The popular Charlie Moreland camping and day-use area in Imbil State Forest near Kenilworth is undergoing a total revamp by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) over the next 14 months at a total cost of $1.539 million.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Sunshine Coast hinterland campground in open forest beside Little Yabba Creek was one of Queensland’s most popular for families and large groups, but was looking very tired.
“It’s time to totally revitalise Charlie Moreland,” Mr Powell said.
“Soil has become compacted, the grass is patchy, some large mature gum trees are dropping limbs and are dangerous, the toilets are outdated and don’t meet standards.
“The QPWS upgrade will feature vegetation belts, new toilets and associated waste water treatment systems, renewed water infrastructure with an environmentally friendly solar pump, new furniture and rebuilt pathways in the day-use area, redesigned roadways to enhance traffic flow and visitor safety including a rebuilt causeway that’s longer and more resilient to flooding.
“Work has already started, with two toilet blocks being removed and temporary facilities in place.
“Some mature trees are being removed, as they drop large limbs. These will be replaced by hundreds of new trees and shrubs, in belts of vegetation to provide shade. Habitat trees that are home to birds and possums will be kept, where they don’t pose a risk.
“When it’s finished in mid 2015, Charlie Moreland will be an ever better spot to camp.
“Until then, every effort will be made to keep the campground open by staggering the works. We’re asking visitors to be patient, be understanding, observe signage and check park alerts at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au for updates.”
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the campground normally takes 380 campers at capacity, which will be reduced to a maximum of 100 while the work’s going on.
“At stages involving internal roadworks and rebuilding the causeway, QPWS will need to close the campground bookings totally for a few weeks. For those periods, we will be encouraging campers to book at nearby Booloumba Creek. Those works will be after Anzac Day, and subject to weather.”
Mr Dickson said the area was blessed with a range of attractive campgrounds.
“People who are very loyal to Charlie Moreland are encouraged to spread their wings during the rebuild and try other campgrounds in the Mary Valley.
“The options include Booloumba Creek in Conondale National Park, Peach Trees in Jimna State Forest, Amamoor Creek and Cedar Grove in Amamoor State Forest, Glastonbury Creek in Brooyar State Forest, the Kenilworth showgrounds and private campgrounds.”
Sites at Charlie Moreland can be booked online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
ENDS- 17 March 2014