FUNDING SECURED FOR MT WARNING RESTORATION
Environment Minister Robyn Parker has assured Nationals MPs Thomas George & Geoff Provest that funds have been committed to restoring the track to the summit of Mount Warning, following the devastation caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. Work has already commenced.
Mr George & Mr Provest requested a meeting to reinforce the urgency and need to re-establish the track and was also attended by Tom Bagnat, Director Coastal Branch for National Parks and Wildlife Service. The cyclone has caused extensive damage to Mt Warning and 45 national parks in the Northern Rivers Region.
“I understand the Wollumbin/Mount Warning Summit walking track is a priority,” Minister Parker said.
“The money has been allocated and the work is underway with local staff. We are also bringing in a specialist track team from Tasmania.”
Minister Parker said the first step would be to construct a rudimentary track to the summit to restore access. Only when that was done would it be possible to fully assess the requirements for a new permanent track and to build it.
“There are limits to how quickly work can proceed because of the difficulty of the terrain,” she said.
“There’s a restriction on how many workers can actually be involved at any one time. But within those limits, work is progressing as quickly as possible.
“The necessary funds of up to $200,000 to immediately start the works have now been committed.
“Mr George and Mr Provest have made it very clear to me that Wollumbin/Mount Warning is a major tourist destination, and access to the summit is crucial for the local tourist economy.”
Minister Parker said consultation had occurred with the Wollumbin Aboriginal Consultative Group and would continue as necessary.