Additional Parks and reserve closures due to elevated fire dangers

Released 03/01/2020

The ACT Government wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban being declared with elevated fire dangers for tomorrow, 4 January 2020, the entire Murrumbidgee River Corridor will be closed in addition to the existing TOBAN reserve closures.

The closure of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor will result in the following recreational areas and reserves being closed:

  • Cotter and Casuarina Sands recreation areas
  • Uriarra Crossing Recreation Area
  • Kambah Pool Recreation Area
  • Pine Island and Point Hut Reserves
  • Tharwa Sandwash
  • Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area
  • Angle Crossing
  • Gigerline Nature Reserve
  • Bullen Range Nature Reserve
  • Stony Creek Nature Reserve
  • Woodstock Nature Reserve (including Shepherd’s Lookout)
  • Swamp Creek Nature Reserve

In addition the Cotter Campground will be closed from 10:00am on Saturday 4 January 2020 for the remainder of the day.

These closures are in addition to the closed reserves and forests listed below:

  • Namadgi National Park (the Visitor Centre will be closed)
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will be closed)
  • Lower Cotter Catchment
  • Blue Range Forest
  • Pierces Creek Forest
  • Hyles and Sherwood Forest
  • Ingledene Forest
  • Uriarra Forest (not including picnic areas at Uriarra Crossing)
  • Googong Foreshores
  • Kowen Forest
  • Lower Molonglo River Corridor
  • Molonglo Gorge Nature Reserve
  • Mulligans Flat Sanctuary including Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve
  • Centenary Trail between Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve and Hall.

There is also a ban of naked flames across all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service’s managed estate, excluding Cotter Campground, until the end of March 2020.

Five campgrounds are now closed for the entire fire season. These are:

  • Woods Campground
  • Honeysuckle Campground
  • Orroral Campground
  • Mt Clear Campground
  • Blue Range Campground.

In an effort to accommodate recreational users, the Canberra Nature Park (other than Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves) and all pine forest areas (other than Kowen Forest) will remain open to the public during the early morning hours, however users are advised that they should leave these areas no later than 10:00am.

Electric barbeques provided in Canberra's urban parks will be available, however all gas barbeques will be turned off.

For up-to-date total fire ban declarations and more information about how they affect you, visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website, follow @ACT_ESA on Twitter or like ACT Emergency Services Agency on Facebook.

For more information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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