Pilliga Ultra 2023: Postponed


Pilliga Ultra 2023: Postponed 

It is with a heavy heart that the FWP Board of Directors, along with the event organising crew have made the decision to postpone the Pilliga Ultra 2023, and push the event date back to September 2024.

There are a number of reasons why we came to this difficult decision. First and foremost, we want to ensure we create the biggest impact we can for the community around the Pilliga. Registration numbers were very low, and being a small not-for-profit, our organisation is not in the financial position to run this event at a loss. We want to be around for a long time, not just a good time, so this postponement will ensure we can continue to thrive and create positive change in the future.

Over the coming months, we are going to listen and reflect on how we can ensure the 2024 iteration of the Pilliga Ultra is more accessible, welcoming and rewarding for all that want to be involved. We have conducted a survey to better understand the barriers to entry and to make sure that future FWP events, including the Pilliga Ultra, are as inclusive, enjoyable and affordable as possible.


The main goal of this event is to get people out into the beautiful Pilliga forest, and if we are not able to do this in a meaningful way, we feel it is only right that we postpone and use the additional time to continue building awareness amongst our wonderful community to bring more people to the Pilliga in 2024.

Something that you can do TODAY to support the communities of the Pilliga, is to watch this short documentary (12 min) from Market Forces, which tells the story of Gomeroi Yiinar (women) Karra and Miah who are fighting to protect the Pilliga against Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. If you’re banking with one of the big 4 banks, then you’re savings or superannuation could be helping fund this destructive project.

You can watch the documentary here and learn more about the campaign here. Although we may be postponing the Pilliga Ultra, our campaign to support the communities of the Pilliga and stop this CSG project will not lose momentum. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and if you have any questions, please reach out – we’d love to hear from you.

Published: 14th July 2023

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