Lo­cal 4WD club helps im­prove Western Alps Tracks

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

PARKS Vic­to­ria, the Mans­field Four Wheel Drive Club and Wan­garatta Four Wheel Drive Club united on the an­nual track clear­ing week­end in Novem­ber, in readi­ness for the re­open­ing of sea­son­ally closed tracks.

Fleur Smith, Parks Vic­to­ria se­nior ranger, ac­com­pa­nied her 15-mem­ber team from the Mans­field Four Wheel Drive Club to fo­cus their ef­forts on clear­ing 16 Mile Jeep Track, from Bin­da­ree Flat to Pikes Flat and Bluff Link Road.

They also worked on tracks around the Craig’s Hut area to en­sure key at­trac­tions could be ac­ces­si­ble.

Also as­sist­ing were eight mem­bers from the Wan­garatta Four Wheel Drive Club, ac­com­pa­nied by Parks Vic­to­ria ranger team leader Chris Clarke.

They worked solidly all week­end to clear tracks from King Hut to Lake Cob­bler in­clud­ing Wild Horse Gap Track, bot­tom of Lit­tle Cob­bler Track, Spec­u­la­tion Road and Cob­bler Lake Track.

The groups were also ac­com­pa­nied by hard work­ing vol­un­teers led by Tim Bates from 4WD Ad­ven­tures.

Their ef­forts alone con­trib­uted the equiv­a­lent of 147 vol­un­teer hours, as they in­stalled signs and bol­lards, cleared tracks and col­lected rub­bish around Bluff and Lovick hut sites, as well as col­lected fire­wood for both huts.

“Once again, we were very lucky to be in­vited by Parks Vic­to­ria to as­sist with track clear­ing,” Karen and Richard Jarvis from Mans­field Four Wheel Drive Club said af­ter the week­end.

“This was our sixth year and we were able to put 15 vol­un­teers on the ground.

“All of our mem­bers find it a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a priv­i­lege to be al­lowed into the re­stricted ar­eas be­fore they are opened to the pub­lic.

“It is im­por­tant to foster a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween Parks Vic­to­ria and the Mans­field Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club, and we would es­pe­cially like to thank Fleur Smith and Chris Clarke of Parks Vic­to­ria for their as­sis­tance and di­rec­tion.”

PHOTO: Parks Vic­to­ria

PITCH­ING IN: Lo­cal four wheel drive clubs as­sisted Parks Vic­to­ria with track clear­ing work prior to the re-open­ing of sea­son­ally closed tracks in the High Coun­try.

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