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Some Victorian forest tracks closing from tomorrow

Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Some roads and tracks in Victoria’s forests and parks are about to be temporarily closed for winter and spring from tomorrow (1 May 2013).

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria run the seasonal road closure program to ensure driver safety as well as protect forest and park roads from damage during the cooler months.

DEPI Manager Roads and Bridges Chris Stephenson said: “Some forest roads and tracks will be closing from tomorrow (1 May 2013), while many more are closed from 13 June 2013 when the track surfaces are most likely to be damaged by vehicles.” “The early closures are necessary in some parts of the state because the roads and tracks in our parks and forests have the potential to become very wet,” Chris Stephenson said.

“The closures are important because our forest roads and tracks become much more difficult for drivers to use safely over this period.”

“Some forest tracks would suffer significant damage if they were left open all year round so we assess them each year and then after consultation with key stakeholders including Four Wheel Drive Victoria close any that require it.”

Parks Victoria General Manager Regional Services Chris Rose said: “By protecting park roads and tracks we can reduce erosion and cut the amount of silt which is washed into rivers, creeks and reservoirs.”

“We want everyone who uses the roads and tracks in our forests and parks to make sure they know which ones are still open over winter and stick to those during the closure period,” Mr Rose said.

“As always we want anyone driving in our parks and forests to stay on the designated routes, take their rubbish home and take particular care with campfires.”

For more information about road closures contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or go to Seasonal Road Closures on the Parks Victoria website or the Public Access Map in the recreation and tourism section at www.depi.vic.gov.au.

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