After two big cyclones that rocked the Gove region back in early 2015, TC Lam & Nathan, nearly all of the Dhimurru IPA recreational area tracks were impassable due to fallen trees and debris. Dhimurru rangers worked like Trojans for over a month to re-open priority access tracks. One of our biggest challenges but a lower priority was the Wonga Track.
It has been a long slow process to rehab areas, fix fences and infrastructure, repair tracks including the Daliwuy track and Rainbow Cliffs (Banambarrgna) tracks. The Wonga creek area suffered the most environmental damage with this being the main path of Lam and it is evident out on country with a lot of trees being completely snapped in half!
The devastation was enormous on the Wonga access track and would have taken years for our rangers to clear the track manually with chainsaws. We gave it a red hot crack though when we had some spare time amongst our other busy core business schedule but only got in a quarter of the way.
With a successful grant application from the Indigenous Land Corporation, Dhimurru have been able to purchase a Kubota Skid steer and put a few of our staff through training. With the help from operator Johnny Geary from YBE (2) Pty Ltd the Wonga track has been cleared, and in the meantime a flora and fauna survey in the area has been completed together with fire management.
We are very pleased to announce that after all this hard work the Wonga is scheduled to re-open to the public from Monday October 31st. You can go online now to place your bookings for any time from this date.
We would like to thank the community for waiting patiently while we got on top of this major effort.