Parks Victoria was appointed as Committee of Management for the Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve on Thursday 31 August.

The reserve will be temporarily closed while Parks Victoria undertakes a hazards assessment for the land and will reopen during Summer 2017/18.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Regional Manager Public Land, Rod Anderson said: “This is an essential temporary step as Parks Victoria establishes the necessary management requirements for the reserve.”

“Signs will be installed at the reserve to notify visitors about the temporary closure.”

The decision to appoint Parks Victoria as the land manager will ensure future management of the reserve reflects both the needs and activities of the community and the conservation values of the reserve.

Parks Victoria already manages a diverse network of Nature Conservation Reserves across Victoria that are home to more than 4,300 native plant species and 948 native animal species.

Parks Victoria manages the nearby Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, and offers expertise in ecological and land management, public safety, fire management, and has extensive experience in community engagement.