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It’s been all hands on deck recently with an important project to restore one of Lake Eildon National Park’s historic huts, located within the Fraser Block of the park.

Work to restore the Stones Outstation Historic Hut to its former glory is now complete, thanks to the help of some dedicated volunteers.

Parks Victoria is proud of the productive partnership it has formed with the Idlers 4WD Club of Victoria and the Victorian High Country Huts Association (VHCHA).

Throughout 2016, the volunteers worked together to undertake the planning stages and prepare the timber for the restoration works. The hands-on work was completed during a week-long working bee in March this year.

The Stone family's grazing property in the late nineteenth century extended from the Coller Bay area to Italian Gully. The family home was on Perfect Cure Creek and they also had an outstation and stockyards at Station Creek.

The outstation hut is constructed of timber palings lining the inside of a notched log framework, with a corrugated iron roof. It remains a fine example of bush carpentry.

Parks Victoria Ranger-Lake Eildon, Bonnie Abbottsmith Youl said it is incredible to see the passion the volunteers have shown towards the restoration project and their ongoing dedication to the Park.

“Eight volunteers from the Idlers, along with assistance from the VHCHA Regional Hut Maintenance Officer, worked tirelessly every day using their many years of experience to ensure that the Stones Outstation Hut survives for many years to come and allows future generations to experience a bit of the life of early Australian settlers,” said Bonnie.

 

“All the Parks Victoria staff and volunteers involved are delighted with the restoration and are pleased that visitors can now once again enjoy this attraction. Many thanks to all involved!”

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Authorised Officers partnered with members from Four

Wheel Drive Victoria over the Labour Day holiday weekend to undertake education patrols and

engage with users of recreation sites.

FFMVic Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Chris Stephenson said: “The Labour Day holiday weekend

was another great opportunity for visitors to enjoy Gippsland’s State Forests.”

“Our Authorised Officers spent time patrolling the region’s forests with members from Four Wheel

Drive Victoria, in a joint effort to engage with people about their camping experiences and to pass

on information about responsible behaviour when using our forests and parks,” Mr Stephenson

said.

“It was good to see that most people were doing the right thing when it comes to camping, walking,

riding and driving in our forests.”

“Unfortunately, despite our education efforts and the responsible behaviour shown by most people,

Authorised Officers were disappointed to find unattended campfires at a number of sites.”

“If anybody is still unsure about how to safely light, maintain and put out their campfire, we strongly

encourage them to check the guidelines.” (www.ffm.vic.gov.au)

“It is concerning to see that the message is not being heard by some. We can’t emphasise enough

how critical it is to make sure your campfire is completely extinguished with water until it is cool to

touch and safe to leave.”

If you see something, say something and report irresponsible or illegal behaviour at our recreation

sites to DELWP on 136 186 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Media Release on Operation Blocksplitter from DELWP.  Operation Block Splitter is a state-wide compliance program targeting the illegal removal of large quantities of firewood from public land.

DELWP have issued a Temporary Closure notice for Big Creek Road

Fire, Track Closures and Incident Information on the Crooked River Waterford region from the Vic Emergency Community Information Newsletter No. 5.  

Members from the Toyota Land Cruiser Club of Victoria, undertook a major clean up in the Lerderderg State Park on Sunday 5th March, as part of the Clean Up Australia Day.

Members were guided by local Parks Victoria Ranger Charlie Dickie to several areas where large amounts of household and commercial rubbish had been dumped in the park.

Land Crusier Club Clean Up co-ordinator Alison Williams said, “ the Club was pleased to assist in the bush clean up, and was amazed at how people could treat the State Park as a garbage dump.”

Two large skips were filled with items ranging from carpet, plaster, bottles, vehicle parts, household items and commercial quantities of electrical wiring.

The Club undertakes a variety of community projects across the State to assist local communities as well as projects to return bushland to a pristine state.

For details on the Toyota Land Cruiser Club visit www.tlccv.com.au Further information

Contact: Brian Tanner (TLCCV) 0412 526570

 Charlie Dickie, Parks Victoria, Bacchus Marsh Office