Effective July 1st Parks Vic will be closing a trail running through a sensitive ecological area bounded by River Avenue in the north and “Pipeline Track” on it’s south edge. On Strava it is known as “Strawberry Fields”.
The fenced area is a section of remnant Yellow Gum bush land that contains significant flora species and has been identified as having a high diversity of orchids. The installation of gates and completion of the exclusion fence will protect this area from grazing animals, and from disturbance via walkers and cyclists.
The trail has signs at it’s ends to make riders aware and signs have also been posted informing riders of possible detour routes to avoid the sensitive section.
A full statement from Parks can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_SzxGSkS3hUZHRpQmZxRGM2RUE
A map showing detour routes is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_SzxGSkS3hUQ0MyMlJQOUNrN3M
A very big thank you to the 17 volunteers who attended this morning’s working bee. The number of volunteers definitely made the transport of the gravel quite easy to do and it should be a great improvement over last winter’s boggy mess.
Also some thanks go to the Parks Vic team, not only behind the scenes organising the rock for us but also to Ross who took some time out of his Sunday morning to provide the rest of the materials we needed and the paperwork to make it happen.
On Sunday the 22nd from 11am we will be holding a working bee.
As you can see above there were a few wet spots last winter. One of the main ones was this section of trail on “Mr. Lincolns Twisty”, the bottom of the switchbacks near the Oatland/Mackelroy Roads entrance. See attached a map for reference.
We have been given a few loads of rock from Parks Vic to reinforce the ground at this point and raise it a bit higher above the water flow and stop this kind of trail degradation. If you’re keen to help please come along, we’ll be hosting a BBQ after for all our generous volunteers (weather permitting). If you aren’t able to bring your own tools pop by anyway, we will have a few extras.
What to bring:
- Appropriate clothes and footwear
- Wheelbarrow/Shovel/Large Rake to move gravel
- Enthusiastic attitude
- 11am Sunday 22nd May. Please be prompt for a signup with the Parks Ranger
- Bottom of Swtichbacks near Oatland Rd (see below) for the working bee
- Parking may be tight on Oatland Rd, please be aware of locals and consider parking away from the gate, or if not bringing tools consider parking at the water tank.
Our summer newsletter was sent out this evening. If you’re a member and you didn’t receive it please let us know with a message or email (plentygorgemtb @ gmail . com) and we’ll make sure your contact info is up to date.
If you’re not a member and you’re keen to receive the newsletters consider joining, it’s only $35 and as a non-profit all the membership funds will be back on the trails before you know it.
Sorry about the absence of posts, we’ve all been out riding.
Recent minutes can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_SzxGSkS3hUN0JBOTFSQnJhMjQ
- Club Events. Forest 6hr and possible Club races in the Gorge
- Trail Maintenance pre-winter
- Finance Organisation things
- New Club Clothing
Starting this month we will be holding a BBQ following our regular Sunday Spin rides.
Gold coin donation will go to the trail fund to help with maintenance of the trail network.
For the low down on the latest committee meeting follow the link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_SzxGSkS3hUTnBZancyQVdKRTg