Steve MacDonald Qld Dept.Local govt & planning
Photo: John Augusteyn 2011 Tracks & Trails Conference QLD State of the Trails 2011 Tracks & Trails Conference QLD State of...
Steve MacDonald  Qld Dept. Local govt. & Planning <ul><li>SEQ Active Trails Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>SEQ Outdoor Recreat...
Department of Environment & Resource Management Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) An overview: <ul><li>Severe wea...
Since December, floods and cyclones have damaged tracks, campgrounds, roads and other infrastructure in Queensland’s parks...
Worst floods in decades affect half the state + Category 5 cyclone sweeps across the northern part of the state Recipe for...
50% of Queensland’s 279 national parks were closed or partly closed by flooding or Cyclone Yasi * Significant biodiversity...
1.7 million hectares of parks and forests affected by Cyclone Yasi
Flooding across central, southern and western Queensland in December/January closed parks and damaged park roads, tracks a...
Lawton Road, D’Aguilar NP
Normally Bald Rock Creek, Girraween NP
Main swimming hole, Girraween NP Normally
22 February 2011: Tropical Cyclone Yasi hit the Queensland coast near Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell <ul><li>Mission Be...
Forest foliage was devastated and a tsunami affected park infrastructure  Lacey Creek, Mission Beach
Mackay Highlands Great Walk
Whitsunday Great Walk
Murray Falls camping area, Girramay NP
<ul><li>Tropical Cyclone Yasi, the aftermath </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered southern cassowary </li></ul><ul><li>Cardwell Ra...
Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Centre
Cardwell, looking towards Tully <ul><li>QPWS park assets </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure valued at more than $1.2B </li><...
Mission Beach
Murray Falls, Girramay NP
<ul><li>Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk </li></ul><ul><li>Built in tropical rainforest damaged  by Cyclone Larry 2006 </li></u...
Elevated walkway
Forest walk
Cantilever roof, elevated walkway
<ul><li>Cassowary habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi wreaked havoc on the endangered southern cassowar...
Feed stations have been established
Fruit has been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations
Remote sensor cameras have been installed at feeding stations to monitor how the birds are using the stations and watch fo...
Feeding stations are moved and alternated to encourage natural foraging
<ul><li>The clean-up </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS focus is fixing the damage so we can welcome back our visitors </li></ul><ul><...
 
 
<ul><li>When the going gets tough </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS staff supported the community clean-up at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
 
Community, recovery and evacuation centre, Gatton
Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane
Goodna, Ipswich
Lockyer Creek Rd, Helidon
Council depot, Rockhampton
Grantham, Australia Day
QPWS Priorities Reinstate infrastructure, access and fire and pest management programs on QPWS managed protected areas Sup...
<ul><li>Current status;  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NDRRA funding  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 million over 3 yrs </li></ul><...
<ul><li>162 national parks were affected by the extreme weather events </li></ul><ul><li>147 of these have been re-opened ...
National Parks impacted by disasters
Milestones  – Park Infrastructure Environmental Line of Reconstruction – Activity Report  Aug. Timeframe Status Planning N...
<ul><li>2008 T & T report </li></ul><ul><li>1700 km of terrestrial walking track  (Sams data - Strategic Asset Management ...
Photo: John Augusteyn <ul><li>majority tracks occur in southern and northern Qld  </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS adopting new Walk...
Track tenures in QPWS
<ul><li>BWQ & 4WD MoU - ‘Adopt-a-track’ </li></ul><ul><li>TiMBA MTB private inititive in Atherton with interagency support...
 
 
<ul><li>Floods and cyclones are part of the Australian landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Forest renewal follows tree falls </li>...
