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Benalla Bushwalking Club lends a hand

Wednesday 27 November, 2013

Walking tracks in the Mt Samaria State Park are receiving some care and attention thanks to some very active and enthusiastic members of the Benalla Bush Walking Club.

Benalla Bushwalking Club volunteers have been assisting Parks Victoria rangers to clear sections of the various walking tracks using hand tools! The teams have been focusing on the areas around the summit of Mt Samaria and The Kilns Historic area through to Butchers Track, two days a week for the past three weeks.

Parks Victoria Ranger Nigel Watts has been working with the group and trying to expedite the works by using a chainsaw to clear trees that have fallen across the tracks.

“I was delighted to receive a call from the Benalla Bushwalking Club volunteering their services to assist our team in undertaking some track clearing”, said Mr Watts.

“Helping with walking track maintenance is one way the club can give back to the areas that we use and enjoy walking in” said Club President Doug Kneen. “We hope to get the work we have started completed before the weather gets too hot and we look forward to walking at Mt Samaria more often”.

The Benalla Bushwalking Club has been active for 28 years and boasts 111 members who are located across North East Victoria, not just Benalla.

Ranger in Charge Bart Smith commented that this time of year is very busy for park staff. To have the bushwalking club offer assistance to help clear some tracks is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank them enough.

“Mt Samaria offers some great walking options, and now with the cleared tracks that create a great circuit which can be accessed from the Kilns Camping area or the Summit car parking area in Mt Samaria State Park”, said Mr Smith.

Mt Samaria State Park is a hidden gem that lies between Benalla and Mansfield and offers a number of walks in the area and during spring has a spectacular array of wildflowers on show.



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