Yengo N/P now Wilderness??

Submitted: Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:07
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Just heard on the midday news that the Yengo N/P (and others) have been declared 'wilderness' areas. One of the conditions is that this classification limits or prohibits activities such as "four wheel driving" !!
Anyone has any details on this ?? As I was looking forward to getting up the Yengo area this weekend !!
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:11

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:11
This is a cut n paste (from the Tele I think)- but on the radio Mr Rees did mention it would limit 4WDing (and other activities)..


.A GREEN chain now encircles Sydney with the declaration today that 120,000 hectares of bushland north of the city will be protected as wilderness.

As his government continues to implode around him, Premier Nathan Rees took to the Hunter Valley this morning to announce the addition of the bushland in Yengo National Park to the State's wilderness register.

The parcel of land which stretches from the Blue Mountains east to Windsor and up to Singleton.completes a ring of wilderness that now surround Sydney like a green arc.

“We have now created a network of wilderness areas around the state which protect more than two million hectares of unique bushland for future generations,” Mr Rees said.

“Around Sydney we have a green chain made up of Nattai, Kanangra-Boyd, Grose, Wollemi and Yengo wilderness areas.

“Wilderness declaration is the highest form of protection for natural landscapes and protects the most intact expanses of our remaining bushland.

“The latest declaration over the most pristine part of Yengo National Park will protect many threatened plant and animal species.

“Aboriginal, environment and recreational park users were all consulted during the comprehensive process to identify and declare the newly protected area."

• A total of 8.39% (6.7 million hectares) of NSW is now conserved within the parks system, made up of 793 national park and reserve areas

• Since 1995 the NSW Government has established more than 455 new reserves and expanded hundreds of others.

• NSW has 49 declared wilderness areas within national parks and reserves

• Total area of declared wilderness is 2,057,759 hectares, or just over 2% of NSW, up from 664,000 hectares in 1995.
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Reply By: The Landy - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:50

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:50
Hard too imagine that they will close down the general route through the park and the attractions such as the engavings and Devil's Rock. I can't see anything on the Parks website, so will have to wait and see what it covers.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:57

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:57
Found this on the website.......


Yengo - Proposed Wilderness Area


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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:59

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 12:59
Hiya
What NPWS office would control the Yengo area?? May just give em a call..

By the way- I noted a badge on a vehicle over the weekend- was the Land Rover logo- with the lettering changed a bit to read 'Sand Lover' . Looked good !!

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:13

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:13
Landy
Thanks for the pdf Fact Sheet...

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:20

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:20
I had Outback Signs at North Richmond (Brad) do my wheel covers, very helpful....like the Sand Lover one though!

I'll keep an eye out for you up in Yengo if we get up that way for a drive...

Outback SignsNo problem......


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Steve - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:40

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:40
there's a few of those signs for Land Rovers. Another one I saw was :

Randy Lover
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:20

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:20
David
Gosford office of NPWS control Yango. At least that is where I had to pick up the key to get into Bing Yango a few Easters ago
Vince
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:44

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:44
You will still have access to Burragurra (Devils Rock), this area will not be promoted as it is a sacred site (initiation site) & the Aboriginal community would like it avoided, vandalism has occurred at the site with people scatching engravings, leaving initials & letting kids sharpen sticks in grinding grooves. If the area is not promoted then less people & less vandalism.
The Mount Simpson track from Bucketty across to the Boree track was closed a little more than a year ago by the private property owners who own one section of it - closed due to public liability.

Access to Big Yango is still via a key from the Gosford NPWS Office.
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Reply By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:16

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:16
Typical National Parks

All they seem to do is put up gates. State Forests provide fire places, toilets, water, picnic areas and camping areas. Why such a difference. Its the same bit of dirt, with the same Flora/Fauna.

Donks1
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:47

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:47
I heard rumours that State Forests are trying to get rid of their recreation areas ie picnic areas etc. This came from a State Forest employee.

Two different Ministers.
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Reply By: Nic I - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:26

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:26
Hi Signman,

The Gosford NP office (43 204203) are responsible for Yengo NP.

Having been there several times it's hard to imagine 4WD vehicles being restricted, as there are areas within it (like Big Yango) which they won't let you access to without a 4WD !

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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:36

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:36
Don't worry fellas it won't change any access for Yengo NP. Big Yango is still open & the Womerah Range is open via access permit (use to be closed), Old Settlers Road is open from the Putty Road but closed at Private Property at Paynes Crossing (been closed for a number of years thanks to an inconsiderate 4WD group). The Yango / Howes Trail is open rights through from Finchley to the Putty Road. Can still even horse ride at Big Yango.
Call the Ranger on 43204219 (direct).
Cheers Beddo
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Reply By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:37

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:37
It won't stop any access, the boundaries don't interfere with the access trails.
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Reply By: Hoppy41 - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:22

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:22
I was up there today for the Premiers announcement along with the State minister for the environment, Carmel Tebbitt. I dont know much about this park but she did mention that the southern end of the park will remain open for 4x4's and horse riding.
Hope this helps. Oh, it has to go through the formal process in Parliament but that could happen as soon as this week.
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:49

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:49
Hoppy41 you must be media ?
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:02

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:02
Hoppy41 what vehicle were you in ?
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Follow Up By: Hoppy41 - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:15

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:15
yes media...... white falcon wagon
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:42

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:42
Hoppy41 were you taking the still photos ? I was in the Subaru Forester !
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Follow Up By: Hoppy41 - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 11:26

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 11:26
Are you in the media as well?
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 17:46

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 17:46
Hoppy41, No I'm not media, were you the one taking the still photo of the Ranger & Aboriginal elder ?
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Follow Up By: Hoppy41 - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 19:28

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 19:28
No I was one of the TV cameramen. I bet you are National Parks...
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 21:38

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 21:38
I know a bit about the park lets say...
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