Anne Beadell graded?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 09:33
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About 5 years ago Robin Mathews told me he wanted to grade the ABH. I hear that it may of finally happened. Anyone (read SL) know if this true, and what is it like? In WA for a while could be tempted to come that way.
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:46

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:46
I hope it has finally happened! That stretch from Mabel Creek to Emu is (or was) a shocker. Robin mentioned this to me earlier this year so might give him a call tonight and confirm whether or not it has happened.
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Reply By: Griff61 - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:55

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:55
Why grade it. Its an outback road. If its to had to drive on don't go and do it.
Lets bitumen all the outback roads.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:04

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:04
Some of us, after 50 years on corrugations, wouldn't mind a graded road!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Len & Rhoda - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 19:05

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 19:05
Totally agree with Griff61, leave it as it is or was. We travelled it last August towing a camper and loved every bit including the corrugations.

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Reply By: dean ( SA ) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:04

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Ncbv0J3fk

Did this link work.
Anyway they talk about how good the track is and that it was graded in May.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:26

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:26
About half way through Part 1 someone said it had been graded "three weeks ago".

I wonder if they got rain anywhere along it and what it's like now.

Still wouldn't mind a drive.
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 14:19

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 14:19
Several references made to how good the track is. It sounds like they were surprised how far they got on the first day and could have comfortably made it from Coober Pedy to Emu in one day.
We had intentions to head out to Emu and back a couple of weeks ago
but it was raining and plenty more forecast so another time.
Locals advised to wait a couple of days.
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Reply By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:44
Laverton Shire grade the Western side occaisonally
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 13:43

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 13:43
I believe Robin graded from Emu, west to somewhere just before Volkes Hill Corner.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:29

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:29
Gday Tony, Just watched the video link above and I reckon its been graded all the way from Voakes Hill east to the Dog Fence.

Pity!! But I'm now tempted to get out there again as its been a few years since I last did it.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:33

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:33
I wonder if this is an annual thing??
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:39

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:39
Annual thing? ......most likely a once in a lifetime event!
Would be very hard to fund it. No mining exploration at the moment out there and no aboriginal communities nearby. I'm amazed that Robin afforded the time and effort to get it done. They must be hoping to get more tourists thru to Maralinga.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:58

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:58
Yeah, I would say the last time it was done, Len was shining a mirror to the grader driver circa 1951 or 2
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 18:58

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 18:58
Hi Phil

I have been speaking with a good friend of mine in Ceduna and it was Brownie ( Dennis Brown, Aboriginal Elder) that graded the track.



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Follow Up By: Bob R4 - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:43
I think Len shone the mirror to give Doug Stoneham the dozer driver something to aim at.
The grader came behind the dozer.
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Reply By: OBJ - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:44

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:44
When we were there last year Robin indicated that the RAAF were going to be bringing some equipment in and that the road had to be graded. My now vague recollection was that they (RAAF) had provided the money to have it done and someone from the Maralinga base was preparing to go up there to do it.
I am unable to confirm if the work was done.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 19:05

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 19:05
Hi Chris

Hope the trip is going real well, we are keeping an eye out on your travels every night. I have given Murray a call in Ceduna and he said Brownie had been grading the Anne Beadell Highway, and he was not sure how far they graded at this stage, but Brownie told him he was hoping to go as far as the border.

They have been getting some real good rains throught the desert and a couple of months ago, Emu Claypan was not a runway, but a boat way, as it was full with water.

Continue your great trip and Ivan and Gwen say g'day.


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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 22:06
Wish the powers that be would stop grading and sealing remote tracks - won't be anywhere left for genuine outback travel soon!
Would hate the centre to end up like the Bruce Highway, with bumper to bumper vans following the bitumen and not a quiet free-camp to be found.
I know, I'm selfish :-)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 08:22

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 08:22
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Buy shares in Winnebago! lol

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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 17:52

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 17:52
Probably be better to buy shares in Jayco, Allan. I saw in a Facebook post from folk with an expensive off road van who had just completed the Gibb River Road that the most common brand that they saw along that piece of dirt was Jayco.

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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 at 22:13

Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 at 22:13
Hi Chris, don't forget to let me know if you're coming through Kalgoorlie!

Personally, I'm DELIGHTED the ABH has been graded again after 60-odd years. I might try and do the whole thing - having done the Laverton to Ilkulka sections a couple of times.

One thing I'd love to see along its length from time to time, as well the Canning Stock Route and other well travelled bush tracks are signs appealing to the better natures of 4 wheel drivers to actually stick their 4WD into 4WD!!!

NOTHING looks after a track better than driving in 4WD and if we can somehow convince people to do it all the time they are on dirt tracks we would not have to deal with the absolute killer corrugations we frequently encounter.

I've given up trying to encourage people to deflate tyres a bit, or drive slower, which are both contributors to bad corrugations, but getting them to drive in 4WD would make a huge difference on its own.

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