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Stapylton Campground Closed
kieranl
7/06/2013
11:36:28 AM
This just popped into the inbox from Parks. No camping at Stapylton campground this weekend

Stapylton campground closure in the Grampians NP

Stapylton Campground in the northern section of the Grampians National Park is currently closed due to in-ground asbestos contamination.

Ranger in Charge David Roberts said the area was closed as a precaution for all activities, including camping.

“With recent rain and increased visitation to the area there has been some exposure of cement sheeting containing asbestos,” said Mr Roberts. “We are currently working through options to manage the site.”

The cement sheeting pieces came from an old building that was previously situated on part of the Stapylton campground area.

“We appreciate the patience of visitors while the area is closed and encourage people to camp in other areas around the park,” said Mr Roberts.

Stapylton Loop Walk and the popular Ngamadjidj Shelter remain open. The Loop walk can be accessed from Millers or Polhners Roads.

Troopers Creek, Plantation and Smiths Mill Campgrounds are also available in the Northern Grampians for camping or visit a local Visitor Information Centre for the many private campgrounds surrounding the Grampians National Park.

“There are plenty of other opportunities to get out and enjoy the spectacular Grampians National Park this long weekend and into winter,” said Mr Roberts.

For further information contact Parks Victoria at www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.

ajfclark
Online Now
7/06/2013
12:18:10 PM
I wonder how many are already enroute for the long weekend?
Access T CliffCare
7/06/2013
12:36:47 PM
On 7/06/2013 ajfclark wrote:
>I wonder how many are already enroute for the long weekend?
The plan is to have some information at the campground to capture those who may not be aware of it, and rock up late tonight and alerting them to some suitable camping nearby.

skegly
7/06/2013
2:43:11 PM
On 7/06/2013 kieranl wrote:
>This just popped into the inbox from Parks. No camping at Stapylton campground
>this weekend
>
>Stapylton campground closure in the Grampians NP
>
>Stapylton Campground in the northern section of the Grampians National
>Park is currently closed due to in-ground asbestos contamination.
>
>Ranger in Charge David Roberts said the area was closed as a precaution
>for all activities, including camping.
>
>“With recent rain and increased visitation to the area there has been
>some exposure of cement sheeting containing asbestos,” said Mr Roberts.
> “We are currently working through options to manage the site.”
>
>The cement sheeting pieces came from an old building that was previously
>situated on part of the Stapylton campground area.
>
>“We appreciate the patience of visitors while the area is closed and encourage
>people to camp in other areas around the park,” said Mr Roberts.
>
>Stapylton Loop Walk and the popular Ngamadjidj Shelter remain open. The
>Loop walk can be accessed from Millers or Polhners Roads.
>
>Troopers Creek, Plantation and Smiths Mill Campgrounds are also available
>in the Northern Grampians for camping or visit a local Visitor Information
>Centre for the many private campgrounds surrounding the Grampians National
>Park.
>
>“There are plenty of other opportunities to get out and enjoy the spectacular
>Grampians National Park this long weekend and into winter,” said Mr Roberts.
>
>
>For further information contact Parks Victoria at www.parks.vic.gov.au
>or call 13 1963.
>

I was heading up there in the morning with my 6 year old. Poo
fingernailsarepretty
22/08/2013
1:41:13 PM
is there any update on Stapylton campground?

Parks Vic website says still closed, I'm planning to head out that way mid September.

ajfclark
Online Now
22/08/2013
1:55:28 PM
It was certainly still closed as I drove past last night.

Given the amount of rain we've had recently, I imagine even more asbestos has been brought to the surface.

JimmyS
22/08/2013
2:01:50 PM
Copper Mine Track is quite a suitable replacement just a little further down the road
Notime to climb
9/11/2013
8:51:04 AM
Any update on the closure?

The park web is a little confusing? The message about the closure has gone and you can now access the Stapylton page:

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians-national-park/things-to-do/stapylton-campground2

The page notes: 'No change conditions apply' but when you view the current report it notes that Stapylton campground is closed with no detail of the asbestos closure?

Any updates from the field or is the re opening the best kept secret?

ajfclark
Online Now
9/11/2013
12:14:34 PM
I'm heading down that way in a hour or so. I'll pop past and check if I remember but I'd be quite surprised if it were open...
access t CliffCare
9/11/2013
1:16:14 PM
On 9/11/2013 ajfclark wrote:
>I'm heading down that way in a hour or so. I'll pop past and check if
>I remember but I'd be quite surprised if it were open...

Stapylton Campground is still closed and might possibly stay that way. It's a complicated situation and work and discussions have been ongoing - was never going to be a quick solution given the problem in the first place. I will have some more news on this over the next week or so but until it has been announced (or if), take it that it is still closed. Public will be advised if there is any change.

Cheers,
Tracey

nmonteith
9/11/2013
7:39:05 PM
I wandered around the site yesterday. Just a whole bunch of old area closed signs, falling apart temp fences and bits of asbestos on the ground. Clearly they have just abandoned it!

nmonteith
9/11/2013
7:39:53 PM
The kangaroos look hungry
patto
9/11/2013
8:35:02 PM
It seems that they have spent months scratching their heads and negotiating red tape. If this stuff is in the ground and mostly buried would it be cheap and easy to rebury it and be done with it?

But no. Common sense isn't allowed in bureaucracy....


(I recognise that cleaning up buried asbestos can be as expensive if not more so than dealing with non buried asbestos. I just have to roll my eye are bureaucracy though.)
Mbrooks
11/11/2013
3:14:21 AM
Useless burecrats, how many months does it take!
Wendy
11/11/2013
6:58:18 AM
One moment they are going to charge $50 a night to stay there, the next they are going to abandon it??? Glad they really know what is going down on the ground in their decision making.

JamesMc
11/11/2013
7:12:31 AM
No doubt they just don't have the budget to pay for it. Perhaps next financial year.


JamesMc

TooFatToClimb
29/07/2016
11:53:51 AM
Is the campground now open again? I have memories of reading a thread on here that it was reopened but a quick search has not revealed anything. The Parks Vic website has it listed as closed, so I'm assuming my memory is leading me astray. Can anyone confirm its status?

ajfclark
Online Now
29/07/2016
11:54:46 AM
Drove past Wednesday.

Still closed. Looks close to ready to go though.

TooFatToClimb
29/07/2016
1:35:07 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. I must be having some good dreams at the moment. It's good to hear that Stapylton might be opened up again soon though. Here's hoping your observations are correct!

ajfclark
Online Now
13/09/2016
8:04:09 AM
From CliffCare:
Stapylton Campground is due to open just before the September school holidays. Opening has been held up by the slow supply and delivery of the timber used in the remaining works in the campground. Stapylton was always seen as a group camping site and the new improved one will be no different in that regard. Group camping will have even more of a focus although with some separated communal areas rather than the one main one that was there before. Vehicle based camping will also be catered for.

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