Upper Murray Bushfire Recovery

Parks Victoria is treating hazards, re-opening tracks and reconstructing and repairing campgrounds and visitor facilities following major bushfire damage in summer 2019/20.

The recovery work is large in scale, particularly within Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and the roads and tracks within the Alpine National Park, including the iconic Mt Pinnibar area.

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park

  • approx. 95% of the park impacted.
  • loss of facilities (toilets, tables etc.) at all campgrounds (Bluff Creek, Blue Gum Camp, Hinces Creek).
  • loss of walking track infrastructure (footbridges etc.) and subsequent track scouring from storms and rain events.
  • loss of signage.
  • significant numbers of burnt and hazardous trees.
  • safety issues and rock fall on unstable slopes bare of vegetation.

Mount Mitta Mitta Regional Park

  • approx.100% of the park impacted.
  • loss of facilities and infrastructure at visitor sites and walking tracks.
  • loss of signage.
  • tracks scoured and eroded by subsequent storms and rain events.

Murray River Reserve

  • 3 out of 9 campgrounds impacted.
  • 1 out of 5 day visitor sites impacted.

Alpine National Park

  • major impacts to roads and tracks, especially in the Alpine Ash areas with many burnt and hazardous trees.
  • loss of signage and visitor infrastructure at Glen Dart.
  • tracks through the nearby Mount Gibbo and Wild Boar Range Natural Feature and Scenic Reserves were also heavily impacted.

 

What is being delivered

 

Mount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional Park

  • safety works at visitor sites, in particular treatment of hazardous trees.
  • replacement of signage
  • track reforming, culvert re-establishment and drainage
  • improve carpark at southern end of Mittamatite RP

 

Alpine National Park

  • Surveyors Creek area – tree hazard works.

 

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park

  • assessment of infrastructure damage and safety issues continuing.
  • planning for facility and signage replacement and upgrade.

     

 

Recent completed works include

 

Murray River Reserve

  • damaged fences replaced.
  • tree hazards removed.
  • all affected campgrounds and day visitor sites reopened.

 

Alpine National Park

  • Tom Groggin Track, the Murray River ford at Tom Groggin Station and Davies Plain Track reopened to 4WD vehicles.
  • hazardous tree treatment works completed in the Mt Anderson and Indi River areas.
  • Bunroy and Indi River area - tracks and campsites reopened.
  • Mt Pinnibar and Mt Gibbo area opened after track clearing, treating hazardous trees and reforming damaged tracks to enable access.

Mount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional Park

  • Emberys Lookout picnic facilities replaced.
  • hazardous trees treated along some tracks.
  • some signage replaced.

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park

  • hazardous trees treated along some tracks.
  • some signage replaced.

Wild Boar Range Natural Features and Scenic Reserve reopened.

 

 

Expected project duration and key dates

  • Mount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional Park in early 2021;
  • Alpine National Park (Mt Pinnibar, Surveyors Creek areas) in early 2021;
  • Mount Gibbo Natural Features and Scenic Reserve in early 2021;
  • Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park - staged during 2021.Pine Mountain area in early 2021.

 

Other information

For more information about the Upper Murray region, visit the Alpine National Park, Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and Mount Mitta Mitta Regional Park pages.

 

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