Forest roads re­open across the lo­cal re­gion ahead of sum­mer

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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