Mt Warning re-opens three months ahead of schedule
POPULAR tourist spot Mt Warning reopened to the public on Tuesday, a whopping three months ahead of schedule.
Environment Minister Robyn Parker made the announcement at the bottom of the Wollumbin National Park yesterday.
"After being severely damaged by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January this year the NSW Government committed $200,000 to rebuild the popular 4.4km Wollumbin/Mount Warning Summit Track," Ms Parker said.
"The park was able to be re-opened ahead of schedule which will be welcome news to more than 100,000 visitors to the park each year."
About 10 tonnes of debris was cleared from the car park alone, which was wood chipped and used as mulch in nearby nature reserves including Marshalls Creek, Cudgen and Wooyung.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the Australia Day storm caused significant damage including extensive blow-downs of ancient trees and forest and landslips.
"The summit path has been re-routed in four separate locations due to the massive root-balls... blocking the path," he said.
He congratulated the contractors, some who came all the way from Tasmania, for their hard work.
Mt Warning restoration facts
- 50 tonnes of gravel was airlifted into the park by helicopter
- A team of ground staff have been working on the tracks since April 30.
- Most contractors were from the Northern Rivers
- The NPWS engaged specialist arborists who abseiled between the top of trees with a chainsaw to removed dangerous overhanging limbs.