Bushfire-ravaged campground will remain closed this summer

Published: October 31, 2023

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in Tasmania is pulling out all the stops to repair the damage caused by a bushfire at a popular camping area last month.

A fire at Friendly Beaches on the East Coast destroyed almost all the infrastructure at the Isaacs Point campground, including two toilet blocks, the beach viewing platform, guideposts, fencing and signage.

PWS says the campground and day use area will remain closed throughout this summer while works to stabilise the site and rebuild infrastructure takes place.

PWS Regional Manager (North), Donna Stanley, said public safety was the top priority as the service carefully planned the rehabilitation of the site ‘to ensure it retains the natural and cultural values that make it so special’.

“There remains a number of hazardous trees and large amounts of broken glass and rubbish that has been exposed through the fire,” she said. “These, along with the burnt fences, toilets and waste pods, pose a risk to the public … the clean-up will take time.”

PWS said it aimed to provide visitor access as soon as possible and areas would be reopened progressively as works are completed.

“We thank the public for their patience while this important work is completed and ask them to continue to observe all signage and not enter the closed sites until it is declared safe to do so,” said MS Stanley.

Visitors to the East Coast are encouraged to choose alternative campgrounds such as Richardsons Beach and River and Rocks Campground for their stay.

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