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    Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Steve Dickson

    Hike new track to enjoy Mt Coolum views

    Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Steve Dickson

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Hike new track to enjoy Mt Coolum views

    National Parks Minister Steve Dickson officially re-opened the Sunshine Coast’s newest walking track today, Mt Coolum’s hugely popular summit walk.

    Mr Dickson joined some local school children for a tour of the new track and said the walk was already getting high praise.

    “It’s a steep walk, but the reward at the top is worth it,” Mr Dickson said.

    “Mt Coolum is an iconic Sunshine Coast destination for tourists and locals with views stretching to Maroochydore, Yandina and Noosa.

    “The Newman Government is committed to opening up Queensland’s beautiful National Parks for everyone to enjoy.

    “Now the 50,000-plus visitors who come to Mt Coolum each year will have safer walks on tracks which are much more environmentally sound.”

    Mr Dickson said the $525,000 upgrade was necessary to address safety and environmental concerns after the access route to the summit became seriously eroded.

    “Approximately 380 tonnes of rock was hand-placed during the project. Heli-lifts were used over four separate operations to carry 120 tonnes of rock up onto the steeper sections,” he said. 

    “More than 500 new rock steps have been constructed, as well as drains, passing bays, rock seats and viewing points, while eroded areas have been rehabilitated.

    “It will stop gullies forming after rain and ensure the track is sustainable for years to come.

    “The design and materials had to stand up to rigorous usage, while protecting the mountain habitat and other natural features.

    “Most of the track work is dry-stone construction with locally sourced rocks, while new signs help visitors to better enjoy the site.

    “We know people have been itching to try the whole walk, and their cooperation was appreciated while workers finished each phase.”

     Mr Dickson reminded visitors the 800m walk is for fit people wearing sturdy shoes or boots.

    People should always take bottled water, and allow an hour for the climb. More information is at

    [ENDS] 26 October 2012

    Media Contact: Anna Hilton 0408 191 192