Track eco concerns
The planned winter diversion track has received bad press for several reasons, one of which was the original plan including mountain bikes, which would have been catastrophic in this sensitive area.
The community is highly supportive of the Cape-to-Cape Track along the coast, but in this instance designed a track without taking into account the sensitivity of the area.
If it had remained a simple winter diversion track, a goat track snaking along the river visited by a few walkers for a month or so in winter, it would have been accepted.
As it is, it appears the track is meant to be an attraction for walkers and tourists.
Much of the track crosses the riparian zone of the river, an area highly vulnerable to degradation and subject to strong environmental regulations.
Building with machinery started before all approvals were in place (ie the environmental report and Aboriginal impact statement).
Caves Road is a problem wherever the track goes.
The area around the bridge is limited for access due to steep banks off the road.
Significant work would be required to meet basic safety requirements on a 90km/h stretch of road.
The river is a major feature of our landscape and the riparian zone plays an important part in the river’s health, so needs the highest protection.
Construction of the path needs to remain on hold until environmental planning, design impact and cost uncertainties have been resolved.