Changed public access around Blowering Dam

Visitors to the picnic and camping areas on Blowering Dam’s western foreshore and motorists travelling from Talbingo to Batlow via Bago State Forest are being asked to plan ahead as some forest roads will be closed throughout the summer.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Harvesting Controller, Jason Laverty, said there will be temporary closures of some forest roads due to harvesting and haulage operations in local timber plantations during the summer months.

“We will have a large number of heavy log trucks hauling timber from pine plantations in Bago State Forest throughout the coming months, so we are closing several forest roads for the community’s safety while we complete this work,” Mr Laverty said.

“While we will have detours in place wherever possible, from October, there will be no access through the forest for through traffic from Talbingo to Batlow.

“While we recognise many people use the popular foreshore facilities during the warmer months, unfortunately the roads can’t be used by heavy vehicles during the winter so summer is the only opportunity we have to harvest this timber and supply it to local industry. We thank locals and visitors for their patience and understanding during this work.”

Closures are listed on Forestry Corporation’s website. From Monday 25 September 2017:

  • Yellowin Access Road will be closed from Blowering Camp Road to Snubba Road.
  • Blowering Camp Road will be closed from Yellowing Access Road to Poplar Road.
  • Foreshore Road will be closed from Blowering Camp Road to the Blowering Camp.

From 9 October 2017:

  • There will be no access through the forest from Talbingo to Batlow
  • Yellowin Access Road will be closed from Jounama Dam wall to Snubba Road.
  • Foreshore Road will be closed from Jounama Dam wall to Sandy Creek Road.
  • Sandy Creek Road will be closed from Foreshore Road to Yellowin Access Road.
  • Access to Blowering Dam foreshore north of the camp will be via two-way traffic on Sturgess and McDonalds trails.

Mr Laverty reminded visitors to pay attention to all signage in the forest.

“The State Forests surrounding Tumut provide free public camping areas, picnic facilities and walking, driving and riding trails. We try to balance this service with the need to supply the local timber industry. Sometimes for safety reasons we just can’t have recreation and operations happening in the same place at the same time,” Mr Laverty said.

“Help us keep you safe when you visit State Forests by following all speed limits and warning signs.”

Penalties apply for not complying with closure notices. For more information, contact Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Tumut office on 02 6947 3911.

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