Mt Useful, Springs Rd, Licola

PA 80

Location; Cnr. South Rd, Springs Rd and Green Hills Link Road, Licola VIC

-37.6715, 146.5131

This Marker was installed in November 2018 

In the winter of 1982, 22 Construction Regiment comprising of 105 Construction Sqn, 106 Construction Sqn and 107 Plant Sqn carried out specialised project works in the East Gippsland Area. They were joined by a heavy construction troop from the Puckapunyal detachment ( who moved all the major plant) and a construction troop of the NSW Amy Troop (who arrived during the second week in the middle of a snowstorm). 

The Upper Macalister was still snow-covered and polar like when the advance members of the Regiment moved into their camp near Glenmaggie. The three Squadrons of the Regiment with Maj. Brian as 2IC, for the first time the operated separately and were self administrating. 

From the Glenmaggie camp, 107 Plant Sqn commanded by Capt Howard Ellis built 12km of road on Black Spur Range, The Forests Commission supplemented the CRB skills by providing a D7 Dozer with a tree pusher. 

Halfway up the valley 106 Construction Sqn under Maj Peter McCulloch, re-sheeted roads, erected a steel building at the Lions Club Village at Licola and laid a sewer rising main there. 

Bearing the brunt of the elements, 105 Construction Sqn under Maj Bob Klos, built a 4km access track through the snow gums to the Mt Useful lookout. 

As Works Officer, Major Oliver Raymond co-ordinated the individual projects within the overall plan.