Thursday, June 20, 2024

Cataract Walk reopens to the public

Launceston’s popular Cataract Walk and Trevallyn Steps recreational trails reopened to the public this morning after being closed last year due to safety concerns.

The locations were closed following the failure of a privately-owned retaining wall at a property on South Esk Road.

The retaining wall was built on steep terrain above the 1km-long walking track which links Kings Bridge with the Cataract Gorge’s Cliff Grounds.

Since that time, City of Launceston Council says it has worked with the property owner and a range of experts to remove the retaining wall and prioritise the reopening of the Cataract Walk and Trevallyn Steps trails to the public.

Over recent months the Council has removed more than 1500 tonnes of bluestone and wall material from above the Cataract Walk, utilising a custom fabricated trolley system.

Mayor, Matthew Garwood said the works to reopen the two tracks had been technically
complex, given the difficult terrain.

“The City of Launceston has taken a really proactive to such a difficult issue and has prioritised these works given the importance of the Cataract Gorge to locals and visitors alike,” Mayor Garwood said.

“While the substantive repair works have been underway, we’ve also been undertaking other improvement works at the western end of the Cataract Walk, including new surfaces and handrails in some sections.

“Some of these minor works will continue over coming weeks, but will not require further closures.

“We sincerely thank the residents of Launceston for their patience and support while we’ve carried out the works to reopen these important accesses to the Cataract Gorge.”

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