WICEN NSW Communications

WICEN is a statewide body which has been created to serve the needs of the particular state and as such the structure within each state differs according to the emergency management plan within that state.
In NSW, WICEN operates as a specialist support squad under the NSW State Disaster Plan (DISPLAN).

Membership renewal season is here once again. If you would like to pay
by bank deposit, please make payment to:
     Account name: WICEN NSW
     BSB: 112-879
     Account number: 155 590 471
Please include your callsign in the receiver's comment so we know who it's from.

WICEN will be once again providing communications for the world famous Shahzada Horse Enduro held around St Albans, on the MacDonald River, to the north west of Sydney, from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th August. Members can assist for just a day or two, or up to the full week.

August, September and October sees Alzheimer's Australia Memory Walk and Jog events, commencing with the Port Macquarie this morning. Others are at Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle; over the Bay Run in Inner Western Sydney; and at North Wollongong. These are fairly short events, which would make great first events for newer members.

This year's Trek for Timor will be around Wentworth Falls in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, on Saturday the 20th of September, with 13km, 25km and 45km options. This year's event will raising funds for several school, vocational and higher education projects. They are currently accepting team registrations and sponsorship at: www.trekfortimorbm.org.au

Following last weekends EMR training, the Northern Rivers region will be conducting two training sessions, a second training event on Sunday the 12th of October. The region also has the Paddle for Life pencilled to run from Saturday 13th to Monday 15 September.

WICEN is seeking operators for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic on Saturday 25th October and Sunday 26th. As WICEN will be staffing several new checkpoints the number of operators required has increased. New participants will be placed with an experienced member.

SAREX, a search exercise involving the search for the missing light aircraft VH-MDX in the rugged Barrington top will be conducted on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October. This involves the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad and NSW Police Rescue.

The BWRS is running a 4 day Remote area First Aid Course over the weekends of 6th to 7th and 20 to 21st of September at Berrima Scout Camp, south-west of Sydney. This is suitable for both workplace and WICEN use, and a subsidy is available for WICEN members. See bwrs.org.au

WICEN has a twitter account: @wicennsw

Facebook users will find the official WICEN New South Wales page, an informal national WICEN group, and a few interstate groups.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in and around the Territory. The club's website at http://www.crarc.ampr.org/ includes details of both WICEN and general events. October events are the BSMC Tumut Rally; the Brookvale Horse Enduro, named for a property straddling the ACT - NSW border; and Fitz's Challenge, an endurance bicycle ride in the western area of the ACT. The Club has a "EMR Compliance and Safety” presented by Alan Hawes VK1WX on Wednesday, August 27, and a Foundation Licence course in mid September.

Coming events include:

VRA Induction here at Dural this morning
Hunter Memory Walk and Jog at Lake Macquarie this morning
Shahzada from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th August
Port Macquarie Memory Walk on Sunday 31st August
Northern Rivers Paddle for life on Saturday 13th to Monday 15th September
Sydney Memory Walk on Sunday, 14th September
Trek for Timor around Wentworth Falls on 20th September
Illawarra Memory Walk on Sunday 12th October
Northern Rivers Training session on Sunday 12th October
SAREX on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October
WICEN ACT's BSMC Tumut Rally Saturday 18th October
WICEN ACT's Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride on Sunday 19 October
Fitz's Challenge Bike Ride in the ACT on Sunday 26th October

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.