The ACT's Namadgi NP has come a long way since more than 80 percent of it was left devastated by the Orroral Valley fire.
However most of the closed areas have reopened well ahead of the original timeline of September 2023, including some areas worst hit in January and February last year.
However, the Yankee Hat Rock Art Site remains closed as ACT Parks and Conservation Service rangers work on upgrades to the site with the Ngunnawal people. The Orroral Campground and some surrounding roads also remain closed.
The areas re-opening include:
- Mt Tennant and the Australian Alps Walking Track
- Honeysuckle Ridge, including the campground and Booroomba Rocks
- Orroral Valley, Nursery Swamp, the Geodesic Dome and the tracking station
- The Bimberi Wilderness Area
Almost two-thirds of Namadgi has been open since July last year.
Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said many hands had made light work of the restoration projects, and he encouraged the Canberra community to get back out into the Park and experience the areas that have been closed.
“Our teams have worked hard to make the park safer for the community to get back into the Park well ahead of schedule, with a focus on critical issues with infrastructure and along public roads into the park,” Mr Gentleman said.
“Recovery work was able to progress faster than originally anticipated thanks to a combination of favourable weather conditions and the hard work of the recovery team, Roads ACT and various volunteer groups from within the community.
“The Yankee Hat Rock Art Site remains closed as we work on upgrades to the site with the Ngunnawal people to integrate their values, lore and knowledge into this work. This will take some time, but it is important that we have new infrastructure, signage and experiences that respects and values the Ngunnawal culture and celebrates the cultural significance of this site.”
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