Forest roads reopen across the local region ahead of summer
ROADS and tracks in our state forests and parks have reopened across the Hume region the year.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and Parks Victoria have wrapped up their Seasonal Road Closure program, which runs during the cooler months to ensure driver safety and protect forest and park roads from damage.
“Most roads reopened in time for the Melbourne Cup long weekend, with a small number of tracks located in water supply catchment areas to remain closed until November 30,” Aaron Kennedy, Hume Region assistant
“The seasonal road closure program runs through spring and winter, and focuses on certain sections of the forest road network that would rapidly deteriorate if opened for the entire year.
“It is a necessary annual measure that limits damage to park and forest tracks during the wetter seasons, maintains the water quality in rivers, creeks and reservoirs, and protects motorists from tracks that are dangerous hazardous conditions.
“Protecting track surfaces over winter means they are now their great recreational uses such as four-wheel driving, walking and bike riding as the weather is starting to warm up.
“We would like to thank the Four Wheel Drive Victoria volunteers who helped with the maintenance and promotion of these seasonal closures.
“While we’ve made every effort to ensure the roads are ready for the opening weekend, drivers should be prepared to encounter fallen trees or other debris.
“Our parks and forests are beautiful places to visit, and we encourage everyone to do the right thing and obey all road signs and rules so that everyone can enjoy them.”
For information visit http:// parkweb.vic.gov.au/safety/closures/seasonal-road-closures2.