Friday, March 1, 2024

Launceston walking track re-opens after floods

City of Launceston Council has fully re-opened Lilydale Falls Reserve, following major repair works in the wake of flooding in Northern Tasmania last year.

The walking track from the Reserve’s car park to the First Falls and Second Falls was extensively damaged when the Second River flooded last October.

Floodwaters felled trees over the path, damaged bridges, and washed away sections of the 500m walking track.

Launceston Mayor, Danny Gibson said the subsequent repair works had been significant,
complicated by a lack of vehicular access to the waterfalls.

“Materials and tools including concrete, timber and gravel had to be carried into the area on foot in order to undertake the repair works, which involved reconstructing sections of the track, inspecting and repairing bridges, and removing fallen trees and debris,” Mayor Gibson said.

“We’ve also taken the opportunity to shore up sections of the track so that it will be more resilient in future flood events.

“The Lilydale Falls Reserve has been a popular community and visitor destination for many decades, and I’m pleased the Reserve has now fully re-opened to the public.

“I want to thank the Lilydale community for being so patient while we undertook the repair works, and I look forward to people continuing to enjoy the First and Second Falls into the future,” he said.

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