Bush Safety and Etiquette
|Just when you think that
you can head to the bush and really relax and enjoy yourself, there
comes the spiel about rules.
Well, sorry folks, but even in the Corner Country there are safety rules to be obeyed, and there are niceties that should be observed so that the privacy and rights of locals are not violated, and we are not put in any danger from bushfire.
fire risk. Help us to avoid a catastrophic fire across the
Station properties in the Corner Country have come out of ten years of awful drought, the country looks magnificent with huge quantities of fire fuel on the ground just ready to take off into a major and devastating bushfire. Let's prevent this from happening by always setting up a bush camp in a designated cleared spot, and using portable camp cookers where possible.
ensure that you do put any camp fires out properly.
Don't go driving any vehicle through grassed areas in case the grass builds up beneath the vehicle and catches fire.
Observe road closures:
Even the best laid plans can be unraveled right as you are about to head bush. If there has been rain across the Corner Country, the Roads and Traffic Authority will close roads to protect the road surface and travelers alike. Always observe the road closure signs and notices as fines will be issued if they are disobeyed. Check for closures on the following website http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au, or call 08 8082 6699 during business hours.
with food and water. Stay with vehicle.
It's a stock standard rule in the bush that you travel no where without some food and plenty of water. One just doesn't know if or when trouble will strike. If your plans allow, let someone know where you are heading and the time you expect to be there.
If you break down, get bogged, run out of fuel etc stay with your vehicle. Some one will eventually come along.
The Telstra next G network works in some places, and works better with car kits and aerials.
UHF repeater towers are located along the Barrier Ranges, Grey Range and in Tibooburra. Station properties mostly have UHF in their homes but do operate on different channels. If you need to contact someone in an "emergency" you may need to scroll through the channels from 1-40.
The RDFS, Broken Hill, still operate HF radio, on frequencies 4055 and 6920.
Observe station etiquette
Roads across the Corner Country pass through station properties or national parks. A station property is someone's home and business. You will mostly be welcomed when you visit, but always respect ownership and ask the landholder for permission to camp or stay in quarters. Never go wandering around on the property without first seeking permission. Most landholders will allow dogs.
tread lightly in the bush.
Stick to main roads and station tracks, take your rubbish with you when you leave.. respect the landscape, native animals and livestock.