Jerath Head is an editor, writer and disability support worker. His writing has been published in a number of Australian publications, including Kill Your Darlings, Sydney Review of Books and New Philosopher. He was the co-editor of Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back and is a publisher with the independent literary outfit Pseudonaja. He is currently studying a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
The geography of respect
Starting in 2019, Parks Victoria closed or restricted access for climbers to much of Gariwerd-Grampians while it assessed cultural heritage and worked with Traditional Owners and conservation experts to develop the Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan (GGLMP). These closures drew strong reactions from many climbers. They saw Parks Victoria’s actions as impinging on their rights, and its apparent focus on climbing as a risk to cultural heritage and environmental integrity as overblown. They criticised the government’s lack of communication and consultation with climbing groups and its ‘demonising’ of the sport. They also claimed economic concerns: regional tourism operators would be among the hardest hit around Gariwerd-Grampians, and in other areas where access restrictions were also being enacted, climbing stores, accommodation providers and even whole towns (specifically Natimuk, in relation to restrictions at Dyurrite-Mount Arapiles) allegedly faced financial turmoil. A website called Save Grampians Climbing sprang up to advocate for these and other issues and to rail against Parks Victoria. An online petition to ‘stop climbing from being banned in the Grampians’ gained almost 35,000 signatures.
Waiting our turn
EssayGENERATIONALISM IS A complex phenomenon. The concept of a generation is obvious: the social and economic contexts for a group of people born around the same time are going to be somewhat similar. But in addressing lived experience, a number...