It is time to reopen more parks

Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Parks Victoria is delighted to be reopening the southern section of the Alpine National Park and key visitor sites at Mount Buffalo National Park this week. 

Parks Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria, and the Australian Defence Force have been working collaboratively to undertake vital repair works so the parks can be reopened for visitors to explore again. 

A number of campsites, walking tracks, and four-wheel drive tracks located within the southern area of the Alpine National Park are accessible again from Heyfield, Licola and Dargo.  Although, visitors are advised that access from Howitt Road (Licola) Dargo and Myrtleford remains closed into Wonnangatta Valley. 

Visitors can head further north to explore other recently reopened areas of the Alpine National Park including the Western Alps, Howqua Hills Historic Area, Bogong High Plains and Mt Feathertop.   

Crews have been working hard to restore access to key visitor sites within Mount Buffalo National Park including Ladies Bath Falls, Lake Catani and the Gorge Visitor area.  However, some areas of Mount Buffalo National Park are still closed to allow for the completion of assessments and rehabilitation works. 

Visitors are advised you may see evidence of fire activity when visiting these parks such as burnt foliage and ash on the ground. Therefore, it is important to remain on walking tracks to allow the burnt areas to recover. 

Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au for the latest information pertaining to fire affected parks and re-openings. 


Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Director of Fire and Emergency Services, David Nugent 
“It has been a challenging time for our entire Parks Victoria team, with hundreds of our staff involved in the direct fire-fighting efforts, working in the incident centres providing vital local knowledge, as well as supporting ongoing park maintenance projects”. 

“It is testimony to the collaborative efforts from all involved that we are able to reopen some key parks in Eastern Victoria, which we know will assist the tourism industry in Gippsland and North-East Victoria.” 

“However, some parks may remain closed for a while longer due to damaged assets or for public safety. We will assess parks for safety hazards before they can be reopened to the public.”

“It is important that the public refrains from entering closed parks, and check to see which parks are open for visitors.” 

ENDS

Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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