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Visitors urged to play it safe in parks and coastal areas this weekend

Friday 16 August, 2013

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria are asking visitors to take care in Victoria’s coastal areas, parks and forests over the next few days with high winds and extreme waves expected in areas across the state.

Agency Commander Andrew Graystone said wind gusts of up to 120km/hr are predicted later today.

“We urge people to err on the side of caution with this significant weather system developing over the coming days,” said Mr Graystone.

“Some parks, piers and tracks in the Melbourne area and surrounds may close given the developing winds and potentially high water levels.”

“We ask all boaters to please make sure they are fully aware of the potentially extreme seas, even in more sheltered waters.”

“Safety is the top priority and our staff will be closely monitoring the developing conditions. For the latest on any closures check Change of conditions on individual park pages of this website.”

“We want people to make sure they are aware of current weather forecasts and exercise caution.”

"Visitors just need to be mindful of the potential impact of the high winds on the area they are visiting.”

“Victoria has some outstanding natural features and we want to ensure people remain safe during their visit.” 

For more information visit www.bom.gov.au

To stay up-to-date with the weather, call the SES on 1300 842 737 (1300 VIC SES) or visit www.ses.vic.gov.au.

For road closures visit www.vicroads.vic gov.au .

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