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Due to lack of response we are unfortunately having to postpone the general meeting which was to be held next Monday 5th December at the Victorian 4X4 Club in Noble Park.

Discussion regarding a new date for this event will take place at the next board meeting and notification will follow from this. 

After our recent AGM on Monday the 21st November, we would like to announce our new President, Mr Garry Doyle.

Continuing on the board, 
Vice President, Mr Michael Martin
Secretary, Mr Chris Whiteside
Treasurer, Mr Brian Lewis
Ordinary Members, Mr Chris Kershaw & Mr Lou Catherine

We would also like to welcome Mr Michael Coldham back to the board as an Ordinary Member.

There is one more position on the board for an Ordinary Member and this will be discussed at the next board meeting on the 13th December

On Monday the 21st the raffle for the year was drawn, below are the prizes with their respective ticket winners.

  • 1st Engel Legacy Series – 40L Chest Fridge/Freezer, donated by Engel Australia, Fred J - 0650
  • 2nd Oricom Re-Chargable Hand Held Twin Pack, donated by Milandy Outdoor Adventure, Leonard P - 0604
  • 3rd RFI Antenna, donated by RFI Industries, Damien E - 0614
  • 4th Kings Roof Top Bag 110x90x30, donated by Milandy Outdoor Adventure, David P - 0670
  • 5th 4WD Recovery Kit, donated by Opposite, LockLeigh S - 1204

Please contact the office if you haven't already to collect your prizes.

 

As preparedness for this fire season ramps up, new Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighters are learning the fundamentals of the job this week at a training camp in Licola, 50 kilometres north of Heyfield.  

During the week-long camp the project firefighters will cover topics including fire suppression, fire behaviour, fire ground communications, teamwork and safety.  

Forest Fire Management Victoria Gippsland Fire Training and Capability Coordinator, Dan Gray said: “This year our 39 project firefighters have been joined by two staff from the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Corporation.”  

“Project firefighters have a critical role in fire response. It is important they have the skills to do the job at the frontline of bushfire control, as well as know how to keep themselves and their mates safe,” Mr Gray said.  

“Training is delivered by experienced firefighters and trainers through a mix of classroom and fieldbased learning.”  

“The camp also provides an opportunity early in the season for the new recruits to get to know each other as well as the more experienced local staff they’ll be working with throughout the season.”  

“At the completion of the camp, the project firefighters will return to their work centres to undertake additional training and accreditation, including four-wheel driving and hazardous tree management.”  

“The project firefighters will then assist Forest Fire Management Victoria permanent crews to undertake priority works including fire suppression, planned burning, track clearing and slashing.”  

“They will also be available for deployment within the Gippsland region, across the state, and interstate for emergency response.” 

The Spring 2016 firewood collection season closes next week

The Spring 2016 Firewood Collection Season will close across Victoria on Wednesday (30/11/16).

Forest Fire Management Victoria - Regional Manager Forest and Fire Operations Peter Kambouris said: “From Thursday 1 December, 2016, all designated firewood collection areas will be closed over the Summer period, and it will be illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the start of the Autumn Firewood Collection Season.

“Firewood collection may already have ceased in some parts of the state where supplies are exhausted or where rainfall or flooding has affected track conditions making collection unsafe,” Mr Kambouris said.

“The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from 1 March, 2017, pending suitable conditions.”

Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Firewood collection is only permitted during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas.

Firewood collected at these sites is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

Typical on-the-spot fines are around $622 and for offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7773, one year imprisonment or both.

To find your nearest firewood collection area or for more information and updates visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood, your nearest DELWP office or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Axe’.

 

 

Urgent asphalt resurfacing nightworks scheduled at Separation Creek

VicRoads advises drivers of necessary nightworks on the Great Ocean Road, east of Separation Creek, on Monday 28 November
All townships along the Great Ocean Road will remain open for business, accessible via inland routes.
Traffic controllers will be stationed at Lorne and Skenes Creek during the works to explain detour options, most likely via Deans Marsh and Forrest.
Limited local access from Lorne to Cumberland River and Skenes Creek to Separation Creek will also be available.
Maintenance crews will close the road at the landslide site 500m east of Separation Creek from 9pm on Monday night to 5am Tuesday morning to repair pot holes on the east-bound lane, adjacent to the current workzone.
The surface is deteriorating due to increased traffic volumes and construction plant impacts.
VicRoads has scheduled the critical nightworks to ensure the road is repaired before Friday 2 December, when the Great Victorian Bike Ride will travel through the area.
We encourage drivers to plan ahead, observe roadside signage and detours and allow extra travel time.

