Grampians open for business in time for school holidays

OPEN SEASON: Parks Victoria west region director Rod Newnham, acting district manager Zoe Wilkinson, acting ranger in charge for Grampians Gariwerd Ryan Duffy, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty, and Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy were in the Grampians on Tuesday to promote popular tourist attracts being re-opened for the school holidays.

OPEN SEASON: Parks Victoria west region director Rod Newnham, acting district manager Zoe Wilkinson, acting ranger in charge for Grampians Gariwerd Ryan Duffy, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty, and Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy were in the Grampians on Tuesday to promote popular tourist attracts being re-opened for the school holidays.

THE Grampians is open for business these school holidays after the completion of rebuilding works.

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said works to rebuild some of the area's tourist assets damaged by bushfires in January had been completed.

He said the works were part of a $3.25-million upgrade.

Works were carried out at Zumsteins Picnic Area, Mackenzie Falls, Beehive Falls, the Taipan Wall climbing area and Mt Stapylton walking track from the Mt Zero carpark.

Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy said the State Government's investment to restore areas in the Grampians National Park was a welcome boost for the spring school holidays.

"This is great news for businesses and tourism operators that some of the region's most popular visitor sites will be open ahead of a busy spring and summer period," she said

Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said the State Government worked with Parks Victoria to ensure fire-affected areas were opened as quickly as possible.

"Visitor services, carparking, fencing, signs, walking tracks and lookouts along with water and electrical services at Mackenzie Falls have been repaired," he said.

Mr Delahunty thanked all those involved in the Grampians recovery efforts during the past eight months.

"The scale of the fire damage and complex recovery task will see other key sites open in time for Christmas 2014 and Easter 2015," he said.

"Efforts will focus on areas around Mackenzie Falls, Mt Stapylton Loop Walk and campground, Mt Difficult and Summerday Valley climbing area.

"I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the spectacular Grampians National Park this spring, and support Grampians businesses."

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