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7 July, 2024

Public access to be restored to track

PUBLIC access to the popular Peterson Creek Walking Track will be restored, after Tablelands Regional Council agreed to buy the land.


Public access to be restored to track - feature photo

Council agreed to the current landowner’s request to purchase approximately 2000sq m of land to provide public access to the track which has a reputation for being the best spot to sight the much sought after platypus.

Just a few weeks ago, the Yungaburra Association called on the council to get moving on the purchase of the land, frustrated by a lack of progress and a lack of information coming from the council.

The land, at 1-3 Penda Street in Yungaburra, will allow for the reopening of a section of the track that has been closed for more than a year.

“This decision has come after many months of investigating opportunities and options, and I look forward to the reopening,” Cr Maree Baade said.

“The track is an important tourism attraction for Yungaburra and has vital socio-economic benefits for the village and the wider region.

“It’s one of the jewels in Yungaburra’s crown and the community is proud of the track’s contribution toward the liveability of the area, the conservation of wildlife, and the health and wellbeing the track provides.

“While the details are being finalised, we are going to work with the owners on an interim agreement so we can open the track as soon as possible.

“I’ll be one of the first people on the track when it opens.”

Yungaburra Association Ken Jack president welcomed the decision by council.

“News about the imminent opening of the Penda Street north section is a much-needed boost for all of Yungaburra and the Tablelands community,” he said.

“The association sincerely thanks Tablelands Regional Council, Landcare Yungaburra, former councillor David Clifton, Shane Knuth MP and the current owners of the land that in question.

“Special thanks to all in our community and those from places far and wide who have supported the need to keep this section of the track open.”

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