National Parks Bounce Back from Bushfires
Significant rainfall has brought welcomed relief to firefighters and residents across The Mackay Region. The good news gets better, as several of the regions national parks are reopened.
In an announcement from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), many of the popular parks and forests across the region, including Eungella, Cape Palmerston, Cape Hillsborough and Cathu State Forest are now open again for visitors.
Rain has also seen Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) lift fire bans for the region.
Visitors and locals are being encouraged to take this opportunity to explore the newly reopened parks and help rejuvenate the local tourism areas.
General Manager of Mackay Tourism, Tas Webber, explained the condition of parks and forests across the region.
“I’m thankful that most of the region’s walking tracks have survived in quite good condition, and are looking as beautiful as ever”, he said.
“Safety is paramount so there are still some walking tracks closed, but parks including Cape Hillsborough, Cape Palmerston, Cathu, Crediton Mia Mia, Homevale and Eungella are now open for day use” continued Mr. Webber.
QPWS’ announcement coincides with the official launch of the 2019 Mackay Region Visitor Guide. Mr. Webber explained the importance of a reopened Eungella National Park.
“40,000 copies of the 2019 Mackay Region Visitor Guide have been printed and dispatched to accredited Visitor Information Centres throughout Queensland” revealed Mr Webber.
“On the front page and throughout the publication, Eungella is showcased from its stunning scenery, untouched wilderness and abundance of iconic wildlife encounters. The tourism industry is therefore delighted to hear the news of the parks reopening” he said.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Cr Greg Williamson said much of Eungella and Broken River has survived the bushfires.
“The Pioneer Valley remains a tourist icon and we really need our community to take time to explore the area and soak up the stunning scenery,” he said.
Cr Williamson was extremely proud of the community’s response to the bushfires and hoped for a similar response during the recovery.
“We support each other during tough times and I know our community will help the Pioneer Valley businesses to get back on their feet,” Cr Williamson said.
Visitors are advised to follow all onsite warnings and signs, and take care in bushfire affected areas. Information on park alerts and conditions, are available on the QPWS website at parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts.
More information about exploring The Mackay Region’s nature and wildlife experiences is available at www.mackayregion.com/play/natural-attractions.
Daniel Brown - Communications Officer
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Published: 12 December 2018