KNP Situation – Keeping Informed

There does seem to be some progress:

  • The Alpine Way between Thredbo and Khancoban is open but drivers are cautioned to check Live Traffic NSW. The smartphone app is showing this as red but with no explanation – slow traffic? No such markers on the desktop version.
  • The Snowy Valley Highway itself is open but “visitors must stay within the road corridor and be aware of hazards such as damaged buildings and burnt trees.”

My take on key ongoing closures are:

  • All areas north of the Snowy Valley Highway including Tantangara Road. ie Tantangara Dam and the Murrumbidgee headwaters.
  • Cabramurra township and the Khancoban-Cabramurra Road.

The authoritative source is the NPWS website or else contact the NPWS offices.

More on Brumbies in KNP

MAS has passed to us news of a press release from the Invasive Species Council giving limited to support to the NSW Govt moves in respect to brumbies post the fires.

There seems to be some movement in the government accepting that numbers need to be reduced. Of concern is that the fires have not impacted on the population numbers and the horses are concentrating in the unburnt areas or moving back to burnt areas as they regenerate but vulnerable to damage.

Read it all here

Situation in KNP

Just got this in from Sec:

Like me, you will all be keen to get back to our alpine region, go fishing and splash some cash on accommodation and meals to support the communities who are so welcoming to us when we visit.

Mark at Brindabella Ski Club has put together the lists below of closed and re-opened areas of the Snowy Mountains.  Please respect the instructions from National Parks and Wildlife Service about out of bounds areas.  It is in the interests of our own safety to do so.

From: Brindabella Ski Club

Kosciuszko National Park Closed Areas

Sections of Kosciuszko National Park have been reopened, but areas which have been burnt or have ongoing fire suppression operations remain closed.

Areas Recently Opened:

All areas south of Mt Jagungal and east of the following roads / trails are open to the public: Khancoban – Cabramurra Rd, Alpine Way and Cascade Trail (refer to map). This includes all backcountry areas which have not been impacted by fire. Overnight camping is permitted in these areas. This includes:

Kosciuszko Road – Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass

  • Guthega Road – Kosciuszko Road to Guthega Village
  • Charlotte Pass, Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, Diggers Creek, Wilsons Valley, Sawpit Creek, Waste Point – visitors need to check whether resort facilities and hospitality venues are open for business
  • Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo Village
  • Thredbo Village and Thredbo resort lease area
  • Ngarigo, Thredbo Diggings and Island Bend campgrounds – for day use and overnight camping
  • Snowy Mountains Highway – visitors must stay within the road corridor and be aware of hazards such as damaged buildings and burnt trees
  • Blowering campgrounds – Log Bridge, The Pines, Humes Crossing and Yachting Point
  • All walks on the Main Range, including to Mt Kosciuszko and surrounding the alpine resort areas
  • Barry Way – open to the Victorian border. Lower Snowy picnic and campgrounds are open and include; Jacobs River, Halfway Flat, No Name, Pinch River, Jacks Lookout and Running Waters
  • Schlink Pass trail and associated huts (Horse Camp Hut, White River Hut, Schlink Hut, Valentine Hut)
  • Mt Jagungal. Access to this area must be from Guthega Power Station or Guthega. There is no access from Round Mountain, Tooma Dam or Snowy Plain. O’Keefes and Dershkos huts are accessible but areas further north remain closed
  • Rainbow Lake walk – Kosciuszko Road to Rainbow Lake
  • Rennix walk – Kosciuszko Road return
  • Waterfall walk – from Sawpit Creek
  • Pallaibo walk – from Thredbo River picnic area and Sawpit Creek
  • The following areas of Kosciuszko National Park remain closed:

    All areas impacted by fire and where ongoing firefighting operations are occurring.

    This includes:

    All campgrounds between Thredbo and Khancoban

  • All areas North of the Snowy Mountains Highway
  • Yarrangobilly Caves – accommodation is available to be book for check-in from July 1. The anticipated opening for day visitation is the 2020 NSW Easter School Holidays.
  • Long Plain Road
  • Long Plain Hut campground and Blue Waterholes campground
  • Yolde campground and Jounama Creek campground
  • Public Roads as listed below note that for the latest updates on road closure, refer to the RMS website link to Live Traffic

    Alpine Way from Thredbo to Khancoban

  • KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road)

  • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road

  • Goats Ridge Road and Elliot Way

  • Cabramurra township – Snowy Hydro’s operational town of Cabramurra suffered significant fire damage and for safety reasons is temporarily closed

    RFS and NPWS will continue to assess bushfire risk and progress opening further areas of Kosciuszko National Park when it is safe.

    Beware of changing conditions

    All roads, resorts and other areas may close suddenly in response to changing bushfire risk.

  • You should monitor advice from NSW Rural Fire Service and other emergency services frequently, regardless of whether you are inside or outside of Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Current fire situation

    Large fires have impacted the northern part of Kosciuszko National Park around Kiandra, Tantangara, Adaminaby and Eucumbene Cove.

