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Stay away from closed track during Burleigh boulder removal

6 July 2015

Fines are being issued to people who ignore safety signage and barriers at the Gold Coast’s Burleigh Head National Park while engineers are removing an unstable boulder cluster above the Oceanview track.

Senior Ranger Henry Waterman said safety was the priority, and trespassers were being issued with $353 fines for entering the worksite where 10-tonne boulders are being rolled down the slope.

"Four people will receive fines, after they ignored clear signage, three lines of barriers and directions from rangers over the weekend," Mr Waterman said.

"Security guards are on duty for the duration of the works and ranger patrols have been stepped up, to ensure the work can proceed safely.

"Whenever an unauthorised person goes past the barriers during the works, the contractors have to stop work, which of course will delay completion of the project.

"An engineering company is removing 37 boulders and 72 boulder fragments that were identified as high risk. Huge basalt boulders have been falling onto the track during the challenging project, which will continue for several more weeks.

"We expect the track to be repaired and opened around the end of July, depending on weather, work interruptions and a further report from geotechnical engineers.

"Surfers can still access surf breaks off the headland, via a short section of track at the northern entry to the park. A section of the boulder beach below the Oceanview track is currently closed.

"Walkers can still walk through the national park by using the Rainforest Circuit on the headland plateau," he said.

Mr Waterman said a photo published in media on the weekend showed people on the Cannon Rock boulder cluster just north of the work site.

"While the Cannon Rock cluster isn’t within the current work site, the photo showed foolhardy behaviour in an area that’s fenced off and signed as dangerous. QPWS always warns people to stay off any boulders in the park as they are potentially unstable," he said.

See park alerts for updates at www.npsr.qld.gov.au.

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6 July 2015