Friday, November 14, 2014

What a day!

Yesterday was,arguably, one of the best days of my life. Certainly one of the busiest.

Without Ros and Joanne and Rodney I could not have done it. They stuck with me throughout the entire craziness of it. Together we did it.

Special thanks as well to Tanya Smith from Parks Victoria who was to blame for the media stuff.

9 am Radio interview for Ros and me with Natasha Mitchell on Life Matters, Radio National. 16 minutes of easy, informative banter about our TrailRider story.

What knocked our socks off was the care and consummate professionalism of their preparation the day before. 45 minutes of pre-interview. 
11 am Media photo opportunity amongst trees, frogs and bushes beside a beautiful river a short walk from the concrete jungle of Olympic Park.Go figure. 

Because John Kenwright had brought the motorised TrailRider we were able to do impressive ascents of steep grassy slopes while photographers crouched for the low angle

From this point on I was in the TrailRider
12 pm Launch of the Parks Victoria 
 Improving Health and Wellbeing: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream. Bill Jackson, CEO spoke and mentioned all the dignitaries and mentioned the TrailRider.

In the next hour I met more State park CEOs than you can imagine. More will follow.
2:30 pm Interview with ABC Radio Canberra. Tanya found us a quiet room and I had the unusual experience of doing a radio interview with a live audience in the room with me.

Because we are heading to Tidbinbilla on our way south for a TrailRider Sherpa Volunteer event I made sure that word was often mentioned.

I'll post the interview when I get a copy.
5 pm The Big One! A plenary session - the Adventurers Panel A ramp up to stage level meant that I could line up in the TrailRider.Ros sat beside me to manage, and hand me my papers so that I could stay on track. 

Extremely pressed for time and I blew a large part of mine showing Wild Places. A specially prepared 2GB version looked amazing on the 10 metre high screens



6 pm  Bill Jackson again launching the pop-up park that Parks Victoria had set up in the Exhibition area.


The "pop-up park" idea, with the close involvement of AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) staged a design competition that was won by RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology)

The designers were there. They turned out to be colleagues of Flynn's and explained the thinking behind the design. 


22 comments:

  1. WOW! Hope you find/make time to relax, intense, exciting time at Congress. Hang on ! This ride has just begun - once all this publicity launches you will be even busier than ever. Great stuff.

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    1. We had a quiet Friday and Sunday is a day of rest too. I'll write an Echo piece

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  2. Thanks for taking time to post this exciting day

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    1. I'm looking forward to chances to spruik Australian Bush Sherpas. See you in Newstead

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  3. What an amazing day for you & Ros, Dave. Wish I had been there to follow the proceedings & cheer you on.

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  4. Dave, you are stars, you and your team. We're so proud of you. Wish we were there.
    Love you heaps, Kathy

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    1. The best word in your comment is "team" They have been amazing xx

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  5. All four of us needed rest after that. It was uplifting to see the passion and commitment of everyone there from the suits right down to the assistant rangers and volunteers. There was a lot of interest in the trail rider from both other Australian states and other countries.

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    1. It was astonishing. There is so much out there to pay attention to yet we got their interest.
      There's a lot of work up ahead. Many emails....

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  6. Brilliant Dave and Ros....so great to hear you have had such a 'wild ride' with it all!!!! Huge!!

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    1. Di, Di, Di
      It's so good to have you on the team.
      The next big gig down your way may be with NDIS from Geelong and TR from Torquay.
      A post soon

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  7. Tried to publish a comment a few minutes ago but it does not appear to have gone.

    Loved your interview - both of you, and wonderful publicity. Your parents would have been proud of you David! The Trailrider manufacturer must be so happy at having a champion like you!

    Lots of Love, George

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    1. This came through loud and clear. I have heard that iPad and Blogspot can be difficult.

      Manufacture-wise Australian production is ever closer.

      We've just had an amazing session at Tidbinbilla doing important ground work for their Sherpa volunteer program. Post soon.

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  8. Congratulations Dave, Ros & all involved, inspirational

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  9. Hi David and Ros,
    I really love what you are doing to promote The Trailrider. What a busy day. Extremely inspirational. Would love to see more people have access to wild places. Congrats on all you've achieved so far. Jane

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    1. Thank you mildly
      Are you signed up to get email of blog posts? It's the best way to stay in touch.
      Welcome on board

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    2. Have just signed up. Thanks. :) Jane

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  10. David Petty, Parks Victoria Manager Communications and MediaNovember 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Hi Dave and Ros, Just a huge thank you on behalf of Parks Victoria for your amazing efforts during the World Parks Congress. The legacy of your involvement, and the enthusiasm surrounding the TrailRider and accessibility programs, is something we're very proud to be part of, and greatly look forward to the next steps. Parks Victoria's John Kenwright and Tanya Smith and Bill Forrester from Travability, among many others, all helped to generate substantial interest from delegates across the world. We'll get you and Ros on Australia Story yet! Thanks again.

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    1. I do feel corners are being turned - especially today with the NDIS post.
      Thank you for your kind words and believe that the feeling is entirely mutual (see the last post but one - my love letter to PV
      Australian Story - I am imagining that a few words from Bill Jackson to the right people might make a difference.
      My take on this is that on the Tuesday morning Australian manufacture would be feasible economically - I have been stoking the fires.

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