Mt Perry Summit Walk – Report 2020 – 2021
March/April – Summit Walk oversight committee negotiates final agreements between the NBRC and QPWS
June – Cultural and Heritage Clearance attained
– Gidarjil Trainees officially start work on the mountain
July – Toyota Landcruiser Troopy hired for Trainees to access mountain
– Trainees working on the mountain 3 days per week under the supervision of the QPWS
August – Funding submission to Evolution Mining successful. MPCDB presented with cheque for $221,000 to assist in the construction of the Summit Walk
September – Trailworx complete earthwork at the Ecotone section of the Trail.
– QPWS provide treads to set into various sections.
– Trainees able to learn valuable trail construction techniques from the Trailworx crew.
– MPCDB order treads to replace the ones provided by QPWS.
– MPCDB walk trail numerous times to divide trail into manageable sections and provide the framework for continued progress assessments.
– Weekly Supervisor reports implemented to gauge progress
– The Summit Walk sub committee voted to discontinue using the hired Troopcarrier in favour of purchasing a suitable replacement vehicle. This would stop the $115 + GST / day budget drain.
– Nissan Patrol purchased for $12,800. Estimate around an $8,000 saving over the duration of the project with an asset at the end.
October – MPCDB makes more site visits to assist the QPWS and Gidarjil in mapping remaining sections of the trail.
– NBRC approached to fulfil its agreement to grade and surface the assembly area of the Gazetted Road.
– Plans drawn for construction at the assembly area and submitted to Council in accordance with the CEO’s letter of approval.
– Consultation with Land Holder on construction and position of sight fence along the gazetted road boundary.
– Materials ordered
November – NBRC grades and surfaces the assembly area – Valued at $3500.
– As a matter of formality, Development Application and Fee Waiver ($395) form submissions are pending.
– The first group of Trainees will be finishing up this month. (27th)
– It is anticipated that sections A-E and Sections T-W will have largely been completed by this stage.
January 2021 – Selection process for SQW trainees takes place in Gin Gin attended by Gavin Murray and Ken Schuster.
– Trainees commence work on mountain
– Davis Building Services quote accepted and preparations commence to construct the 120m sight fence along the first section of the Gazetted Rd.
February – Trailworx engaged once again to impart trail building knowledge to trainees.
– Trainees making excellent progress on the difficult Steep Ridge section.
– Slab for Summit Walk Sign delivered to Grant Partridge of Gin Gin to engrave.
March – NBRC Letter of Approval for the building work at the car park and shelter
April – Davis Building Services quote accepted and preparations commence to construct the car park and shelter area.
– Botanists visit from Brisbane to catalogue fauna, arranged by Gin Gin Land Care.
– over 200 species identified, several unknown species also acknowledged.
May – QPWS actively involved in trail alignment. Several sections realigned creating some difficulty in construction.
– Story Flight engaged to deliver interpretive signage for the Shelter site.
June – Date set for Official opening – 6th August
– Car Park and Shelter mostly completed
– NBRC contacted to provide street signage for the Summit Walk
July – Working Bee to install signs, bench seats and interp shelters. Working Bee well attended by Board members, Community members and some HR from Evolution.
– QPWS indicating it is prepared to sign off the trail in principal for the opening subject to some remedial work being done. Time line – end November.
– Table and bench chair combo ordered and installed at the car park shelter.
August – Final Working Bee to finish Interp shelters, gates, access signs and tidy up.
– Food and drinks ordered for the opening.
– Official opening 6th August 10am attended by around 150 people.
– Channel 7 news and the ABC radio covering the event.
September – Stage 1 progress report and Stage 2 budget request sent to Evolution.
– See attached sheet.
Track Completion Status (as at 31/09/20)
To monitor the level of work completed on each section the following rating values are used.
- Means that the track has been roughly marked out, but little or no work has been carried out to form the track. (Mapped in RED)
- Means that work has started, the position of the track has been fully decided and marked, some clearing. (Mapped in GREEN)
- Means that vegetation has been cleared to the required width. (Mapped in BLUE)
- Means that the track is finished and awaiting QPWS sign-off. (Mapped in YELLOW)
- Means that QPWS have signed off the section – it is complete. (Mapped in PURPLE)