Due to the extraordinary health situation I guess you will not be surprised that we have to cancel the Mt Worth Trail Run for 2020 as a result of the current public health failure around the COVID19 pandemic.
Parks Victoria restrictions on friends activity, and indeed the availability of volunteers due to general movement restrictions, make adequate preparations impossible. This is on top of the obvious difficulties running the day would face, even at current limitation.
We are devastated that we will not be able to welcome you for the event this year, and will be processing your refunds as soon as possible. We are talking to Register Now about the process.
We considered re-scheduling as many events have, but cancellation and refund seems the fairest and most practical option. The end of year calendar is going to be jam packed (if anything is able to be run even then)! We are planning to run again in 2021, so put May 16 in your calendar right now!
We feel very strongly that you will need to get out in some way to stay fit and sane, so we note that: 1. (subject to any legal restrictions on you personally) you are at no more risk (nor a risk to anyone else) sitting in your car than sitting on your couch;
2. many parks (especially those out of town) remain open and able to offer good physical distancing – we of course are prejudiced and think of Mt Worth State Park.
3. if this is done responsibly many will have the best chance of seeing this crisis though in good condition – though it may be wise to bring your own materials like water and unfortunately even toilet paper (sadly some mindless peanut has raided the toilet paper at Mt Worth and we believe it is happening widely).
Hope we can get though this and see you all again in 2021.
Mt Worth Friends volunteers
The fabulous Mt Worth Trail Run returns for 2020 on May 17th, and this year proceeds will again assist the Friends develop and improve the Park, but in addition $5 from every registration will go to Gippsland Emergency Relief Funds (GERF.org.au).
Entry fees are still kept low, and entries are limited so don’t delay register here now.
More details on this website or our Facebook page.
Join the Victorian National Parks Association, Environment Victoria, Victorian Environment Friends Network and other environment groups in Melbourne on Thursday 28 November.
It is very clear from the current state of Victoria’s environment that bold action is needed by the Andrews Government to protect the places and wildlife we love – our National Parks, forests, rivers, beaches, oceans, native plants and animals.
As biodiversity continues to rapidly decline, habitats become more stressed, species become more threatened, and the climate crisis escalates, we can’t waste any more time.
So let’s get together to show our community’s grave concern and urge for more action by the Andrews Government to address these urgent problems.
On Thursday 28 November, just before the fifth anniversary of the election of the Andrews Government, environment and community groups from across Victoria will rally together to demand bold action to protect Nature for Life.
Date: Thursday 28 November
Place: Parliament steps, Spring St, Melbourne
Followed by: BYO picnic in Treasury Gardens
We want to deliver a positive message of what can and should be done in this term of government to protect nature.
To make this happen, we need everyone to bring a banner, sign, puppet or other craft work to represent the special place you think deserves better protection from the government.
Lions Trafalgar President Tony Hayes recently delivered a $200 cheque from the Trail Run proceeds to our President Merrin Butler. Trail Run funds will be going to the refurbishment of the main Moonlight Creek Trail. Thanks Lions!
Dawn over Mt Worth 29th of June, could be the sort of thing you could enjoy at the Friends Annual Lyrebird count coming up. We will start at the Moonlight Creek Picnic area at 6.45 and then survey Lyrebird calls as dawn rises. Bring very warm gear, a torch and a compass (if you have one). Using a “triangulation” technique we are able to identify individual birds to compare with numbers in previous years. We recorded a small increase between our first count in 2017 and the second in 2018, and hope that we will get a similar result this year. Contact us through the “contact” page on our website or message through Facebook if you would like to join us.
The Giant Gippsland Earthworm is only found in moist sites in Gippsland, nowhere else is the world! The Mt Worth Satet Park is the only public land in Victoria where the GGE is found.
You could learn more by listening to this “Look at Me” podcast