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    Minister for Environment and Multiculturalism
    The Honourable Lindy Nelson-Carr

    GOLDSBOROUGH PICNIC AREA RE-OPENS

    Minister for Environment and Multiculturalism
    The Honourable Lindy Nelson-Carr

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    GOLDSBOROUGH PICNIC AREA RE-OPENS

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has rebuilt and re-opened cyclone-damaged Goldsborough picnic area, south of Cairns.

    Environment Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr said the QPWS had worked hard to rebuild the picnic ground on the Mulgrave River after it was devastated by Cyclone Larry and flood waters from Cyclone Monica.

    “Falling trees were one of the many hazards rangers had to contend with in the state forest,” Ms Nelson-Carr said.

    “After Cyclone Larry, trees continued to fall in and around the forest nearly every day.

    “Rangers are removing the hazards and will continue to assess the area to ensure minimal risk to the public.”

    Ms Nelson-Carr said the camping area and walking track to Kearney’s Falls would stay closed until restoration work was completed.

    “We expect to reopen the camping area early next month,” she said.

    Member for Mulgrave Warren Pitt said Goldsborough Valley’s grassy picnic areas and cool river made it a popular spot for picnickers and campers, especially on hot summer weekends.

    “Unfortunately, the valley’s rainforest was devastated by Cyclone Larry – in places, less than 10 per cent of the canopy was left,” Mr Pitt said.

    “And if that was not bad enough, flood waters from Cyclone Monica and later rain carried fallen trees through the park, removing much of the fencing, tables and other structures.

    “QPWS rangers had to rebuild much of the site and it’s looking inviting again.”

    Ms Nelson-Carr said the QPWS brought in crews from southern Queensland to start the restoration work.

    Then workers from the Community Jobs Program assisted, and local QPWS rangers and contractors completed the remaining tasks of re-fitting the park.

    Media contact: Andie Gatti 3336 8002 (Minister Nelson-Carr’s office) or Warren Pitt 4056 3175