GDTA surveyor, Bill Casey, notes the location of a damaged post (Photo: Gib Wettenhall)

Nine Goldfields Track (GT) guide posts have been destroyed on the Wallaby Track section of the Goldfields Track south of Wombat Station. Eight of the posts are in the section between Mullens Dam and Wombat Station.

An inspection by Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA) members, Bill Casey, Mike Gustus and Gib Wettenhall, found that most of the posts were broken off at ground level, while others were pushed over without actually breaking. Because of the standard of the track along which this vandalism was done, it is suspected that a 4WD vehicle accessing Mullens Dam was involved.

Repair work will take many hours of volunteer labour. The cost of post replacement will be borne by the GDTA and Goldfields Tourism, both non-profit organisations responsible for maintenance and development of the Track.

“It is distressing to think that someone has such lack of concern for others as to destroy these valuable community assets,” Mr Casey said, “particularly at a time when opportunities for exercise are limited and more people are turning to our bushland trails for physical exercise and mental health rejuvenation.”