Tracks and trails reopen at Macedon after storm damage

Thursday 28 April, 2022

Tracks, trails and visitor areas at Macedon Regional Park continue to be reopened following the wild storms that hit the park in 2021. 

Hundreds of large trees, branches and debris fell throughout the park and surrounding landscape, leaving a mammoth and complex recovery task. 

The on-going dedicated recovery program has since seen kilometres of roads, tracks and walking trails checked and cleared, and access reopened to most visitor sites in-time for the popular Autumn visitor period.

Storm recovery works - Macedon Regional Park 2021
Clearing roads and tracks at Macedon Regional Park has been a mammoth, complex task. 

Reflecting on the recovery program, Jodi Heath, District Manager, Western Basalt District said: 

“The recovery task has been substantial with crews working across about 100 kilometres of roads, walking tracks and picnic grounds to carefully clear hundreds of large fallen and hazardous trees.  

“We were conscious of wanting to restore access to as many trails and visitor sites as soon as it was safe to do so and teams have worked hard to find the best possible solutions. It has been a real team effort, with Park Rangers working alongside other agencies and specialist contractors. 

“We were so pleased in particular to re-open the section of walking trail between Bawden Road and the Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross in time for ANZAC Day. This is an important link in the trail network and it was wonderful to have it open for ANZAC Day as it is a known route for locals to walk up to the cross for the dawn service.” 

 

Storm recovery - Macedon Regional Park - track repaired - War Memorial Cross - 2022
A section of the re-opened walking trail (above), and the War Memorial Cross (below) 

Storm recovery - Macedon Regional Park - War Memorial Cross - April 2022

Parks Victoria thanks visitors and the local community for their patience while the necessary safety works took place across the park. 

Parks Victoria reminds visitors to Macedon Regional Park that some tracks remain closed, so please follow signage and avoid fenced-off areas. 

The impact of last year’s storm events in Victoria was widespread, and the Victorian Government has contributed $6.6 million to support the recovery and re-opening of parks and reserves. Most parks have since re-opened though some areas still require repair work to make safe the strategic fire network, walking tracks, roads and visitor sites.

Elsewhere in the state, Parks Victoria has recently completed storm recovery works to reopen Silvan mountain bike trails in the Dandenongs, Triplet Falls loop walk at Great Otway National Park, the Great Ocean Walk between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles and several trails at Wilsons Promontory. 

Please check for any updated changes affecting the park you intend to visit by going directly to the individual park page on the Parks Victoria website. You can also visit the Safety in Nature page or contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.  

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