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Snowy River 4WD tracks ready to open

Friday 2 November, 2012

The popular access tracks to the Snowy River National Park will open in time for this coming Melbourne Cup long weekend. That’s thanks to the hard work of members of the Land Rover and Pajero Four Wheel Drive Clubs, says Parks Victoria Ranger Dave Burton.

“There was an incredible amount of fallen timber blocking many of the remote 4WD tracks due to storm and flood damage over the last few months. Parks staff and volunteers concentrated on the more remote tracks, while we employed local heavy plant contractors to clear the Snowy River Icon 4WD touring route through the Deddick Trail and Bowens Range.”

“About 18 members of these two clubs, affiliated with Four Wheel Drive Victoria, came from as far as Melbourne to help with this sixth annual track clearing event. We would not have been able to clear all these tracks in time for the seasonal opening without their help,” Mr Burton said.

The weekend was also an opportunity for Parks Victoria staff and club members to learn and develop skills in four wheel driving, chainsaw operation and winching. Along with the practical side of these joint operations is the enjoyment of sharing of stories and experiences around the campfire.

Parks Victoria acknowledges the great assistance provided by these volunteers and encourages anyone interested in four wheel driving, who would like to get involved in this kind of activity, to contact Four Wheel Drive Victoria.

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