Native Plains Road (See 29.3.18)
After 16 months of considerable effort a successful meeting was held today between the farmer, Parks personnel and Trail representatives with a solution agreed. However, formalities need to be processed which may take a month or so. The first of these will be a land survey to ascertain the exact boundaries of the reserved road. This has already been commissioned by Parks.
Contractors are logging on Bermuda Road south of Judbury. Stop and ensure you presence is known before proceeding.
After the devastating bush fires earlier this year and the massive task of making the forest safe a section of the Trail has finally been reopened. The Trail from Judbury to Geeveston is now available for use again providing a destination with a host of services. The route has been remarked but it is intended to replace some markers on trees with the red and yellow triangles on steel posts to improve the the visibility of these directional signs.
The most southern section, Geeveston to Dover, is still under review with at least two areas known to still have dangerous trees close to the Trail.
The section of the Trail neat Sheffield closed by a farmer has now been reopened. Some markers may be missing and therefore particular attention should be taken of the description in the guidebook.
Camping at Bracknell
Camping is again permitted on the riverside at Bracknell. There is a fee of $3.00 which is payable at the Bracknell store. Page 33 of the guidebook, point 36.5, refers.
Fire damage update 5.4.19
The authorities have not yet given the all clear for the Trail south of Judbury and the section off the Marlborough Main Road (Stage 8) has also not been reopened.
Mersey River Crossing
A report has been received that the Mersey River crossing at the beginning of Stage 4 is very difficult to negotiate due to a deep channel on its eastern side. Until this is confirmed and an alternative crossing place found it is recommended that the alternative flood route described on page 24 of the guidebook be used.
Not a lot has changed in the last few weeks. Authorities are working to clear hazards in the forests including felling potentially dangerous trees with explosives. Until the Tastrail route is declared safe the sections in the Huon Valley and that on the Central Plateau in the vicinity of the Marlborough Road will remain closed.
The authorities responsible for dealing with the fire have issued a notice for people entering areas that have been burnt.
This notice can be found here and should be perused by trail users intending to travel through the affected areas.
Following the devastating fires of the last few weeks affected parts of the Tasmanian Trail will be reopened as conditions allow including ensuring the route is safe and burnt markers are replaced.
Subject to past postings below a route is available from Devonport to Judbury but the southern section from Judbury to Dover is still closed.
The authorities have now announced that the Marlborough Road has been reopened but side roads still should not be used. This has enabled the use of a route that more closely follows the official line of the Tasmanian Trail. There will be considerable damage to markers along the Trail in this area and it will take some considerable time for volunteers to access the route and make amends. In the short term the simplest solution is for users to travel along the Marlborough Road from Miena to Bronte Park without deviating and not to follow the route described in the guidebook.
The maps show the Trail in relation to the areas burnt.
On page 56 of the guidebook there are instructions on how to contact the caretaker of the Bushy Park Recreation ground to arrange for an overnight stop. We have been asked to advise users that John should be contacted no later than midday the day they they are coming. It is recommended that he be rung the night before.
The Trail between Latrobe and Railton has been closed due to a dispute with a land owner. Users should take the Railton Road as shown in Map 2 in the guidebook.This matter may take some time to resolve as it may involve legal action.