Refer to 19.1.20. The tree has been removed and Bony Road can again be accessed.
The access along Old Deloraine Road (Stage 2) has been restored. The access across the paddock has been relocated and fenced to form a corridor. This corridor has Trail locks on gates at each end.
An updated guide book is now available. Some of the updates below have been incorporated into the new edition but will be left published for a short time for the benefit of those who have already downloaded the old edition. The entries may still apply to the new edition as some updates are intended to be about temporary matters and the guide book to be a description of the normal situation. So the issue of the new edition should not mean that the updates should now be ignored.
7.2.20 Lost item
A small bag including sleeping bag has been found on the Central Plateau. Contact the Trail Secretary if it is yours.
A very large tree is blocking Bony Road south of Geeveston (Stage 16). It has been inspected and it condition is such that it will be difficult to remove and dangerous to try and pass. Until the route is cleared user should take the alternative route shown in yellow on the map found here. see 13.2.20
Additional information for use of the Bush Park Showgrounds (Page 56 of the guidebook).
Please notify John NO LATER than midday on the day you are coming and inform him of time you will arrive. Arrival should be NO LATER than 6pm.
If arriving after 6pm inform John that you are arriving and arrange a time to see him the next morning. Contact should be made on 03 6286 1372, not the mobile number.
The Cluan Tier (see Stage 5, page 31) has been closed due to a land owner locking gates. An alternative route though Liffey is suggested on the map that can be downloaded here.
Bush fire update -
The sections of the Trail off the Marlbough Main Road are still closed. Trekkers should follow the main road from Miena to Bronte Park.
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.
Extreme Caution Needed Please
Forestry operations are being carried out on Lanes Tier (see map). The Trail passes along Lanes Tier (2.9 to 12.4, page 48 of the Guidebook) and Trail users should take care. The road will be impacted by log trucks using the route to take out timber southward along the Trail. Warning signs will be erected both ends of the track/road and Trail users should stop and let vehicles pass. There are a few places where the road is steep and windy and trucks will require the full width of the road and may not be able to stop quickly. The vehicular traffic will continue for about 8 months and further advice will be posted here when logging has been completed.
Please note, the map has been copied from page 86 of the Guidebook.
Contractors are logging on Bermuda Road south of Judbury. Stop and ensure you presence is known before proceeding.
Camping at Bracknell
The local Council has decided that only self-contained vehicles can overnight on the riverside reserve at Bracknell (Page 33 of the guidebook, point 36.5, refers). The only accomodfation for Trail users in the area is behing the Hotel by arragement or at the Old School House at Liffey..