Most sections of HQPlantations' Coast forestry tracks have been reopened for public access after being closed due to wet weather.
Most sections of HQPlantations' Coast forestry tracks have been reopened for public access after being closed due to wet weather. Contributed

Coast 4WD trails reopen after wet weather closure

POPULAR Coast four-wheel-drive and dirt bike trails will reopen today ahead of gates going in at a permanently-closed route.

Heavy rain prompted HQPlantations to close roads at its Beerburrum plantation and plantation- licensed state forest area including some popular recreation areas in the Glasshouse Mountains.

Chief operating officer Islay Robertson said the closure was done on Thursday as a proactive measure in response to rain predictions.

"Heavy rainfall can flood roads, damage bridges and cause vehicles to become bogged," Mr Robertson said.

"If the ground becomes very waterlogged, pine trees can also blow over more easily.

"Motor vehicle recreation, particularly the patterns of behaviour we see here, can also cause severe damage to plantation roads and make them impassable for timber haulage or legitimate public access."

Meanwhile he said gates and barriers would be built at his company's Mawhinney Logging Area this week to enforce a permanent closure announced late last year.

"There has been some evidence of access since making the announcement but we don't expect full compliance until the gates and barriers have been erected.

"The area will be monitored with surveillance cameras and random patrols."

He said there were no current plans to permanently close any other sections of publicly accessible roads.

"We appreciate the great job the recreation community does sharing closures on social media, which gets the message out to thousands of their members, most of whom do the right thing and stay away until the plantation reopens.

"Their cooperation helps keep people safe and also keeps the roads in good condition for timber haulage and legitimate public access when the plantation reopens."

He said HQPlantations did not receive any funds from the government to maintain or repair its plantations roads throughout Queensland, including in the Beerburrum plantation.


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