Recovery works in East Gippsland

Thursday 11 June, 2020

Parks Victoria is continuing to undertake vital bushfire recovery works throughout winter to get bushfire affected parks ready for spring visitation.

Works are progressing at the Buchan Caves Reserve with the permanent bridge replacements under construction, which are anticipated to be completed in late spring. Planning is also underway with joint managers, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, to consider improvements to the campground and roofed accommodation. 

At Cape Conran Coastal Park, the focus has been on reinstating day visitor areas and beach access points, while planning the installation of temporary visitor facilities to enable a basic camping offer for the spring school holidays.  Works to reinstate beach access at Salmon Rocks is progressing well with reopening scheduled for late June.  

Teams from GLaWAC, Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have been busy in other areas of East Gippsland finalising fire damage assessments, undertaking essential maintenance, track clearing, demolitions and hazardous tree removals. 

The safety of our staff and visitors is our highest priority. The recovery works undertaken have been adjusted to ensure physical distancing and hygiene standards are maintained at all times. 

Locals and visitors are urged to follow advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and stay safe by adhering to physical distancing measures and supply all items needed for personal hygiene when visiting Victoria’s parks. 

For latest information on fire affected parks, visit  https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/fire-affected-parks

 

Quotes, attributed to Regional Director Eastern Victoria, Chris Corbell

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for our whole community, dealing with the large-scale bushfires across East Gippsland and now taking measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).” 

“Despite these challenges, Parks Victoria remains committed to carrying out the vital fire recovery works where safe to do so.” 

 

Quotes attributed to Senior Recovery Manager, Matt Berry

“Our priority is to safely repair and reopen parks as quickly as we can for the public to enjoy.” 

“Works are continuing across the region to remove burnt and damaged assets, as well as reinstating access to parks for visitors.”

 


For more information please contact

Kathlin Mayer, Engagement and Communications Lead (Bushfire Recovery) 

0419 133 979


Media enquiries

Parks Victoria

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