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The Conservation Regulator is appealing to the public for information after a platypus drowned in an illegal commercial fishing net.   

The male platypus was entangled in the net in the Thomson River at the Bruntons Bridge campground last week.  

In Victoria it is illegal to use prohibited fishing equipment, such as commercial and opera house nets, in public waterways and penalties can apply.  

This trip is open to anyone that helped during the food the fires drive, if you cooked something, donated something or delivered something you are eligible to attend this trip.

Over the last week Harrison and I have been busy catching up with people in Eastern Victoria that have been fire and drought affected over the last year. We have arranged a few farm stays as a reward for the people that helped so you can see the recovery and what you put all that hard work toward.

The plan is to stay near Bairnsdale on the Friday night (arrive at any time in the arvo).

Saturday we will head to a number of farms for both morning tea and lunch. 

Saturday night will be staying on a station up near the border in Wulgulmerang where we will have roast dinner and enjoy the fire.

Sunday we will head to toward Buchan with 2 stops along the way before heading in to Buchan for lunch with a few of the locals. Then head toward home.

I will be arranging heaps of prizes and surprises for the trip.

There is a FFF Tshirt design for the trip, please contact Jason Savona 0418252944 to order

Park Update

Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Park - Alpine Event Classic  

The Alpine Classic is an annual cycling event using roads in the Alpine Shire, Mt Buffalo National Park and the Alpine National Park. The event has been running for over 30 years, and takes almost 2000 cyclists over 8 courses of 7 different distances, on a single route through the National Parks.  

The events days are from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th January. Please familiarize yourself with the 2021 Alpine Classic Traffic Management Plan for your information.  

For further information please contact event organiser, Kane Osler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Parks Victoria’s Events Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Conditions in parks can change quickly. Please always check Parks Victoria’s website and the change of conditions and closures page before visiting parks.  

Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill campgrounds across north east Victoria this Australia Day weekend, and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), the CFA and the Conservation Regulator (CR) are urging people to never leave their campfires unattended or light a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban.  

With hot and dry conditions forecast for this weekend, an unattended campfire can become a bushfire in a matter of minutes. Embers can spark and start a fire that spreads quickly in the bush, putting the community, firefighters and the environment at risk.  

After detecting more than 100 unattended or abandoned campfires in north east Victoria this summer, authorised officers will be on high alert as they patrol state forest campgrounds.   

Campers are also reminded to check weather conditions and know Victoria’s campfire safety rules:   

  • In state forests, use a purpose-built fireplace if provided, otherwise use a trench greater than 30 cm deep. The campfire must not exceed one square metre, while three metres in the air and on the ground around your fire must be clear of flammable material.
  • Branches and logs on your campfire must not exceed one metre in length
  • Never leave a campfire unattended – stay within 50m and in sight
  • Campfires must be extinguished with water, not soil, as fires can still smoulder under soil. If a fire is cool to touch, it is safe to leave.   

On the spot fines of $496 apply to those breaching campfire rules or a maximum penalty of up to $16,522 if the matter is prosecuted in court. The maximum penalty for lighting a fire in the open air on a day of Total Fire Ban is $39,652 or two years imprisonment, or both.   

1: Royston Road will be closed at the due to bridge replacement works at 3K Bridge from the 20th of Jan to approximately the 27th of Feb  

2: Royston Road will be closed at the due to bridge replacement works at Rubicon River Bridge from the 27th of Feb to approximately the 24h of April  

Access to the Rubicon Historic area would be via Snobs and No5/Browns Road then down Royston  

Note: No 6 Track is Four Wheel Drive only  

See attached Map  Royston Road Closure Map 1 

Forest Management and Roading  | Murrindindi District

Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Yarra district are undertaking  various maintenance works of tracks and roads across the district as part of the reduce bush fire risk program (RBR)  

As part of these works there is planned maintenance to remove a bog hole on Britannia Range Track that fire response vehicles cannot travers through.    

Depending on weather and the extent of the works DELWP may have to close a section of Britannia Range Track between Portas Rd & Mt Brid Road for a period to manage a safe work zone and public safety.   

Works to begin on the bog holes are starting on Monday 18th/01/2021 see location map.    

FYI – there are a number of other works staring across the district in the next month or two.

Our office will be closed from 11:30am Thursday 24th December to re-open on Wednesday 20th January, 2021.  

Four Wheel Drive Victoria, would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, good health and safe travels.   

We look forward to coming back refreshed after a holiday break and engaging with our Clubs and members, the public and our land managers for all things four wheel drive and driving in a sustainable environment.  


Just a quick update from the Omeo part of the world.   

Kellys Road and JP Gap Track have been repaired and have now been reopened.   

The Yarra Valley guys attempted to get through Cobberas Track but it has now eroded and deteriorated to a state where it has become unsafe and is now impassible. MacFarlanes Flat Track and Ingeegoodbee Track are in the same condition.  

At the moment these three tracks are closed to all vehicles, and it could be quite some time before we can find the funding source and be able to complete the necessary values checks etc before these tracks can hopefully be repaired and reopened.   

Unfortunately at this stage, it seems the 3 tracks are unlikely to be reopened in the next 12 months and it is difficult to estimate a time frame for reopening. I understand this is likely to be a source of frustration for many 4WD enthusiasts who have enjoyed the challenges of these double black diamond tracks in the past.   

I’ll keep you posted on any developments from our neck of the woods.   

Kind regards,  

Jarrod Bowd

Ranger Team Leader, Omeo & Buchan Valley

Parks Victoria

Shire Building, Day Avenue, Omeo VIC 3898

Please refer to the attached media release and the below link for information about opening of fire affected forest roads and tracks in the Upper Murray fire district.   

DELWP Hume Facebook Update: December Update Fire Affected Roads Upper Murray Fire District   

For up-to-date information about road and track closures visit:, and   

The above websites will be updated as works are completed and roads can be safely re-opened.    


Andrew Morphett |District Bushfire Recovery Team Leader | Upper Murray
Forest, Fire and Regions
| Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning