Sealy plan is a 'circus'

THE plans for a high ropes course at Sealy Lookout at the top of Bruxner Park have been criticised as a “misguided flying circus” by the Coffs Harbour/Bellingen National Parks Association.

Forests NSW last week released details for the ropes course as well as a new viewing platform which will offer sweeping views from Woolgoolga to Smokey Cape.

The Association has come out swinging in its objections to the ropes course.

“The Sealy Park area is an extremely poor location for an entertainment or circus-type facility,” an Association spokesperson wrote in a press release.

“Both road access and parking sites are highly constrained and the site unsuited for an entertainment facility, planned to be commercially run and requiring a high visitor throughput.”

The Association says Forests NSW announcement comes with incredibly bad timing being two days before the scheduled closing date for public comments on the revised draft working plan for the Bruxner Park Flora Reserve.

“The revised plan indicates there will be extensive public consultations and environmental assessment undertaken before proposals such as the high rope course could be approved.

The announcement reveals that expressions of interest were called last year well before the draft working plan was released for comment.”

According to the Association, Bruxner Park Flora Reserve was recognised for outstanding conservation value and protected by both State and Federal governments many years ago.

“It contains outstanding representation of both old growth eucalypt forest and rainforest features is readily accessible to the people of Coffs Harbour.

"Instead of a high ropes course the Association believes Sealy Lookout, with careful development has the potential to become an ecotourist attraction for our world recognised eucalypt forests."

The National Parks Association has been proposing the eucalypt ecotourism centre proposal at Sealy Lookout to the State government and the Coffs Harbour City Council for a number of years but its alternate proposal has to date been ignored.

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