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Parks Victoria has closed some high elevation tracks in the Bluff and Mt Speculation area of Alpine National Park due to recent heavy rains and snow. These tracks have had recent fire control line/rehab works and/or maintenance works – resheeting, drainage.  The recent weather and track conditions mean that these tracks are particularly susceptible to damage from vehicles at this time. Tracks closed are: 

  • Bluff Tk – King Billys Tk, from Bluff Tk Seasonal Road closure gate to Howitt Rd.
  • Nobs Tk – from Brocks Rd to Son of a Bitch Spur.
  • Cobbler Lake Tk – Mt Speculation Rd, between Cobbler Lake and Little Cobbler Tk, including the track section to Mt Speculation. 

Please observe these closures and keep off the tracks highlighted below.   Other tracks may be closed in this area, please see, www.parks.vic.gov.au/ and https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/media-releases/park-and-forest-closures for a full list of current park and forest closures and links to FAQ's.

Cobbler Lake Track Speculation Rd closure

Bluff Track King Billy closure

Nobs Tk closure

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COVID-19 UPDATE - Parks Victoria Website

 

Last updated: 11:30 pm 12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government is directing all Victorians to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Every Victorian must play their part. By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can protect the elderly, the at-risk, and our healthcare workers and each other.

There are five reasons that you can leave home:

  • shop for food and other necessary goods and services
  • access medical services or provide caregiving – for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative
  • attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
  • exercise and participate in some recreational activities adhering to the rules
  • visit friends, family and loved ones while adhering to the rules.

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection, however, the message remains clear: If you can stay at home – you must stay at home.

Most of our parks, reserves and historic places are now open for day-use activities, provided that physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and maximum of 10 people is observed at all times. There are nine sites (listed below) that will remain closed to comply with physical distancing measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, Parks Victoria staff will monitor visitation rates with the possibility of further changes to park closures, pending advice from health authorities. 

Current closures

  • BBQ facilities, water fountains, playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed.
  • Camping and overnight activities are not permitted and all campgrounds remain closed.
  • All Parks Victoria Visitor Information Service Desks and Centres are also closed to the public until further notice.

The following visitor sites remain closed:

  • St Kilda Pier - the pier remains open however, the penguin viewing platform is closed until further notice. 
  • State Coal Mine - café and underground tours are closed until further notice.
  • Werribee Park - mansion tours are closed until further notice. 
Bushfire affected sites will remain closed, and seasonal road closures also still apply.

Restrictions

  • 1000 steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk will be restricted to a singular direction to maintain physical distancing. Visitors will be permitted to go up the steps from Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground and descend via the Lyrebird Track to the carpark. Physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and maximum of 10 people rules should be observed at all times.
  • All events, filming and photography are now restricted to a maximum of 10 people. Weddings allow 10 guests in addition to the couple and celebrant. Funerals allow 20 mourners indoors, and 30 outdoors plus people to run the funeral.
  • Fishing, including charter fishing, fishing from the shore and from a boat is permitted, with anchoring allowed only while fishing, and at all times in groups of no more than 10 people and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained. For more information visit the Better Boating Victoria website.
  • Beaches are open and are accessible for exercise in groups of no more than 10 people and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
  • Recreational boating and other boating activities including water-skiing and wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding, sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are permitted in groups of no more than 10 people and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained. For more information visit the Better Boating Victoria website.
  • Hunting (including duck hunting for the remainder of the 2020 season) is permitted. Groups must be limited to no more than 10 people and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained. Some wetlands, or parts of wetlands, are closed to hunting or are further regulated during the 2020 duck hunting season. For more information visit the Game Management Authority website.

For more information about outdoor recreational activities restrictions visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Common questions

How long will these areas be closed for?
Until 11.59pm on 31 May 2020. These sites will remain closed until advice changes. Until then, Parks Victoria will monitor advice from the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Is my health at risk if I visit other sites that are not closed?
We encourage everyone to follow the health advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. Current advice for all Victorians is to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Will you be enforcing the closures?
Closures will be enforced. Signs will be in place at all closed locations and patrols will be undertaken.
Compliance with this direction is enforceable under section 203 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and penalties apply.
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow these directions.

For up-to-date health information, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au .

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and contractors have been working hard to get more designated firewood collection areas open for Wellington and East Gippsland shire residents.

Gippsland’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Beth Roberts said nine new areas will be open from 8 May near Cabbage Tree, Orbost, Waygara, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Briagolong and Glenmaggie.

“Many of these additional firewood collection areas will use wood from fire break construction and from the removal of hazardous trees during bushfires,” Dr Roberts said.

“Specific location details are included in the interactive maps at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/find-a-firewood-collection-area.

“We hope these new sites that are closer to communities will make it easier for those who rely on firewood for heat during winter to stock up their sheds. So do the right thing and stick to the collection limit of two cubic metres per person per day, and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household each financial year.

“Please take care when collecting the timber, and not only be mindful of your own safety, but those around you cutting wood nearby. 

“Firewood can only be collected from nominated sites,” Dr Roberts said. 

In line with government advice and to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID19), Victorians should stay home. We recognise you may need to collect firewood depending on your circumstances. If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow physical distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.

For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186. 

For information and updates, including interactive maps showing designated firewood collection areas, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood, or you can call 136 186 to find out more.

 

Parks Victoria advice of Deer Control measures.  Deer Control Advice Letter and the accompanying Deer control areas Map Please see the links

Notification of planned burns from Forest Fire Management LODDON MALLEE Murray Goldfields region

The latest edition of Trackwatch is now available as a Flipbook online version for you to look at. Members would have received hard copy a few weeks back but you can now view online. Just select the TAB Above and view Autumn 202 Trackwatch on any device.

Or just click on the link TRACKWATCH

Park Update

Further closures ahead of the Easter long weekend

 

Changes to parks and reserves in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ahead of the Easter long weekend, Parks Victoria is closing additional high-visitation parks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This Easter the message is clear. Stay home. Protect our health system. Save Lives. 

The following parks will be closed from midnight on 8 April 2020 until further notice to protect the health of staff, visitors and volunteers:

Northern Victoria

  • Barmah National Park
  • Cathedral Ranges State Park
  • Gunbower National Park
  • Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
  • Murray Sunset National Park
  • Lake Eildon National Park
  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park

Western Victoria

  • Bay of Islands Coastal Park
  • Discovery Bay Coastal Park
  • Grampians National Park
  • Great Otway National Park*
  • Lower Glenelg National Park
  • Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park*
  • Port Campbell National Park
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Eastern Victoria

  • Alpine National Park
  • Baw Baw National Park
  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park*
  • Howqua Hills Historic Area
  • Mount Buffalo National Park
  • Walhalla Historic Reserve
  • Wilson Promontory National Park

*Great Otway National Park, Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park are partially open for local community members to exercise only.

Barmah Island, located at the entrance to Barmah National Park is open to local residents for firewood collection.

Other parks and reserves remain accessible for exercise if physical distancing requirements are strictly followed.

Parks Victoria Rangers will be patrolling open and closed parks, working with Victoria Police and authorised officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to monitor compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow these directions.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, Parks Victoria will continue to monitor visitation rates with the possibility of further changes to park closures, in accordance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

For more information on park closures and affected visitor sites visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19


As a reminder there are a number of useful resources about COVID-19:


For all COVID-19 Park Closures, continue to check Parks Victoria’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for the most up to date closures and information.

PLEASE ensure all relevant staff and volunteers are notified as to the contents of this email.