Police remind community to stay ‘Snow Safe’

NSW Police are reminding the community to stay snow safe, as a low-pressure system brings cold, wet and windy conditions to the Snowy Mountains region.

With snow falls expected to reach towns throughout the region from tomorrow (Friday 7 August 2020), police are again reminding the community to drive to the conditions and prioritise safety on the roads.

Monaro Police District Commander, Superintendent Paul Condon, said police will continue to be out in force ensuring the safety of the community.

“Our priority is to keep people safe – on the slopes, roads, licensed venues and out and about in the alpine region,” Supt Condon said.

“Snowfield conditions can be difficult to navigate so we’d like to remind everyone to prioritise safety on your journey – pay close attention to the roads, don’t get distracted and slow down.”

Superintendent Condon is also reminding the community that ‘snow play’ is not permitted during the 2020 snow season.

“This year we have had the added complexities of COVID-19, and we are continuing to work closely with health and resort operators to ensure the safety of the community,” Supt Condon said.

“Any visitors to the National Park will need to either have a valid lift pass from a ski resort or have a trip intention form lodged with the National Parks and Wildlife Service for the purpose of back country hiking, skiing or snow shoeing.

“Police are reminding the public to continue to adhere to restrictions and ensure they observe physical distancing guidelines.”

Anna Andrews, Director Operations, Regional and Outer Metropolitan said Transport for NSW is working closely with NSW Police and will have additional portable road safety signage and road crews in the area.

“Road crews will be monitoring the road conditions closely and also checking tickets at the entrance to the Kosciuszko National Park to ensure all vehicles hold a valid pass,” Ms Andrews said.

Further information on driving in snowfield conditions can be found by visiting the Centre for Road Safety website: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/index.html

For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Hikers can contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre for more information or visit: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or www.environment.nsw.gov.au.

For general snow safety tips when visiting alpine regions, as well as useful links you can access: https://snowsafe.org.au/

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