Nerang National Park MTB Trail Co-design Project
The Co-Design project focuses on the UNSANCTIONED trails as reported in the 2018 Dirt Art trail audit report and illegal trails built since the audit was conducted. Before any decisions on the UNSANCTIONED trails can be made, numerous assessments (Environmental, Ecological, Cultural Heritage) as well as social and recreational value studies need to be carried out to form a new management plan for Nerang National Park.
A number of interim actions are about to be rolled out including the SANCTIONING of a NEW TRAIL and the closure of recent illegal/unsustainable trails. These works will commence from Wednesday 10th November, weather permitting.
Action 1: Sanctioning of new trail. A new technical (Black grade) descending trail (~1.5km) will be built. The trail corridor is on the West side of Centre Road Fire Road starting near top of three hills and run south. The trail is expected to be completed by Xmas.
To make way for this new trail the unsanctioned Dr Down trail will be closed as it is an unsustainable fall line trail that has also caused significant impact to Upper Happy Valley trail. The runoff and erosion damage to Upper Happy Valley trail is too significant to mitigate and therefore, it is being closed to prevent further damage to the down slope Exits trail.
Action 2: Closure of illegal trails Built AFTER the 2018 trail audit.
These include the illegal trails built more recently in the Coombabah Creek riparian zone and in the critically endangered Lowland Vine Forest and Rainforest buffer. In addition, the illegal and unsustainable Bunny trail will be closed. This trail has poor alignment for drainage management and traverses shallow colluvium which becomes saturated from springs following wet periods.