Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara Greenways

Southern Flinders Ranges from New Campbell HillThe ownership and management of the Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forests may soon change, following the Mid North Forests Future Strategy which commenced after the devastating bushfires of 2013 and 2014.

The State Government is proposing to use the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists. This will create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties.

We have some concerns with regard to the proposed changes, which we have outlined in our submission below. Our main concerns relate to the proposed change to the route in Bundaleer that removes the section walked from Curnow’s Hut to New Campbell Hill and consequently removes the extensive views across the Spencer Gulf as well as extending the distance.

Submit your feedback via yoursay.sa.gov.au/greenways by COB Monday 12 June 2017.

Our first End to End Maintenance program weekend

Adrian Rogers, one of the team of Maintenance volunteers, replacing a marker plate in the Deep Creek Conservation Park

The Friends new End to End Maintenance program commenced on the Mother’s Day weekend with a two day camp based at Cape Jervis.  Twelve volunteers plus the section leader Albert Schmidke and his colleague, Richard Triggs worked on the Trail between Cape Jervis and Tapanappa in Deep Creek Conservation Park.

The weather was perfect for maintenance work although the chill breeze later in the afternoon was piercing.  As a result we had two full days of hard work maintaining the trail.  There was plenty of pruning, plating and posting – large amounts of undergrowth needed to be cut back, many old plates had faded and needed to be replaced and several new marker posts were erected to help walkers on their way.

As a result, the first two sections on the trail are in good order and ready for the onslaught from End to End 12 this coming weekend.

Working through two End to End sections in the one weekend proved to be a considerable challenge.  While the team coped very well and the majority of the planned maintenance work was completed, some sections were a little light on as far as pruning is concerned.

The team celebrated on the Saturday night with a very pleasant dinner in the Cape Jervis Tavern.  Seven local guests attended the dinner in an effort to build relationships with local communities.  Their responses were very positive which suggests that this initiative may assist us to enhance the reputation of the Trail and generate positive local interest.

Overall the feedback from all of the volunteers and our dinner guests has been very positive. We have received several constructive suggestions about how we can improve arrangements for our maintenance next camp to be held on June 17 and 18..

For that trip we will be moving along the trail from Tapanappa to Waitpinga. If you are interested in joining the maintenance group for that weekend, you can check the details and register via the Walk Calendar on our website.

For more information on the End to End Maintenance can be found in this bulletin

More trees on the Heysen Trail – thank you to our volunteers.

 

Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped plant trees on the Heysen Trail. The efforts of the Greening Committee and volunteers since 2013 are visible in a number of locations along the trail.

As an example of their work, the trees planted at Worlds End a few years ago can now actually be seen along the road at Duttons Trough (south of Burra).

Most of the trees are still only about knee high but they are starting to stand out from the other roadside vegetation.  The best of the trees is scarcely large enough to hide behind (although the photo shows Neil is having a good try!). It has almost doubled in size over the last twelve months.

Our tallest tree, the Worlds End Wonder, is 1.75m and has shot up recently.

The good rains we’ve had over the last 12 months have helped, but the trees have also benefited from special care and supplemental watering provided by the Greening Committee.

In addition to Duttons Trough, the Greening Committee has also managed plantings at Centennial Drive in the Mount Crawford Forest, Hiskeys Hut and along the Bundaleer Channel reserve south of  Spalding.

This year we are planting at Lights Pass on the Lavender Federation Trail.

Thanks again to the Greening volunteers and End to End walkers who have helped. Your efforts will be appreciated by walkers in the years ahead.

 

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – May 1-5, 2017

The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017.

As this coincides with the end of the Fire Danger season in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire District, walkers are advised to delay their plans to walk on this section of the trail.

The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.

Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.

The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.

If you have any enquiries, please call Megan Harper at the Willunga Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8550 3408

Registrations have opened for the first End to End Maintenance Weekend

 

Registrations have opened for the first Heysen Trail End to End Maintenance (E2EM) week-end to be held at Cape Jervis on 13th & 14th May.

If you are interested in helping out on the trail, you can register on the Friends website in the same way as you would for a walk.

We appreciate the contribution you will be making to maintaining the trail, so registration is free.

You may have already seen the earlier news item on End to End Maintenance weekends. If not, check it out now to find out more about the program.

There will be more End to End Maintenance week-ends throughout the walking season. These are now listed on the walks program on the website.

If you want any more information on the weekends, please contact the Office.

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail at Jupiter Creek Diggings

There is temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of the Jupiter Creek Diggings site.

The Diggings site has been temporarily closed due to storm damage which has raised safety concerns about some of the mine shafts. Repair work is being undertaken to restore the area.

As a result there is a 3.5 kilometre re-route between Rowe Road on the northern side of the diggings and Kuipto Forest.

Trail closure signs have been erected at both ends of the trail. Please follow the Heysen Trail markers along the re-route.

