North East State Forest upgrades improve visitor experience

Popular camping reserves across the north east have received vital improvements through the Victorian Government’s $6 million State Forest Asset Upgrade Project.  

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Jarrod Hayse, said more than $1 million of upgrade works have been completed in the first year of the project.

“These works are all about providing new facilities for visitors to our forests, while also undertaking significant road and track upgrades.”

“This includes installing 12 toilets across the north east region and improving access for caravans and campervans.”

“The completion of the works are well timed, for the spring and summer holiday periods when a growing number of people visit our forests to explore the great outdoors.”

This year, new toilets have been installed at camping reserves including;

·        Wheelers Creek Hut, Corryong
·        James Reserve, Lima
·        Running Creek Reserve, Jamieson
·        Two Hills Reserve, Glenburn
·        Lightning Creek Reserve, Mitta Mitta
·        Skipworth Reserve, Kevington
·        Knockwood Reserve, Gaffneys Creek

Significant road and track works have also been completed at sites in the Buckland Valley, the Smoko campground, and the Katie Peters Reserve at Eskdale.

Mr Hayse said additional works are planned during the next 12 months with a further $1.1 million to be spent on the installation of toilets, tables, signs, barbeques, picnic shelters and information boards across the region.

“As more and more people visit our forests, it’s important we continually upgrade facilities so that they can fully appreciate some of Victoria’s most beautiful natural environments.”

For further information on forest activities visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au.