Access to park remains closed The main entry to the popular summer walking destination the Walls of Jerusalem national park is set to remain inaccessible for private walkers over the tourist season.
The Mersey Forest Road, which provides access to the national park, is expected to be closed until March 2017 as repairs are completed. The road was severely damaged during heavy flooding in June, with entire sections of road disappearing under landslides. Some commercial operators concerned about the impact on their business due to a prolonged closure have been given some relief. They have been issued with a special permit to access the track head via Forestry Tasmania back roads. Tasmanian Walking company general manager Heath Garrett told The Examiner in August he estimated the cost of being unable to access the area for the summer season at $300,000. They are now advertising walks in the area from January onwards, as buy ray ban sunglasses is fellow tourism operator Tasmanian Expeditions. The roads, however, remain locked to public traffic with only locals and those with ray ban rb3387 permits given access due to safety. Although exact visitor statistics are difficult, the park is estimated to draw over 4000 walkers each year. "The Walls of Jerusalem national park is popular with walkers seeking an alpine experience in a remote, wilderness setting. It is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and there is no direct road access into the park," Parks and Wildlife Service parks and reserves manager, central north Rob Buck said. Currently, the only access to the walking destination is from the Central Plateau. However, Mr Buck warns, "The access is via a walking route, which is an ray ban aviator sunglasses unmarked trail, and should only be attempted by ray ban sunglasses price experienced walkers". The Department of State Growth began repairs on the road on behalf of Forestry Tasmania in November, after appointing Shaw Contracting to complete the works.
Extensive engineering was needed before repairs could begin. Added to which, ongoing wet weather has delayed repair works. Other flood damaged infrastructure in the region has been opening in time for the Christmas and summer season, including the Marakoopa Caves and Olivers Road, which connects Mole Creek with Cradle Mountain along the Great Western Tiers Touring Route.
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