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Burnley Bouldering - bike trail scheduled for reconstruction Top
The Main Yarra Bike Trail from MacRobertson Bridge to Burnley Harbour will be closed for scheduled reconstruction works from 15 September for roughly six weeks. The Bouldering Walls should still be accessable via McConchie Reserve (from Mary Street across the park at the side of the harbour).

See Yarra City Council's information


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Fire at Burnley bouldering walls Top
Apparently someone has been planning to have a bonfire down at Burnley, and had collected a pile of scrap wood in preparation.

I want to get the message to them that this would be a very Bad Idea. I have also been in contact with Parks Victoria and asked them to remove the wood.

We rely on good relations with PV and Transurban to use the area, and setting up fires on their land and under their infrastructure does not help.

Not just the obvious risk of having a fire next to the rubber mats (flammable), plywood walls (flammable) and plastic holds (flammable), but all under a highway flyover where any disruption is quickly going to get into million$$$.

It doesn't even need to get out of control, just someone from across the river reporting Fire Under The Highway, for them to have to close the road until the Firies and Police can find their way in to see what it going on. Then somebody starts doing risk analysis and thinking maybe it's not such a good idea to have a climbing wall under our expensive bridge after all, and the Walls are gone. < rant over >

If anyone knows who this was, tell them not to do it again. And if you see anyone doing anything similar, please report it.

Brunswick bouldering wall Top
Dear all

A massive thanks to the climbing community as well as the Brunswick community for the support we have received to create the Brunswick bouldering plaza early next year.

It is very exciting to not only get a bouldering wall but to get a dynamic public space to revitalize the southern end of Sydney Rd. Beyond bouldering there will be a lawn, treescape, seating, food truck stop and buskers. The plaza is in close proximity to great food, coffee and the dynamic community which is Brunswick.

The boulder will have about 13m of traverse and has been designed with guidance from Moreland Urban Design. It will be built by a reputable climbing fabricator with the idea if handing the running if the space to a community group of climbers.

Thanks again for supporting the accessibility of climbing and progressive active public space. We hope this boulder will compliment Burnley, the amazing gyms and the incredible natural resources we have in Victoria.

Whats really amazing is that this will actually happen and community initiated and focused design can become a reality.

BG Design

Wilson Avenue, Brunswick, bouldering wall Top
Very pleased to report that Moreland City Council is to go ahead and build a new public space at Wilson Avenue, Brunswick.

Moreland City Council information
"The new public space will have an urban bouldering wall as a feature. The wall will be approximately 9 metres long and 3 metres high, and surrounded by softfall. Eighty-four percent of the community stated that they wanted to see a wall in the new space."

Thanks to everyone who visited the pop-up park, the Training Day fun day there, and filled in the council survey. The community support really got it over the line.
They are intending to commence 12 week construction period in early January 2015. Watch this space....


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Patrick Chung Top
It is with deep regret that we wish to advise that club member Patrick Chung died on Thursday 24th April, as a result of a fall from the cliffs of The Great Wall at Moonarie, in South Australia.

The funeral service for Patrick will be at 10 am on Friday 9th May at Le Pine's funeral chapel on Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe, followed by a short reception. Those who would like to say a final farewell to Patrick are welcome to attend.

Patrick passed away while doing something he loved, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our sincerest condolences to Patrick's family and friends. R.I.P. Patrick.

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Training Day Top
I guess the two things I love about climbing is that its hard but if you work hard enough what was once thought improbable can become a reality. It's a sport where challenging the self is integral and this challenge can be applied to the rest of your life.

Climbing creates an incredible connection to the natural environment however as Burnley proves climbing can create a sublime connection to the urban environment too. With this in mind there has been a two year campaign to get a boulder built in Brunswick. Originally we just wanted some space anywhere and some sort of budget to get a Northside wall happening however Bouldergeist design was invited by Moreland Council to help bid on a justice department competition to councils looking for urban interventions which may lower petty crime. The council choose Wilson Avenue off Sydney Rd as the site and we won more than enough money to build two Burnleys.

The catch is the cost of the new park that has to be made to house the boulder and its impact to the surrounds. Council has decided to create an 8 week pop up park to test traffic circulation and to gauge response to the final facility. The final obstacle is community complaints. There is always a fear of the unknown and many don't know that compared to other so called extreme sports climbing has a wide demographic of generally switched on people. To demonstrate climbing's wide appeal in the community we have created Training day

Training day challenges you to participate in a seven circuit exercise challenge on the streets of Brunswick. We have Pilates instructors and several gyms running custom circuits which, will be scattered in and around Wilson Avenue. One activity is a mobile climbing wall which in itself is not much of a challenge but when incorporated into the circuit becomes more challenging. The purpose of this day is community support so a simple climbing challenge could be what we need to get this project the best possible result. It will mean that many ordinary Joe's and Jane's who work out but don't necessarily climb will hopefully support the boulder where otherwise they may not.

We ask climbers to come down and participate. Your presence will be a vote towards determining how much space we are allocated to create the Brunswick boulder. We asked VCC to supply some people for a petition late last year. One thing which, everyone noticed that climbing was a sport which, attracts a full spectrum of ages, races and is friendly to females as much as males. It is one thing to talk about demographics but when people show up in person demographic appeal of the sport can not be doubted.

Training day will be a fun day and you will have an opportunity to discover new ways of cross training and places to train. If you choose to compete you are at an advantage and I am happy to tell you sneakily now that there is a second wall climb as the last station and climbers will be most prepared for the final pump. Most of all you are helping the cause of more accessible places to climb in our awesome city in a fun and unique manner. This is one of the last hurdles in getting this space built with the best possible outcome so come down help us get the best possible wall.


Stuart - Bouldergeist Design

P.S thanks to everyone who has already signed or collected signatures for this project, much appreciated :>


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