Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks Background The Greater Alpine national parks provide the setti ng for some of the most spectacular and challenging four wheel driving in Australia

Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks Background The Greater Alpine national parks provide the setti ng for some of the most spectacular and challenging four wheel driving in Australia - Description

Four wheel driving creates important benefits not o nly for participants but for local communities and Parks Victoria The Roads and Access Discussion Paper discusses the road and trac k network and their environmental impacts This dis cussion paper ID: 24418 Download Pdf

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Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks Background The Greater Alpine national parks provide the setti ng for some of the most spectacular and challenging four wheel driving in Australia

Four wheel driving creates important benefits not o nly for participants but for local communities and Parks Victoria The Roads and Access Discussion Paper discusses the road and trac k network and their environmental impacts This dis cussion paper

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Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks Background The Greater Alpine national parks provide the setti ng for some of the most spectacular and challenging four wheel driving in Australia. Four wheel driving creates important benefits not o nly for participants, but for local communities and Parks Victoria. The Roads and Access Discussion Paper discusses the road and trac k network and their environmental impacts. This dis cussion paper will detail the nature of four wheel driving and concludes with som e further discussion points. Current Policy and Management

Arrangements The Victorian Government's Policy for Sustainable R ecreation and Tourism on Victoria's Public Land 200 2 provides the state-wide policy setting for recreation and tourism on public land. The Policy identifies the following principl es: 1. Provide equitable access to public land for a di verse range of appropriate recreation and tourism o pportunities; 2. Plan, manage and monitor recreation and tourism use of public land to minimise impacts on natural a nd cultural values; 3. Provide and maintain appropriate recreation and tourism services and facilities on public land to foster

visitor enjoyment and education and to ensure visitor safety; and 4. Encourage, facilitate and promote opportunities for appropriate recreation and tourism use on publi c land through research, communication and stakeholder consultation. The current management plans provide for the provis ion of four-wheel-driving opportunities within the parks and for the management of the network of roads as part of the broader four-wh eel-drive touring network. Driving a vehicle off a defined road is illegal under the Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Regulations 2003 and the National Park (Parks)

Regulations 2003 (where vehicles have been prohibited or restricted). For further information, see the Ro ads and Access Discussion Paper. Four Wheel Driving Four wheel driving provides access to remote areas for a variety of recreational pursuits. The Alpine and Eastern Highlands areas are very popular recreation destinations. Four Wheel Dr ive Victoria (FWDV) is the peak body representing f our wheel drive clubs across the state. Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustain ability and Environment have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with FWDV to facilitate working together to "achieve a

balance b etween the legitimate and appropriate recreational use of National Parks and State Forest by four wheel drives and achieving environme ntal protection." Parks Victoria is working with FW DV to classify tracks in accordance with the four wheel drive experience the y offer. Similar to the system used to classify dow nhill ski runs, the Four Wheel Drive Recreational Track Classification system will enable visitors to recreational areas to understan d the nature of a particular track before beginning their journey. "achieve a balance between the legitimate and appropriate recreational

use of National Parks and State Forest by four wheel drives and achieving environme ntal protection." Some Management Vehicle Only (MVO) tracks are opene d to affiliated FWDV clubs to enable volunteer work to be undertaken for Parks Victoria. Volunteers play a key role in compl eting track condition reports, environmental progra ms and general track maintenance. An MVO Access Agreement between Parks Victoria and FWDV permits this access. The MVO Access Agreement acknowledges that the ‘Designated MVO Tracks' have public right of pa ssageway for management vehicles, emergency vehicle s and in

some cases other recreational users by arrangement. FWDV ensures tha t its members and invitees, who access the Designat ed MVO Tracks under this agreement, are aware of the associated risks and re sponsibilities. Recreation Four Wheel Driving Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks 2010
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2 Recreation – Four Wheel Driving The Four Wheel Drive Experience Central to four wheel driving is a variety of drivi ng experiences from easy to challenging. Importantl y, Parks Victoria's Visitor Market Segmentation. shows four wheel drivers often undert ake multiple activities while

visiting a park. Ofte n a four wheel driver will also camp, fish, take a scenic drive and admire nature whilst four wheel driving. For this reason, it is difficul t to categorise all four wheel driving into Parks Victoria's Visitor Market Segmentation. Howev er, generally speaking, a four wheel driver is clas sified as either a Nature Admirer or a Country Vacationer within the Visitor Market S egmentation. To better understand four wheel driving, Parks Vict oria commissioned the Four Wheel Drive Market for V ictoria's Public Land Market Segmentation report. This research shows four wheel

drivers can be more helpfully categorised within t he following market segments: 1. Environmentally Aware Outdoor Enthusiasts (27% of t he market): these have a strong interest in the outdoors and b ush areas and a strong concern for the environment. 2. Dedicated Four Wheel Drivers (24% of the market): these view four wheel driving as an important aspec t of their lives. It is a major focus and takes priority as a key social an d recreational activity. 3. Mature Outdoor Tourers (23% of the market): these tend to be from an older demographic group, a re likely to have owned a four wheel drive

