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Wilsons Promontory National Park to close temporarily

Annual conservation program in action

WILSONSPromontory National Park will be closed from Monday, August 20 until the morning of Friday, August 24, 2018 to conduct the annual program for hog and sambar deer control as highlighted in the 2017-2021 Conservation Action Plan.

Victoria’s parks are home to more than 4300 native plants and 948 native animal species. Parks Victoria plays a vital role in protecting native plants and wildlife.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs, designed to contribute to habitat restoration across all its parks. These programs include activities such as monitoring of grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. They are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.

Sambar and Hog deer cause significant environmental damage through grazing and trampling through the fragile environment, along with forming wallows in drainage lines.

Parks Victoria will be working in partnership with the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the Australian Deer Association and the Game Management Authority to deliver this program.

Despite the short-term closure of the iconic ‘Prom’, visitors are encouraged to explore the beautiful surrounds of South Gippsland including the Bunurong Coastal Drive, taking a tour through the historic State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi or enjoying the rugged beauty of the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park

For more information on the Prom Closure, call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic. gov.au

Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory Brett Mitchell said, “Protection of the environment at Wilsons Promontory National Park is vital in ensuring this stunning park is here for future generations to enjoy.

“To ensure visitor safety, our number one priority, we will close for the park for four days, but it will be reopened in time for the weekend.”

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