NPWS HELO: The National Parks will be using a helicopter to get equipment up to Gulaga Mountain. GULAGA National Park will be closed on Monday, October 26 when a helicopter will be used to winch in equipment needed to upgrade walking tracks and to do an aerial survey of invasive weeds.
National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Nadia Ross said significant track upgrades would make the network safer for visitors, prevent damage to the environment and protect culturally significant sites in the park.
“Essential repair works will be carried out with the local Aboriginal Green Army and include stabilising the track surface, constructing stone steps, timber walkways and platforms, removing slip hazards and installing drainage,” Ms Ross said.
“The materials being winched in are for the steep 1.3km Saddle to Summit section of track on Gulaga Mountain, a culturally significant place for the local Aboriginal peoples.
“These planned upgrades will create a designated walkway around these sites minimising potential damage and encroachment onto these areas.
“Today marks the start of this project, overseen by the Gulaga National Park Board of Management, who want to see a high-quality trail system through the park that increases visitor’s respect for Gulaga Mountain.
“The upgrades are expected to take a number of months and will be done alongside appropriate interpretation and signage to protect culturally sensitive areas sacred to the local Yuin peoples.
“There are a number of sites significant for the Yuin people quite close to the existing track and ideally these areas should not be visited without a Yuin guide”, she said.
The scale of the work being done to restore Gulaga National Park since it was handed back to traditional owners in 2006 reflects the importance of the area to the Yuin people and the wider community.
Under the Board’s guidance the park is becoming more accessible for visitors and will see extensive bush regeneration, all while increasing respect and protection for its cultural significance to the community.
The Park is expected to re-open on Tuesday, October 27, however visitors are advised to check 老站出售nationalparks.nsw.gov备案老域名 for information on park closures.
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