PWS continues to lead recovery efforts at Friendly Beaches on the East Coast after fire severely damaged infrastructure at the popular campground.
To ensure public safety, the campground and day use area will remain closed over summer 2023-24 while works to stabilise the site and rebuild infrastructure takes place.
PWS Regional Manager (North) Donna Stanley said the 19 September fire destroyed almost every asset in the Isaacs Point campground, including two toilet blocks, the beach viewing platform, guideposts, fencing and signage.
“Public safety is our top priority, and we are carefully planning the rehabilitation of the site to ensure it retains the natural and cultural values that make it so special,” Mrs Stanley said.
“There remains a number of hazardous trees and large amounts of broken glass and rubbish that has been exposed through the fire. These, along with the burnt fences, toilets and waste pods, pose a risk to the public. The clean-up will take time.
“We thank the public for their patience while this important work is completed and ask them to continue to observe all signage and not enter the closed sites until it is declared safe to do so.”
PWS will continue to update the local community, tourism operators and stakeholders on plans to rebuild the infrastructure and aim to provide visitor access as soon as possible.
Areas will be reopened progressively as works are completed.
Freycinet Air Tasmania, the airstrip at Friendly Beaches and Freycinet Experience are still operating as normal as are businesses within Coles Bay.
Visitors to the East Coast are encouraged to choose alternative campgrounds such as Richardsons Beach and River and Rocks Campground for their stay.