26 September 2023

Reopened flood parks but no walking in!

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Parks Victoria has released an updated report on the effect of its work reopening the flood-damaged areas of parks and reserves.

Issuing the update, Parks said it had now reopened or partially reopened more than 75 per cent of flood and storm affected parks.

It said however that reopening damaged areas was “no walk in the park”.

“The flood and storm events in late 2022 were no ordinary weather event,” Parks Victoria said.

“Reopening parks safely for visitors takes time and resources,” it said.

“More than 80 parks have been impacted across the State, so we’ve focused efforts on the most popular visitor areas and those that can be reopened safely.

“While we are working to reopen all affected parks, some of your favourite places may be closed, partially closed, or have changed conditions.”

Parks Victoria said that with more than 80 parks impacted by the 2022 floods, there was a long list of parks and sites to assess.

It said there were multiple steps that Agency staff had to take to reopen the areas safely, including assessing damage, safety hazards and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection, as well as recovery and rehabilitation works.

“Some parks have been severely impacted and may stay closed for months or even years,” Parks said.

“Before you leave home, check the specific page of the park you’d like to explore on the Parks Victoria website and scroll down to the Change of Conditions,” it said.

“Please be patient and kind when talking with Parks Victoria staff, they love these parks as much as you do,” Parks Victoria said.

Further information on flood and storm affected parks can be accessed at this PS News link.

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