BUSH tracks turned into muddy quagmires by four-wheel drive enthusiasts have raised the ire of property owners living around Mt Clay State Forest, but it appears there is little that authorities can do about it.
“In the past two years it’s become a lot worse,” long-time Narrawong resident Ivan Boyer said. “Use of 4WDs around here has become much more popular recently and the authorities seem to be less vigilant.”
The authority is the Department of Environment and Primary Industry, an agency whose budget has been stretched in recent years. There used to be patrols preventing drivers using the roads during the winter and spring, when they are supposed to be closed, but not often now, Mr Boyer said.
“We don’t mind the motorbikes because they do relatively little damage, but these huge 4WDs just cause so much senseless destruction – they’re more like bulldozers,” he said. “The drivers even put up pictures of the damage on Facebook. They get into these large rain-soaked puddles and just play.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer, January 15, 2014.