Mystic Park set for revamp
BY TATE SPITERI
POPULAR outdoor recreation precinct, Mystic Park, will have a new Emergency Response Signage Project launched courtesy of $10,000 in funding from the Into Our Hands foundation.
The project aims to develop, design and install a comprehensive emergency response and evacuation signage plan for Mystic Park to serve the Bright community and its tourist market.
Into Our Hands Executive Officer, Sarah Thompson, said the project was vital due to the growing volume of people using the space for recreational and adventure sport purposes such as walking, mountain biking and paragliding. The news signage will make the tracks safer for the community and easier to use for emergency management.
“The plantations of the Alpine Shire have suffered from bushfires in the past and remain highly combustible environments,” Ms Thompson said.
“With the combination of large areas of mature forest and a predicted period of higherthan-average temperatures, the risk of bushfire in our community is high.
“The development and communication of emergency response information to the general public has been highlighted by Alpine Community Plantation (ACP) as a key measure for preparedness for any future emergency, and we believe it is the key to the responsible management of public safety in this popular community space.”
ACP is a not-for-profit land manager that exists to allow recreational activities to take place on the private plantations belonging to HVP.
They are the body responsi- ble for all land manager functions, including risk management, road maintenance, road and park user safety, event permits, internal and external communications.
Alia Parker from ACP said that the funding would help them be better prepared and ready to manage the safety of the local community and tourists to Mystic Park in the event of a fire or other evacuation.
Among the projects aims are the instalments of park maps at various key intersections throughout the pine forests, location markers to improve emergency response turnout times and more fire protocol signs to inform park users of dangers and to reduce risk.
“This project benefits the broader community of Bright and its surrounds as well as underpinning the broader economy through supporting regional tourism,” Ms Parker added.
The Alpine Cycling Club and North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club will both provide assistance to identify and develop key evacuation routes and locations for the emergency response signage.
“Both clubs are a valuable source of knowledge about the behaviour and park usage patterns of these two key user groups,” Ms Parker said.
Bright Brewery also recently announced a donation of $1000 from the proceeds of the 5Zero Gravel Bike Challenge, which was held in September to raise funds for Alpine Community Plantation, to help resurface Mystic Park’s iconic Hero Trail.
READY TO BE RE-SURFACED: Alia Parker (ACP), Rupert Shaw (Bright Brewery) and Marthijs Heuperman (Bright Brewery) on the eroded section of Mystic Park’s Hero Trail. This section will soon be restored to its former smooth surface with help from a $1000 Bright Brewery donation. Mystic Park has also received $10,000 from the Into Our Hands Foundation to better assist safety at the park through emergency signage.