A section of the Dun Mountain Trail is to be closed for around four months to allow logging operations to take place in the Brook Valley forestry block.
The section of the trail between the Tantragee Saddle and Third House will be closed from Monday 10 August.
Although logging will not take place at weekends, Council has decided to keep the route closed at all times because it poses an unacceptable Health & Safety risk to the public.
Alternative routes are being suggested to mountain bikers, walkers and runners for the duration of the closure.
The recommended option is to start at Marsden Valley and use Involution Trail (or Glider Road for a gentler climb) along Jenkins to Third House and over the Coppermine and South Branch from there (please see the attached map).
The Black Diamond Ridge is also an option for expert riders.
This track is steep in places and difficult to bike as it is a grade 5 route, however it would be possible to walk your bike up the steep sections and then bike from Coppermine Saddle down to the Maitai.
Council’s forestry contractor PF Olsen will be carrying out the work and the tracks will be closed off on Monday 10 August, although the first logging trucks aren’t expected to be in action until the following week.
Brook Street residents are being informed of the logging operation by a letter drop and Council has indicated that there will be 10 to 14 logging truck movements per day.
Logging trucks will be restricted from driving past Central School on Nile Street between the hours of 8:30-9:10am and 2:50-3:30pm to alleviate any potential concerns from local parents.
Although some of the trucks may have to use Tasman Street, Council has ensured this will have no impact on the ongoing roadworks in this area, as work is nearing completion.
Group manager Infrastructure, Alec Louverdis, says whilst it is unfortunate the residents of Tasman Street are being affected, it is business as usual.
“Please be assured that this is a normal logging operation and is no different to the other logging operations that have been conducted in the Brook Valley many times over the past years. However we wanted to be sure to alert local residents and Dun Mountain Trail users of this harvest operation, and trust disruption will be kept to a minimum,” he says.