rock/Declaration Crag (at Mount Arapiles). The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is considering whether to make an interim protection declaration in relation to a Barengi Gadjin Aboriginal […]

Outdoor Bouldering Walls CLOSED

In accordance with guidance coming out from Federal and State Governments, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, all outdoor Bouldering Walls have been closed. In the interest of public health and safety during this time, we’ve already removed the holds from the Burnley and Footscray walls. The COVID-19 virus has been shown […]

VCC Trips and Events Update

Hi everyone, We’ve cancelled all VCC trips and events for the foreseeable future in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is in keeping with the State Government’s announcement on Sunday of the cancellation of non-essential services. We ask you to please reconsider any climbing plans you may have. Now is not the time to risk an accident […]

Access – where are we now?

As you’ll be aware, the VCC has been deliberating for some months on whether or not to file legal proceedings against Parks Victoria (PV) in relation to the Grampians climbing bans.  We have been holding off until after the fourth of a series of Roundtable meetings was held. We had been hoping that PV might […]

Storm Clouds and a Ray of Sunshine in Natimuk

In the February edition of the Argus, I reported that Barenji Gadjin and Parks Victoria would be running an information session at Natimuk on January 29 about the recent closure of Taylor’s Rock / Declaration Crag at Mt Arapiles, to discuss possible ways forward. Since the scheduling of this meeting didn’t allow time for a […]

Victorian State Speed Titles – Gravity Worx

Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym in Pascoe Vale/Coburg will host Sport Climbing Victoria’s State Speed Titles for the third year in a row on Saturday 14th March, 2020. Entries for States are open at Sport Climbing Victoria. There are youth and adult categories, with a range of sub-category options, so you can enter the category […]

Victorian State Lead Titles – Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger Indoor Climbing Gym in Altona will host Sport Climbing Victoria’s State Lead Titles for the second consecutive year on the weekend of Feb 29 – March 1. Entries for States are open at Sport Climbing Victoria. There are youth and adult categories, with a range of sub-category options, so you can enter the category […]

Re-discovery of rock art at Declaration Crag, Djurite/Mt Arapiles.

There has been a re-discovery of rock art at Taylor’s Rock (Declaration Crag). Barengi Gadjin Land Council shared this news with the Rock Climbing Roundtable in advance of a public statement as a positive story of celebration and a demonstration of their faith in the climbing community to do the right thing. They respectfully ask […]

STAKEHOLDER REFERENCE GROUP MEETING 19/11/2019

The new VCC President, Kevin Lindorff, attended the latest Stakeholder Reference Group Meeting as the climbing community’s representative. Below are his thoughts and impressions on the meeting as published in Argus, the VCC’s Newsletter, in the December edition. We have published them here on our website as we believe that climbers outside of the VCC […]