15th Annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Victoria
Date and time: Saturday 8:00am, 21 November 2020 to 4:00pm, Sunday 22 November 2020
Location: East Gippsland
===== COMPLYING WITH COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ======
The maximum convoy limit is now based on the number of people on the trip, not the number of cars, and there are hoops that we need to jump through to comply with the restrictions.
As part of your registration, we need to know how many people are in your car. We use the "Guest" option but in this case; a guest is ANYONE that is not you. This includes your partner and/or children that live with you (i.e. the club's standard family membership criteria).
COVID-19 Passenger Restrictions :
These additional restrictions have been put in place to confirm with the Government regulation. It's the trip leader's responsibility to ensure they are adhered to and you will be asked to confirm each one during registration. So it's more important than ever to follow the Trip Leader's instructions.
- All passengers are your family members (partner or child, in same household)
- As the club member, you are responsible to ensure your passengers are aware of and follow the restrictions.
- Everyone must respect social distancing, of 1.5m, from other members - particularly during:
- Breaks - briefings, tea breaks, lunch breaks, etc.
- Recoveries - stay in your car where possible, unless asked to help.
- You cannot attend If you are feeling unwell, been in close contact with anyone suspected of having the virus, or recently returned from overseas
- Bring hand-sanitiser along with your normal kit.
- There may be no access to public toilets or other facilities because they are closed.
- We also suggest that you use the COVIDSafe app.
- Temporary Members are not allowed.
The legal maximum number people in a group is currently 9 (plus 1 Parks Victoria Ranger.
All passengers must be named for tracking purposes. If you bring anyone that has not been registered as a guest, you will not be allowed on the trip.
=== Using the Guest/passenger registration ===
The "Add a Guest" button is at the bottom of the registration page. Before you start registration, make sure there are enough places for everyone in your car. Note: that does not guarantee they will be there by the time you finish, particularly if there are a few of you.
You need to register each person (including children) individually, by filling their name (phone and email if different from yours), and clicking Done.
Once everyone is listed, click Next to go to the Confirmation page. Everything else is the same as normal registrations.
Note: If the number of spare places run out before you add everyone, it means that someone else was registering at the same time as you. There is no way to avoid this clash and it's first come, first in.
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Description: This year has been challenging with the Covid19 pandemic and has also affected the annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing event that has become a very popular trip. It will still be a joint effort between the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria, Range Rover Club of Victoria and the Pajero club; headed by John Hasler who is a member of all three clubs.
We are running it a month later and need to be Covid19 safe. There are restrictions which we have to adhere to. For one we can only have 9 club members and 1 Parks Victoria Ranger in each of three track clearing teams. Chainsaw operators and past experienced volunteers are preferred. Unfortunately, no guests or passengers this year. This year will be a bit different in that we intend to do two full days work and leave on Monday the 23rd.
There are some tracks that are still closed due to the wet October month. Plus tracks that had been cleared by the public which need the large trunks to be cut and moved off tracks.
Base camp is at the McKillop’s Bridge campground (The campground is immediately before the bridge over the snowy river on McKillops Rd - Google McKillop's Bridge campground). Saturday and Sunday night will be bush-camping. You will be responsible for all your food – dinner, breakfasts, lunches, drinks, water and snacks. We will not be returning to the campsite during the day, so you will need morning tea and lunch in the bush on both days.
Weather: Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet. Review the Alpine weather forecast leading up to the trip and bring appropriate clothing, footwear and camping gear..
Equipment: good off-road tyres (All Terrain, 60 profile recommended as a minimum), UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club), a well-maintained vehicle with low range (or equivalent), good ground clearance (200mm recommended as a minimum), recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel.
Bring a chainsaw and appropriate PPE if you have one and have completed a licensed chainsaw operator certification.
No pets or firearms
Trip Standard: e.g. Medium - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks!
Fuel: a full tank ex Bairnsdale or Buchan
Distance: From Buchan, up to 250km to be covered on forest roads and bush tracks including extended sections in 4WD. The last available fuel is at Buchan.
Duration: 2 days
Convoy limit: 9 people
Meeting arrangements: We will meet at McKillop’s Bridge campsite at 8:00 am on Saturday morning for a safety briefing and 8:30 departure. (The campground is immediately before the bridge over the snowy river on McKillops Rd - Google McKillop's Bridge campground). We will aim to finish about 4.00pm on Sunday at the campsite.
Trip Leaders: Mark Bown m: 0437 251 645 e: Mark.Bown@csiro.au