Road access route now open
MUCH as they have had a good run this winter so far, the Yowies of the Amamoor Forest are at last having to make way for the annual invasion of Muster fans.
Despite the best efforts of rain and floods in December and January, the Gympie Muster is effectively “open for business,” according to Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee chairman Larry Friske.
Cr Friske said the big hold-up was caused by access problems related to the landslip affected Amamoor Creek Rd, which is most people’s way of reaching the Muster site.
Cr Friske said the road, which collapsed due to landslip in two locations between Amamoor and the Muster site earlier this year, was now open again.
“It’s still a gravel surface at the moment (on the repaired sections of the otherwise sealed sections of the road),” he said.
Cr Friske’s announcement yesterday followed months of difficult travel for forest area residents, forced to pick their way around major subsidence areas in the road.
Landslip problems which resulted in the road surface slumping more than one metre in two sections, occurred during the flooding rains, which began in December and caused massive run-off and floods in the Gympie region in January.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officials closed the Amamoor Forest campsites, traditionally associated with pre-Muster camping, in response to safety concerns raised by the condition of the road.
But Cr Friske said these sites could now be reopened, something due to occur today.
“You might say the Muster is open for business,” he said.
Pre-Muster campers are traditionally the first wave of Muster visitors.
The repaired sections of the road, now gravel, will have bitumen seal applied on Monday, “barring buckets of rain”.