Dateline: April 14 late morning Location: entrance to EGRT @ Bairnsdale
A group of 12 older age bicycle riders, women and men, all from NSW, set off on a multi day visit of this rail trail with Orbost as their destination. A significant number of interstate visitors to the East Gippsland Rail Trail are coming from the ACT and NSW. With them comes a much needed money flow into local businesses.
However, this volunteer managed public asset has no assured funding to keep the entire length of 97 kilometres fully open and in good condition. It is proving to be an important destination experience but for how much longer?
Committee of Management
Nicholson Vic 3882 0419 583 482
An example of the new trail direction signs format which will gradually be rolled out. This set has been funded as part of the Nicholson River Landcare group projects on the east side of the Nicholson River trail bridge.
30.000 copies have been printed and are now being distributed. It features the former Bairnsdale 'homing' signal and highlights bridges not least being the Wairewa Road example ( Past Nowa Nowa towards Orbost ) which should be returned to use in the future..
The production of the brochure was supplemented by the support of 18 local businesses who bought a small add on the map page. Each of these businesses is also listed on this website in the appropriate friends category accessible from the vertical menu to the right
Brochures are available from Visitor Information Centres . If you want a brochure sent to you by mail please use the donate button on this website and use the contact form to provide your details.
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Hospital Creek Signboard
A new signboard has just been installed at the site of the old Hospital Creek Bridge which was destroyed in the 2011 bushfires.
The sign was sponsored by members of the Orbost Community. This completes the set of 9 signboards between Nowa Nowa and Orbost. It is hoped these signs add interest for travelers with information on some history as well as information on flora and fauna.
The signed was installed By Friends of East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee members. This photo is of Geoff Preston and Marlene Robb with the newly installed sign board. The area around Hospital Creek has experienced substantial weed regrowth after the bushfire. Black Wattle regrowth is a particular problem with dense patches of young trees dominating the area.
The area around Wombat Creek and Tostaree which experienced the worst of this rather intense bushfire still shows the impact. In this area you can see the Eucalypt tree's response to this bushfire which would have destroyed most other species. Eucalypt trees have extensive epicormic buds which sprout following a fire thus allowing the vegetative regeneration of branches from their trunks.
Rail Trail Restoration Grants
Eleven East Gippsland Landcare groups will each receive grants for environmental projects on public land. Two of these were: Nicholson River Landcare Group, rail trail restoration at Nicholson, $14,800;and Snowy West Landcare Group, rail trail restoration at Newmerella, $22,700.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith and Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull announced the funding on Monday March 25. “These grants give Landcare groups across East Gippsland the support they need to lend a hand on public land,” Mr Smith said. “Each project will assist in protecting and enhancing their local environment. “The grants will be used to improve 15 public land reserves across East Gippsland and will focus on improving accessibility and the appearances of public places and recreational reserves, as well as enhancing habitat for plants and animals.”
Mr Bull said around 300 volunteers would be involved in a range of projects including restoring some of the region's popular rail trails, planting indigenous vegetation, restoring rainforests and controlling weeds and pests.
This photo shows Mr Tim Bull inspecting the Newmerella site with Snowy West Landcare members Dawn Parker, Keith Law and Marlene Robb.
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