Gap Creek co-owner Ben Window is proud of the sustainability of the park.
Gap Creek co-owner Ben Window is proud of the sustainability of the park.

Gap Creek Farm doing their bit to look after the land

GAP Creek Farm has rapidly become one of the top destinations for enthusiasts of one of the countries' most popular pastimes.

Co-owner Ben Window said the family owned business came together in 2013.

"My brother, myself and our dad were all living away when a friend told us the property was for sale," he said.

"So we flew in and had a look and thought it might be a good place to put a bike park."

The particular skill sets of the three men made this decision a little easier.

"My brother has got his tickets to all sort of earth moving equipment and lots of experience," Mr Window said.

"Dad's the marketing and customer service man and I'm a civil environmental engineer, with a few years of experience in the Northern Territory, doing what the National Parks guys do here, but on a huge scale.

"Between my brother and myself, we have a broad understanding about earth moving and the relevant erosion and soil management, as well as vegetation management.

"I also look at the way the water moves across the track and manage its sustainability.

"I've also been looking at fuel reduction based on some research we did with Landcare.

"We identified key spots on the property that we should look to protect and use controlled burning to protect these sensitive areas from the damage of a wildfire.

"We've got development approval for the whole property and permission for 200 campers per night, 100 visitors per day in addition to the campers and 300 motorbikes per day.

"Although the business doesn't operate at those levels; maybe twice a year.

"The only condition was that we upgrade the amenities facilities to cater for increasing numbers, which we're starting this week."



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