The Diggings are located west of Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. The site can be found on Map 3.1 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guide and also on the Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2A.

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in Cleland Conservation Park

Parts of the Heysen Trail in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area.

The timing of the burn will depend on suitable weather conditions but DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as Thursday 23rd March 2017.

The burn area includes several tracks that form part of the Heysen Trail, namely the Lodge Track and the Wine Shanty Track (eastwards through to the intersection with Nilee Track).

To ensure the safety of walkers, DEWNR are proposing to close these tracks to the public on the day of the burn and the following day.

DEWNR will redirect walkers walking in a northerly direction to use the Gurra Track out to Mt Lofty Summit Rd and then take the Yerang Track to rejoin with Wine Shanty Track (and vice versa in the southerly direction).

The day after the burn walkers will be able to use the Nilee Track to rejoin the Wine Shanty Track.

DEWNR will endeavour to erect signs in the vicinity to re-direct walkers.

 

End-to-End Maintenance Weekends

Commencing in 2017 we will be rolling out a new maintenance program for the Heysen Trail aimed at:

  • Maintaining the Heysen Trail at a consistent, high standard;
  • Assisting section leaders with their maintenance responsibilities;
  • Developing our relationships with landholders and others along the trail;
  • Providing FOHT walkers with a different rural weekend experience.

The Concept

  • A specific schedule of weekend trips each month of the walking season;
  • Involving small groups of up to 10 volunteers per weekend.
  • Provides a maintenance program for the whole trail over a five year cycle;
  • Focus on trail basics – signage, stiles, obstacles (eg rocks, fallen trees);

Individual Requirements

  • Basic handyperson skills are desirable, not essential (training can be provided);
  • A good level of physical fitness and willingness to participate.

Participation

  • Aim to share the load between a larger group of volunteers so that individuals (particularly leaders) would attend just one or two weekends per year;
  • Section leader involvement is keenly sought;
  • Accommodation allowance and Saturday night meal will be provided by FOHT

What next

Early in the New Year, you will be able to view maintenance walks program in our Walks Calendar under the new walk grade End-to-End Maintenance.

If you would like to be involved, or have an interest, please contact the Heysen Trail office.

Park Closure – 24/11/2016 to 1/12/2016 Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park)

across the Gulf

Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park) will be closed from 6am Friday, 24 November 2016 to 6pm Thursday, 1 December 2016.

The purpose of the park closure is to ensure the safety of the public during a pest control program within the parks during the period indicated.

The Heysen Trail passes along the eastern edge of these parks. Hence do not divert from the Heysen Trail and attempt to enter these parks at those times. The Go Cart Track Shelter is alongside the Heysen Trail and within the Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, so this shelter may be closed during these times.

The Heysen Trail in areas outside of conservation parks, forests and public roads are currently closed anyway due to the Fire Danger Season beginning in the Flinders on 4th November 2016.

The parks are north of Crystal Brook and to the west of the Wirrabara Forest.

For Heysen Trail (HT) users:

  • Napperby Block is on HT Map Sheet 5B
    or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.5
  • Telowie Gorge CP is on HT Map is Sheet 5B & 6A
    or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.6-2.7.
  • The Go Cart shelter is on HT Map Sheet 6A
    or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.7

Read more on the National Parks closure page.

Night time caution on the Heysen Trail due to feral cat control in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

642310-89230a6c-e9e5-11e3-9fa0-1bddff48c580A number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will be closed each night over the next 11 months.

The purpose of the extended closures is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums.

The evening closures commence on Thursday, 3 November 2016 and will continue through to Saturday, 30 September 2017.

As daylight hours vary over the period of the control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:

  • Thursday, 3 November to Wednesday, 30 November 2016                  8.30pm to 5am
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2016 to Tuesday 31 January 2017              9pm to 5am
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2017 to Tuesday, 28 February 2017                      8.30pm to 5am
  • Tuesday, 28 February 2017 to Sunday, 30 April 2017                            8pm to 5am
  • Sunday, 30 April 2017 to Tuesday, 31 July 2017                                      6pm to 5am
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2017 to Saturday, 30 September 2017                         6.30pm to 5am

Tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.

The Heysen Trail will remain open at all times, however walkers must:

  • remain in designated campgrounds and huts, or
  • camp within 20 metres of the Heysen Trail within the park after dark.

Walkers camping in the park may see spotlights and occasionally hear firearms in the distance at night. The Rangers have advised that the control program will not take place in the vicinity of campgrounds or huts.

The tracks that will be closed at night include –

  • Trezona Track
  • Mount Sunderland Track
  • Rifle Range Track
  • Old Blinman Track
  • Jones Camp Track
  • Telegraph Track
  • St Mary Peak outside trail
  • Cooinda Track
  • Pound Gap Track

Further information on the feral animal control program and the nightly trail closures can be obtained from the Natural Resources, SA Arid Lands or by phoning them on (08) 8648 5344 or 0428 116 035.