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Bundaberg Bushwalking Club back on track

Bundaberg Bushwalking Club
Bundaberg Bushwalking Club is back after a temporary halt to activities.

The Bundaberg Bushwalking Club is returning to regular activities after COVID-19 forced a temporary halt to the club’s activities.

The club embarked on their first walk in nearly three months, visiting the Coongarra Rockpools on 14 June.

President Darryl Bell said members were keen to return and that guidelines are in place to ensure COVID-19 restrictions are followed.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone now that we can return to our planned activities,” Darryl said.

“Most of our members are very keen to get back, but we’ve had to restrict numbers to a maximum of 20.”

“We have planned walks for the next two months only, and provided everything goes according to plan, in July will hold another planning meeting open to all members as we will then be able to have up to 100 people meet outdoors.”

The club currently has close to 70 members and caters for all abilities with a range of walks starting from easy strolls to harder adventurous walks and overnight treks for those with more experience.

New guidelines

The club's committee has produced a summary of important changes that comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Leaders will include COVID-19 safety information in their pre-walk briefing.
  • If a participant is unwell or is showing flu-like symptoms, they cannot participate in the activity.
  • Club radios will not be used on walks.
  • During the activity participants are required to maintain 1.5m distance.
  • No carpooling.
  • The leader will complete the paperwork (sign-in sheet) for each walk and ensure a copy is kept.
  • Maximum group size of 20 people.
  • No contact while on the activity.
  • Participants are not to share equipment, water bottles, food etc.
  • Participants should maintain good hygiene, including regularly washing/sanitising their hands.
  • With kayaking, if participants assist each other getting their kayaks in or out of the water, they should wash their hands before and after doing so.

Anyone interested in joining the Bundaberg Bushwalking Club can contact the group through their Facebook page or website.