We wish to pay tribute to David’s passionate commitment and contribution to FOGGs, of which he and Judith have been members for nearly 30 years, although this was only one of many conservation groups he was dynamically involved in during this period.
David saw FOGG as an active player in the Park’s management; he was instrumental in giving a local voice to the bureaucracy beyond our Park staff, both as a supporter and, at times, opponent of directions he considered inappropriate from his strong environmentalist position.
After the incorporation of FOGG, David became our first president, a position he held for eight years. He was our one and only ‘political’ President and a formidable adversary. Over this time he was involved in many projects to protect the Park from exclusive group use and privatisation. In addition, he gave his wholehearted support to positive developments such as the Red Gum Walk, revegetation projects and all research within the Park. He was also involved with the local Brambuk Community and strongly supported the preservation of their Gariwerd heritage.
Most immediate to us, however, was his personal warmth, his ever-ready smile and exuberant greetings. His enthusiasm was infectious to us all, particularly in his encouragement for the younger FOGGies; – which my own, now grown and flown, daughters still remember very fondly.
When going through my memories of the many days we spent together at FOGGs and at his dream (but still under-construction) straw house, the adjective that stands out overwhelmingly is ‘passionate’.
His indeed was a passionate life that we are all the better for being a part of.
‘ben’ Gunn, Leigh Douglas, Miriam Straub and Johanna Gunn.
Welcome to another full newsletter. I hope you find it interesting and useful.
Please remember that it’s time to renew your membership or to join us. Members should have received a renewal form. New members please use the form on this site.
Our AGM is in September and will creep up on us quickly. All office positions will be open for election, Proo our current president has held the position for three years and will not be standing again. Could people please give some thought to taking on this role and let us know if you are interested. You don’t need to live locally.
Did you know there is a group working towards building a Wildlife Art gallery in Halls Gap. More information is on their website: http://www.wama.net.au/
We have also received flyers for workshops to be held in Halls Gap.
Grampians Brushes 7-12 September
“a unique opportunity for artists to develop their passion of expression in one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments”. For more information: www.grampiansbrushes.com.au
or ring 0428 825 971
Greetings from the still so very dry Grampians. And fire ravaged too. The January fires on the Victoria Range burnt almost a quarter of the Park; the March fires in the Dadswell Bridge area were successfully extinguished while still small but had the potential to cause severe damage to a quite different ecosystem. Our Park staff have had a torrid time, and now face months of hard work. We offer them our sympathy and our thanks.
It has of course also impacted on our FOGG activities. We were going to talk with Park staff about our activity programme, but that is now postponed until April 24.
Your committee has also found it hard to get together, with distractions from births (lovely) and illness (horrid).
Have you thought whether you could be on our committee? We make use of email quite a bit, so you don’t have to live locally. We have a policy of changing the president at regular intervals, and Proo has indicated this is her last year in the position. You have until September to think about it.
Just in as I was about to print this, and apologies that it is now so late, the Government has released its new guidelines on commercial development in national parks. Proo has an initial response below. You can read them on http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/recreation-and-tourism/tourism-investment-opportunities-in-national-parks.
And also just in, another quick response from one of our members. See her letter on p 6.