CREB closes after brief open­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

DE­SPITE only re­cently open­ing for the sea­son, the CREB Track has been closed since Tues­day due to con­stant rain over the past few days.

Ac­cord­ing to Face­book re­ports there are sev­eral ve­hi­cles cur­rently bogged along the track.

“Even after mod­er­ate rain­fall, the track can be­come treach­er­ous or im­pass­able and ve­hi­cles eas­ily be­come bogged or stranded,” said DSC in­fras­truc­ture man­ager Michael Kriede­mann. “You should check local weather con­di­tions before at­tempt­ing to drive the track. Do not take your ve­hi­cle on to the track un­less you have and know how to use self-re­cov­ery equip­ment.

“Dur­ing clo­sures, you should not make any at­tempt to drive along the track. If you dis­obey a road sign and drive on the closed road, you risk an on-the-spot fine.

“If your ve­hi­cle be­comes stuck on the CREB track, search and res­cue au­thor­i­ties will re­spond and as­sist to ex- tract stranded peo­ple if nec­es­sary. How­ever, re­sources will not gen­er­ally be ex­pended in at­tempt­ing to re­cover your stranded ve­hi­cle. If you dis­obey a road clo­sure, you may also be or­dered to pay for the costs of re­cov­ery ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kriede­mann it isn’t known when the track will re­open. “Once the weather clears, Coun­cil will have to wait for the Track to dry out and then as­sess any dam­age. This as­sess­ment will not oc­cur un­til at least next week.”

CREB track roll over this week

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