Works to redevelop the Latrobe Campsite have finished in time for the summer camping season.
The works have improved the site for all area users, making it friendly for individuals, groups and families including day picnickers and those staying overnight camping or in caravans.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Senior Forest and Roading Officer, Monica Mains said, “We wanted to enhance the site outlay and design so multiple camping parties or site users could enjoy it with privacy and ease.
“We’ve created eight new flat, grassy campsites, eight new fire pits and two new all-abilities toilet blocks.
“We’ve also added new car parking, directional signage, picnic tables and bespoke log seats. To enhance visitors’ overall experience at the site, we have also improved site drainage and the area’s general safety,” Ms Mains said.
“We’re immensely grateful for assistance of the Victorian Four-Wheel Drive clubs that worked with our FFMVic staff to establish the new layout.
“Our crews will soon be beginning a second round of works, which will include establishing a formalised walking track and sections of boardwalk from the campsite to the Latrobe River.
“We will also develop a picnic area at the river, along with information shelter and signage.
“It’s important to us that we continue to invest in our forests so that locals and tourists alike can interact with and enjoy Victoria’s beautiful outdoors,” she said.
The works at the Latrobe Campsite took six months to complete, and their completion was aided by Yarra Valley 4wd Club, Just Mates 4wd Club, Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria.
The site is a 100 metre walk to the Latrobe River, and a short drive to Noojee and Powelltown, and sites including the Ada Tree, Noojee Trestle Bridge and Toorongo Falls.
Stage 2 works will begin in March 2019 and are anticipated to be complete by June 2019. The total cost of Stage 1 and 2 works is $130,000.
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