Image: Michael Davison riding his bike on one of the trails in Majura Pines recreation area, which has been forced to close. Photo: Jamila Toderas - The Chronicle
This article has been reprinted from The Chronicle.
CANBERRA’S recent spell of wet weather has forced the closure of the Majura Pines recreation area and Googong Foreshore for at least two weeks.
The Environment and Planning Directorate confirmed on Wednesday the recreation area, which includes several mountain bike trails, will be closed to the public until October 7. As well as rain hampering track conditions at Majura Pines, there are several fallen or hanging trees in the area. “The ACT government is currently working to clear fallen trees,” a directorate spokesman said. “Staff will be on site in the coming week to assess trees and remove them if required.”
The works has forced the closure of parts of London Bridge Road, meaning cars cannot access southern parts of the Googong Foreshore. This has resulted in the picnic area and the boat ramp being closed off. While the areas are expected to be opened to the public on October 7, the date is only an estimate. "These closures are the result of recent wet weather in the area, leading to unsafe road conditions and debris in the dam,” the spokesman said. “The area will be reopened once it is safe to do so.” In the three days before the ACT government announced the closure, Canberra received more than 17 millimetres of rain. The mountain bike trails were opened to the public in May 2015 after being closed to allow for construction of the Majura Parkway. The trails were previously closed for three years while construction was under way for the road. – ANDREW BROWN