Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Committee

The Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Committee administers and operates Bush Search and Rescue.

Some current members of the committee are listed in the table below.

Peter CampbellConvener, Field Organiser, BSAR ExecutiveBushwalking Victoria
Eric KristaTreasurer, BSAR ExecutiveBushwalking Victoria
Peter BriggsField OrganiserVMTC
Shirley McInnesPolice Liaison Officer, Peer SupportMaroondah Bushwalking Club
Rod CostiganField OrganiserMUMC
Frank ZgoznikField OrganiserMUMC
Merv TreasePolice Liaison OfficerYHA
Duncan BrookesField Organiser, BSAR ExecutiveVMTC
Monica ChapmanField Organiser, Maroondah Bushwalking Clug Delegate, Bushwalking Victoria Membership Coordinator, BSAR ExecutiveMaroondah Bushwalking Club
Chris JarvisPolice Liaison OfficerEssendon Bushwalking Club
Roger PalmerField Organiser, Equipment OfficerVMTC
Ross McKinnonField OrganiserGBC
Cameron PlantPolice Liaison OfficerVRA
Jack de VriesMembership secretarySTRZ
James GarganField Organiser, North EastBNSC
Doug WestermanField Organiser, North EastBNSC
Bill LittlePolice Liaison Officer, North EastBNSC
Malcolm McKinnonDelegateWOA
Karl HradskyDelegateWCV
Paul GottliebsonDelegateYHA
Graeme BoltonDelegateSTRZ
Rob BerryDelegateBAYBC
Rod LawlorDelegateAlpineSAR
David LaingDelegateMB
Ryan JuddDelegateMUMC
Trevor KeyDelegateMBOC
Richard HumeDelegateBOROONDARA
Lachlan ShieldField Organiser, Assistant Equipment Officer
Ian FranzkeDelegateBirkebeiner Nordic Ski club

Bush Search and Rescue also has an Executive that reports to the Committee, comprised of:

  • Peter Campbell
  • Monica Chapman (Bushwalking Victoria Membership Coordinator)
  • Eric Krista (Treasurer)
  • Kirilee Chaplin
  • Duncan Brookes

BSAR Committee members are:

  • The Convener, endorsed by the Bushwalking Victoria Board
  • At least ten Field Organisers (FOs)
  • Six Police Liaison Officers (PLOs)
  • Club Delegates from clubs which provide searchers
  • Representatives of the Police Search and Rescue Squad.
  • Membership Secretary
  • Equipment Officer
  • Peer Support Coordinator

The Committee meets at least six times annually to:

  • Regularly plan and conduct search practices
  • Maintain the call-out system
  • Maintain and distribute accurate call-out lists of the members
  • Encourage recruitment of new individuals and clubs
  • Appoint PLOs and FOs annually, by election if necessary
  • Maintain the Peer Support Group
  • Review each search and follow up any issues
  • Develop and review the policies and procedures
  • Liaise with the Police and other agencies
  • Seek and manage funding
  • Purchase and maintain specialist equipment
  • Respond to requests for information and advice
  • Compile and distribute the member updates

Members are kept informed of the activities of the Committee through their Club Delegate and via email communications.

Interested persons from any club are welcome to attend meetings as observers, but do not have voting rights.