COVID-19

These have been extraordinary times. Some extraordinary measures were taken. Some of these impacted on activities in the park. Many of them have been relaxed.

While details of temporary changes are below, the basics advice is to

  • stay safe
  • avoid unnecessary risk
  • adhere to State-advised gathering limits (10 people maximum as 22 June), and
  • refer to www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and dhhs.vic.gov.au for current advice about Victoria’s health situation and directives.

TRAIL ACCESS

The trails at La Larr Ba Gauwa are accessible and the state government has relaxed its policies on day trips and non-essential travel. Get up-to-date advice on Victoria’s COVID-19 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. And, of course, continue to observe all health and safety precautions as advised by the relevant authorities.

SOCIAL DISTANCE

As of 01 June, Parks Victoria advises that picnics and relaxation in the park is now permitted.

Gathering sizes must be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Multiple groups of people should not gather close by.

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 ffm.vic.gov.au website.

On the 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’re riding solo make sure someone knows where you are, where you’re going and when you expect to return.

ENFORCEMENT

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.

CAMPING OR CARAVANS GREEN LIT

The temporary prohibition on camping and caravans at La Larr Ba Gauwa was lifted in June 2020.

While Parks Victoria advised that there must be no use of shared facilities in camping or caravan parks, we have since been advised by DELWP that ‘shared facilities’ refers mainly to kitchens, laundries and bathrooms: the toilets at La Larr Ba Gauwa do not count as shared facilities.

Therefore, the directives that ruled out camping and caravans at La Larr Ba Gauwa no longer apply as of June.

Of course, advice is subject to change and updates may be available at the ffm.vic.gov.au website and the dhhs.vic.gov.au website.

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:

We appreciate your support and compliance to protect public health.