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Namadgi national park—walking tracks
(Question No 1637)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2011:

(1) In relation to walking track maintenance at Namadgi National Park, who checks the walking tracks to assess their condition and how often are they checked with a view to requiring maintenance.

(2) How often are tracks cleared, in general.

(3) When were the tracks to Square Rock and Nursery Swamp last maintained.

(4) Is there a plan that outlines which tracks will undergo maintenance activities and when this will happen for (a) 2010-2011 and (b) 2011- 2012; if so, can the Minister provide the plan; if not, why not.

(5) What records does Parks Conservation and Lands (PCL) keep in regard to the usage of walking trails.

(6) Is there data available for the numbers of walkers and/or groups that use the walking tracks; if so, can the Minister provide this data for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11 to date.

(7) Is PCL aware of any incidences of walkers becoming lost due to poor track maintenance.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Park Ranger and Field staff check the condition of walking tracks within the Park to assess their overall condition and to program future maintenance work. Given the extensive nature of the walking track system within the Park and other competing priorities these inspections are scheduled to coincide with the delivery of other land management programs such as vertebrate pest and weed control programs.

(2) Walking tracks are generally cleared when inspected, depending on the extent and nature of material to be cleared. This, however, is dependent on weather conditions.

(3) Maintenance work was recently undertaken along Square Rock walking track with further work planned for implementation within the next two months. Once this program of works has been completed, maintenance work will then commence on the Nursery Swamp walking track.

(4) No. Overall walking track maintenance is undertaken on a ‘as required basis’ and forms part of individual ranger work programs. It is a component of other land management functions such as the delivery of bushfire operational activities, weed control and vertebrate pest management programs, along with the delivery of visitor services programs.

(5) There are visitor registration books located at the beginning of many walking tracks throughout the Park that enables visitors to record their details before commencing

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