SEASONAL road and track closures in Victoria’s Gippsland’s region will come into effect from June 14.
These temporary forest and park track closures on popular 4x4 routes are administered to ensure driver safety and to prevent track damage during the typically wetter winter and spring months.
Check which tracks and roads are affected: parkweb.vic.gov.au/safety/closures/seasonal-road-closures2
“The program helps limit the damage done to forest roads and tracks during the wetter seasons and in doing so ensures dangerous and difficult to negotiate sections of road are closed off from motorists, said Gippsland’s Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kelly Rash said. “These measures also help maintain water quality in rivers, creeks and reservoirs by reducing the amount of erosion and silt washed away from roads and tracks.”
In the end, it’s a small price to pay to ensure the tracks remain useable for generations to come.
“We encourage the social and recreational use of Victoria’s beautiful natural resources, including four-wheel driving, but some sections of the forest road network would rapidly disintegrate if opened for the entire year,” Rash said. “Together FFMVic and Parks Victoria consult with a range of stakeholders, including Four Wheel Drive Victoria, to identify sections of the road network which require closures.”
Most of the tracks are expected to be reopened in time for the Melbourne Cup long weekend, but conditions will dictate closer to the date.
For more information, visit: ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures