17 June 2022. BSAR members were called out to assist in a one-day search for a man missing near Flinders.
4-5 June 2022. BSAR members and prospective members attended the training weekend in the Fryers Range. The training included participation in the VRA rogaine on the Saturday followed by workshops on Sunday. Workshops covered topics including line searching, GPS, hypothermia and communication. Given the various challenges leading up to the weekend, the training organisers are to be commended for their efforts in pulling together an informative program.
22 May 2022. BSAR members were called out to assist in a search for a 50-year old man missing after a day walk in Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park near Halls Gap. Searchers were stood down a little after midnight when the missing man was found.
14-17 May 2022. BSAR searchers participated for four days during the search for a 70-year old man missing at Dinner Plain. Unfortunately, the missing man has still not been found.
5 May 2022. BSAR members were called out to assist in a search for a 58-year old man missing at Anglers Rest, near Omeo. The man was located prior to BSAR searchers’ arrival.
Stuart Brookes OAM passed away peacefully on Friday 19 November, aged 99.
Stuart was a stalwart member of BSAR from its inception in 1949. He participated in search and rescue for 40 years, including many of the major searches through the 1950s to 1970s. He was a Field Organiser for many years and later a Police Liaison Officer.
He is perhaps best-known for his sketch maps of the Victorian alps, published under the name of Bush Maps Victoria, and originally created when government maps were either non-existent or very inaccurate.
Stuart was a foundation member of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) and became its first life member 10 years later.
For his contribution to bushwalking through map-making, safety in the bush and search and rescue Stuart was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1988.
Bush Search and Rescue offers its sincere condolences to Stuart’s family and friends.
*** NOTE: Unfortunately this year’s Backcountry Festival is unable to be held at Mount Hotham due to extended COVID-19 restrictions.
Bob Wood passed away on 17 July 2021.
Bob was a member of the Maroondah Bushwalking Club back in the eighties, and had a lifelong passion for bushwalking, ski touring and sharing the outdoors with others.Continue reading “Vale Bob Wood OAM”
5 July 2021. BSAR members participated for two days in a search for a missing person near Goongerah in East Gippsland. The missing person not found.
Peter Campbell stepped down as BSAR Convener at the Bushwalking Victoria AGM on 19 June 2021.Continue reading “Peter Campbell steps down as BSAR Convener”