Flagstaff Hill track reopens after long run of repairs

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The entire length of the Flagstaff Hill walking track is back open to the public following damage caused by storms and heavy rain since the middle of last year.

The track was closed to the public after damaging rain and landslips closed the trail in March 2018.

The track was further damaged by weather associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen on 10 December 2018. 

Council contractors were able to repair two thirds of the walking trail by July 2018, but the middle section required extensive geotechnical investigations.

Mayor Julia Leu said the repair work involved creating a new path around the major landslide, a slight redesign of the original track.

“Reinstating the track over the area impacted by the landslide wasn’t a viable option so we had to create a new track,” she said. 

“This means the trail is slightly longer than the original 1.5 kilometres – which is a bonus given the trail has breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and Low Isles, all the way to Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest.

“I have no doubt the reopening of the whole track will be welcomed by residents and visitors alike and expect the new section will be a well-beaten path by the end of the Easter weekend,” she said.


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