Plans to fix severely damaged Wollumbin National Park
THE plans to re-open the severely damaged Wollumbin National Park will be outlined in a meeting at Uki.
Today tourism and business operators will meet to hear National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) explain the processes needed to get the damage cleared and the park made safe for visitors, before it can be re-opened.
NPWS Northern Rivers Regional operations co-ordinator John Fisher said ex-tropical cyclone Oswald created an expensive and long-term problem due the widespread damage over very steep and rugged terrain.
"The aim of the meeting is to keep the local business community informed of the challenges faced in re-opening Wollumbin and the Mount Warning summit track," Mr Fisher said.
"We are working to get Wollumbin National Park re-opened as quickly as possible and the meeting will outline our plans to re-open the park."
The findings of a geotechnical report will be discussed along with the expected time frame and cost for the repairs.
He said there had been extensive blow-downs of trees and a number of land slips across the eastern face of the mountain
"A major landslip has left a dramatic 30m wide scar more 200m long on the southern flanks of the mountain," Mr Fisher said.
An average more than 100,000 people visit Wollumbin/Mount Warning every year and while the closure may cause some frustration the Park however, remains dangerous and the closure is in the interests of public safety.