I AM writing in response to Mike D’arcy’s article in your paper regarding the future of the Bloomfield Track.
I agree with Mike that any upgrading of the track is a contentious issue when so many possibilities can change the whole outlook for the entire region, for better or worse.
As Mike has pointed out the sealing of the track will encourage more travellers to venture farther north than Cape Tribulation and will certainly be of benefit to businesses who provide accommodation, have retail, general stores and fuel outlets. But it will be detrimental to tour operators offering a unique experience with guided fourwheel-drives and those who enjoy off road driving.
Also many locals will miss the quiet ambience of driving along the track, that’s why we live in this remote part of north.
I agree that the track does need regular upgrading for safety reasons as well as to limit damage to vehicles. Consideration also needs to be given to sections which deteriorate rapidly such as steep inclines and declines (Donavon Range is one example) and the sealing of these sections will also help reduce the ongoing maintenance costs for council.
A causeway across the Woobadda would be preferable to a bridge and will provide suitable access, for the majority of times as well retaining the “experience” for tourists when crossing the creek. As Mike has stated the locals have a wider understanding and knowledge of the conditions of the track and the effects any works will or won’t have on the environment within the area.
It is necessary to ensure the outcomes are positive for the people of the local communities and tour operators who use the Track regularly and also for the tourists and travellers who want the off-road experience. Therefore it is necessary for