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The areas we go four wheel driving can often be fragile environments that are greatly effected by vehicles that are driven off the track. The vegetation along tracks can include sensitive moss, grasses, shrubs and trees that can take years to recover from vehicle damage especially in the alpine regions. Areas covered by snow are usually very fragile and vulnerable so please respect our access to these areas by ensuring you only drive on formed tracks and minimize your impact when visiting these areas. Please tread lightly and leave no trace of your visit.
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The Ballarat Great Outdoors Show is coming up on the weekend of April 30th. It will be a greath weekend with plenty of chances to pick up a bargain to put to use on your next adventure. The Ballarat and District 4WD Club will be there so be sure to stop in and say g'day.

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.

If you haven't already seen the new addition of Trackwatch, this March edition is stacked with plenty of club trips, trip highlights such as Land Rovers Owners Club of Gippsland working with @Parks Victoria to complete works within the Alpine National Park which is pictured below and also plenty of new gear being shown off from our sponsors. Jump on our website www.fwdvictoria.org.au under News and Events - Autumn Trackwatch to check it out.
📸 By Greg Rose of the Land Rover Owners Club of Gippsland

Take it in, take it out! Leave no trace of your visit and leave no rubbish behind. Campgrounds should not be left looking like this after your visit! Use bins provided and if they are full take your rubbish with you, don't leave it behind. Thank you to those who do the right thing and follow Tread Lightly principles.