Colson Track

Submitted: Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 12:20
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About a year ago there was some discussion on this group about getting aboriginal permits to travel the Colson Track, and at the time permits were not being issued. Does anyone know what the situation is now.

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:53

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:53
Managed to get permits for last Easter Simon but it took a huge effort over several months. Had to deal directly with the anthropologist in the CLC, and even then he had to put out case to the relevant elders. The sooner you start the better as its going to take some time. BTW if you do make it, could you keep an eye out for a black multi-tap HF whip that fell off somewhere along it :-)
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 18:13

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 18:13
Hi Simon
We applied for a permit and not even a reply, I gather they donot want us to visit the area
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 21:18

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 21:18
The silly thing about the Colson Track is that it crosses only a small portion of Aboriginal Land. I do not wish to open a can of worms about Land Rights and Permits but I would say drive the Colson. Most likely scenario is that nobody will ever know that you have been there. On the other hand you are not missing much as the track runs along the dune corridor and is unspectacular. If the permit thing worries you just look at where the boundaries are and drive around them. Cheers, W
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 08:06

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 08:06
Willem, that's true but apparently someone desecrated/vandalised a heritage area a few years ago and that is why they are reluctant to allow people to traverse their land. Which is fair enough - if someone left rubbish, cut down trees, or damaged property on my land I would feel like limiting entry. Driving around the boundaries would be extremely difficult, in my experience (like crossing the Simpson away from designated tracks). I disagree with you about the track being unspectacular. The Desert is spectacular no matter which way the track runs. The added isolation of the Colson makes it even more so. I flew back across the Desert last year after using the Colson, and using Oziexplorer and GPs in the plane I was able to make out the track from 35,000 ft. This view heightened my awareness of how remote the track really is. If you are cashed up, go ahead and cross without permits;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:06

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:06
Hi Bob......Yeah, Just my opinion. Luckily I have been there so don't have to go again. Permit systems, Land Rights(black or white) is a farce. The sooner we get rid of them the better. BUT History repeats itself. Enough said. Cheers, W
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