for a long period of time and ha ve considerable four wheel driving experience. 4. Environmentally Aware Comfort Seekers (15% of the m arket): these are distinguished by their high level of act ivist concern for the environment. They are highly consci ous of the environment and will definitely not do a nything they feel may cause environmental damage. 5. Environmentally Thoughtless Four Wheel Drivers (11% of the market): these are the highest risk user group for Parks Victoria. This group is most easily identified by t heir apparent lack of interest in preserving the na tural, cultural and

social environment and their anti-social behaviour. Market Solutions Pty Ltd 2002) Four Wheel Drive Market for Victoria's Public Land Market Segmentation research notes the bulk of four wheel drivers have a strong interest in the outdoors and have a strong concern for the environment. A small segment which is less concerned about the environment, the ‘Environmentally Thoughtless Four Wheel Drivers' and ‘Dedicated Four Wheel Drivers', need ongoing education in order to more effectively raise their awareness of critical environmental and safety issues so as to m inimise environmental damage

caused by four wheel driving. Directions The major direction for recreational four wheel dri ving is to work with key user groups to create sust ainable, social and recreational experiences sought by the community. Engaging volun teer groups is a key outcome of recent work and thi s will develop further in the future. Discussion Points What changes to the four wheel drive network would improve your experience? What new communication tools could be used to impr ove your experience? Further Reading Department of Sustainability and Environment 2005. Memorandum of Cooperation Between Four Wheel

Drive Victoria and Parks Victoria MVO Track Access Agreement Between Parks Victoria And Four Wheel Drive Victoria (Fwdv) Pursuant To Re gulation 6(3)(A) Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Regulations 2003. Market Solutions 2002 Fourwheel Drive Market for V ictoria's Public Land Segmentation Parks Victoria 2006. Summary Results - Visitor Mar ket Segmentation. Comments on the discussion paper Submitted by Louise Rose (Parks Victoria) on Thu, 15/04/2010 - 19:45 If 11% of 4wd users were thoughtless there is scope for education and enforcement. Working with the pe ak body is appropriate and a good

way to get volunteer effort going. -- Bob Gough - 24 Aug 2009
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Discussion Paper Greater Alpine National Parks As a keen horse rider, my view and that of ATHRAs' on this topic sees 4wding as a meams to an end ie w e predominently use 4wd vehicles to get our horses to a specific destinatio n to establish a base camp and/or commence a ride. Additionally we may use one or more 4wds as support vehicles for the riders. A lesser use of 4wd vehicles, but equally as import ant, is to conduct reconnaissance for future rides. As such we appreciate the relationship that 4wd vic has with

parks vic and wish to establish a similar relationship, one of the outcomes could be that appropriate MVO tracks could be shared - not only the enjoyment but the respons ibility as well. -- Andrew Inglis - 29 Aug 2009 I can’t quite see how a 7 year plus old report has any relevance to today’s current audience, the worl d has changed significantly in the last few years in respect to peoples opinion of the environment. Ignoring this, I have to also question the initial research, 584 Toyota owners doesn’t appear to be a broad market segment. So with this said it appears that the only relevanc e

this report has today is “that in 2002 584 Toyota owners had these opinions at that time -- Matthew Arber - 06 Oct 2009 As stated by Andrew Inglis, deer hunters use their 4wd in much the same way as horse riders. We use th em to get to a specific destination to establish a base camp from which we may hunt from, conduct reconnaissance or travel awa y from base camps to hunting areas. We also use the 4wd to retrieve the deer once we have lugged it (have you seen how big a sambar is?) to the side of a track from the depths of the gully or the heights o f the spur where it was killed. ADA is

supportive of efforts to keep tracks is good condition but sees the need to keep them open for longer especially when conditions allow it or the road surface can be cons tructed to ensure minimal damage and optimum safety during periods of inclement weather over the winter months when deer hunting ac tivity is at its highest. -- Steve Garlick - 19 Oct 2009 Matthew, Regarding your points about the research, all surve ys have bias and all surveys date. The limitation o f Toyota drivers is acknowledged in the methodology. The key issue is has there been major change in Aus tralian society

regarding the 4WD segments determin ed at the time and their attitudes and motivations. Only a another survey wo uld be able to determine this, however, the new sur vey would have similar biases; there is no unbiased methodology. It is probably the attitudes and behaviours of 4WD will have shifted somewhat but it is unlikely that changes to the segmentation will be major since society's attitudes evolve slowly. A lthough the survey is 7 years old it is still conte mporary. Other societal attitudes even when they are major have been evolving slowly (such as global warming for 3 decades, even

litter and smoking attitudes have been evolving over 5 decades). We are happy to cons ider any empirical evidence you may have. -- Louise Rose - 22 Oct 2009