BRIDLE TRACK ACTION GROUP INC. ( btag.org.au )
In August 2010 the historic road known as The Bridle Track that connects Bathurst to Hill End in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia became "temporarily" closed by a rock fall at Monaghan's Bluff. The Bridle Track has been an access road to Hill End of both great historical and more recently tourism significance for 160 years in addition to its continual use as an access road by local farmers.
The road is of such significance because of its history and its spectacular route along the Macquarie River that it is now covered by its own Conservation Management Plan.
The Bridle Track is rated as one of the top ten 4WD routes in Australia and is located only three hours drive from Sydney.
The tourist drive loop of Bathurst, The Bridle Track, Hill End, Sofala, Mudgee is one of the most scenic drives in NSW following the Macquarie River valley and accesses some of the best inland river camping areas in NSW.
WHAT IS BTAG?
BTAG - Bridle Track Action Group - is a non profit incorporated association formed through the NSW Dept of Fair Trading by a small group of local residents, who are predominantly farmers living and working along The Bridle Track.
OBJECTIVES OF BTAG
- To help and encourage State and Local Government to facilitate the reopening of The Bridle Track.
- Beyond that immediate objective, then to improve the long term condition of and maintenance of The Bridle Track.
WHY THE BRIDLE TRACK MUST BE REOPENED
- The road is a critical access route to the Macquarie River for farmers and visitors.
- The road is of great heritage significance dating back to the 1850 goldfields.
- The Bridle Track is essential for bush fire fighting. If people are trapped by bushfire in the very steep local country then the road, when open, provides two necessary escape routes to either Bathurst or Hill End.
- Large numbers of 4WD visitors and campers previously used the road for recreation.
- The closure of the through road has virtually eliminated tourism to the Bruinbun area, and impacted very negatively on the economy of Hill End and also impacted negatively on Bathurst tourism.
HOW CAN YOU HELP BTAG GET THE ROAD REOPENED?
Make your views known to the people that can bring about change.
- Honorable Paul Toole, State Member for Bathurst
- Mayor of Bathurst
OFFICE BEARERS OF BTAG
- President - Mark Seaman
- Vice President - Steve Alexander
- Treasurer - Rob McGregor
- Secretary - Robyne Alexander