Report from Mike Dower - Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger, Foothills and Southern Alps

Less than a week ago Zeka Spur Track on the Wonnangatta Icon Drive was impassable due to a large slip on one of the switch backs at the southern end near the Howitt Plains. A mobilisation plan was put in place by Parks Victoria to engage a local earthmoving contractor and attempt to stabilise the slip and remove the material from the track surface. This work is always challenging, and access isn’t easy especially in current weather conditions. Thanks to Brian Traill for camping on site for 3 nights next to his D6 and getting this work done so Parks Victoria could ensure access to Wonnangatta was available for this coming weekend. The conditions in alpine locations are vastly different to what they have been in the dry October’s for the last several years. Lots of springs and small creeks are flowing well along with the larger tributaries.