These are extraordinary times. Some extraordinary measures have been taken to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives.
While details of temporary changes are below, the basics advice is to:
- stay home if you are unwell
- no camping, no caravans, no overnight stays
- only visit the park for exercise, and only if you live nearby
- adhere to the current rules regarding masks
- when in public, only gather with one person from outside your household
- refer to dewlp.vic.gov.au for up-to-date advice on park closures
- refer to www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and dhhs.vic.gov.au for up-to-date advice about Victoria’s health situation and directives.
NO CAMPING OR CARAVANS
As of 05 August 2020, as per delwp.vic.gov.au, camping and caravans are not permitted in parks and forests anywhere in Victoria.
Camping grounds around the state—including the Picnic Gully site at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park—are not permitted to remain open.
As of 05 August June, ‘exercise’ is one of the four reasons why people in regional Victoria may leave their home, though it should be done ‘close to your home’.
delwp.vic.gov.au advises that while visiting parks is permissible as a form of exercise, you may only visit a park ‘if you live close’.
So, the trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa are accessible, but only inasmuch as state government policies allow transit to the site. Get up-to-date advice on Victoria’s COVID-19 travel restrictions from the website of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Riders are reminded that any access should be via bicycle from the township of Harcourt.
As of 05 August 2020, when in public in regional Victoria, you may only gather with one person from outside your household.
As directed by the Chief Health Officer Victoria, these measures remain important to reduce the risks to public health in the Victorian community. Of course, advice is subject to change and updates may be available at the delwp.vic.gov.au website.
If you do ride the Harcourt Mountain Bike Trails, continue to observe the current rules of assembly and social distance. If you’re riding with members of your household unit, take care of one another. If you ride solo, make sure someone knows where you are, where you’re going and when you expect to return.
Compliance with Chief Health Officer directives is enforceable under the section 203 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and penalties apply.
Inspections will be carried out by DELWP and Parks Victoria staff and Local Government authorised officers. Also, dhhs.vic.gov.au advises that Victorian Police will enforce the directions through spot checks.
Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444.
RIDE WELL WITHIN YOUR COMFORT ZONE
No matter where you ride or who you ride with, stay well within your comfort zone. Accidents that require medical attention are never great, but could be particularly problematic in the current situation.
STAY SAFE & UP TO DATE
This website is maintained by volunteers and may not have the latest information on this fast-evolving situation. Keep up to date with information as it is published:
- www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and dhhs.vic.gov.au for current advice about Victoria’s health situation and travel directives
- www2.dewlp.vic.gov.au for advice on park closures. Information on the DELWP site is updated more frequently than the content on this volunteer-run site, so consider them correct.
We appreciate your support and compliance to protect public health.