AnswerID: 184613 Submitted: Friday, Jul 21, 2006 at 08:59
Find the club
scene a bit tricky, and first question
would be "what is the motivation" for joining a club
The bottom line here in Victoria
is that there is not much
if you already have a group of friends you drive with.
In which case loose associations via groups like this
is often enough.
Different if you are new, have no experience etc.
Am in a small vic club
(Alexandra) myself which is
only just viable with about 10 members and charges
$50 bucks a year which just covers Vic association fees
We may even disaffiliate as fees to high and still run club
Meetings just at friends houses infrequently and only take 5-10
minutes to follow right practise and keep minutes.
While there is not much need in Vic today, I think it important for
every single person to be in a club
, even nominally as its really
in the end a numbers game re-keeping tracks open.
name does have some advantages and disadvantages, for example
in Vic we have some management only tracks with a theoretical access for some clubs.
In practise the system is effectively de-funct as I put it to the test.
Fun to watch officals trying to find out how to do something they had
never done but which there guidlines said they could do.
Bottom line was that we were left to our own devices and legally got to
go onto some tracks normally off limits.
Disadvantages include many clubs try to stick to legal forms placed apon them
by beaucrats, and become beaucratic over time themselves.
An example of this was recent need to Vic to clear up tracks following storms.
Cutting this short - I have literally cut down in excess of a thousand trees
blocking roads due to work etc over a long time in bush, but was unable
to help with clean up due to lack of current "chainsaw training" by those
who quite frankly had never had ,and admitted to such, the necessary experience.
So there's pluses and minuses.
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FollowupID: 441447 Submitted:
Friday, Jul 21, 2006 at 21:07
Gaday Robin. I think it is only that Victoria
has a strong club
base with a forward thinking association that has kept the number of tracks open that we have. The biggest 'Plus' is the current agreement with Parks to consult the 4x4 Association before any maintenance or track closure is done. Pity they don't have a similar agreement in Qld as post 36091 describes another track closure without consultation.
As unfortunate as the situation was with last years track clearing crews only allowing qualified chainsaw opperators, Parks really had no option with no other way to measure experience than by some proper accreditation. Our club
were in the same boat with plenty of unqualified but experienced farmers & only 3 with certificates. This didn't really matter in the end as it would have been dangerous to be running more than 2 saws at once & we needed a dozen offsiders to do all the winching & clearing.
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