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When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

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When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

We just spent 3 weeks at Kingscliff. The closure of several walks was a major disappointment.

The reason we chose this area was the walks around Mt Warning, Binna Burra and Nightcap Ranges. Many walks were closed, including the climb of Mount Warning, the first walk on our list.

We will come back, but not until the walks re-open.

This situation must be devastating for the B&B's on the road into Mount Warning. A sign states that there is a minimum fine of $300 for those that enter the National Park. This indicates that the walk is expected to be closed for some time. Will the walk ever be re-opened? I never thought Mount Warning was a wilderness area!

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1. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

Hi Colin, its a shame people like you and me are denied access to these world heritage places. The 'National Parks' are an entity to themselves and they answer to nobody. They care little of the local hospitality trade and even less of you, the walker. If you combine the holier than thou attitude of National Parks with the fact that the Aborigines don't want you to climb Mt. Warning then the chances are good that this walk won't be opened

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2. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

I thought the track (and others) was closed because of damage...not any other reason.

this site seems to give a reasonably updated rundown plus a link to the mt warning track situation.

http://mtwarning.com/

Edited: 21 June 2013, 08:44
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Thanks Glenn and Lien,

I checked the link. The track is planned to be repaired, but there is no estimate on when this will occur. They also suggest a couple of alternate parks/walks. But the walk to Protestors Falls (Terrania Creek) is closed as is at least one other track in the Nightcap Ranges.

I hope the tracks open this year.

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4. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

Hi Colin D,

Like the web page says the tracks are closed for repairs following three flood events in the first half of 2013. Unfortunately there appears to be more extreme weather for the latter part of this weekend and early next week with similar rain event predicted. Not looking good for this year!!

What the web page doesn't tell you is the NPWS in common with many other state government departments has seen budgets cut and positions lost to the extent that there aren't any troops left to do the work in more isolated areas and not even enough to maintain basic services in the busy areas. Indeed at a management level I believe the coastal parks are managed from Narooma which is nice and handy to Mt Warning.

In common with Mt Warning many areas will be closed until the resources are available to remove trees and repair slips. Remember walking trails by their very nature are inaccessible to machines so nearly all the repairs and clearing has to be done by hand.

GlennW like all NSW government departments the once NPWS now the Dept of Conservation, Climate Change and Water, (or whatever it is called this week) answers to the Minister for the environment. The most junior portfolio in the current state parliament. Unlike most depts the NPWS has a series of advisory committees made up of local interest groups such as fishers, greenies, shooters, National Farmers Federation, even (shudder!) caravan/motor home clubs and individuals. You may like to nominate yourself for the next round?

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>>>like all NSW government departments the once NPWS now the Dept of Conservation, Climate Change and Water, (or whatever it is called this week) answers to the Minister for the environment. The most junior portfolio in the current state parliament. <<<

The National Parks and Wildlife Service still exists. It actually is part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the senior officer of Environment and Heritage reports into the Director General of that Dept.

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being totally surrounded by national parks our community has had the odd 'run in' with the service.

they do tend to think they are a law unto themselves but with a little persistence, logical argument and a lot of ministerial lobbying u can eventually make them see the light.

wanting to resume private land for a road to bypass 'endangered' vegetation that is listed on their own web site as a weed does not endear them to many.

and they are still living down the local park reduction burn they started in perfect conditions one winter's morning only to have 80km/hr westerlies that afternoon. and yes BOM had predicted that.

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7. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

And you're a bit closer to the seat of power, lien, if it's at Narooma, as OzRCFlyer says. They're probably on something down there. :)

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8. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

Still Patiently waiting on 'News' when the Mt. Warning climb will be re-opened ?

Any Indication ?

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9. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

There is a chance we could visit northern NSW again in October. However, there has been no update on the website other than clearing was expected to commence the end of April.

http://mtwarning.com/Newsletter.pdf

I'd love to climb Mt Warning in October. Otherwise, we will consider other destinations.

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10. Re: When will the Mount Warning walk re-open?

This is straight off the Mt warning website

Last update: 13/9/2013 12:24PM

The Wollumbin Mt Warning National Park clean up following the impacts of Cyclone Oswald are progressing well and it is expected that the majority of the park, including the Summit Walking Track will be reopened prior to the October long weekend, weather permitting. The Lyrebird Track and the toilets at Kurrumbyn Creek will remain closed

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