Tracks set for seasonal closure

A number of roads in the Grampians will be among those earmarked for seasonal closure.

Several walking tracks in the Grampians are set to close for the winter.

Several walking tracks in the Grampians are set to close for the winter.

Roads and tracks in Victoria's forests and parks are always temporarily closed for winter and spring, with some closures having already come into effect.

More closures will follow next month, as part of an annual program.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria run the seasonal road closure program to ensure driver safety as well as protect forest and park roads from damage during the cooler months.

"Some forest roads and tracks are now closed, while more are closed from June 13 when the track surfaces are most likely to be damaged by vehicles," DEPI State Roads and Bridges Planning Manager Tony Dowler said.

"The early closures are necessary in some parts of the state because the roads and tracks in our parks and forests have the potential to become very wet.

"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 they were left open all year round so we assess them each year and then after consultation with key stakeholders including Four Wheel Drive Victoria close any that require it."

Parks Victoria General Manager Regional Services Chris Rose said: "By protecting park roads and tracks we can reduce erosion and cut the amount of silt which is washed into rivers, creeks and reservoirs."

"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.

"As always we want anyone driving in our parks and forests to stay on the designated routes, take their rubbish home and take particular care with campfires."

For those wanting to plan their trip go to the Public Access Map site in the recreation and tourism section at www.depi.vic.gov.au

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