Steep Snow and Ice Training Weekend

23-24 July. Twenty BSAR members completed SSI training at Mount Buller. Training included self-arrest, crampon usage, patient management, avalanche rescue and a demo of stretcher hauling. Our belated thanks to Mt Buller Ski Patrol, Mount Buller Resort Management, Wilderness Response Paramedics and Police Search and Rescue for their support and participation.

Training Weekend Fryers Range

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.

Search for missing person Halls Gap

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.

Vale Stuart Brookes OAM

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.