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Central Coast 4WD Club has graciously agreed to host this meeting. It will be held at Dooralong Hall Club, Cnr Dooralong & Dittons Roads, Dooralong.

 

We have two guest speakers, Alan Henderson and Alan Hay.

Alan Henderson is the Acting Regional Manager for the National Parks area. Alan Hayis running for a Senate seat in the upcoming election and the Association has been supporting him through the ACMC.

I have also attached a letter from the President of the ACMC that he would like to be sent to all members, it explains one way to vote for Alan.

Lunch will be available at $5 a head.

9am for 9.30am start

So please come along and enjoy the day.

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Hazardous, slippery conditions following heavy rain events in the Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area has resulted in the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) installing temporary gates to close dangerous areas.

NPWS Acting Regional Manager, Alan Henderson said that when clay soils found in these areas become saturated the roads take longer to dry out, resulting in extremely unsafe conditions for park users and increased damage to the roads from vehicles.

“The NPWS has taken steps to reduce the impacts of heavy or long term rain events by installing gates to temporarily close sections within the reserves to protect both park visitors and the roads after such wet weather,” Mr Henderson said.

“We have installed 19 gates throughout Watagans and Jilliby as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all our park visitors and to reduce the impact on the roads.

”The gates will only be closed when absolutely necessary and are aimed at protecting the road system to maximise accessibility to the park in the long term.”

Mr Henderson said that following heavy rain events or road maintenance work, it takes time for the roads to dry out or stabilise.

“The clay soils together with heavy shade from tree canopies mean that the roads remain wet for longer periods and if driven on result in extreme damage.

“Short term closures so the roads can dry out and become safe avoids a longer term closure that would be required to undertake extensive works on damaged roads.

“The cost of maintenance to repair roads that have been damaged by vehicles following heavy rain is extremely expensive.

“Protecting our roads will increase the access and enjoyment of the park for all park users and ensure the roads remain passable for everyone,” Mr Henderson said.

Track closures are reachable via the Association site at www.4wdnow.com/index.php?option=com_newsfeeds&view=newsfeed&id=1&Itemid=57 and listed on the NPWS website (www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au).

Official press release can be found HERE.

The tenth Gathering is proposed to be held over the Easter weekend of 2014 from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April.

The Event Coordinator is Bruce Close. Bruce is a member of the Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club in New South Wales.

The Gathering is being run by a group of Members from a variety of 4WD clubs in the Region.

The Venue for the Gathering will be at Dungog Showground in Dungog, New South Wales. Dungog is located in the Upper Hunter Region about 50km from Raymond Terrace. There are ample camping sites at the Showground many of which are powered.

A website is now up and is reachable at www.4wdgathering.org.au


For any further information please feel free to contact Bruce at:
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