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Stackey Gully, Bright: 2023 forest operations

February 23, 2023

April 2023 update: Harvesting and haulage

The February-March roadworks are complete, and harvesting is now underway in the plantation at Stackey Gully, Bright.

This latest post outlines information on:

  • the area closed to public access while harvesting is in progress
  • the routes that trucks will travel to and from the worksite, and
  • arrangements for traffic management on Stackey Gully Road.
Current progress through the life cycle of plantation operations at the Stackey Gully plantation site (click to enlarge).
Harvesting

This harvesting operation is commencing April 2023 and is planned to continue through to August 2023. The current crop of trees was planted in the 1980s and 90s, and ready to be converted into sawn timber and other building and paper products. Please visit our operations page for further information about the plantation lifecycle and the range of HVP operations.

The harvest worksite and a number of roads feeding into the worksite will be closed for the duration of the operation. If this is an area that you usually walk, run or ride, thank you for finding alternative locations while the operation is in progress. Please see maps below, noting:

  • Recreation users will not be able to access the loop that connects Stackey Gully Road with the top of Walkers Lane.
  • Parts of Snake Ridge, Breen Road, Tom Kelly Road, Magazine Road will all be closed until the work is complete.
  • Clear Spot Road will be closed during part of the operation.
Map showing Stackey Gully harvest operation worksite area which is closed to all public access April-Aug 2023
Map showing the area in Stackey Gully (Bright) closed to all public access April-August 2023 due to plantation harvesting and log loading (click to enlarge).
Haulage (transport)

Haulage will commence a few days after harvesting commences. Our drivers will transport the plantation logs from the Stackey Gully worksite to HVP’s customers in Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Benalla. They will will travel to and from the Great Alpine Road via three routes:

  • Stackey Gully Road, direct to the Great Alpine Road
  • Connecting Stackey Gully to the Great Alpine Road via Neil Bentley Road, Ritchie Road and Griffin Road, and
  • Buckland Valley Road, Farrelly Lane, Royal George Road, Hocking Road and Snake Ridge.
Map showing the three transport routes to and from the 2023 Stackey Gully harvest operation.
Map showing the three truck transport routes to and from the 2023 Stackey Gully harvest operation (click to enlarge).
Traffic management on Stackey Gully Road

HVP is currently working through the traffic management process with Alpine Shire Council  for the Stackey Gully route. This route was most recently used in 2021, with the following arrangements in place:

  • Two way traffic along the east lane.
  • Truck traffic only on the west lane.
  • Waiting/passing bays in place for trucks.

Residents on this part of the haulage route will be advised by letter of our agreed arrangements.

Proposed change to traffic conditions April-Aug 2023 Stackey Gully Rd Bright
Proposed temporary change in Stackey Gully traffic conditions during plantation haulage operation April-August 2023 (click to enlarge).
Preparation & tree planting

Crews will then prepare the harvested site for replanting. Preparation will include weed control, and management of residue pine slash with excavators and possibly burning. A new crop of trees will be planted in winter 2024.

Safety

HVP takes safety seriously, please note the following:

  • Worksites are closed (to vehicles, pedestrians, and riders) for the duration of operations. This includes when the crew is not present.
  • Worksites are hazardous, and risks to people’s safety are not always obvious.
  • Be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic and machinery. Stay clear of trucks on forest roads.

Thank you for following the directions of all signage and forest operators.

Community recreation

HVP recognise that many community members have an affinity with our forests, and enjoy walking, running and bike-riding activities throughout the year. Before entering any plantations, please undertake a visitor induction and apply for a Human Powered Pass.

For more information
  • Notifications: If you would like to register to receive email notifications of other HVP operations as they occur around Bright, Porepunkah, Freeburgh and Wandiligong, please register here.
  • Contact our office: For further information, to provide feedback, or to become a stakeholder, please contact our Myrtleford office: phone (03) 5731 2000; or email HVP via our contact page.

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February 2023 road works notification

HVP Plantations wish to advise of road works in Stackey Gully, Bright, which is in preparation for harvesting in the area.

The lifecycle of operations at the Stackey Gully plantation site: roading, harvesting, haulage, site preparation, planting, ongoing management
The sequence of plantation operations at the Stackey Gully plantation site (click to enlarge)
Road works

An area of plantation in Stackey Gully (Bright) is currently closed to all public access, due to roadworks. As shown on the map below, this includes parts of Breen, Tom Kelly and Snake Ridge roads and a number of firebreaks and roads leading into the worksite. This operation is planned to be completed by mid-March 2023.

For everyone’s safety, be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic, machinery and these closures within the plantation.

Harvesting & haulage

The road works are in preparation for harvesting in Stackey Gully. The harvesting operation is planned to commence between late March and early April 2023, and will continue for approximately 4 months.

This post will be updated prior to harvesting, to show the area that will be closed during the harvest operation, and the routes that trucks will travel to and from the worksite.

The current crop of trees was planted in the 1980s and 90s, and ready to be converted into sawn timber and other building and paper products. Please visit our operations page for further information about the plantation lifecycle and the range of HVP operations.

Preparation & tree planting

Crews will then prepare the harvested site for replanting. Preparation will include weed control, and management of residue pine slash with excavators and possibly burning. A new crop of trees will be planted in winter 2024.

Safety

HVP takes safety seriously, please note the following:

  • Worksites are closed (to vehicles, pedestrians, and riders) for the duration of operations. This includes when the crew is not present.
  • Worksites are hazardous, and risks to people’s safety are not always obvious.
  • Be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic and machinery. Stay clear of trucks on forest roads.

Thank you for following the directions of all signage and forest operators.

Community recreation

HVP recognise that many community members have an affinity with our forests, and enjoy walking, running and bike-riding activities throughout the year. Before entering any plantations, please undertake a visitor induction and apply for a Human Powered Pass.

For more information
  • Notifications: If you would like to register to receive email notifications of other HVP operations as they occur around Bright, Porepunkah, Freeburgh and Wandiligong, please register here.
  • Contact our office: For further information, to provide feedback, or to become a stakeholder, please contact our Myrtleford office: phone (03) 5731 2000; or email HVP via our contact page.
Map showing the area closed to all public access while roadworks are undertaken Feb-Mar 2023
Map showing the area of Stackey Gully (Bright) closed to all public access while roadworks are undertaken Feb-Mar 2023 (click to enlarge).

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