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Information for Enlistees

The Route

The March incorporates all the villages, towns and cities passed by the original March but with a varied route between towns reflecting the changed traffic conditions in the intervening 100 years. The chosen route is focused on public back roads and includes some negotiated access through private property.

The route is classified as “easy” meaning: “Relatively gentle grades and good surfaces, sealed and unsealed. Suited to most people”. Typical daily March lengths are between 15km and 25km with breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

While some participants are dedicated to marching the entire route, we anticipate most people will march sections of the route varying from a single day to several consecutive days. It is therefore fundamentally important that the Organisers know who is participating on each day of the March.

Registration on arrival

Please be at the start location by 0800 on the day you are marching. Participants will be required to register for the March and also sign a Daily Attendance Register. There will be an induction process to answer any questions, as well as to ensure participants understand expectations of Organisers and Police/RMS.

What to wear

  • Light, loose and comfortable clothing. Long sleeve shirts and long pants provide better sun protection.
  • Flat and well cushioned shoes. Consider shoes/boots that provide good ankle support as many sections are unsealed roads or farmland crossings. Comfortable, well-fitting socks (usually a cotton blend is best) will help you avoid sore or blistered feet
  • Broad brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • SPF 30+ sunscreen

Day Pack

  • Lightweight back pack
  • Water bottle
  • Wet weather gear
  • Any medication you need
  • Personal mug, plate, cutlery

Main Baggage

1 or 2 bags or packs which we will transport for you each day from campsite to campsite. These should contain all your clothes, boots, shoes, toiletries, etc. and your camping gear (tent, bedding, utensils, cooking equipment, etc.)

Character of the March

The March is a commemoration of an historic event that demonstrated great national pride and commitment to a global cause and we expect participants’ behaviour to reflect a respectful tone at all times. It is not a solemn or mournful time – we want everyone to enjoy the event, the rural scenery, the opportunity for conversations and meeting new people, the exercise, the engagement with schools and communities along the way – but equally it is not a festival or a garden ramble.

Almost certainly there will be a constant media presence.

We will all be judged by the impression we make each day and night of the March and courtesy, clean camps, good behaviour standards day and night, good road/traffic discipline makes the event a success for everyone and, most importantly, properly honours the original Marchers and their families.

Marching

We do not expect all participants to march the major sections – walking is fine. As we approach towns we will pause to reconfigure participants into a marching team with a formal structure and leadership to provide a similar visual appearance as the original. Generally we will march between the entry and exit 50km/hr signs of each town or village and walk the intervening distance between urban centres.

You need to be fit enough to walk 25km with a light day pack at around 3-4km/hr with breaks approximately every 2 hours. We are required to keep everyone sensibly closed up for traffic management and safety purposes so walkers will need to maintain a consistent pace and those who fall too far behind and finish up at the back of the controlled section of road will be picked up by our ‘sweep’ bus and taken forward.

Commemoration Ceremonies

Towards the end of each day, there will be a 30 – 40 minute commemoration of local rural soldiers, families and communities. These are largely non-religious ceremonies that include school children reading stories of WW1 era soldiers and families. This is one way we create a legacy of the event so we have an expectation you will attend to demonstrate your personal commitment to the memories of 1915 rural families. Education is a core reason why this Re-enactment is happening.

Health, Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Participant and public health, safety and environmental stewardship are the highest priorities at all times. The event planning has been focused on anticipating risks and eliminating or mitigating them. Every participant can contribute strongly to our goal of zero health, safety or environmental incidents through common sense, awareness and responsible action. Keep the issues front of mind and follow these steps if any major or minor concern arises.

Situation awareness:- What can go wrong?

What can I do to avoid/eliminate the problem?

Take action. Don’t leave it to “someone else” to fix the hazard.

Report the incident to the Organisers however minor. Feedback knowledge improves everyone’s experience.

Each morning we will run a daily briefing on the day’s upcoming route, planned events, weather, road conditions, known risks and a review of any reported incidents so everyone can learn from others’ experiences.

Meals

We are very pleased to say we have received huge support from almost all towns and villages along the route.

The March is primarily a self-catering event and participants are responsible for providing and cooking their own food.   You will need to bring your own cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery.

The Organisers will provide ingredients for a basic breakfast (cereal, toast, tea, coffee)and similarly for a DIY lunch (sliced bread, sandwich ingredients, tea, coffee).  You are of course welcome to bring your own ingredients for special diets or added luxury.  There will be a BBQ trailer available for shared cooking use and hot water urns for tea/coffee.  We have tents, trestle tables and chairs for communal eating at breakfasts and dinners.

Marchers should bring their own choice of morning and afternoon tea nibbles.  We will have a tea and coffee truck at every stop (with chairs).

There are also a substantial number of communities who have kindly offered to provide meals either at no cost, subsidised cost or as a fundraiser for a local cause.  The larger towns also obviously offer opportunities for purchased meals in restaurants and cafes. Details will be provided over the course of the March.

Food storage and meal preparation hygiene is critical to health and food safety.  Primary health responsibility remains with the participant.

Medical Support

A paramedic and small all-terrain ambulance transport vehicle will accompany the March at all times and provide first aid response and linkage to NSW Ambulance services if the issue is serious.  A structured Medical Emergency Management Plan has been developed in conjunction with NSW Ambulance and will be actioned if and when necessary.

Participants are required to declare any pre-existing medical conditions at registration and are responsible for their existing medication. While the Organisers are providing the first aid support you should be aware that if you require evacuation by ambulance or helicopter and medical or hospital attention these services will be to your cost.  You should consider your medical insurance options if appropriate.

Transport

If you are participating in the March for a single day or a few days we will be running a daily late afternoon shuttle run to get you to back to the town where you started.  We will drop you off at a central location in the town and you will need to organise your own transport to your home.  We limit this to 2 days march back (nominally 50km) so if you are marching for longer please consider having a friend come up to collect you, or public transport or bring your own car and leapfrog it forward each day – we have a pre-breakfast run to do this with horse floats and bring back the float drivers ready for the day’s march.

The bus will also be available through the day to pick up weary Marchers and take them forward to the next rest stop.

Accommodation

Each night’s accommodation will be in a camp usually located in the local showground, school or sporting facility but sometimes on private property.

You need to provide your own:

  • Sleeping bag/groundsheets/bedding/etc. as per your desired level of comfort
  • Your own tent, if you do not wish to sleep in a communal tent.

We will provide:

  • 8 person Army tents (3.3m x 3.3m) and folding stretchers
  • Shower and toilet facilities to the extent of existing facilities at each location.
  • 2 x Portaloo type toilet facilities at rest stops during the day.
  • Hot and cold water (non-potable) for washing
  • Drinking (potable) water
  • A couple of large mess tents for communal eating and conversation
  • Generator power
  • A BBQ trailer (and LPG) for shared use at camp locations
  • Daily transport for your personal camping gear while you are on the March. Please ensure your kit is clearly identified as well as compact and tidily packed so it is easily loaded on and off the transport vehicle.

 

Questions

Please raise any questions on these March logistics (email preferred) with:

David Williamson
Risk & Safety Director
Kangaroo March Centenary Re-enactment Association Inc.
P: 4883 4048     M: 0412 271 827    E: safety@kangaroomarch.org.au

 

Enlist now to march in the Kangaroo March Re-enactment.