On 6-Oct-2018 kieranl wrote:
>My understanding is that the track is closed primarily because of cultural
>site sensitivity. There is more than one cultural site in this area. A
>look at the topography shows why it would have been prime real estate :
>a sheltered rocky hillside just above a swampy, narrow valley with a major
>river flowing through it.
>Don't be under any illusion that taking a 4WD detour that avoids the gate
>somehow avoids the "Road Closed" status. This sort of sophistry really
>irks the people trying to manage the place.
Again correct. This isn't doing the climbing community any favours. Quite the opposite.
A snippet from the CliffCare website Victoria Range. This was from 2014 after the fires. Nothing has changed.
All cliffs in the Victoria Range are now open for climbing. There has been a change of access details for cliffs along the Emu Foot Track (Jawananji jawa). These include the climbing areas Eureka Wall, Lost World,Red Sail, Gondwanaland and Weirs Creek.The track is now a Management Vehicle only track which means you must park outside of the gate and walk to the cliffs.Due to climber feedback and discussions, PV are currently reassessing this decision to come to a better outcome for climbers. Please respect all current closures though
Also remember that while the Victoria Range cliffs may be open for climbing, many of them are still in a delicate state. Take care by keeping on established tracks. Organizing large groups to head into these areas is not advisable and will only promote further erosion. Over promoting the Vic Range is probably not the best course of action. Beside itís recent natural event, the Vic Range has the highest concentration of Indigenous sites in the Grampians and in Victoria. It is a delicate relationship we share with the land managers and the indigenous community. And it deserves respect. Itís all about common sense. A softer approach is the better long term option for the Victoria Range.