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Bushwalkers trek up 25 years

By Riverine Herald

MEMBERS of Echuca-Moama Bushwalkers recently gathered from across two states for the groups’ 25th anniversary celebrations.

The 42 present and past members came from as far as Ballarat, Deniliquin, the Mornington Peninsula and Ocean Grove for the celebrations at Mercure Port of Echuca.

But the trek was no problem — these fearless explorers have faced more daunting journeys on foot.

While enjoying a dinner together, group members reminisced on past walks they had enjoyed over the 25 years, enjoying a photo presentation from Annemaree Crosby.

Founding member John Trevillian was the guest speaker for the night and shared how the club was established and his early experiences of walks.

And a bushwalking-themed cake and centrepieces were provided by creative wizard Julie Smith.

The celebrations continued the next morning with a relaxing walk near Victoria Park and morning tea on the MV Mary Ann.

‘‘It’s amazing, this just started as a little group and bumped along for a while, and then it suddenly started expanding,’’ founding member Annette Cowan said.

And it looks like this expansion will continue, with more new members in the works.

‘‘People are saying they never knew there was a bushwalking group like this in Echuca-Moama,’’ Annette said.

‘‘We’re open to all ages and enjoys all types of walks from easy through to hard, all across the country.’’

For information about Echuca-Moama Bushwalkers, email enquiries@echucamoamabushwalkers.org.au or visit echucamoamabushwalkers.org.au