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Road clearing. Photo supplied by Incident Control Centre, Orbost.

East road openings

East road openings

Road clearing. Photo supplied by Incident Control Centre, Orbost.

Getting the highway and other roads open is a priority

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews are continuing to work with CFA, VicRoads, Australian Defence Force and East Gippsland Shire to clear and reopen roads in bushfire affected areas across Far East Gippsland.

Incident Controller at Orbost Incident Control Centre, Steve Young, said: “Our crews are working tirelessly to open up roads, improving access to more towns and remote communities. Our priority is to clear Princes Highway followed by Bonang Road and Monaro Highway.

“We were able to successfully open the Princes Highway temporarily for two days this week to enable visitors to retrieve their belongings from Gipsy Point, Genoa and Mallacoota. We are making good progress clearing the road from Mallacoota to Genoa but given the scale of the impact to this area and the level of damage, there is still work to be done.

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“We understand residents are eager to return home as soon as possible, but we need to ensure roads affected by bushfire are clear and safe for use. We will continue to update the community as more roads are reopened.

“Many fire affected towns and districts in East Gippsland are open for business and welcoming visitors – this includes Bairnsdale, Metung, Paynesville, Loch Sport and Orbost. We encourage you to visit these towns, but please keep safety top of mind while you travel.”

Residents returning home to bushfire affected areas should be aware of possible safety issues such as dangerous trees, asbestos in properties pre-dating 1990, structural collapse and drinking water contamination. For further information and personal protective equipment, please contact your local relief centre. Residents without drinking and domestic water supply due to tank contamination can contact South East Water on 131 851.

Road conditions and access is continually changing. For all information on updated road closures please check traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 13 11 70.

Roads Open without Restrictions:

  • Melbourne to Cabbage Tree Creek via Princes Highway

Roads Open with Restrictions:

  • Princes Highway from Cabbage Tree Creek to the NSW border and to Mallacoota – limited access for essential services and authorised residents with permits between 8:00am - 8:00pm.

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