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Mayor: Grampians ‘open for business’

A municipal leader fearing the negative economic impact of a fire in the Grampians has urged people to continue supporting businesses operating on the fringe of the national park.
Northern Grampians Shire mayor Cr Wayne Rice, with memories of a similar circumstance in the mid-2000s, stepped up the call as fire-fighters restricted the Victoria Range blaze to containment lines.
Cr Rice said most areas of Grampians, particularly in the popular northern part of the park, remained a tourist haven and ‘open for business’.
“The big difference between this fire and some others is that this fire has burnt a lot of relatively inaccessible bushland and to some degree more isolated areas in the southern Grampians,” he said.
“It’s business as usual in the northern part of the Grampians and we are keen to reassure visitors that they will be safe if they visit,” he said.
Cr Rice said Halls Gap had been in a similar situation in the past when fires in other parts of the national park led to a downturn in tourism.
“We don’t see this happen again, especially considering the Grampians National Park covers a huge area and the fire is at the other end of the park,” he said.

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Posted on Feb 27 2013

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