NSW’s 39km Gidjumm Gulganyu Walk project, made an official announcement, confirming that it has begun construction works. The brand new 39-kilometer stretch spans from the Unicorn Falls car park in Mount Jerusalem National Park. Thereafter, it leads down to Minyon Falls in NSW (New South Wales). In total, it features 28.4 kilometers of existing park management trails. In addition to walking tracks as well as old logging trails, all of which will receive an upgrade to walking track standards as part of the project. Taking it a step further, the project will also include 10.8 kilometers of new walking track.
As a whole, the Senior Project Officer of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service said that the development aims to deliver a unique bushwalking experience. The hinterland of the Northern Rivers receives recognition as one of the most biologically diverse parts of the region. As a result, Daryl Moncrieff said the project strives to contribute towards fostering advocacy for further environmental sustainability and conservation.
NSW’s 39km Gidjumm Gulganyu Walk Commitment To Heritage
NSW’s Gidjumm Gulganyu Walk when translated means ‘Old People’s Track’. According to an official statement, advice was sought from Widjabul Wia-bal Native Title holders, to ensure minimal interference to the site’s heritage. Furthermore, the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) was consulted to ensure the route did not negatively impact areas of cultural significance. Collectively, the track’s name resulted from deliberation and decision from both the Wollumbin Consultative Group and the Widjabul Wia-bal native title holders.
Within the state, NSW National Parks manages over 890 protected areas. in total. These include habitats that protect wildlife and historical sites alongside sites of indigenous cultural significance. In regards to heritage, Darly explained that it is the project’s priority to closely work with indigenous communities.
By mind-2024, reports note that the project targets to have concluded construction works. Upon completion, the development will form part of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service network.