Flood and fire recovery in East Gippsland

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The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 heavily impacted parks and reserves across East Gippsland.

The scale of damage was enormous with fires burning more than 1.5 million hectares of public and private land. This included 1.39 million hectares of forests and parks, plantations and native timber assets, critical animal habitats and water catchments.

Several major floods have also affected parks in the region over the past three years, which have added to the scope and complexity of recovery works.

In addition to the environmental challenges of fire, storms and floods, rebuilding infrastructure on public land requires careful planning. This can take time – but it’s essential we build things in the right place, in the right way. This includes ensuring the protection of cultural heritage, habitat and landscapes, and safety underpin our projects.

Parks Victoria is committed to preserving the unique cultural heritage and environmental values of East Gippsland. We have, and will continue to, advocate strongly for impacted parks to ensure assets are safe and continue to play their part in supporting the local community and Gippsland tourism economy.


Who we’re working with

As we implement recovery works in East Gippsland, we’re working closely with Traditional Owners, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), Regional Development Victoria (RDV), the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR), Heritage Victoria, East Gippsland Shire Council, East Gippsland Water, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Gippsland Ports, tourism organisations and the local community.

Where we're working

Family kicking a football outside their tent

Buchan Caves Reserve

Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) are rebuilding visitor facilities at Buchan Caves Reserve, following the Black Summer bushfires and the Boxing Day 2023 flood.
A family walk together along the water's edge at Shipwreck Creek beach.

Croajingolong National Park

Following the Black Summer bushfires, Parks Victoria is reconstructing damaged campgrounds and visitor facilities throughout Croajingolong National Park and around Mallacoota.
A mother and young son play on the beach at East Cape Beach.

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Parks Victoria is reconstructing trails, lookouts and other facilities at Cape Conran that were damaged in the Back Summer bushfires.
Artist's impression of new Cape Conran Coastal Park roofed accommodation unit

Cape Conran Coastal Park Roofed Accommodation

The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 destroyed three cabins and all five wilderness retreats at Cape Conran Coastal Park. Parks Victoria is working to restore lost accommodation on this gem on the Victorian coast.
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