Rangers and 4WD Club rally together
Tuesday 12 November, 2013
In preparation for the opening of the seasonal road closures, Parks Victoria staff along with fourteen members of the Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club spent the past weekend clearing tracks in the Alpine National Park.
A wild winter had taken its toll on tracks throughout the park with many large trees falling across tracks blocking access. Club members were able to put their chainsaw and four wheel drive skills into practice.
"The four wheel drive club volunteers are very enthusiastic and enjoy getting out and helping clear tracks in time for the opening of the seasonal road closures", said Ranger in Charge Bart Smith.
Over two days, Rangers from Mansfield and volunteers from the Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club cleared Little Cobbler Track, Speculation Road, Cobbler Lake Track, Bluff Track, 16 Mile Jeep Track and sections of Bluff Link Track in the Alpine National Park.
Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive President Terry Sullivan said this is the 3rd year in a row we have been involved in the track clearing program with Parks Victoria staff from Mansfield. The club members enjoy the opportunity to assist in clearing tracks and camping out before the busy season starts.
"We greatly appreciate the assistance from the Four Wheel Drive Clubs in being able get a lot of tracks cleared and open in time for Cup weekend, added Mr Smith".
Additionally, the partnership extended out to the Yarra Valley Four Wheel Drive Club members who camped out at Pikes Flat over the Cup Weekend acting as Camp Hosts. The club provided a presence by providing current track conditions to visitors passing through the area.
"We have been very fortunate to have a number of Four Wheel Drive Clubs involved in a number of projects and we are delighted we can continue to build positive relationships with the clubs and their members", said Mr Smith.
For further information on becoming a camp host or road and track information contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963
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