Please stay out of closed parks

Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Victorians are being urged to stay safe and keep out of closed parks these school holidays following major storms earlier this month.

There has been extensive damage across the Parks Victoria estate and many sites remain closed for public safety. People must not enter closed parks under any circumstances as the situation remains dangerous.

If your favourite place is closed there are still a lot of options for short walks, hikes and sightseeing across Victoria – visit Things to Do for more details.

The June 9 storm has brought down large forest trees onto walking tracks, fences, bridges and access roads. The soft and muddy ground means there are still many trees at risk of falling.

Parks in Central Gippsland have also suffered flooding and erosion of walking and vehicle tracks.

Our crews are working hard to assess and remove hazardous trees and restore access. The widespread scale of the recent storms means there is a lot of work to do. We are working as fast as we can and look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe.

Until then, please stay out of closed parks – they are closed because they are not safe for visitors to enter.

Check the Safety in Nature page to see what parks are closed due to the recent storms.

For closures in state forests please visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures

 

Quotes attributable to Matt Jackson, Parks Victoria Chief Executive

“Our message to the community is clear: please stay out of closed parks, they are closed for your safety. There are still many potentially hazardous trees close to walking tracks and picnic facilities that could fall and injure visitors.

Parents planning to take the kids out during the school holidays should check the Parks Victoria website as your favourite park may be affected.

We look forward to welcoming the community back into the parks once our teams have assessed and removed hazardous trees and cleared walking tracks.”


Media enquiries

Dragana Mrkaja

Mobile: 0429 276 483

dragana.mrkaja@parks.vic.gov.au

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