The closure of the Wollumbin Summit track will be extended to the end of March 2022 due to public safety risks associated with the summit walking track, and to allow further consultation with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.
An Aboriginal Place management plan has been completed, which formally sets out the Aboriginal community's advice on access to the summit and documents Wollumbin's significant Aboriginal cultural heritage values.
The plan was prepared in consultation with the Aboriginal community, including the Wollumbin Consultative Group which represents a range of Aboriginal groups and families with connection to Wollumbin and has been providing advice to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) since 2000.
The current temporary closure will be extended until 31 March 2022. Travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 Public Health Orders have impacted the ability to effectively engage with key stakeholders. The extension will provide sufficient time for this engagement to occur.
While this consultation process takes place, the NSW Government is investing in a range of visitor infrastructure across the region as part of the largest capital investment program ever undertaken in our national parks.
For example, the $7.35 million Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails project will provide a 4-day walk from Unicorn Falls to Minyon Falls with new and upgraded visitor facilities at key points along the trail. The first stage of the project at Minyon Falls will open to the public in spring 2021.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to engage with local stakeholders and the community through consultation as part of the future planning process.
To be notified about potential future consultation opportunities, please register your interest using the online form below.