Victorian parks and forest tracks reopen
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.