4-wheel-drive club and Forestry Corporation join forces in clean up

Canobalas Four-Wheel-Drive Club and Forestry Corporation Macquarie region will join forces on Sunday (6 March) for ‘Clean Up Australia Day' to remove car bodies left in State forests around Orange.

Forestry Corporation forest assistant Rob Finlay said the Canobolas Four-Wheel-Drive Club had offered to remove car bodies in Canobolas State Forest in appreciation for their access to the forests for four-wheel-drive activities.

“We have identified about 70 car bodies in both Canobolas and Kinross forests and we will be targeting about 36 vehicles on Sunday,” he said.

“It will be a huge task to get them out and we greatly appreciate the club's help.

“Forestry Corporation will be removing about 24 cars in Kinross State Forest using a back-hoe and two trucks to pick up car bodies and some other rubbish in the forest. The four-wheel-drive club will be removing 12 cars in Canobolas State Forest .

“People dumping cars in State forests in a big problem. Not only are they unsightly, but they also pose a fire risk to the valuable publically -owned plantations in the area as the dumpers often set the cars on fire.”

Publicity officer for the Canobolas Four-Wheel-Drive Club Warren Brown said about 20 people from the Club would be involved on Sunday.

“They will be using club member's vehicles to winch some of the cars out of inaccessible areas.

“We are very lucky to be able to drive our four-wheel-drives in State forests and cleaning up the forests is something we feel will show our appreciation for being able to use the plantations,” he said.

The Canobolas Four-Wheel-Drive Club removed cars from national parks last year and will be removing a car from the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area on Sunday.

National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Steve Woodhall said the club's assistance was very welcome as it meant following Sunday's effort all car bodies would have been removed from Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area.

“The proximity of Mt Canobolas to Orange is great for people to access abundant natural surrounds on their doorstep, but can also be a menace for people doing the wrong thing like dumping car bodies,” he said.

Media contacts: John Whittall on (02) 6331 2044 or Rob Finlay on (02) 6331 2044 or 0428 650 894 on Sunday.

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