Four Wheel Drive Victoria support the push for visitors to fire affected regional towns that are open for business.
DELWP Media release
\Towns affected by the bushfire crisis are calling for support this long weekend, and it’s easy to help – just accept the invitation to visit, eat, drink, and see the northeast. Emergency Services have worked hard to open areas for travellers, as long as they check VicTraffic and VicEmergency websites before and during their trips.
From 7am Friday 24 January, Upper Murray towns will be open to via the Murray Valley Highway including Corryong, Tintaldra, Cudgewa, Walwa and Khancoban, NSW. Ovens Valley towns like Oxley, Milawa, Myrtleford, Bright, Porepunkah, Harrietville, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek are very much open for business and looking forward to welcoming you – as are attractive nearby destinations like Rutherglen, Yackandandah, Mansfield, and Beechworth.
“Many roads are now open, and those that not will be visibly closed with signs and marked on the VicTraffic website. Anyone sightseeing on closed roads will be putting themselves and emergency services at risk – these roads remain closed for good reason.” – Regional Controller Paul King said.
North east districts are famous for picturesque landscapes, food, wine, craft beers, cycling and cultural significance, although the impact of the fire will be obvious in some areas.
“Our towns are not looking for charity, they are looking to welcome you back to our beautiful region and get back to business after an immensely difficult time.” – PK said
While some parks and forests remain closed, many, like Mount Feathertop, Dibbins Hut and parts of the Alpine Walking Trail.
Some waterways may have run-off from fire areas, meaning some of our pristine environment may be suffering but will recover with time. If a waterway is obviously affected by this run-off please stay clear of it.
Visitors should check the following sources before and during travel:
VicTraffic website www.traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au
VicEmergency website: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
Park and Forest closures: www.ffm.vic.gov.au