Some tracks and roads in north east Victoria’s forests and parks will temporarily close this winter and spring to keep motorists safe and reduce the damage to unsealed roads during the wetter months.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Hume Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy, said: “Main closures for the 2021 seasonal road closure period start on Thursday 17 June and the majority are in areas of the High Country, which often receives winter snow and sometimes makes tracks impassable.

“Seasonal road closures help limit the damage to forest roads and tracks during winter and spring and in doing so, ensures dangerous and difficult sections of road are closed for driver safety.

“These measures also help maintain water quality in rivers, creeks and reservoirs by reducing the amount of erosion and silt washed away from roads and tracks.

“Some bushfire impacted roads and tracks in the Upper Murray, will remain closed while crews and contractors continue to clear and stabilise tracks while dealing with hazardous trees to ensure the roads are safe for visitors.

“We encourage the social and recreational use of Victoria’s beautiful natural resources, including four-wheel driving, but some sections of forest roads and tracks would rapidly deteriorate if opened for the entire year,” Mr Kennedy said.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria consult with a range of stakeholders, including Four Wheel Drive Victoria, to identify sections of the road network which require closures.

Most of the roads and tracks are re-opened in time for the Melbourne Cup Weekend, but the closure period can be extended if the conditions demand it.

To plan a trip and check road closures visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures

For informational on seasonal closures in parks visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/seasonal-road-closures