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Minimal Impact Bushwalking Code

By following this Code, participant Clubs will minimise the impact of their activities on the resource that
provides us with so much pleasure.

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  • Use an existing campsite rather than make a new one in the same area. Setting up camp will be easier
    and additional ground cover will not be damaged.
  • Leaders should limit the size of their party, especially in sensitive areas.
  • Never cut live trees for tent poles.
  • Minimise damage to flora and fauna by taking care in selecting how and where you camp.
Campfires & Stoves
  • Strictly obey all regulations regarding campfires and fire bans.
  • Fires should not be lit in sensitive areas, or areas with a shortage of firewood. Stoves must be used in
    high-use areas (note: in some areas of Australia regulation prescribes "stove only" areas).
  • Use established fire sites wherever possible. By preference use a “pit” fire and bury ashes. Use only
    dead wood for campfire fuel and ensure sufficient cleared area is maintained around fires and stoves for the
    prevailing conditions.
  • Don't make fires near trunks of trees, on roots, on peaty soil, or where the fire could spread or be
    difficult to extinguish.
  • Keep a suitable fire suppressant handy to control the fire should it begin to spread.
  • Once fire remains are cold, bury them and spread leaf litter or soil over the fire site. Distribute unused
    firewood and minimise the visual impact.
  • Don't dispose of aluminium foil or cans by burning (note: some material may be lined with foil, leaving
    an unsightly and non-biodegradable mess). Don't dispose of other material unless the fire is very hot and
    you are sure that it will be reduced to ash. Avoid producing noxious smoke. When in doubt carry it out!
  • Exercise great care with stoves. Do not allow excess pressure, which may cause safety valve ignition.
  • Bury human wastes. Dig a 200mm (8”) deep hole at least 100m away from any open water.
  • Disposal of human waste at heavily used campsites requires more effort. Go further away!
  • Wash well away from streams and ensure that any soap, detergents or food refuse does not enter water
    ways and water sources. When cleaning utensils use gritty sand rather than detergents.
  • Apply the "carry in, carry out" rule. This applies to orange peel, fruit cores, sanitary items, seeds and
    egg shells. (Remember to take some plastic bags and, if you can, carry out rubbish left by other parties.)
  • Before leaving a lunch spot or campsite check that no rubbish is left.
Tracks & Routes
  • Go in small parties and tread carefully to avoid damaging vegetation. Use stepping stones or
    boardwalks where provided in eroded areas.
  • Limit walking in areas that have been over-used.
  • Minimise walking on loose ground, scree slopes, dunes, marshes and bogs.
Flora & Fauna
  • Native flora and fauna should be left undisturbed. Do not kill snakes.
  • Do not take domestic animals on walks.
  • Report sightings of feral animals, illegal forest grazing or illegal use of protected areas (eg. wood
    cutting or removal of rocks) to park or forest authorities as appropriate.
Further information on Minimum Impact Bushwalking is available at Leave No Trace Australia

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