January 16, 2021

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Wangetti Trail / Have Your Say

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Now is your time to provide feedback on the Wangetti Trail proposal. Public comment is due in by September 11, 2020.

Now is your time to provide feedback on the Wangetti Trail proposal. Public comment is due in by September 11, 2020.  

Image via Douglas Shire Council , Trail Concept Plan

The Wangetti Trail proposal is essentially a 100km dual purpose mountain bike and walking trail with campsites and privately operated  ‘eco lodge’ accommodation along the trail in several locations.  The concept is simple enough, but it is vital to note that it is located in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas, and in one of the more sensitive areas, the Black Mountain Corridor.   

There are complexities with several camping and lodge sites along the Trail with logistical support required for catering, rubbish removal, sewage disposal and emergency access. 

Image via Facebook

Concerned locals have drawn attention to a number of specific issues including:

  • the need for consideration for the endangered cassowary 
  • general feasibility was touched on but requires more in-depth risk analysis
  • the concept to traffic mountain bikes with riders of various ages and experience with hikers / trekkers is controversial in itself
  • natural disasters such as cyclones, torrential and monsoon rain, fire, and temperature will limit seasonal use
  • comparative scope, impact, delivery and operation  

It is essential for interested and concerned Douglas Shire residents to provide their feedback while they can.

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