Environment Three Mountains DGO

As bushwalkers most of us have a strong love and respect for the natural environment. We want to do what we can to protect it. Our Club works directly, and through Bushwalking WA, to promote an awareness of conservation and other issues of special relevance to our Western Australian bushwalking environment. We also take care to ensure our activities have minimum impact on the environment.

Throughout its history Perth Bushwalkers Club has been actively involved in conservation campaigns, including the late 1970’s campaign against the expansion of bauxite mining across the Darling Range near Perth and the 1980’s campaign to end logging in the old growth forests of the southwest. We have long supported the Conservation Council of WA. In some cases however conservation attitudes have overlooked the benefits that bushwalking can have for community health and environmental awareness and have resulted in compromising or even blocking our access to bushwalking areas. The following are a few examples where bushwalkers and conservation movement viewpoints are not aligned:

Prescribed burns - Wild fires are a hazard to bushwalkers in the bushfire season. The Club generally supports the system of hazard reduction burns conducted by DPAW, rather than adopting the CCWA position.

Wilderness areas – These areas can be inaccessible and hazardous for bushwalking. The creation of wilderness areas restricts hazard reduction burns and excludes vehicle access. Bush without tracks that has not been thinned in hazard reduction burns is often impassable on foot, and in WA’s arid countryside road access is often vital for ensuring in advance that adequate water sources are available along a long walk route.

Drinking water catchment areas - Regulations aimed at the conservation and protection of drinking water catchment areas  unreasonably restrict access by bushwalkers.

Also see: Current access and regulatory issues affecting our freedom to bushwalk in W.A.