Sea­sonal clo­sures for roads, tracks

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Tracks and roads in state parks and forests across the Wim­mera will tem­po­rar­ily close dur­ing win­ter and spring as part of an an­nual driver-safety and road­dam­age-pre­ven­tion pro­gram.

Grampians for­est and fire op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter Kam­bouris said main clo­sures for the 2019 sea­sonal road clo­sure pe­riod started last Thurs­day.

“Sea­sonal clo­sures are an im­por­tant pro­ce­dure dur­ing win­ter and spring and de­liver a two-fold en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety benefit,” he said.

“This pro­gram helps limit the dam­age to for­est roads and tracks dur­ing the wet sea­son and in do­ing so, en­sures dan­ger­ous and dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate sec­tions of road are closed off from mo­torists.

“These mea­sures also help main­tain wa­ter quality in rivers, creeks and reser­voirs by re­duc­ing the amount of ero­sion and silt washed away from roads and tracks.

“We en­cour­age the so­cial and re­cre­ational use of Vic­to­ria’s beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral re­sources, in­clud­ing four-wheel driv­ing, but some sec­tions of the for­est road net­work would rapidly dis­in­te­grate

if opened for the en­tire year. An ini­tial road-clo­sure pe­riod started on May 1.”

Mr Kam­bouris said ad­di­tional roads closed in the Wim­mera included – Youngs State For­est: Youngs No.1 Track, Youngs No. 2 Track and un-named track. Meereek State For­est: An­thony Waits Road, Archers Track, Con­tent Track, Lamsheds Road, Mos­quito Creek Track, Pink Gum Track, Poolaigelo Lane and Waits Track. Durong State For­est: Bo­galara Short­cut Track, Mal­colm’s Track, Durong No. 2 Track, Spoolies Track and Warn­ers Track. Burns State For­est: Burns No. 1 Track, Burns No 3 Track and Burns No 8 Track. Bo­galara State For­est: Bo­galara No. 1 Track, Bo­galara No. 4 Track, Bo­galara No. 6 Track and two un-named tracks.

Mr Kam­bouris said For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria consulted stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Four Wheel Drive Vic­to­ria, to iden­tify sec­tions of the road net­work which re­quired clo­sures.

“Most of the roads and tracks will be re­opened on Oc­to­ber 13, but the clo­sure pe­riod can be ex­tended if the con­di­tions de­mand it,” he said.

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