Recovery moves quickly

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Recovery moves quickly

In the field: Parks Victoria field services officers Jack Schultz (centre) and Danny Hudson (right) speak with Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.

OWNERS of vehicles stranded at Wilsons Promontory will be able to rescue them on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
They will be able to do so under police escort via a temporary one lane access.
A free bus will leave Melbourne at 6am on both days to take owners to a staging post in the Yanakie Hall.
The details were made clear on Friday, a day after Premier, Ted Baillieu announced $8.8 million to repair infrastructure damaged in the previous week’s deluge.
Mr Baillieu said more than $2.8m will go towards immediate repairs so the park can reopen by Easter. The other $6m is for road and Darby River Bridge works.
He said Parks Victoria was working hard to ensure the Prom was accessible over Easter “which also means our regional tourism industry is open for business”.
“I encourage everyone to get behind tourism operators this Easter and provide a much needed economic boost to our flood affected
businesses.”
While he was at the Prom, Mr Baillieu met with a number of people involved in the Prom rescue and recovery effort.
They were South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Warren Raabe, captain of the Yanakie Fire Brigade John McAinch, bus operator and Prom Advisory Council member Alex Moon, chair of Wilsons Prom Advisory Committee Sue MacGregor, CEO of Destination Gippsland Terry Robinson and Catherine McGlead of Prom Country
Tourism.
Parks Victoria, Victoria Police and VicRoads have combined to allow people access to their stranded vehicles. There’s a weight limit of under 10 tonne and width of under 2.4m because of the condition of the road and bridge.
VicRoads regional director, Patricia Liew said only one person per vehicle would be allowed access to Tidal River.
Insurers will be permitted in on Thursday to assess and collect flood damaged vehicles, and those over 10 tonne will be retrieved on Tuesday, April 19.
The staging post in the Yanakie Hall will provide morning tea and lunch.
Parks Victoria chief ranger, Craig Stubbings said queries about vehicle retrieval should be directed to 13 1963.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment took advantage of the closure of the Prom to burn invading coastal tea tree between Little Drift Track and Springs Track over the weekend.
DSE fire district manager for DSE, Geoff Pike said the burn would provide better conditions for the growth of coastal grassy woodlands. The burn was conducted by DSE staff, allowing Parks Victoria personnel to concentrate on the flood recovery.

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