 
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  1. 1. Steve MacDonald Qld Dept.Local govt & planning
  2. 2. Photo: John Augusteyn 2011 Tracks & Trails Conference QLD State of the Trails 2011 Tracks & Trails Conference QLD State of the Trails
  3. 3. Steve MacDonald Qld Dept. Local govt. & Planning <ul><li>SEQ Active Trails Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>SEQ Outdoor Recreation strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Qld Cycle strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Qld Greenspace strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory Regional Planning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Department of Environment & Resource Management Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) An overview: <ul><li>Severe weather events across Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>Affected parks – floods </li></ul><ul><li>Ground Zero – Yasi </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS disaster response </li></ul><ul><li>Re-opening our parks </li></ul><ul><li>Tracks & Trails update </li></ul>
  5. 5. Since December, floods and cyclones have damaged tracks, campgrounds, roads and other infrastructure in Queensland’s parks Girraween NP
  6. 6. Worst floods in decades affect half the state + Category 5 cyclone sweeps across the northern part of the state Recipe for disaster Tully Heads
  7. 7. 50% of Queensland’s 279 national parks were closed or partly closed by flooding or Cyclone Yasi * Significant biodiversity values inundated by flooding (1-20 Jan 2011) Park entrance, Girraween NP
  8. 8. 1.7 million hectares of parks and forests affected by Cyclone Yasi
  9. 9. Flooding across central, southern and western Queensland in December/January closed parks and damaged park roads, tracks and infrastructure Bill Goebel bridge, Girraween NP
  10. 10. Lawton Road, D’Aguilar NP
  11. 11. Normally Bald Rock Creek, Girraween NP
  12. 12. Main swimming hole, Girraween NP Normally
  13. 13. 22 February 2011: Tropical Cyclone Yasi hit the Queensland coast near Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell <ul><li>Mission Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Tully </li></ul><ul><li>Cardwell </li></ul>
  14. 14. Forest foliage was devastated and a tsunami affected park infrastructure Lacey Creek, Mission Beach
  15. 15. Mackay Highlands Great Walk
  16. 16. Whitsunday Great Walk
  17. 17. Murray Falls camping area, Girramay NP
  18. 18. <ul><li>Tropical Cyclone Yasi, the aftermath </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered southern cassowary </li></ul><ul><li>Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Fallen trees, forests stripped of leaves and infrastructure damaged in many parks, especially around Cardwell and Innisfail </li></ul><ul><li>Even Boodjamulla NP! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Centre
  20. 20. Cardwell, looking towards Tully <ul><li>QPWS park assets </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure valued at more than $1.2B </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 kilometres of roads and firebreaks, </li></ul><ul><li>134 camping areas, </li></ul><ul><li>129 day-use facilities, </li></ul><ul><li>2,200 kilometres of walking tracks. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Mission Beach
  22. 22. Murray Falls, Girramay NP
  23. 23. <ul><li>Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk </li></ul><ul><li>Built in tropical rainforest damaged by Cyclone Larry 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Cyclone Yasi caused less damage </li></ul><ul><li>Walkway re-opened one week later </li></ul><ul><li>Some visitors think the views are even better! </li></ul>Elevated walkway
  24. 24. Elevated walkway
  25. 25. Forest walk
  26. 26. Cantilever roof, elevated walkway
  27. 27. <ul><li>Cassowary habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi wreaked havoc on the endangered southern cassowary’s habitat </li></ul><ul><li>The Cassowary Response Team implemented supplementary feeding to help affected birds </li></ul>
  28. 28. Feed stations have been established
  29. 29. Fruit has been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations
  30. 30. Remote sensor cameras have been installed at feeding stations to monitor how the birds are using the stations and watch for dog and wild pig activity
  31. 31. Feeding stations are moved and alternated to encourage natural foraging
  32. 32. <ul><li>The clean-up </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS focus is fixing the damage so we can welcome back our visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Rangers working hard to re-open our disaster-affected parks </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor safety is a priority </li></ul><ul><li>By Easter most parks were open for business! </li></ul>
