IT’S been a busy period for the team based at Wilsons Promontory National Park as the flood recovery efforts swings into full gear.
The team have hit the ground running alongside the newly appointed Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory, Ms. Helen Dixon. Together they have been working closely with engineers, assessors as well as with teams from VicRoads to complete the enormous list of projects required to rebuild the Prom.
The Darby River Bridge roadworks are nearing completion, however works on Darby Saddle and other key roads are continuing.
“We are working hard with VicRoads on restoring access to Tidal River and we will be providing more updates on the works over the coming months”, said Ms Dixon.
The Engineers and Parks Victoria Rangers have now completed damage assessments of walking tracks in the southern section of the park allowing the scheduling of repair works to flood damaged tracks to commence.
“With it being winter time at the Prom, the recent inclement weather has had its impacts but we are continuing to forge ahead with our progress. Two new sections of boardwalk have already been installed on the Tongue Point walking track and works on the Lilly Pilly Gully and South Norman tracks commenced at the beginning of July,” said Ms Dixon.
“We are be focusing on priority track works around Tidal River initially to ensure that some tracks are accessible when the camp area reopens to the public. These tracks will include the Tidal Overlook track (from Lilly Pilly Gully to Squeaky Beach), the Picnic Bay car park to Picnic Bay beach track and the Picnic Bay to Squeaky beach tracks”.
“We are currently awaiting engineers’ reports to allow us to begin scheduling in repair and realignment works to Mt Oberon Road, Telegraph Track and Five Mile Road”.
“Longer term closures are expected in some locations due to the extent of damage to tracks to Sealers Cove, Oberon Bay and beach access to Squeaky Beach and Whisky Bay”, said Ms Dixon.
“We are delighted to see many have still been visiting the Prom with over 6000 visitors coming to explore the northern section of the park since the Easter period,” said Ms Dixon.