PART­NER­SHIP FORMED TO KEEP WA’S 4X4 TRACKS OPEN

AU­TO­MO­TIVE IN­DUS­TRY, GOV­ERN­MENT AND 4WD COM­MU­NITY BAND TO­GETHER TO PRO­TECT WA’S TRACKS AND RE­SERVES.

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THE four-wheel drive com­mu­nity has joined forces with the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and the gov­ern­ment to clean up re­serves and 4WD tracks in Western Aus­tralia.

A part­ner­ship formed be­tween the Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion of WA’S Four­wheel Drive In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (4WDIA), Track Care WA (TCWA) and the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) will see sus­tain­able prac­tices put in place to pre­serve and pro­tect re­serves and parks. The aim of the part­ner­ship is to also keep 4WD tracks open and ac­ces­si­ble for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Gra­ham Caw­ley, 4WDIA’S di­vi­sion man­ager, said in a state­ment: “Un­for­tu­nately many tracks are un­der threat of clo­sure due to dam­age off the tracks and lit­ter­ing by the mi­nor­ity groups, and they are not nec­es­sar­ily 4Wders.”

After the group vis­ited Wan­doo Na­tional Park, which had a num­ber of tracks planned for clo­sure, the pro­gram noted a sig­nif­i­cant lack of sig­nage as a ma­jor cause of track degra­da­tion.

“The ma­jor­ity of 4Wders want to do the right thing, but it’s re­ally hard to do that when there’s not a lot of sig­nage and it’s un­clear which tracks can be used,” Caw­ley ex­plained.

The group in­stalled the first signs within the park in April, 2016. One set was erected in a large wet­land area dam­aged by 4Wders who had not kept to the tracks; the sec­ond set was put up on a pop­u­lar track that fea­tures a deep bog hole, which con­sis­tently has driv­ers tak­ing al­ter­na­tive routes. The new signs clearly in­di­cate that peo­ple must be ad­e­quately pre­pared be­fore at­tempt­ing to tackle these sec­tions.

Signs were also erected in the area to ed­u­cate 4Wders when they’re in en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive ar­eas.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that track users re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment. We’re blessed in WA with great bush tracks and we want to keep them open,” Caw­ley said.

“We’ve got a sim­ple mes­sage to get out: ‘Help us to keep tracks open by re­spect­ing the ar­eas you love to use.’ It’s such a pos­i­tive step for the 4WD in­dus­try to be work­ing with TCWA and DPAW to pro­mote sus­tain­able 4Wd­ing. It’s a great sign for the fu­ture.”

To keep the parks and re­serves open, 4Wders must re­spect the land.

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