  33. 35. <ul><li>When the going gets tough </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS staff supported the community clean-up at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brisbane </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ipswich </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lockyer Valley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardwell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rockhampton </li></ul></ul>
  34. 37. Community, recovery and evacuation centre, Gatton
  35. 38. Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane
  36. 39. Goodna, Ipswich
  37. 40. Lockyer Creek Rd, Helidon
  38. 41. Council depot, Rockhampton
  39. 42. Grantham, Australia Day
  40. 43. QPWS Priorities Reinstate infrastructure, access and fire and pest management programs on QPWS managed protected areas Support and facilitate recovery of disaster-affected nature refuges An overview:
  41. 44. <ul><li>Current status; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NDRRA funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 million over 3 yrs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 million (25%) by Qld </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40 temporary rangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>infrastructure replacement </li></ul></ul>
  42. 45. <ul><li>162 national parks were affected by the extreme weather events </li></ul><ul><li>147 of these have been re-opened (90%), 12 partially open & 3 remain closed. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of private contractors to undertake repairs remains an issue </li></ul><ul><li>255 “Restoration of Essential Public Asset” projects </li></ul><ul><li>Training for the new QLDRA NDRRA procedures are being held </li></ul><ul><li>Work slowed by further wet ground conditions. </li></ul>QPWS park update
  43. 46. National Parks impacted by disasters
  44. 47. Milestones – Park Infrastructure Environmental Line of Reconstruction – Activity Report Aug. Timeframe Status Planning NDRRA Applications prepared. June 11 40% Response Phase Initial clean up for access and assessment July 11 87% Identify & assess key tourism & recreation sites / facilities May 11 161 sites identified Engage with tourism & recreation stakeholders July 11 In progress Recovery Phase Restoration works completed March 13 6% Mitigation Phase Assessment of future damage mitigation options completed June 13 40% End Recovery Activity Project variations submitted Completion reports submitted Asset management records updated June 13 0% 0% 4%
  45. 48. <ul><li>2008 T & T report </li></ul><ul><li>1700 km of terrestrial walking track (Sams data - Strategic Asset Management System +/- 30%) </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t include numerous multi-use, 4WD/2WD scenic drives/travel routes and marine and freshwater boat/canoe trail routes. </li></ul>QPWS Walking tracks AS 2156.1 Class 1  21 Class 2 55 Class 3 372 Class 4 1427 Class 5 241 Class 6 94   Total Walking Tracks 2210K Note – excludes multi-use trails & management roads which allow recreational access
  46. 49. Photo: John Augusteyn <ul><li>majority tracks occur in southern and northern Qld </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS adopting new Walking Track classification </li></ul><ul><li>majority track in AS Class 3 & Class 4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>due to the historical development of the track system in the parks Near Brisbane, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentration of protected area in the wet tropics around Cairns and in south-east Queensland. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close to urban populations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other agencies Wyaralong Dam – opened July 2011 – MTB & multi-use – 45k+ Rail trail network (multi-use) – new approvals more trails </li></ul>Track snapshot
  47. 50. Track tenures in QPWS
  48. 51. <ul><li>BWQ & 4WD MoU - ‘Adopt-a-track’ </li></ul><ul><li>TiMBA MTB private inititive in Atherton with interagency support </li></ul><ul><li>New/revised policies - MTB, Cliff based, Competitive Events, Geocaching </li></ul><ul><li>QPWS multi-use trail signage </li></ul><ul><li>Parks Outdoor Recreation Forums </li></ul>Murray Falls, Girramay NP TVM update
  49. 54. <ul><li>Floods and cyclones are part of the Australian landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Forest renewal follows tree falls </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife breed in good seasons </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical rainforest has evolved to survive such impacts; some pioneer saplings have waited 20 years for this chance to reach the sunlight! </li></ul><ul><li>So unsightly damage does not last long </li></ul><ul><li>Last year’s floods out west saw the return of plant species not seen for decades </li></ul>Photo: Robert Ashdown
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