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First river camping

The first of hundreds of new riverside camping spots coming are being named but the State Government is yet to confirm any sites along the Loddon River.

The Government said yesterday the sites were part of a 2018 election promise by the Labor Government to make sure Victoria is the best place for exploring the great outdoors, increasing access for camping on Crown Land, with new sites open for camping from Friday, with more to be added progressively in the coming weeks.

Up to 50 more will come online by the end of April, with newly available sites to be listed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website once they are identified as suitable for camping.

The new sites can be accessed by foot from designated parking areas around the townships of Seymour, Tallarook, Murchison and Molesworth. Future sites may be able to be accessed by vehicles, depending on location.

The sites are coming online gradually as part of a staged approach, following a comprehensive consultation process where more than 1,100 submissions were received on draft regulations.

Rigorous public land value assessments were conducted by DELWP to ensure the sites are safe – and are followed by Traditional Owner assessments of each site to ensure they are culturally appropriate for camping.

Further sites along the Goulburn, Broken, Ovens, Campaspe, Loddon, and Murray Rivers are currently being assessed for inclusion in the program.

The Government has been asked for comment and information on Loddon sites after the Loddon Herald was told many farmers had found government officials inspecting their farm river frontages in recent weeks.

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