Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

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Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

Postby DinoHatMitch » Mon 21 Feb, 2022 7:00 am

Hi Team!

Sorry if this question has been asked many times before.

I live in the Lake Macquarie area and run/hike the GNW quite regularly.

Recently I have noticed a few of my local areas need some decent track maintenance, mostly mowing related as well as a lot of leaf litter building etc. It seems to me to be getting to a point it would be easier to burn some sections off rather than mow! And that also concerns me if an uncontrolled fire was to happen also.

I was wondering if anyone had some contact details of who I ask the question of as to when/how some of this track maintenance will be getting done?

I've found the general phone number for National Parks, do I just call them and get a conversation rolling?

The areas of particular interest to me currently are:
- Heaton Gap; grass and weeds growing very tall on the main track from the "Creepy Servo" to the top of the stair.
- Heaton Jungle; between Heaton Lookout and Macleans Lookout. So much leaf litter and sections getting overgrown.
- The Ridge between Heaton Gap and Wakefield RFS. The grass either side of the track is getting knee-high, the highest I've seen it in a long time. Also lots of leaf litter.

Any numbers, emails, whatever to ask these questions would be great thanks!
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Re: Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

Postby shavedanddangerous » Thu 03 Mar, 2022 10:13 am

Hi, the GNW is managed by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment - maybe try contacting them? https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/a ... tional-use

I've never seen any signs of maintenance being done unfortunately, it's badly needed in many areas between Hornsby and Brooklyn.

Edit: took a picture of one of the GNW wayfinding posts, this may also help. https://imgur.com/yqwsId6
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Re: Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

Postby davidmorr » Mon 04 Apr, 2022 12:12 pm

The Lands Department originally planned the walk, but the work was done by NPWS and local councils iirc. So maybe contact Lake Macquarie Council and/or the local NPWS office.
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Re: Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

Postby crollsurf » Mon 04 Apr, 2022 2:11 pm

Before the Lands Department got involved, the initial work and obtaining funding was done by Garry McDougall & Leigh Shearer-Heriot
http://www.thegreatnorthwalk.com/history-of-great-north-walk/
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Re: Great North Walk - Track Maintenance?

Postby tastrax » Mon 04 Apr, 2022 3:24 pm

Maybe via volunteering with Lake Macquarie Council?

https://www.lakemac.com.au/Our-Council/ ... er-with-us
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