Great Ocean Road – Parks Victoria update

The recent weather and high rainfall has resulted in the closure of some visitor areas, tracks and campgrounds in parks across the State’s North and West for visitor safety.

Only a small number of parks are completely closed. Most parks across the state remain open, however some tracks, campgrounds, lookouts and access roads may be closed.

Please check for parks affected by flooding here; http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/parks-affected-by-flooding. Information is listed on individual park pages. Use the “Find” navigation button in the top menu bar to search for your nearest park.

The Great Ocean Road remains closed between Cumberland River and Wye River until further notice due to severe structural damage to the roadway, which may fall away under vehicle load.

The section of the Great Ocean Road between Wye River and Skenes Creek is now open to traffic with vehicle restrictions (please find the attached maps).

The road remains closed between Wye River and Separation Creek, due to major landslide issues at Paddy’s Path.  For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.

 

 

 

 

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Hello everybody,

Our committee has been very active and, like everybody else, have been trying to keep across all the information and “best guess” what tourism will look like in both the short and long term.

We are also acutely aware of the reality that none of us now has any work.

Hopefully, some would have been able to access Jobskeeper or at least Jobseeker?

An important part of what we are doing is communication

We have already contacted Federal, State Tourism Ministers and other tourism bodies outlining the current situation with our members.

We have also now contacted over 100 operators recognising their situations and that our industry will have to gradually rebuild and that we look forward to proactively rebuilding our tourism industry with them.

Some of you would have heard our new “media star” Michelle Brown on Melbourne’s most popular morning radio talkback shows on ABC and 3AW recently? Michelle certainly was able to promote the role of guides and our Association.

We have formed a sub-committee to specially look at a communication strategy going forward

Thanks to James McFarlane, Katy Pavlova Tien Nguyen for accepting this challenge.

In a short- time they have produced a really comprehensive and exciting plan.

The targets are you, the existing members, non- member guides, Tour operators and Industry, Government and Tourism Boards and, importantly, travellers.

* We will take immediate steps to update /align our webpage to our new plan.

* You will soon see case studies some of your colleagues “promoted” on IGTV and Facebook through a You Tube channel. We are looking for more volunteers to be involved -let us know if you are interested office@ptgaa.org.au.

* We will have regular/scheduled communication with Government and Tourism Boards.

We will load this plan to the member section of our website. Comments are welcome

Membership Fees

In recognition of the support of current members and the challenging times we are now in , we have decided to extend all current memberships to June 2021.

We also plan to offer non- members guides and operators access to limited member category for a short time that will enable us to engage and communicate PTGAA information. This could convert to full membership/ support for PTGAA and more opportunities for our members.

Other Links

Thank you to members who have provided information and useful links for us.

Linda Monmouth has provided a link to very inexpensive courses ($8) at University of Queensland Business School  here

Birgittta March -a link to birds of Australia here. A great resource with links to all regions of Australia.

Susan Rees – an important link to a 30 minute COVID 19 infection control training – recommended for us all to do here

Leanne Saward who has prepared a comprehensive statistical snapshot of Traveller FAQs.  It will be a very valuable resource for us all.  It has been added in the Member Resources section or click here.

Tourism Australia Webinars

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PTGAA COVID Guidelines

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