The City of Gold Coast has begun shutting off parks and bush land areas, to get people out of potentially vulnerable areas.
Many bush walks and parks around the Gold Coast have been blocked off due to persistent hot and dry conditions and the unpredictable nature of bush fires.
This morning, all three campgrounds on South Stradbroke Island were also closed until further notice.
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⚠️ IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please be advised that due to bushfire threat all three campgrounds on South Stradbroke Island are now closed until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience however safety is our first priority.
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It follows an announcement from the Gold Coast City Council yesterday that many parks around the city will be considered off limits until the bush fire threat calms down.
The parks currently closed, according to Council’s website, include the following:
There are still a number of closures in place in the hinterland, due to destruction caused during the September bush fires.
The section of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk between Numinbah Valley and Warringa Pool at Springbrook, and the Woonoongoora walker’s camp in Numinbah Valley are temporarily closed until declared safe.
The Binna Burra section of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk between Wanungara lookout and Numinbah Valley also remains closed following recent bush fires.
The Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park is also closed until declared safe, while repairs are carried out.
Locals, visitors and bush walkers are being warned to observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and not to enter any closed areas.
Mayor Tom Tate says the closures hope to aid the state-wide total fire ban.
“We put a closed sign up there, so that people who are still doing bush walking, and fire moves so unpredictably and so fast, and really you shouldn’t be endangering your life.
“For one thing – you could get hurt. Secondly, you’re taking resources away from emergency areas such as Lower Beechmont right now.
“So the decision to close our parks and bush walks is there, and we’ve put it there due to the total fire ban.
“So really, for bush walkers and the like if you really need a fix of walking – go and walk along the beach.
“After the fires are all gone out – then you can go back to the bush trail,” Mayor Tate said.
For more information about closed parks, click here.