Mt Arapiles' Squeeze Test boulder measures considered after man trapped

PARKS Victoria will consider a range of measures to prevent further incidents at Mt Arapiles’ Squeeze Test boulder.

A NSW man, 24, was trapped in the boulder for about 10 hours overnight on Monday.

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District chief ranger Graham Parkes said suggestions of pouring concrete into the rock or blasting it apart were not under consideration.

“Parks Victoria is not considering significant structural changes to the site, such as manipulating the rocks or filling up the rocks,’’ he said.

“Quite simply, we will look at the range of measures that could be put in place to improve the awareness of the potential dangers of the site.

“It’s more about how we communicate that message.’’

Mr Parkes said he was aware that Monday’s incident was not the first time someone had been trapped in the rock. 

In 2011, a Melbourne teenager was rescued after becoming stuck in the Squeeze Test.

Mr Parkes said Parks Victoria must also consider Mt Arapiles’ attraction for people seeking outdoor adventure.

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