You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Visitors urged to stay safe on tracks and trails this long weekend

News

Visitors urged to stay safe on tracks and trails this long weekend

Friday 6 June, 2014

Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries are urging visitors to Victoria’s parks and forests to take care on tracks and trails following recent rain.

“It will be very wet out there this long weekend, so we urge people to respect areas that are closed, slow down, and be careful when travelling through parks and forests,” said Parks Victoria’s General Manager Regional Services, Chris Rose.   “Safety for visitors, volunteers and staff working in parks and forests is paramount. Please plan your trip to make sure you, your friends and families safely enjoy your visits to parks and forests.”

Some tracks and trails will officially close from 13 June as part of the seasonal road closure program in the interests of driver safety, as well as to protect forest and park roads from damage during the winter months.

"Some forest roads and tracks close when the track surfaces are most likely to be damaged by vehicles," DEPI State Roads and Bridges Planning Manager Tony Dowler 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 left open all year round so we assess them each year and then, after consultation with users including Four Wheel Drive Victoria, we decide which tracks need to be closed."

Chris Rose said the partnership approach helps to protect parks based on the best available information.

"Working with Four Wheel Drive Victoria helps us get information to ensure we protect park roads and tracks, reduce erosion and cut the amount of silt which is washed into rivers, creeks and reservoirs,” said Mr Rose. "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. Most of the roads and tracks are re-opened in early November, in time for the Melbourne Cup Weekend.

Information about road and track closures is available from the Public Access Map site in the recreation and tourism section at www.depi.vic.gov.au. Check for any maps or changes affecting the park you intend to visit by going directly to the park page.



Media enquiries




Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Parks affected by flooding

Thursday 29 September, 2016
Recent heavy rainfall and severe weather across Victoria means several parks and campgrounds across the state are partially or fully…

Take care in parks this long weekend

Thursday 29 September, 2016
With spring in the air, the Grand Final long weekend is a great opportunity to venture outdoors and experience the…

TrailRider tests out the new Piccaninny Walk

Thursday 29 September, 2016
Hamilton local Kyal Doneman was quick to volunteer to be the first to test out the TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair on…

It’s Baby Swan Season at Albert Park

Thursday 29 September, 2016
Parks Victoria is reminding park visitors to take extra precautions in Albert Park Reserve during Spring to help protect the…

Spring Plant Sale at George Tindale Memorial Garden

Monday 26 September, 2016
The community are invited to join the Friends of Tindale Garden for their annual Spring Plant Sale at the George…

Spring has arrived in the Dandenong Ranges Gardens

Monday 26 September, 2016
There’s so much to see this Spring as the great gardens of the Dandenong Ranges burst into colour with a…

View all media releases