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Wollumbin NP ‘a war zone’

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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.’


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  1. Perhaps the Environment Minister and the Director-General of NPWS should divert some of the $$’s that are being used to open up National Parks to hunters into repairing this iconic site. That one of the most highly visited NP’s in the country can languish for 6 months for want of $$’s is a travesty and a sad indictment both on the NSW Government and Regional management of NPWS!

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