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Overland Track re-opens for walkers


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region manager Nic Deka said that the Incident Management Team managing the Lake McKenzie bushfire are confident that the risk to bushwalkers on the Overland Track has reduced significantly with recent rainfall and progress on containing the Lake McKenzie fire.

"Despite good rainfalls during the weekend, there are still fires burning in the proximity of the Overland Track, however there is no immediate threat," Mr Deka said.

"Walkers starting the walk on Wednesday, will be briefed of the bushfire situation and advised to be alert and prepared to change their plans if necessary.

"We’d like to thank those walkers who were inconvenienced by the week-long track closure for their understanding. About 100 walkers chose to take up the offer to walk the recently opened Three Capes Track (at no additional charge), while others deferred their departure and a number received a refund.

"We expect about 44 walkers will depart Cradle Valley on Wednesday for their Overland Track experience."

Visitors are urged to check the PWS website Track and Reserve Closures section and PWS Facebook page, as well as the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au for up to date bushfire information.  Road closures are listed on the Tas Alert website www.alert.tas.gov.au