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29th Biennial ASF Conference

29th Biennial Conference Of The Australian Speleological Federation Inc.

6th – 11th January 2013 – Galong. NSW. Australia

Hosted by the New South Wales Speleological Council

If you have an interest in caves and caving the 29th Biennial Speleology Conference of the Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) is an event not to be missed. The organising committee invites you to get along to TROGalong, at the St Clements Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, NSW from Sunday 6th to Friday 11th January 2013.

This national conference provides an ideal forum for anyone with an interest in the science or exploration of caves to share in the knowledge, research and exploration experiences of Australia’s caves and karst landforms. International presenters will also be most welcome. Presentations will be variable and nominally 20 minutes duration although longer presentations may be negotiated. Absentee presentations may also be accommodated. Posters are encouraged and will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference.

Artists are also welcome to present cave related artwork (commission applies to any sales).

Be sure to enter the cave photography competition, speleo sports and prusik events.

Experience some of NSW tourist or wild caves on the pre and post conference field trips.

All accommodation, meals and conference events will be on site so there will be lots of opportunity for socialising and relaxing. The venue has comfortable motel style accommodation with some limited camping option, an in-ground swimming pool and extensive gardens set on the peaceful 800 acre rural property with a rich pastoral history dating back to the 1820’s. The venue was also a former Monastery and Minor Seminary.

Further details on costs, closing date for abstracts, program and events will be advised shortly. Please visit www.asfconference.org.au/2013.

Students, researchers and speleological club members are strongly encouraged to submit presentations or workshops on any cave-related topic. The ASF administers a small grants scheme to encourage attendance at and active participation in ASF conferences by new ASF members who have not attended any previous ASF conference. The grant provides for whole or part remission of conference registration fees and travel costs etc., and personal attendance and an appropriate presentation is required. Enquiries to the conference organising committee are invited. Please contact the conference convenor, Bob Kershaw in the first instance ([email protected]).

Preliminary Information for Wyanbene Cleaning Project

CSS and ISS, in conjunction with the local National Parks office, look like they are getting a cave cleaning project up and running at Wyanbene. More details below or in their PDF brief.
Continue reading ‘Preliminary Information for Wyanbene Cleaning Project’

Jenolan Sycamore Weeding Weekends

National Parks and Jenolan are running a number of landcare weekends to clean exotic weeds. See the PDF flier for full information.

If you are interested in these weekends please apply directly using the contact details on the flier.

NSW Speleo Council and Cavers Social BBQ: Reminder

When: Saturday 16 15 October 2011 from 5pm
RSVP Thursday 13 October2011
Venue: Mike Lake & Jill Rowling home Thornleigh

As the NSWSC will meet on Saturday 16 October and there is KID database training on the Sunday, there will be a cavers social BBQ on the Saturday evening (from 5pm). All ASF cavers welcome!

HCG will be catering with a variety of gastronomical delights including vegetarian for those that request it.

Menu

  • Marinated chicken breast
  • Marinated steak
  • Vegetarian/fish (please request)
  • Pasta salad
  • Potato salad
  • Roll
  • and, the famous HCG’s apple crumble with ice cream!

Cost: $15 per adult and $10 per child. (Please bring correct money)

BYO: Plate, KFS, drinks/cup, chair and maybe a small table. Washing up tubs will be provided.

Any excess will be donated to the ASF Karst Conservation Fund.

PLEASE book your meal early as it helps with catering. Don’t be disappointed with a decline for food if you do not book as food is limited, book now!

Condition: The BBQ is tightly budgeted for and if you book a meal and do not turn up, you still have to pay as HCG cannot afford any loses. It’s only fair.

Rain: If it looks like rain the backyard will be tarped!

Joe Sydney
HCG
[email protected]
W: 9577 3361
M: 0405 039 398 phone or text

Announcement of 2011 NSW Cavers Dinner

Cavers social BBQ!
Saturday 15th October 2011 from 5pm
RSVP for catering is required by 12th October.

Venue: Thornleigh

As the NSWSC will meet on Saturday 16 October and there is KID database training on the Sunday, there will be a cavers social BBQ on the Saturday evening (from 5pm). All ASF cavers welcome!

HCG will be catering with a variety of gastronomic delights including vegetarian for those that request it.

Menu:

  • Marinated chicken breast
  • Marinated steak
  • Vegetarian/fish (please request)
  • Pasta salad
  • Potato salad
  • Roll
  • and, the famous HCG apple crumble with ice cream

Cost: $15 per adult and $10 per child.
(Please bring correct money)

BYO: Plate, KFS, drinks/cup, chair and maybe a small table. Washing up tubs will be provided.

Any excess will be donated to the ASF Karst Environment Fund.

PLEASE book your meal early as it helps with catering. Don’t be disappointed with a decline for food if you do not book as food is limited, book now!

Condition: The BBQ is tightly budgeted for and if you book a meal and do not turn up, you still have to pay as HCG cannot afford any loses. It’s only fair.

Rain: If it looks like rain the backyard will be covered!

More Bungonia Cave Engineering

Joe’s project to install ladders at Bungonia is continuing and he has requested more help. Please contact Joe ([email protected]) directy if you are interested.

Stage 3, installation of bridge section only in B4/Kings Cross-Bungonia.

Fri 27 – a few cavers required to help with installing electric & Comms cables and rig cave.
Sat 28 and Sun 29 May 2011-cavers required for bridge installation.

The paleo-sediments in the Kings Cross area of B4-5 need protection from constant over use. Approval has been granted by Parks to build a small bridge over the paleo-sediments to help preserve them.

On Feb 19th cavers took into B4 a single section of bridge lamination for a test installation and final measuring (Stage 2). The taking of the single lamination section into and out of the cave was not difficult and the test installation was successful.

We are now ready to install the bridge section (Stage 3) at B4/ Kings Cross. The vertical ladder section (Stage 4) will be added at a later date.

A limited number of experienced cavers are required to help take what is required into the cave, with bridge installation and removal of equipment etc.

All cavers will be given tasks based on their experience!

More details will be provided to ‘attending’ cavers when you register your attendance. Please let me know ASAP if you can assist.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Joe
Joe Sydney
HCG-VP

NSW Speleo Council Minutes

Here are the minutes for distribution to club members: October 2010 Minutes.

Basic Cave Surveying Course

HCG and HSC are running a basic cave surveying course, see notice below. If you are interested in attending as one of the two UTSSS people then contact us immediately.

Continue reading ‘Basic Cave Surveying Course’

NSW Speleo Council Meeting: Sunday 23rd May

The next NSW Speleo Council meeting is 10 am, Sunday 23rd May at Tricketts Arch, Jaunter.

This is Peter Dykes’ property.

There will be the opportunity for caving on Saturday and a presentation and BBQ on Saturday night.

Camping is at the nearby Tuglow River (see below)

NSW Cave Numbering Review

There is a review of the cave numbering system currently under way by the NSW Speleo Council. See the PDF which explains what is going on if you are interested.