Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Parks Victoria and the Victorian Four Wheel Drive Association recently celebrated a ten year partnership of working together to maintain the road and track network in the national parks and reserves of East Gippsland. Seventeen members from the Melbourne-based Land Rover and Pajero clubs attended this year’s event. The group met at the Goongerah campground for an introduction and safety briefing before dividing into three teams and making their way through the remote and rugged terrain of the Snowy River National Park.

The teams of highly-skilled drivers and well-prepared vehicles assisted local Parks Victoria rangers to clear fallen trees and undertake risk assessments of approximately 120km of tracks.

Parks Victoria’s Bendoc Ranger Team Leader, Gary Bellesini said the event was of great assistance in making sure that our National Parks are open and accessible to the public when the seasonal road closures are re-opened for the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

Parks Victoria’s Local Area Chief Ranger, Dave Burton said the partnership with the Association has been ongoing for ten years and it is a great example of how we can work together in a safe and healthy environment in a way which connects people with the special places of East Gippsland.

“This year we wanted to extend the hospitality of the East Gippsland communities, and were delighted that the Tubbut community came on board to host a traditional country breakfast for the weary group before making the long journey back to Melbourne,” Mr Burton said.