  • There are still fires in Kosciuszko National Park around Mt Youngal (In the vicinity of Geehi) and Cooleman Plain in Northern Kosciuszko.
  • Other fires exist to the west of Kosciuszko National Park in Victoria.
  • Lightning and ember attacks may result in additional fires.
  • Stay up-to-date with the current fire situation in your area by: visiting the Rural Fire Service website, viewing the Fires Near Me app or website listening to your local radio station, or calling NSW RFS Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

    Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

    For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

    Coming Events

    Next Meeting:

    Wed 11th Mar. Normal time of 7:30 at Raiders Weston Club. Speaker details will be advised but earlier advice that we could expect a marine biologist has proven to be incorrect. Time will tell.

    Next Events:Sat 14thMar – originally Jason Q was taking us to the Bidgee for natives. With his emigration North alternative arrangements will be made. Info will be passed by email.

    KNP – Brumbies and Consequences of the Fires

    Recently MAS contributed towards a helicopter flight to take ecologists into Kosciuszko National Park. The results are worrying. CAA has received from MAS an email from Andrew Cox of the Invasive Species Council that provides access to the results:

    Here is the widely circulated tweet of bushfire damage from Kate Washington, NSW Labor MP, who went up in a helicopter. Looks devastating.  This tweet generated a story in the Daily Mail in the UK!

    Also spotted from the air were locations of unburnt areas with horses that are some of the last stronghold of critically endangered species like the corroboree frog and the stocky galaxias fish.

    Straight after the flight we also produced video of Prof Jamie Pittock with video of horses from the air here.  This was picked up in the Guardian as a video story and then led to interviews on ABC Radio 702 early last week (Mon 3 Feb), on ABC radio national am or pm (need to track that down), then on ABC JJJ Hack here (in the first 14 mins) this Monday 10 Feb. There were some other news interviews Jamie did (2SM. ABC NSW news). He also produce a piece in the Conversation:  Fire almost wiped out rare species in the Australian Alps. Feral horses are finishing the job published 27 Jan 2020 which further pushed out the story. We are also taking to The Australian about a new story.

    February 2020 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 152)

    Well it has been a challenging period.  The smoke around Canberra reminded us of the disaster that has been around us in NSW (and now on our doorstep).  My family has been personally impacted with members living at the coast being threatened with destruction of their houses or worse.  We’ve hosted 7 evacuees in our house – having them here has been quite entertaining but with the concern about those staying back uppermost in our minds.  The Fires Near Me app was in constant use – currently showing that our old haunt at Brogo perhaps having a near escape.

    In amongst this, Charlie ran into an old friend of the club – Randy.  He had moved down from Canberra to Malua Bay some years ago (2013?).  Tragically, Randy lost his house and many of his possessions in the New Year’s Eve firestorm.  I have conveyed to Randy the sympathy of CAA. Our thoughts go out to him and Lindsay.

    Many members will remember Randy for his knife sharpening stall operating at Moruya Markets.  Randy was the contact who got CAA access to the CSIRO Ski Club lodge at East Jindabyne for which we continue to be grateful.

    I hadn’t thought we’d publish a February edition, but the ever reliable Jason M has filled my in-box with material about the previous trip to Brogo and ‘postcards’ from his fishing/kayaking/camping expedition in Tasmania – I’ve saved a couple for our next edition.  Thanks also to Claude for some images of his latest flytying creations – his ‘secret flies’ for our forthcoming NZ trip remain under wraps.  I’ve also popped in some information about the sculpture that long time member Charlie assisted with.

    One final snippet that I just learnt of yesterday.  President of MAS and local angling guru Steve Samuels has been reappointed to the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council – giving a voice to recreational anglers directly to the Minister.  Congratulations Steve.

    Conditions Ease in Kossie

    Thredbo resort may be open but restrictions and warnings are still there

    People in the areas of Shannons Flat, Yaouk, Adaminaby, Providence Portal, Anglers Reach, Old Adaminaby, Rocky Plain, Eucumbene Cove and surrounding area were advised to monitor conditions.Canberra Times

    I’m sure everyone will take care and check the RFS website as part of their preparations.

    NSW Roads and Maritime Safety Program

    The planned program for the South Coast has been deferred, unsurprisingly, due to the bushfire disaster. If you have interest in the hand in of flares or inflatable life jacket tests keep an eye out on their website. I’ll try to stay on top of it. Firstly, boaters can safely dispose of their out of date distress flares at locations along the New South Wales Coast. Locations may be viewed at the NSW Maritime website via this link. They are also conducting inflatable lifejacket self – service clinics at locations along the New South Wales Coast. Join these clinics to be guided through manufacturer’s self-servicing requirements to ensure that yours is compliant and works when you need it most. Locations may be viewed at the NSW Maritime website via this link.