North Coast parks suffer post-Debbie damage

National Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging people to check for updates to North Coast parks ahead of the school holidays following the recent storms and floods.

Ex-Cyclone Debbie devastated parts of the far north coast of New South Wales

There has been widespread damage to walking tracks, bridges and the road network to the state’s north coast national parks.

NPWS North Coast Regional Director Glenn Storrie said like everywhere else on the North Coast and South East Queensland, the parks have been damaged from the winds, rain and floods in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

“Our staff have focussed on assisting in the emergency response, post-cyclone clean up in local communities and assessing and clearing damage to our parks.
 
“While some parks, notably Wollumbin, Mt Jerusalem and parts of Border Ranges National Park, remain closed due to land slips, missing bridges, fallen trees and damage to walking tracks, the majority are open for the public to enjoy.

“We are very keen for the public to know that, due to the hard work of staff, the vast majority of recreational areas, including all accommodation and camping areas are open for them to experience.

“Camping in Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Koreelah, Mebbin, Toonumbar and Border Ranges national parks is a fantastic way to spend the holidays and interact with nature. Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park is extremely impressive at the moment.

“The Byron Coast Area reserves are open, following an enormous effort from staff to address and contain a landslip and the clearing of fallen timber.

“The popular Tweed Range Scenic Drive in Border Ranges National Park is closed due to landslips, boulders and subsidence. Sheepstation Creek campground is open.

“Significant damage to the Mount Warning Rd, sees Wollumbin National Park currently closed. There is damage on the Summit walking track and we direct people to stay away from this popular attraction until the area is reopened.

“We would encourage people to check the website for updates before visiting to ensure they have the most up to date information.

“All park closure information is updated here: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

“Inclement weather has a big impact on roads within our parks and we would urge visitors to heed all warning signs and drive with caution in muddy conditions.

“We are working hard to assess and fix the damage and have the remainder of the parks open for visitors as soon as possible. The safety and enjoyment of our visitors is paramount, and we ask that visitors respect the park closures and any warning signs” Mr Storrie said.

Photos for media: Ex-cyclone Debbie Cleanup  

Contact: Jacki Roberts