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Maria Island temporarily closed due to flood damage


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that Maria Island National Park is closed until Monday 7 December to enable assessment of significant flood damage to infrastructure.  

Southern Region manager Ashley Rushton said that 150 mm of weekend rainfall damaged the island’s campground, roads, bridges and water supply.

 “Due to the extent of damage to the island’s facilities, particularly the visitor facilities at Darlington, visitors were removed yesterday and the island will remain closed until the damage can be assessed and repairs done,” Mr Rushton said.

 “A major flood event in the Darlington area cut off the water supply to all facilities in the Darlington precinct. The flood inundated the campground and scoured the main creek bed, carrying trees and branches out into the ocean precipitating a Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) advisory for mariners.  

“In particular the bridge at Bernacchi’s Creek, which provides access for visitors to Darlington, was damaged and a bridge that provides access to the southern part of the island was washed away.”

 PWS staff, including engineering and heritage advisors, will assess the damage as soon as possible and start repair work.

 “Our intention is to restore the facilities to a state where they are safe for public use as soon as possible, particularly as we’re getting close to the busy summer period,” Mr Rushton said.