Trail

Trail rider warnings for Woods Point area

Posted:

Trail bike riders who regularly use the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) areas around Woods Point in Victoria have been advised to take extra precautions in the area. Riders planning a trip into these areas should carry adequate clothing, food, fuel and equipment for forced overnight stays in extreme conditions. Recent storms have reeked havoc over the whole area, with many hundreds of large trees flattened. In some locations between Mt. Terrible, Matlock and McAdams Gap areas have been so devastated that tracks are just no longer visible or recognisable. Due to the difficulties in accessing the tracks Police may not be able to mount any recovery of persons from these situations until daylight unless a dire emergency exists, i.e. evacuation of injured or sick persons. Over the past three weekends groups of Trail Bike Riders have been stranded overnight in the areas of Ryan's Creek, Corn Hill and Mt. Terrible due to exhaustion, lack of fuel and breakdowns with back up crews having great difficulty in locating them. Senior Constable Ken Dwight, Officer in Charge of the Woods Point Police Response Zone, said, "Although the weather is now becoming milder any rider unprepared to camp overnight could get into serious bother. I am also aware that tracks and roads East of the Goulburn River are also badly affected by storm damage and it is my understanding that the DSE may not be able to clear any of them substantially in the coming year". "Communication is of great importance on these trips, an appropriate CB UHF Radio should be carried by any group, utilising Channel 7 South of Frenchman's Gap and Channel 8 in the North for urgent assistance as required. These are the only Repeaters available in the district. Mobile phones are next to useless and may only work from the highest locations. At least one member should carry an EPERP and a GPS, remembering that an EPERP should only be activated in situations of dire emergency. Back up crews should be prepared with chainsaws, extra fuel and good maps for recoveries", Dwight added. Constable Dwight also requested that riders planning trips into these areas to send him an email at kenneth.dwight@police.vic.gov.au He also went on to assure riders that they are all most welcome in the area and wished all many miles of safe riding. Footnote:
Constable Ken Dwight's area of responsibility covers the townships of , Woods Point (my base), Matlock, Gaffney's Creek, A1 Mine Settlement, Enoch's Point and the area from Frenchman's Spur Track to The Eildon Jamieson Road to Flour Bag Creek across to the Licola Road, down to South Road, Mt Selma road across through Matlock back to the Frenchman's Spur Track. This encompasses about 1000 sq. Klms of State Forest, parks, River Catchments and Reserves.

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Off Road

Jonte Reynders And Motul Pirelli Sherco Race Team Primed for 2024 AORC Opener

Supercross

Cameron McAdoo and Seth Hammaker Make it a Daytona Double Podium

Long Track

Jarred Brook Takes Final Lap Victory At The 2024 Bathurst Long Track Masters

Supercross

Jett Lawrence Secures Third Victory, Tom Vialle Triumphs at Daytona Supercross

EnduroCross

Billy Bolt Crowned 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship

AMA Supercross

The Emergency Department - 2024 AMA Supercross - Daytona Rnd 8

Industry

CFMOTO Launches New Microsite Dedicated To Its Expansive 450cc Line-Up

Supercross

Guillem Farres' Season Over As A Result Of A Serious Training Crash Injury

Motocross

Factory Honda In Winning Early Season Form At Sunshine State Championships

Dirt Track

2024 NSW Dirt Track Season Lifts Off At Somersby Super TT Meeting

Supercross

World Champion Max Anstie Secures 2024 East Coast Supercross Championship Red Plate

Motocross

Jed Beaton Tops The Podium At 2024 New Zealand Motocross Championships Round Two

What's On This Week

MXGP - R1
MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina - Villa La Angostura
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AMA GNCC - R3
The General, Washington
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
Gippsland Region MX - R2
Korumburra
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AORC - R2
Roma, Qld
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AORC - R1
Roma, Qld
Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Featured:

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

Drink Wirelessly with SoleStream

What's On This Week

MXGP - R1
MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina - Villa La Angostura
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AMA GNCC - R3
The General, Washington
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
Gippsland Region MX - R2
Korumburra
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AORC - R2
Roma, Qld
Sunday, March 10th, 2024
AORC - R1
Roma, Qld
Saturday, March 9th, 2024