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Volunteers working on the Australian Alps Walking Track

Volunteers working on the Australian Alps Walking Track

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United forces working together on the Australian Alps Walking Track

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

United forces working together on the Australian Alps Walking Track

Parks Victoria recently partnered with Bushwalking Victoria and the Mid-week 4WD Club to undertake a working bee on a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) in the Eastern Alps, East Gippsland.

8 members of the Mid-week 4WD Club and 16 members of Bushwalking Victoria attended the working bee with their efforts focusing on the AAWT section around the Mount Wills Hut area, north of Omeo.

“This was the 3rd joint working bee between the two groups”, said Parks Victoria Ranger Timothy Schwinghammer.

“It provides a great opportunity for us to work together as a united community considering we manage over 100km of the Australian Alps walking track from our Parks Victoria office in Omeo.

“The team was able to clear over 6km of track from Mount Wills Hut down to the Omeo Highway in one weekend which was a great achievement”.

Members of Bushwalking Victoria also assisted in clearing fallen timber and overgrowing shrubs, remarking the track and undertaking pest control of blackberries.

The Mid-week 4WD club acted as ‘bush taxis’ ferrying volunteers between the start of the track to be cleared and the campsite area.

“These working bees are challenging to organise due to the remote location and logistics required, but the hard work, enthusiasm and support provided by our energetic volunteers certainly makes it all worthwhile”.

“We have even received feedback from bushwalkers who have noticed the big improvement in the track and have expressed their gratitude for making their hike more pleasurable,” added Mr Schwinghammer.

The Australian Alps Walking Track is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. It is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra



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