b'Always connected NEWS G reat news has justteams and face to face in Heyfield itself, with ideas FROM FWDVCEOcome through thatranging from an annual gala weekend being conducted High quality remote we are once againin the region, whereby trips could be organised and receiving fundingconducted using our members knowledge and skills, communication solutionsfrom the government to theto offer opportunities to those not familiar with the at SatPhone Shop! tune of $100 thousand dollarsarea to explore specific places and gain confidence for the next twelve months,in four wheel driving. There is also a suggestion of a based on KPIs which are totraining facility being established in the region run by be supplied to us when theour RTO with the onus on educating those numerous paperwork is finalised. I can tell you all this is onceexponents who populate the area throughout the year, again based on the tremendous work you all do asand to ensure proper use of the landscape with the volunteers regarding track clearing, rubbish cleanadded benefit of keeping people safe.up projects, camp host efforts and everything elseWhilst the bulldozers have commenced carving out we record in helping the general community whenour course at the Toolangi training area, albeit slowly the need arises. This is marvelous news when youdue to the constant rainfall and weather conditions, consider how financially tough it is across the statewe are still being hampered by red tape with regards SATELLITE PHONES at present. to placing a building and amenities facility on the I have been to many meetings recently and itproperty. The local council have pulled things up is pleasing to be able to answer the ever-presentby asking for more details in the most bureaucratic question of what do we really get by being afashion for a quarry which wasnt even on their radar. B L U E T T I O L I G H T member of the association? I answer this simply byWe are batling with these details and trying to get NEW asking the question, how lucky are we in Victoria,resolution as soon as possible.POWERNEW LED TORCHES that we have the most diverse countryside andThe Regional Representatives meeting held in STATION & KNIVES landscape in the country, and it costs us nothing toBairnsdale on the 27th + 28th May was an enormous RANGE travel through it? From the beautiful sandy sunsetsuccess atended by many of our personal as well as country on the west side of the state to the lushParks Victoria and DEECA representatives. Our guest tree fern greenery down in the Otways, across tospeaker, Wayne Thorpe certainly made an impression the magnificent high country in the eastern parton all present with his history and knowledge of the of the state. If you venture elsewhere into otherGunaikurnai peoples past and his thoughts on the states, you will find the need for a costly permitupcoming Yes proposal. Saturday we ventured down to or two to get you to your desired destination. Thethe Mitchelldale region, which is via MVO access only Flinders Ranges and the Simpson desert springand was an absolute delight to behold by those who to mind immediately. Part of the reason for thishadnt been or seen the pristine surroundings before. of course is the long-standing commitment andThe Bairnsdale 4X4 club are the volunteers who help SATELLITE DEVICES UHF RADIOS PORTABLE POWER SOLUTIONS support of your association and its members inkeep this in beautiful condition so a massive thanks to helping to manage and look after the environmentthose members along with the Parks Victoria staff.in a real and positive fashion. Forty-eight years ofJoanne Algar who is taking over from Alison genuine productive action representing wonderfulMcLaughlin has commenced work with us and is doingoutcomes, has not been lost on those in governmenta very fine job of it at present. It will take a fair amount I R I D I U M G O ! e x e c continuously throughout this time. Well done onceof time for Jo to get to know what we are all about Talk to the SatPhone Shop experts! NEW again to all our members past and present whoand familarise herself with all the different members have played a part in these efforts! she encounters, please give her a nice warm welcome We currently are involved in conversations withwhen you do contact her. Alison is leaving us at the end the Heyfield Township- Wellington Shire Tourismof September unfortunately, we will certainly miss herCel-Fi Mobile BoostersAirtime PackagesSatellite Car KitsPLBSAccessories + More! group to try and help save the town from dying duefriendly smile and banter as well as her knowledge and to the closing of the timber industry. We were askedlongstanding friendship.to offer help and support from our four wheelWayne Hevey driving community with Heyfield being seen as theCEO1300 368 611 satphoneshop.com Gateway to the High Country. Further discussions are taking place with meetings being held via TRACKWATCH|September 2023 7'