Mys­tic Park set for re­vamp

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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.

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