Wollumbin National Park, together with its famed walk to the top of Mount Warning, could be closed for another six months after the havoc wreaked by ex-cyclone Oswald.
Two months after the storm hit, the catastrophic proportions have finally been made clear to the public as the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) struggles to address the damage.
Numerous trees have been torn ‘rootball and all’ from the base and strewn across the walking track and a 250-metre long landslip has blocked it in one section.
‘It’s pretty much a catastrophic event,’ said NPWS spokesperson John Fisher on ABC radio this morning. ‘The track has completely disappeared in some places,’ adding the lengthy repair works will be hazardous.
The walk to the summit usually attracts about 100,000 visitors a year. Mr Fisher said, ‘that brings with it a fair degree of economic return to the local community and we’re very concerned about that.’