Council will open the Blue Gum Trail in Mount Gambier’s Crater Lake precinct Thursday, 28 September, following the Crater Lakes fire in January this year.
To ensure the safety of trail users, Council felled almost 50 pine trees that died in the months following the fire, and to reduce fuel load, much of the timber was mulched and removed from the precinct.
The area is now accessible following significant risk assessments undertaken by consultant engineers since the fire recovery began, and the inspections will continue for some time.
Signage is in place reminding trail users that the area is in fire recovery and not to leave the tracks.
Council requests that the public ensure their safety by obeying all signage and avoiding closed areas as they can still pose a risk.
Since the fire, Council has enabled a staged reopening of areas where the risk to the public has been reduced.
The crater rim from the stairs to Centenary Tower and the back section of Carinya Gardens Cemetery are the only remaining zones closed to the public.
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