Howard Springs Pine Forest
When: Sunday 3rd March. 8:00 am
Where: Howard Springs Pine Forest – Old Track (map)
Difficulty: The more that come, the easier it will be.
Following from a suggestion from one of our facebook fans…
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If you’ve ridden at the pine forest recently, you’ll have noticed the place is a bit of a dump. Sooo, for clean-up Australia Day, DORC are going to clean up the garbage, to make it safer and more pleasant to ride.
Bring: Sturdy clothes, especially shoes. Gloves if you have them.
Anyone with a ute or truck will be most welcome.
Many hands make light work. If it’s done in time, we’ll go for a ride around the trail.
If you’re coming, please register at the Clean-Up Australia site.
Report: Clean Up Australia was an enormous success!
When I woke up on Sunday morning and saw the weather, and it was pissing down, I thought oh well… let’s just go and see how many people turn up.
I got to the the pine forest at just on 8am, and there was a crew of 10 or so already there, wondering if anything was going to happen. So I gave the briefing
And then more arrived. Thrilled that more arrived, I gave the briefing again.
And then a mud-spattered troupe of cyclists arrived – having done a lap of the trails in the morning. So another briefing.
Gradually across the morning, more and more arrived. I reckon by 9am, we had 30 or so people dispersed across the forest, and perhaps 10 utes or trailers. By 9.30, most of the main debris I had planned to clean up was already gone, and people were moving on to other stuff they had found. It is amazing what people found in there once we started looking.
I did not keep track of how much rubbish was removed but it was a lot.
All of the tyres have been removed and relocated to a big-ass pile out the front of the forest.
I have this morning emailed Helen at DLP. She will get corrections in to remove the remaining debris, including the car bodies, the gyprock sheeting and the tyres.
Special thanks to Rowie and Andrew for organising the Gravel Rash Bike Hash crew who put in the big efforts, to Robbie H for turning his car into a mobile tyre transporter and to those who organised the Skip. even though it was miles from where we wanted it, I believe it was filled.
We also had a mention in Wednesdays NT News.