Licola Wilderness Village receives $6819 grant during 4WD adventure

Cheque presentation of $6819 in Licola last week. From left: Tania Carstein, Trevor Carstein from Licola Wilderness Village, with Motoring Events Manager for Variety Rob Vincent.

Stefan Bradley

Ute love it if you were there.

On Saturday, March 2, the 19th annual Variety 4WD Adventure set off-road on an eight-day trip from Merimbula through Gippsland and the High Country, including stops in Dargo, Sale and Licola, with the week-long event finishing up in Mt Dandenong on Saturday, March 9.

$20,000 in grants was distributed across the entire adventure to benefit disadvantaged children. Licola Wilderness Village, along with East Gippsland Specialist School, Buchan Primary School and Jamieson Primary School received money for sporting equipment such as basketball hoops, mountain bikes and repair kits.

Trevor Carstein, who is the General Manager of the Licola Wilderness Village, said the village’s team and their program participants were thrilled to receive the grant. The majority of the town is occupied by the Village, where the Lions Clubs have been running camps for disadvantaged and deserving children groups for the past 50 years.

Last week on the Variety 4WD Adventure, the participants took part in activities at the Licola Wilderness Village.

“This funding will allow us to replace our ageing fleet of mountain bikes, which are essential for delivering bike education and safety programs to underserved youth. These new bikes will ensure the ongoing reliability and quality of our programs, providing valuable opportunities for those who might otherwise lack access,” Mr Carstein told the Gippsland Times.

“At Licola Wilderness Village, we are passionate about creating transformative experiences that empower young people from diverse backgrounds. Through inspiration, optimism, and engagement, we equip them with the tools and confidence to become resilient, community-minded individuals with a strong sense of belonging.

“We, like Variety, believe in the inherent potential of every young person and strive to help them reach their fullest potential. We encourage everyone to donate to Variety to help them reach their goal for the 4WD Adventure and the good they continue to do for communities.”

Mr Carstein hopes the Variety 4WD Adventure will lead to more visitors to Licola, with the village open to small and large public groups, with camps primarily held during school holidays.

“Licola is a charming village located 254 kilometres east of Melbourne beside the Macalister River. The Variety 4WD Adventurers (got) to experience the village and how their grant will truly help this community,” he said.

More coverage of the Variety 4WD Adventure in this Friday’s paper. For more information about Variety 4WD Adventure 2024 or to donate visit

Vehicles on location at the Licola Wilderness Village last week. Photos: Contributed