4WD Clubs unite to improve Western Alps tracks

 

Parks Victoria and the Mansfield Four Wheel Drive Club and Wangaratta Four Wheel Drive Club united on the annual track clearing weekend, in readiness for the reopening of seasonally closed tracks.

 

Eight members from the Wangaratta Four Wheel Drive Club were accompanied by Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Chris Clarke and worked solidly all weekend to clear tracks from King Hut to Lake Cobbler including Wild Horse Gap Track, bottom of Little Cobbler Track, Speculation Road, Cobbler Lake Track.

 

Fleur Smith, Parks Victoria Senior Ranger accompanied her 15-member team from the Mansfield Four Wheel Drive Club to focus their efforts on track clearing 16 Mile Jeep Track, from Bindaree Flat to Pikes Flat and Bluff Link Rd, as well as tracks around the Craig's Hut area to ensure key attractions could be accessible.

 

The groups were also accompanied by incredible volunteers led by Tim Bates from 4WD Adventures. Their efforts alone contributed the equivalent of 147 volunteer hours.  They installed signs and bollards, cleared tracks and collected rubbish around Bluff and Lovick hut sites, as well as collected firewood for both huts.

 

Quote attributable to Mansfield Four Wheel Drive Club – Karen and Richard Jarvis

“Once again, we were very lucky to be invited by Parks Victoria to assist with track clearing. This was our sixth year and we were able to put 15 volunteers on the ground.   All of our members find it a very rewarding experience and a privilege to be allowed into the restricted areas before they are opened to the public.” 

 

“It is important to foster a strong relationship between Parks Victoria and the Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club (MAFWDC).  We would especially like to thank Fleur Smith (Parks Victoria – Mansfield) and Chris Clarke (Parks Victoria – Whitfield) for their assistance and direction.”

 

Quote attributable to Wangaratta Four Wheel Drive Club – Dave van Zanten

“Wangaratta 4WD Club had a number of members attend the track clearing weekend commencing at Whitfield to clear some of the main tracks between Whitfield, Pineapple Flat, Lake Cobbler and King Hut in readiness for the upcoming track opening.” 

 

“Although surprisingly there wasn't a large number of trees to be cleared, some tracks were impacted by the heavy winter rainfalls we have just experienced and there are a number of soft spots on some tracks which may prove impassable for some.”

“To work with Parks Victoria was a great experience for our members and gaining an understanding of some of the issues that they face in the management of the park with many different user groups having different needs and many different issues to control.”

Quote attributable to Tim Bates 4WD Adventures

 

“Being involved in the project was fantastic, all the guys were keen to be involved and we look forward to more working bees in the future.  It was great working with the teams, it just wasn’t about work, but it was fun too.” 

As listed below we have some temporary closures in the Upper Murray District, which may be of interest for your members/clubs.  The details are shown Below;

Reason: Hazardous Tree Program - closed for public safety during tree felling operations

Duration: (indicative only, and may vary slightly);

Road Name                                                    Indicative Closure Date

Kings Creek Track                                           14 Nov 2016 - 1 Dec 2016

Mt Gibbo Track                                                2 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016

Eight Mile Creek Track                                     23 Jan 2017 - 2 Feb 2017

Sheevers Road                                                23 Jan 2017 - 2 Feb 2017

Snowy Log Road                                              3 Feb 2017 - 14 Feb 2017

Hopeful Spur Track                                          15 Feb 2017 - 17 Mar 2017

Merrimac Spur Track                                        15 Feb 2017 - 17 Mar 2017

Dunstans Log Road                                          15 Feb 2017 - 17 Mar 2017

 

Cheers

Craig Hamilton | Senior Forest Management & Roading Officer - Upper Murray | Community and Services
Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
34 Towong Street, Tallangatta, Victoria 3700