Since BSAR’s inception in 1949 we have maintained a network of Club Contacts whose role is to participate in calling out club members active with BSAR to search for missing persons.
Often working late at night, our Club Contact’s dedication and contribution to BSAR’s success as an emergency service cannot be overstated. Club Contacts were last used during the protracted search at Mt Dom Dom in 2009.
However, over recent years technology has evolved to provide more efficient electronic methods to call out members, which means the role of Club Contact is now no longer required.
I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for your commitment and service to BSAR as a Club Contact.
BSAR will continue to use our automated call-out system. If necessary, our Police Liaison Officers can also use a “fifty most active members” list to conduct a manual call-out.
Many Club Contacts have ongoing roles within BSAR including Searchers, Delegates and Peer Supporters. We look forward to their continued contribution in those roles.
For those who have only been operating as a Club Contact, we hope you will also remain connected with BSAR.
Once again, I would like to thank all Club Contacts for their significant contribution to BSAR.
The Pioneers of Bushwalking exhibition was officially launched on Monday, 24 October 2011 by Tim Holding MP, Shadow Treasurer during this year’s History Week celebrations. The exhibition is a collection of stunning images and artefacts that explore the fascinating history of the Melbourne Walking Club and some of the remarkable achievements of its members.
Past Bush Search and Rescue member Stuart Brookes features in one of the photographs.
The exhibition runs until Friday, 9 December 2011. Entry is free.
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000
A Trip Intentions website is now available for people who would like to submit their trip intentions online via email to designated contact people. This site provides a quick and easy way to advise your nominated contacts about details of your trip – and when to “raise the alarm” if you don’t return by your specified date.
Some information on distress beacons and what do to do if you get lost is also provided.
Joanne Prideaux with her family and friends kindly organised as sausage sizzle at Bunning Sunbury on 2 September 2011 to raise funds for Bush Search and Rescue. Joanne organised this to thank BSAR for its recent efforts in the search for David Prideaux at Tomahawk Creek near Mt Stirling.
Sections of the Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Manual are now available online. We are working on providing all our manual content online, and a PDF version can be downloaded too. This is an important resource for Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, and is also used as a reference by other groups and organisations.
Linda, a current and active BSAR member, and her husband Rob Rigato successfully skied to the North Pole in April this year after a strenuous 55 days. At the North Pole they were helicopered out to the Russian Barneo Station and from there on to Svalbard, Norway by the last plane for the season. Linda becomes the first Australian woman to have skied from the edge of the land to the North Pole, and the first to have done the same trip to the north and south poles. Continue reading “Linda Beilharz reaches the North Pole”