Dear FOGG Members,
It saddens me to write that we need to postpone our FOGG activities for this year.
Not only to keep each other safe, but to protect our extended family and our communities.
The corona virus is spreading fast and we all need to take action to stop the movement of this virus to our own homes, farms, towns and localities.
Please avoid all non essential travel. Stay at home if you can. Especially if you are over 70 and/or have health issues.
Please consider what you do every day and ensure that you are not putting yourself or someone else at risk.
Please stay 1.5m from everyone. Please avoid visiting and social gatherings and follow the Government guidelines.
Especially stay home if you are unwell and ring the doctor or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or call the Victorian dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours, 7 days a week) for advice.
Please practice good hygiene.
If we do these things then it is likely that we can slow the transmission down.
China and South Korea are managing to do this.
A new study from University of Sydney shows that if 90% or even 80% of people follow STRICT social distancing then we can come through this in 3-4 months.
So there is hope.
I hope that you manage to spend some time with nature at this time and keep each other’s spirits up.
All the best and stay safe.
Dr Catherine Pye
Friends of Grampians Gariwerd
The Friends Of Grampians Gariwerd (FOGG) has around 80 members. Of these members, there are about 20 locals with the remaining members coming from other parts of Victoria and some from interstate.
We work in close co-operation with the local staff of Parks Victoria. FOGGs came into existence in 1984, the same year as the Grampians was declared a National Park. Over the years we have created many joint projects we can look back on with pride.
As Friends of Grampians Gariwerd we aim to:
- Promote the conservation, protection and restoration of the Grampians National Park;
- Increase the community’s involvement, knowledge and enjoyment of the Grampians National Park;
- Assist with projects selected by FOGG and Grampians National Park; and,
- Provide a community voice in support of the Grampians National Park.
We put out a newsletter four times a year so that all our members can find out what is happening in the park.
We keep our membership fee low, at $20 per year (July to June), to encourage membership and we encourage donations to give us some disposable income.