Local 4WD club helps improve Western Alps Tracks
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.”
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.