How was your recent club trip? Send in photos, let us know and most importantly send in those volunteer hours forms. Volunteer work includes any show or display you may have, any track clearing work including cutting/removal of fallen trees, Camp Host weekends, bush cleanups, charity work, hut maintenance and volunteer projects that your club is involved in.
Four Wheel Drive Victoria have been made aware that the Traditional Owner Burn for today 13/4/21 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled when the next opportunity arises. The burn was as follows:
Whipstick – Djandak Wi – Bright’s Lane: Traditional Owner Burn, 20 hectares, 6KM W of Huntly.
Four Wheel Drive has been advised by DELWP that 6 Mile Road and 1 in 5 Track will be closed earlier than the seasonal road closure in the interests of public safety. This is effective from 16th April 2021. (Normally closed after Queens Birthday Weekend). Additional signs will be placed at key locations advising public to ensuring public they have the ability to detour prior to the tracks
Four Wheel Drive Victoria has been made aware of further landslip prevention works on Alpine roads within the Hotham and Falls creek region.
Drainage infrastructure, culvert renewal and replacement
Drainage and culverts are an essential part of road infrastructure, transferring water flow under the road. Blocked, damaged or misaligned drains and culverts can contribute to erosion of the surrounding environment and cause landslips. To mitigate this risk, we will be clearing table drains and renewing and replacing more than 40 culverts on the Bogong High Plains Road and the Great Alpine Road. These works started in March 2021 and will continue to the end of June 2021, weather dependent.
Jones Road Closure (Dargo to Swifts Creek) from 12 April to 31 May 2021.
Jones Road, a popular route for four-wheel drives and motorbikes travelling between Dargo and Swifts Creek, will be closed from Monday 12 April for road improvement works.
Access to this road has been closed from the Birregun Road Intersection through to the Wentworth River Bridge and will remain closed until Monday 31 May while works are being completed.
These works will include increasing the road width in sections to increase safety for users.
Victoria’s parks, forests and reserves have become more popular than ever for trail bike riding and four-wheel-driving over the last 12 months, and while there is an extensive network of roads and tracks open to the public, illegal off-road activity is in-creasing. The Conservation Regulator has issued more than 100 infringements for off-road vehicle use by trail bike riders and four-wheel-drivers since January 1. Riding and driving off-road can cause soil erosion and damage native vegetation. The ecosystems in our forests are fragile and vehicles can destroy wildlife habitat.
Upper Murray Fire District (FFMVic – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) are undertaking infrastructure upgrades on the Trappers Gap Road, Mitta Mitta, Victoria.
Works will include road widened and the installation of culverts to assist with drainage of excess water and are due to commence early to mid-April 2021 weather dependent, for approximately 3 weeks.
Signage notifying of the works will be installed and Trappers Gap Road will remain open for traffic, however road users may experience short delays.
Four Wheel Drive Victoria have been made aware of a conservation program in Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park and Black Range State Park between March and October 2021.
Heritage listed for its biodiversity and cultural values, the Grampians landscape is home to more than 800 indigenous plant species, a wide range of wildlife and the majority of Aboriginal rock art sites in south-east Australia.
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