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Wandiligong & Bright (Mystic): Harvesting & haulage Feb-April 2021

January 28, 2021

HVP Plantations wish to advise of harvesting and haulage operations in Wandiligong and the Mystic basin of Bright, which will continue the life cycle of pine plantations in this area.

Harvesting

Plantation areas in Grenville Gully and Faulkner Gully, Wandiligong (shaded in green on the maps below) are due for harvest, commencing early February 2021 and continuing into late April. The crew will take approximately ten weeks to harvest the trees.

  • The harvest worksite and a number of roads feeding into the worksite will be closed for the duration of the operation. For everyone’s safety, be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic, machinery and road closures within the plantation.
  • The current crop of trees is 35 years old, 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 life cycle and the range of HVP operations.
Transport

Our drivers will transport the plantation logs from the Wandiligong worksites to HVP’s customers in Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Benalla.

  • Transport will commence a week after harvesting commences, and is expected to continue from these sites to late April.
  • Three haulage routes will be used (shown on the maps below): Moran Rd and out Mystic Lane; Robinson Rd and out Mystic Lane; and Jagoes Gully Rd. Roads used across these three routes include Gribble Rd, Brown Rd, Robinson Rd, Mystic Lane, Coronation Ave (Wandiligong end), Churchill Ave, Moran Rd, Jagoes Gully Rd, Centenary Ave, and Smithy Lane.
  • HVP will close sections of these roads within the HVP plantation during this operational period. This includes Monday-Friday closure of the Mystic launch route for a week from early February. If you are a member of the North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club, please refer to your club committee for further information on Launch access during this period.
Preparation & tree planting
  • A new crop of trees will be planted in winter 2021. Crews will control weeds and use excavators or bulldozers to prepare the harvested site for replanting.
  • The management of pine slash left after harvesting may also include a combination of mechanical site preparation as well as burning.
Safety

HVP takes safety seriously, please note the following:

  • Worksites are hazardous, and risks to people’s safety are not always obvious.
  • The worksites will be closed (to vehicles and pedestrians) for the duration of their operations. For everyone’s safety, obey all safety signs, and be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic and machinery.
  • Please respect all signage, and do not be tempted go past signs for a closer look. This includes when the crew is not present.
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 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.
  • We have been working closely with Alpine Community Plantations (Mystic Park’s recreational manager) to plan this operation. For the latest information on Mystic trails, please follow Mystic Park, Bright on Facebook, or download the free Trailforks app to check for closures.
    If you are a member of the North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club, please refer to your club for further information on Launch access during this period.
Map showing the section of Wandiligong plantation to be harvested, and the southern haulage route out Jagoes Gully
Map showing the section of Wandiligong plantation to be harvested (green), and the southern haulage route out Jagoes Gully Road.
Map showing the section of Wandiligong plantation to be harvested, and the northern haulage routes out Mystic Lane.
Map showing the section of Wandiligong plantation to be harvested (green), and the northern haulage routes out Mystic Lane (red).

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