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Meetings and Speakers

Monthly meetings 

Meetings are held in the Phyllis Hore Room, rear Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew (Melway Map 45 D6), on the third Wednesday of each month (except January), commencing at 8pm. Visitors are requested to arrive by 7.40pm.

2017 Speaker program

15 March: David Morrison, ex Bureau of Meterology. Planning your walk for the weather.

19 AprilDr Sapphire McMullen-Fisher, FungiMap and Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Fabulous Fungi - What They are Doing in our Ecosystems. 

19 May:  AGM. Chris Boag.  Web resources for planning walks.

21 June: David de Bondi. Walking poles and pole etiquette.

19 July:  Club members Carmel Bourke and Michael Bertie will be speaking about recent overseas walks -Carmel Bourke, Samaria Gorge Crete; Michael Bertie, the Ignatian Camino NE Spain. 

16 August: Club member Dennis Ward. Walking in Wales: the Wye Valley Way.

20 September: Sarah Ryan, Maps Coordinator State Library of Victoria. Early exploration and settlement in Victoria.

18 October:  Dr Erin Matchan, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. Volcanism in Victoria and landforms created by recent events eg Tower Hill and Mt Eccles.

15 November: Rob Hyatt, Koorie Heritage Trust. Victoria's aboriginal heritage.

 Past  speakers

Hamish Webb from the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning will be talking about 'Climate Change Policy - Forest, Fire and Regions'

Ray Thomas: Regent Honeyeater Project 20 years down the track - a success story worth telling!

Greg Harding: Walking the west coast of Tasmania.

Zac Lewis, Australian Wildlife Conservancy: Back from the brink: restoring Australia’s lost and declining biodiversity.

George Mifsud & Robyn McCutcheon from Vicmap Topographic Mapping gave a very interesting over view of history of government mapping.  Topo maps are available for purchase and download on

Club members speaking on recent treks through Larapinta and Tasmania

Dean Stewart from the Bureau of Meteorology with a fascinating presentation including a demo of the Bureau's new meteye website

Rod Costigan from Bush Search and Rescue

Club members talking about recent walks in the Blue Mountains

Tim Dolby from Birds Victoria presenting on finding Australian birds - see his recently published book:  Finding Australian Birds 

Ken Walker from Melbourne Museum presenting on citizen science, focussing on the website

Glen Tarrant - Country Fire Authority -

Greg Lefoe - Department of Environment and Primary Industries - Community involvement in biological control of environmental weeds

Ken Birch - President Victorian Alpine Huts -