Camp­grounds on the im­prove

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions / People -

IT was an­nounced re­cently that Mans­field will ben­e­fit from an al­most $12 mil­lion in­vest­ment in 4WD tracks and camp­ground up­grades across the High Coun­try (De­cem­ber 11, pg 3, Mans­field Courier).

It has now been re­vealed that three of those camp­grounds sched­uled for an up­grade are some of the most pop­u­lar in the Mans­field dis­trict.

Vis­it­ing Mans­field at the start of

De­cem­ber, the Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change, Lily D’Am­bro­sio, said the funds would be used to en­cour­age more vis­i­tors.

Some $945,000 will be spent im­prov­ing six camp­sites in the Alpine Na­tional Park, Howqua Hills and Mans­field State For­est ar­eas.

Works will in­clude im­proved sig­nage and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, and new fire rings and pic­nic ta­bles.

“A camp­ing road trip is a won­der­ful and af­ford­able way to get out into nature, and there’s no bet­ter place to do it than in Vic­to­ria’s stun­ning Alpine re­gion,” Ms D’Am­bro­sio said.

“We know that 4WDing is be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar, and we’re up­grad­ing camp­grounds and 4WD tracks to make fam­ily hol­i­days more fun and af­ford­able.”

The camp­grounds to be up­graded in­clude those at Fry’s and Sheep­yard Flat, along with the Bin­da­ree Camp­ground area.

A fur­ther $10.5 mil­lion will be spent up­grad­ing seven of the state’s iconic 4WD drive tracks.

Th­ese in­clude roads in the Won­nan­gatta area, the Ot­ways, Snowy River, Davies Plain, Grampians, Mallee and River Red Gum Drive.

IM­PROVE­MENTS ON THE WAY: Camp­ground lo­ca­tions around Mans­field will be im­proved, with al­most $1 mil­lion sched­uled to be spent on the up­grade.

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