My Club is ready to update our club information. What is our next step?
You will need to go to the ATHRA admin area and login under the "Club Executive -> Login" area to amend your club information. Please contact the ATHRA webmaster via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit "Contact Us" for information on the club login to the website.
I've been checking out the new ATHRA website. It has a member login which I don't as yet have. Should I have one? How do I get one?
Member logins are only required for updating and loading Club related information such as Events (Rides/Camps, Photos, Newsletters, Documents, etc). Your nominated club web adminstrator or club secretary will have the details of your assigned login and password.
I want to update my club's page but can't login to the member login.?
If you have correctly set your email address for the Club login, you can use the "Forgot my Password" link under the "Club Executive -> Login" area to reset your password via email. Please contact the ATHRA webmaster via email at email@example.com or visit "Contact Us" for information on the club login to the website.
Andrew Inglis, Environment & Access Coordinator, 03 596 745 29
Comments will be encouraged by individuals, clubs, committees and companies via the weplan web site, where you can register as an interested party. If you have a local ranger you can discuss your questions and concerns with them and you will be able to attend community meetings but as yet the dates have not been set (we will inform you when and where they are when they are released).
This process is on going and we need to have input on all levels and encourage ATHRA Vic members to have their say.
This is a huge Parks management plan that will determine where you can ride in Victoria's National Parks for the next 10 years!
It's your right to say what you want, remember your comments will have an impact on the rest of the horse riding community. As such we have included some guidelines below that may assist you:
- Preferable if you only comment on:
- subjects that you have some knowledge of (you do not have to be an expert).
- areas and tracks that you have knowledge of.
- areas and tracks that you have an interest in (personal, historical or plan to ride/visit in the future).
- Use language that will not offend others.
- If you believe there is not/has been or might be an unacceptable environmental impact state your beliefs.
- Identify proposed track closures, are any new tracks going to be opened that will duplicate ( quality of scenery, access to same destination, will it still be a loop ride?) the proposed track closure.
- State that you believe you have equal access rights as walkers to public lands.
- If you need any help contact your Environment and Access Committee.
11/05/2010 Alan Salter, Kerry Biggs and Andrew Inglis attended a tourism and recreation group made up of different user groups and convened by Parks Victoria.
The group had substantial input into the Alpine National Park draft management plan re access and general management issues and resolved to investigate the continuation of this group as a reference group which would be written into the management plan. This would mean that the group would have the ability to make ongoing recommendations as to how the park is managed even after the plan is finalised.
3/5/2010 A horse riding reference group for the Bunyip state forest was created to address the access issues that horse riders have in this park. Of major importance was loop rides and safe unloading areas. This group will meet quarterly for the moment.
Mary Hughes and Andrew Inglis are the ATHRA representatives on this committee.
24-25/04/2010 As part of the 'Black Saturday' rebuild BNT coordinators and DSE organised 20+, mainly ATHRA volunteers to help rebuild the horse yards at Andreson Mill between Narbethong and Marysville. This is the second camp site on the BNT.
12/04/2010 Recreational trail riders were represented at the inaugural "Healthy Parks Healthy People" international congress by Andrew Inglis who presented a personal testimonial titled ' Old bushwalkers don't die, they just see more on a horse.
Andrew was supported on the day by Kerry Biggs and Mary Hughes
Andrew's congress fee was sponsored by ATHRA
Members of the Environment and Access Committee contributing to the Parks Vic wePlan web site.
20/7/2009 ATHRA Vic vision plan for the Greater Alpine NP posted on wePlan.
27/7/2009 The Environment and Access Committee met with Parks Vic Visitor Experience Team this meeting set the ground work for a promising future relationship between ATHRA Vic and Parks Vic. Alan Salter and Andrew Inglis met with Parks Vic, and discussed the Development of a Memorandum of Cooperation which would highlight areas of cooperation and communication between the two organisations. More meetings to come.
9/5/2009 Input to Parks Vic wePlan commenced
11/1/2009 Horse yards completed at the Stable Picnic site at the Doongala National Park .
General assistance to clubs and individuals ATHRA riders ongoing.
11/11/2008 Review of thirteen envivonmental rules, will be fifteen when adopted at ATHRA AGM .
15/10/2008 ATHRA GUIDELINES TO COMBAT PHYTOPHORA IMPROVED. ATHRA VIC acknowledges input from Forest Horse Riding Club and Horse SA . Formally adopted : 15 October 2008.
7/10/2008 Work Commenced on the development of electonic presentation re horse riding and the envionment near completion. To be used as a tool for general education and submissions to regulatory bodies. Will be downloadable from the ATHRA Vic Tracks and Access web tab.
27/9/2008 ATHRA Vic. committee all make personal donations towards construction of horse yards in the Dandenong National Park.
16/9/2008 MEETING WITH PARKS VIC STRATEGIC PLANNER Date to be set.
15/9/2008 ALPINE N.P. MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW . WORK ON HOLD AWAITING MEETING WITH PARKS PLANNER
4/9/2008 PARKS VIC . DEVIL BEND : response to comments issue paper. Submitted
31/9/2008 DSE submission for Thompson River Reserve . Submitted
23/8/2008 Tracks and Access web tab under major review
Welcome to the VICTORIAN trails and access web page.
The purpose of this page is to assist ATHRA VIC members with any riding track access issue they may have.
Increasingly, public land managers such as local councils, ParksVic and DELWP are placing limitations on users of their lands. Also, as the Victorian population grows and there are more recreational demands, not only by horse riders but by other users such as trail bikers and 4WD clubs, on bush and forest areas, ATHRA members are competing more for quiet and safe enjoyment of these lands.
Our ATHRA Code of conduct encourages members to respect these lands and follow requirements of the land managers. At the same time, it is important that horse riders are not disadvantaged while other users, particularly of the passive kind, like us, are not.
If there is any opportunity, while riding or in any other context, to establish a rapport with the land manager, eg. with the DELWP officers or ParksVic rangers, then do so. Being friendly, approachable and informative yourself, may encourage a more positive attitude to horse riders. For example, if you are out riding and notice an unauthorised dump of rubbish or a damaged fence or cavaletti, do report it. This can help officials to see horse riders as an attentive, useful and valuable aid to lands management.
If you require ‘higher’ help from ATHRA with an access issue please provide us as many of the following details as possible:
1.Park or area name and address,
2.Ranger or council officer name and contact details if known and applicable,
3.Specific tracks you want access to or have difficulties using,
4.What are the actual issues – conflict with other users, lost access when it was available in the past, damaged and dangerous trails?
5.What signage, if any is relevant to the track/s,
6.Frequency of your use and what you know of other horse rider usage of the area
Do remember that if the track of concern is well known to you, you probably have more on the ground information about it than we can obtain. So please, think about the level of assistance that is achievable by ATHRA..
We can make phone enquiries and write a complete submission for you, provide guidance or after reviewing your own personal submission (and possibly requesting some changes) have it endorsed by ATHRA VIC which will give it a little more ‘weight’.
We encourage you to speak with other horse riders, whether or not ATHRA members, to gain their insight, support and any relevant information to assist.
Where ATHRA might have access to such information, we aim to keep members informed of the status of management plans that may affect access to riding horse tracks in Victoria.
The proposed Great Forest National Park (GFNP) to the east of Melbourne is a key example.The GFNP is in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, located around towns such as Healesville, Kinglake, Noojee, Toolangi, Warburton, Marysville and Woods Point. Many ATHRA members in Victoria live or ride in and around these areas. The proposed GFNP will see a considerable expansion of and changes to the tenure of public lands and former logging forests.