Cycling in Sydney Australia
The objectives of NSW NPs are conservation and recreation.
WTF is this??
While I get that legal gun owners need a place to practise, and have been doing so here for years, to deny public access to a critical and historic link without community consultation and without building any detour trails, is outrageous.
I don't get why NP is the place.
Yes, the lack of consultation or detour smells. I guess authorities are reluctant to shut down shooting so are making every effort to shift responsibility for risk on to walkers etc.
Too piss-weak to remove the risk, i.e. the shooting.
This range is licensed to be on crown land, surrounded by BV national park. Precisely where the Crown Land borders are, would involve mining for documentation, both Legal and maps. What is extraordinary is the fact that all land use & access conflict regarding this closure could be easily avoided by building new detour trails off Quarry Rd. firetrail for cyclists, runners and bushwalkers.
The 'Safety Management Plan' smacks of self-interest as it has no management and no plan, unless you own a gun.
There's been zero consultation or transparency toward other user groups, so I don't trust this. We have to know exactly who to contact and where the borders are if there is to be a remote win/win outcome between the Shooting Range's safety paranoia and Trail User Groups getting better, new 'bulletproof' detour/permanent trails built into BVNP.
Any inkling of just who to contact, would be appreciated.
its not about consultation or trust. The map is from the government cadastral data service (six maps) -- the green line is the boundary between national park and anything else (crown land, private, etc). It is the government's official land management instrument.
Try here: http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/
There are two lots involved: 932/DP75253 and 232/DP752048 on the far side of Tunks Creek.
Here's an alternative view of the lot boundaries
Details are in (as expected..) the Hornsby LEP.
|Hornsby||Hornsby Rifle Range||64 and 64X Rosamond Street||Lot 932, DP 75253; Lot 232, DP 752048|
It's a pity the quarry trail runs along that ridge line. If it followed a contour line about 50 metres further west it would likely be sufficiently below the ridge line that there would be no issues from stray bullets.
Yes, and no.
The Benowie track is well below line of sight from the range, and used to be open to walkers, but is now closed, AFAIK.
The only risk is if someone shot up at an angle of 85deg or so.. ie: effectively zero, but it is closed, nonetheless.
Below the Quarry trail ridge would have the same issue.
I'm sure there are many reasons they want these trails closed, but it's so much easier for the gun range and associated folks to just shout "Because, SAFETY!" and walk away from any sensible discussion.
I think you'll find the gun folks were quite happy with the previous arrangement. The police safety audit is what triggered all the changes.