IF you have been wondering why there has been a significant increase in truck traffic in recent times, it is because the National Parks and Wildlife Service commenced construction work in May to relocate a 3.2 kilometre section of the Mungo Brush Road away from the Dark Point Dune.
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This road is the principal vehicle access for visitors, commercial fishers, tourism operators, emergency services and the local community to the south eastern section of Myall Lakes National Park thus linking the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest and Bulahdelah townships.
Currently, the road adjoins the Dark Point Dunes which is a 250 hectare Aboriginal mobile sand dune that extends south for 5.5 kilometres in the Myall Lakes National Park which is moving inland at a rate of 3.3 to 5.9 metres per year and it is envisaged that the dune will pass onto or over the road, making it impassable to vehicles.
In determining the most feasible option for this section of road, the National Parks and Wildlife Service identified that by relocating the road, the Aboriginal culturally significant Dark Point dunes would be protected.
As the project progresses, locals will see a temporary increase in heavy vehicle traffic through Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest to allow road materials including gravel, culverts and fencing to be transported to the construction site.
Myall Lakes National Park will remain open to visitors who use the camp grounds as the road construction has been scheduled outside of busy holiday times thus minimizing disruption to the local community, commercial operators and visitors.
Following the construction, where possible, suitable material from the old road will be reused to build the new road with the old road landscaped and rehabilitated.
News Of The area contacted the office of National Parks and Wildlife Service at Pacific Palms however no comment was given for publication.
By Ann SCULLY