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The force is strong in the Western Alps

Monday 6 November, 2017

A sense of partnership and teamwork was the driving force behind Parks Victoria, Mansfield Four Wheel Drive Club, Wangaratta Four Wheel Drive Club and Tim Bates 4WD Adventures working together to undertake the annual track clearing program.

The groups joined forces to tackle some difficult terrain within the Western Alps section of the Alpine National Park, in readiness for the reopening of seasonally closed tracks. These remote areas have to be checked and cleared every year to ensure safe travel for all 4WD visitors prior to the reopening.

It is always difficult to know what the volunteer crews may encounter due to the highly-varied weather that has occurred over the winter months.  During the three working bees, the crews encountered several felled trees and branches that were blocking vehicle access so they had to be removed.

Incredibly, the Mansfield 4WD and Wangaratta Four Wheel Drive Clubs contributed over 250 volunteer hours over two working bee weekends. This was in addition to the work by rangers and the Tim Bates 4WD Adventures crew contributing over 80 volunteer hours clearing the Bluff Track. The support and assistance provided by the groups is highly valued due to the amazing contribution to the overall park management.

The region has been impacted by an extended winter period with a number of tracks across the Western Alps affected by the wet weather and snow.  Visitors are advised to drive to the conditions and be prepared especially around Bluff, King Billy and Little Cobbler tracks.

For more information call 13 1963.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Bart Smith, Area Chief Ranger Western Alps:

“With the invaluable assistance of Volunteers from Wangaratta 4x4 Club, Mansfield Alpine 4WD Club under the banner of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, Parks Victoria’s Western Alps team recently completed two very successful track clearing weekends.

“We are always humbled by the incredible generosity from the 4WD clubs and volunteers by offering freely of their time and expertise.  It certainly makes a big impact on our overall park management and effectiveness in delivering quality 4WD tracks for our visitors to explore.” “Their help goes a long way to ensuring the tracks are in good condition, in readiness for the reopening of seasonally closed tracks”.

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