[LINK] Dept Environment NSW outsource walking maps

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Fri Jan 15 22:53:52 AEDT 2010

On 2010/Jan/15, at 5:17 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:

> Following Richard Chirgwin's concerns about the apparent re-grading  
> of NSW bushwalks to make them appear easier, I did some research.  
> The results are in a Crikey piece that is, alas, behind the paywall  
> -- though there's a 21-day free trial if you want the whole story  
> now. It will emerge from the paywall after 2 weeks.
> http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/01/15/bushwalking-cross-check-everything-even-official-advice/
> Long story short, the bushwalks were NOT re-rated to make them look  
> easier. I was instead just a screw-up. Or, as the NSW Department of  
> Environment, Climate Change and Water put it officially, a  
> "migration error". They had been notified earlier in the week and  
> the website was fixed yesterday. Actually pretty prompt service.
> So far the rating and descriptions of 24 of the hundreds of  
> bushwalks in NSW have been outsources to Wildwalks. They use trained  
> staff to apply -- and this blew me away -- Australian Standard AS  
> 2156.1-2001 Walking Tracks Classification and Signage.

Surely someone in Standards Australia has too much time on their hands.


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