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Enjoy the views from the new summit track at Mount Ngungun

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell officially re-opened the Sunshine Coast’s newest walking track today, Mt Ngungun’s popular summit walk.

Mr Dickson said the $155, 000 Glass House Mountains National Park upgrade meant visitors would be safer and enjoy even better views of the region.

“The Newman Government is committed to opening up Queensland’s beautiful national parks land for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Dickson said.

“Mt Ngungun already welcomes around 32,000 visitors a year and the track realignment, new information signage and viewing points will ensure even more people experience the spectacular views of the Glass House Mountain peaks, as well as the forests, farmland and waterways of the Sunshine Coast.”

Mr Powell said the Glass House Mountains, including Mount Ngungun, held special significance to the local Aboriginal people, who were consulted on the project.

“Mt Ngungun is also very popular with climbers and abseilers, especially schools and the trail reconstruction was done in consultation with commercial operators and climbing representatives,” Mr Powell said.

“The new route is safer as it’s less steep, avoids a rock overhang and separates walkers from climbers and abseilers on the lower cliffs.

“The work involved building rock steps, drains, retaining walls, two viewing areas and seating, installing timber handrails and new signs, closing off the old track and revegetation.”

A further $41,000 will also be spent this financial year installing more interpretive signs and better facilities at the trail head and investigating more climbing options.

Mr Powell reminded visitors the return walk, including time to enjoy the views, takes about two hours.

“While the gradient is fairly easy, remember to wear walking shoes, not thongs or sandals, take water, and keep a close eye on children,” he said.

The Glass House Mountains National Park is about one hour north of Brisbane and Mt Ngungun is just off Steve Irwin Way.

For maps and more information go to www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/index.html

[ENDS] 26 July 2013

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