Bush Highways

Email to 4WD club presidents:

On Thursday, 29 October 2015, 16:40, Rob Kelly <aldrea1@bigpond.com> wrote:

To all presidents,

A month ago I invited all presidents of our member clubs to view the launch video on our Blog BUSH HIGHWAYS.

What did you think of it? Will you help? I am now expecting replies requesting the project documents. Please reply to this message and I will send them on to you. Already, 9 clubs have requested the documents and are planning their 4WD trips as part of this project.

If you haven’t already read on the Association’s Facebook page or the website, I had a great discussion with Richard Collis MLC at the recent 4WD Adventure Show. Our project fits in with the Government’s plan to lift the economies of small regional towns. It so happens that our plan lists 64 of these towns within the project area as possible stopovers for us while touring the Great Dividing Range. Richard asked me to assemble a presentation for viewing in the party room. Your support will increase the strength of my submission.

Thanks for your support,

Rob Kelly
Project Manager


150511 Project Spreadsheet STOPOVERS LIST.xlsx
150318 PARK NAME REGION.docx
150923 FAQs for Project.docx


The aim of this project is to get the State Government to open some closed tracks through national parks for sustainable 4WD and AWD tourism.
The strategy is to persuade the Government is by showing the economic benefits to small towns along the way by adding “off the highway tourism” income. There will be indirect as well as direct benefits. For example, indirect benefits come from the need for increased public services delivered by local councils.
Off the highway tourism by owners of all wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles is almost non-existent in NSW due to road closures following the establishment of twenty four national parks along the Great Dividing Range.  We have become accustomed to using or overusing well known challenge tracks or simply visiting drive in – drive out sites in national parks. With our long distance opportunities limited by these park management arrangements, most trip spending is done in our home towns. Sadly this deprives many small towns of the opportunity to support our recreation and earn some tourism dollars. The strategy here is to do longer trips and spend our money in the towns along the tracks.
Our strategy is to find multiple ways through the bush between the stopver towns. Some we may win and some we will be knocked back on. 
That’s the nature of an ambit claim – to protect some we get others. Public, state forest and nationalpark roads must be assessed to provide tourism routes which can be used to travel the length of the state along the GDR (Great Dividing Range). The attractiveness of the claim is that we can lift economic activity well beyond what our combined clubs can do. 
As well as our clubs, interstate and general public four wheel drivers and all wheel drive tourists will use the tracks as currently happens in other states. What we spend on food, fuel and accommodation as we travel along the route is very important.  The small disadvantaged towns which become popular waypoints along the Great Dividing Range will start to prosper as they have across the Victorian High Country. This will generate a significant amount of income in our NSW regional towns. 
Our job as club members is to provide information which will factually support our claim. It will have to be delivered in the same form wherever it is collected from. This will be managed by using electronic forms with information boxes for stopovers, roads, waypoints and what money we spend along our trips. These have been finalised and are available for use. Work in the field can now begin as the forms are tested and proven to be suitable for purpose and the waypoints are identified.
Clubs will enjoy opportunities for organised trips to find and assess routes between waypoints. Pre trip planning will be vital, and may tap much information which we already have. In the process, we will identify road closures which would have to be opened along the proposed routes. These should provide for all wheel drives as well as four wheel drives, so that numbers can be increased by the AWD public’s desire to take the easier roads while still having a bush adventure. Our priority waypoints will be those towns which relied upon timber industry jobs before forests became national parks. 
We are planning to have the claim verified for us by an independent group financed by obtaining a grant for the purpose from the Government. The Shooters & Fishers MPs are assisting us and have offered to help us obtain a grant for this purpose. In addition to Shooters and Fishers support, the timber industry association (Timber NSW) has put together a list of former sawmill towns for our use which are now struggling following the creation of the mountain national parks. The Forestry Corporation of NSW is also keen to assist our efforts and we are welcome to use the state forests which provide links between the parks along the routes.
We have prepared a form to assess towns which could be adopted for waypoints. Some will be suitable, while others not so good. But we need to know whether they “pass or fail” our requirements. The form which is currently on the Association website has been superseded. The original intent was to be operational online, for downloading data straight into our storage. Our spreadsheet is suitable for you to use on your laptop while on a trip which your club will do for this project. When completed, your Club should save your work and Email the finished file to the Bush Highways Project Manager at aldrea1@bigpond.com. "



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