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Annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Victoria

  • 19 Nov 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 20 Nov 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Buchan and McKillops Bridge and surrounds
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Annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Victoria

Date and time:  9.00am, Saturday 19 November 2022 to 3.00pm, Sunday 20 November 2022

Description:  Please contact your trip leader if you are unsure of any of the following requirements for this trip.

The Annual Far East Gippsland track clearing and gate opening event with Parks Victoria (PV) is on again and here is your opportunity to explore some remote parts of Far East Gippsland, practice your chainsaw skills and work with Parks Victoria. The local remote community appreciate the work we do each year.

The Range Rover Club of Victoria will be running this event again (under the control of Parks Victoria) and the Pajero 4WD Club and the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria are also invited to participate.

We are seeking both certified chainsaw operators and helpers. We are normally short on helpers so please come along and assist. The Snowy River National Park and Errinundra National Park are spectacular locations with some interesting 4WD tracks. 

There is also the possibility of assisting the Friends of Errinundra group clear a walking track in the Errinundra National Park on the Monday following.

For now we will have only one starting location and that is the usual McKillops Bridge campsite.  If the numbers are sufficient, we will start a 2nd group to commence from the Goongerah Campground an hour North of Orbost.

The Parks Victoria Rangers will be providing a thorough safety briefing on the Saturday morning and each convoy will be carrying a Parks Victoria Trunk Radio for regular safety check ins during the weekend.

There is the possibility that Parks Victoria will provide a BBQ dinner on the Saturday night at their house in Deddick.  Further information will be provided in due course 

The Parks Victoria Ranger, Gary Bellesini will be providing information on the redevelopment of the McKillops Bridge campsite and the possibility of an alternate campsite across the Snowy.

Drivers must have completed the club Proficiency Driver Training course (or equivalent).

There are two Parks Victoria pre-requisites this year which we have to adhere to. Volunteers must
   (A) Have been triple vaccinated

   (B) Have a WWCC (Working With Children Check).

If you do not have a WWCC card, it is free to apply for one and only takes 10 minutes online and a visit to the Post Office for those without a Service Victoria account. See the attached PDF for instructions.

Last fuel stop is at Buchan or Orbost depending on which group you are in.

Be prepared for cold and wet conditions and bring all your food, water, camping and cooking gear for the weekend. It has snowed in previous years.

No pets or firearms.

Run in conjunction with the Pajero 4WD Club and the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria led by John and Prue Hasler who are also members of these clubs.

Maps and references:  

  • 4WD Touring SE NSW and East Gippsland, Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage
  • Vicmaps 1:50K Murrindal-Yalmy, Deception Deddick, Goongerah-Ellery, Murrangower- Bemm River
  • CMA NSW 1:50K Delegate
  • Hema - East Gippsland and the Sapphire Coast
  • Rooftop Maps:  Snowy River, McKillops Bridge, Lakes Entrance Cann River, Orbost, Delegate

Weather:  Please review the weather forecast for Bendoc  but please be prepared for cold and wet conditions for camping and working in the bush

Equipment:  Well prepared high clearance 4WD vehicle with low range (or equivalent) good quality All Terrain tyres as a minimum, a 5 watt UHF radio with vehicle fitted aerial, front and rear recovery points, rated snatch strap and 2 rated shackles.

Additional Equipment required: Chainsaw with all required Personal Protection Equipment for certified chainsaw operators, leather working gloves, strong working boots, rated drag chain, air compressor and tyre gauge, Maxtrax or similar, axe, hand saw

Trip Standard: Medium with possible hard sections

Fuel:  a full tank ex Buchan or Orbost

Distance:  Melbourne to Buchan is 355 kms. Buchan to McKillops Bridge Campground is 82kms. From Buchan, up to 250kms on forest roads and bush tracks including extended sections in 4WD

Duration:  2 days although it is highly recommended that people travel to McKillops Bridge Campground on the Friday prior noting that the road down to the campground is extremely narrow and slow travelling

Convoy limit:  15 vehicles (there will be a number of convoys working in the bush and these will be organised on the Saturday morning to balance chainsaw operators and helpers)

Passengers & non-member participation: If you wish to bring a passenger that is not a partner or your child visit they must register as Temporary Members to join in. See our website for details.

Temporary (Guest) Membership

Temporary Members are NOT allowed to drive with out speaking to the Trip Leader first. This is to ensure that the driver and vehicle are sufficiently prepared for the trip.

Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet at 9.00am at the McKillops Bridge Campground (unless advised otherwise)

Trip Leaders: John & Prue Hasler   0439 890 688  p.thwait@bigpond.net.au

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