PEOPLE are encouraged to visit the district’s state forests these school holidays.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Murray Goldfields District Manager Paul Bates said forests, including Gunbower Forest, were a great free activity that children and adults could enjoy.
‘‘Many have free camp sites in beautiful bushland where you often spot local wildlife,’’ he said.
‘‘You can also just enjoy a day trip with a picnic and perhaps a stroll along one of the many walking tracks.
‘‘People are also able to ride horses, trail bikes and go four wheel driving in state forests as long as they remain on the formed roads.
‘‘To explore Victoria’s state forests on a motorcycle you must have a motorcycle licence or learner’s permit and your motorcycle must be registered. All road rules apply so you must always wear an approved helmet, keep left and ride safely according to the conditions.
“We want all forest users to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of others or the environment.’’
Forest Fire Management Victoria officers will be undertaking regular patrols of state forests throughout the school holidays to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.
If you see any suspicious behaviour in public land areas, report it to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136186 or your nearest DELWP or Parks Victoria office or police station.
Details of where state forests are located and what visitor facilities are available can be found at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/places-to-visit