Council takes next step in trail reopening

Mount Gambier City Council on Friday reopened a further section of trail in the Crater Lakes precinct with access reinstated to the path leading to Centenary Tower from the Elliot Drive car park side.

Council chief executive Sarah Philpott said work to remove fire affected trees within the blue gum trails commenced last week, and this area remained closed, along with the crater rim between the stairs and the other side of Centenary Tower.

The closures follow the huge fire that tore through the precinct more than three months ago.

“With trees being felled in the area, it’s really important for all users to adhere to the signage and remain out of the closed areas,” she said.

“Once the trees have been felled, the fire tracks graded, and the trails cleaned up, the area will be re-opened.

“This work is anticipated to be completed in the coming weeks.”

Ms Philpott said Brownes Lake/Kroweratwari, the back section of Carinya Gardens Cemetery, and associated walking/bike trails connected to these areas remain closed as council awaits further risk assessments and a detailed report into the options for the management of trees affected by the fire to be completed.

“This phase of the staggered approach to reopening the Crater Lakes area follows ongoing risk assessments since fire took hold in late January burning 50 hectares of grass and scrub,” she said.

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