No longer will you see old, dilapidated fences near the Mildura Airport and western city entrance after Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews have put up new fences to add extra safety, protection and visually improve the area.

FFMVic Senior Forest Management and Roading Officer, Scott McLean said the entrance to Mildura from South Australia was looking really poor along the Sturt Highway and state forest, primarily due to tired old fencing that was in bad condition.

“Everything needed to be completely replaced – there were rusted star pickets, damaged timber posts and broken and rusted wire,” Mr McLean said.

“The area also needed to be cleaned up and vegetation trimmed back to provide a clean fence line.
“The project will not only improve the Sturt Highway entrance into Mildura but it will also help protect the state forest environment from illegal off-roading, as well as allowing us to more easily continue revegetation works in the area, having already planted 500 trees this year and 500 last year.”

Mr McLean said that the beautification and improvement of this area is very timely and something the greater community has been crying out for.

“Now that the fence line between the road and the state forest is visually attractive, it can be something FFMVic and the local community can be very proud of,” he said.

“All the old wire and fencing materials were recycled at Wrights Metal Recyclers in Irymple and once a section was cleaned up, it was broken down into smaller manageable work areas so that each area could be fully constructed before moving to another.
“White sighter wire (thicker fence-top wire with a PVC coating) was installed for improved visibility and safety to the public, and sections were finished off with gates at the entry points.”

The three-stage, 4.7km project along the boundary of the Koorlong/Airport State Forest was successfully finished ahead of time.