Mt Oberon set to reopen at Wilsons Prom
Friday 21 September, 2012
Wilsons Promontory National Park flood recovery efforts have been continuing in earnest to ensure the remaining walking tracks and popular attractions are reopened for the summer period.
Parks Victoria Chief Ranger- Wilsons Promontory Ms Helen Dixon said the extensive works to rebuild both the road and walking tracks on Mt Oberon are intended to be completed in time for the Christmas holiday period.
“The Mt Oberon reconstruction project has been incredibly complex involving Parks Victoria staff, engineers and contractors working to reinstate these very popular areas. The works are well underway ready to reopen Mt Oberon and the Summit Walk in time for the busy summer season”, said Ms Dixon.
Additionally, crews have been working solidly to reconstruct the few remaining track closures that still remain in place at the Prom, with more to be reopened in time for the summer holidays.
“Our teams have, as a priority, also reopened the most popular tracks over the past 18 months. We have reinstated the tracks most severely damaged by the March 2011 flood in consultation with engineering assessments to try and future proof them from severe weather events."
This has ensured access to popular sites such as Darby Beach, Lilly Pilly Gully, Tongue Point and the Mt Bishop track were reinstated sooner, while separate recovery works were underway to rebuilding Telegraph and Mt Oberon tracks.
The Whisky Bay car park and track to beach, Cotters Lake track and car park, Telegraph Track and summit walk are anticipated to be open to the public just prior to the Christmas summer holiday period.
Works will continue on rebuilding the Sealers Cove track, and for visitor safety this track will still remain closed. The major boardwalk reconstruction works on the Waterloo Bay track will continue over the summer period – the track is still accessible and visitors are advised to take care.
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