09 Apr COVID-19 Works Update Collie
We now find ourselves living in a world of ‘social distancing’ to manage the potentially devastating impacts of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. While there have been direct impacts on the delivery of the Collie Adventure Trails project, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is pleased to be able to say the project hasn’t come to a complete standstill, and we have trails under construction as we speak.
There certainly have been many challenges and probably more to come, so DBCA is trying to remain flexible, revising and adjusting our program as required. Whilst we may not be able to continue working on all components of the project, DBCA has prioritised those parts of the projects we can bring forward to support businesses through these tough economic times. This may require splitting up works to do what we can now and leaving portions for a later date when restrictions may be eased.
We currently have 12 kilometres of new trail under construction in the Arklow forest block, just to the north of Collie, albeit under strict guidelines to protect our staff and contractors, and meet current government restrictions. New signage is in development and improvements to the Harris River Road carpark are being finalised. DBCA continue to work on the branding and marketing, to be ready for when the current travel restrictions are lifted in the future.
Construction programs are being finalised for portions of the Wiilman Bilya Walk Trail, Munda Biddi Trail re-alignment and Wellington National Park trails, and DBCA will be seeking to engage local trail companies to undertake portions of these works to support our local Western Australian trails industry.
Quotes have been requested for the engineering design work for a new and expanded carpark at Wellington Dam to cater for the planned facilities and trails. DBCA will also shortly be seeking quotes for the Collie River suspension bridge design, with construction of both the carpark and bridge planned for next summer.
While we have new trails and facilities under construction, for the protection of regional communities and the public, and our staff and contractors, DBCA request people obey the current government and travel restrictions and not visit until the restrictions have been lifted. We are constructing the trails and facilities to the highest standard and they will be there for you to look forward to and explore in the future.
For up to date information on COVID-19 and our national parks and reserves, please see here.