Vic­to­rian parks and for­est tracks re­open

North East Tourist News - - BRIGHT & DISTRICT -

HUN­DREDS of for­est and park tracks and roads across Vic­to­ria re­opened for the warmer weather at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) plan­ning man­ager Tony Dowler said: “Roads and tracks are closed tem­po­rar­ily to pro­tect them from dam­age dur­ing the wet­ter months each year as part of DELWP and Parks Vic­to­ria’s sea­sonal road clo­sure pro­gram.

“These roads and tracks were closed over win­ter and spring for pub­lic safety and to pro­tect track sur­faces as well as wa­ter qual­ity and the for­est en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Dowler said.

“While most of the roads and tracks closed over the wet­ter months re­opened in time for the Mel­bourne Cup week­end, some tracks may re­main closed for re­pairs.

“We want all driv­ers to obey any signs, such as track clo­sures and de­tours, that they en­counter in the bush.

“Bush­fires in re­cent times have left a legacy of dead or dam­aged trees in Vic­to­ria.

“As a re­sult we en­cour­age all for­est and park users to take care when en­ter­ing forested ar­eas and be mind­ful of the en­vi­ron­ment you are in.

“The for­est and park en­vi­ron­ment is a won­der­ful place to visit.

How­ever we want peo­ple to be mind­ful of the camp fire reg­u­la­tions and en­sure that camp fires are main­tained and left in a safe con­di­tion.

“With the on­set of warmer weather it is crit­i­cal that we work to­gether to min­imise the po­ten­tial spread of bush­fires.

Parks Vic­to­ria gen­eral man­ager re­gional ser­vices Craig Stub­bings said: “DELWP and Parks Vic­to­ria thank the many Four Wheel Drive Vic­to­ria vol­un­teers who put in hun­dreds of hours of work to as­sist with the main­te­nance and pro­mo­tion of sea­sonal road clo­sures for the on­go­ing pro­tec­tion of Vic­to­ria’s parks and forests,” Mr Stub­bings said.

“It’s great to see vol­un­teers so com­mit­ted to work­ing in part­ner­ship for the bet­ter­ment of Vic­to­ria’s nat­u­ral spa­ces.”

Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to ob­tain the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on ac­cess into for­est and park ar­eas be­fore they travel.

For more in­for­ma­tion about road clo­sures and changes of con­di­tions go to www.park­web.vic.gov.au or check the Pub­lic Ac­cess Map at www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and­land-use/vis­it­ing-parks-and-forests/vis­it­ing-state-forests/pub­lic-ac­cessmap for any pro­longed clo­sures.

LOVERS OF THE BUSH: Ea­ger to ex­plore our bush tracks.

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