North East Tourist News - - Myrtleford -

SOME roads and tracks in Vic­to­ria’s forests and parks will be tem­po­rar­ily closed for win­ter and spring as part of an an­nual pro­gram.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Water and Plan­ning (DELWP) and Parks Vic­to­ria run the sea­sonal road clo­sure pro­gram to en­sure driver safety as well as pro­tect for­est and park roads from dam­age dur­ing the cooler months.

DELWP State Roads and Bridges Plan­ning Man­ager Tony Dowler said some for­est roads and tracks closed from late au­tumn, while more are closed from af­ter the Queen’s Birth­day weekend un­til just be­fore Mel­bourne Cup weekend when the track sur­faces are most likely to be dam­aged by ve­hi­cles.

“The early clo­sures are nec­es­sary in some parts of the state be­cause the roads and tracks in our parks and forests have the po­ten­tial to be­come wet,” Mr Dowler said.

“The clo­sures are im­por­tant be­cause our for­est roads and tracks be­come much more dif­fi­cult for driv­ers to use safely over this pe­riod.

“Some for­est tracks would suf­fer sig­nif­i­cant dam­age if they were left open all year round so we as­sess them each year and then af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing Four Wheel Drive Vic­to­ria close any that re­quire it.”

Parks Vic­to­ria Gen­eral Man­ager Re­gional Ser­vices Chris Rose said: “Most of the roads and tracks are re-opened in early Novem­ber, in time for the Mel­bourne Cup Weekend, ” Mr Rose said.

“As al­ways we want any­one driv­ing in our parks and forests to stay on the des­ig­nated routes, take their rub­bish home and take par­tic­u­lar care with camp­fires.”

For those want­ing to plan their trip go to the Pub­lic Ac­cess Map site in the vis­it­ing parks and forests sec­tion at www.delwp.vic.gov.au.

For maps of the early clo­sures in parks check the “safety/clo­sures and con­di­tions” sec­tion at www.parks.vic.gov.au.

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