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COVID-19 access restrictions to HQPlantations managed forests
31 March 2020

 

The federal government has announced that from today non-essential outdoor gatherings are now restricted to two people to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus. This announcement, along with other requirements, has impacts for members of the public visiting forests managed by HQPlantations.

Government directives require you to stay at home unless you are:

  • Going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)

  • Shopping for essential supplies

  • Going out for personal exercise in your neighbourhood on your own or with one other

  • Attending medical appointments or compassionate visits.

 

More information about these restrictions can be found at www.health.gov.au

 

What does this mean for forest recreation users?

  • Unless the forest plantations are in your neighbourhood, you should not be visiting.

  • Physical exercise (walking, trail running, mountain bike riding) for local people is still permitted solo, in pairs or for families who live together. As always, HQPlantations worksite signage must be observed with no entry to worksites.

  • Motorised recreation (4WD, motor bikes, etc) does not meet the federal government’s essential activity criteria and is not permitted until restrictions are lifted.

  • People should avoid gathering at car parks and other popular meeting places in groups of more than two people.

 

Fines apply for failure to comply with state and federal government requirements.

 

What does this mean for recreation permits?

  • All recreation permits are cancelled, including recreation-based commercial activity permits, all organised event permits (excluding mustering) and all permits to traverse.

  • Filming photography permits are also cancelled.

 

If you have an enquiry relating to your permit, please email visitor.permits@hqplantations.com.au

 

What does this mean for other permits?

Permits for apiaries, stock grazing, agistment, mustering, fodder collection, leasing and occupation are classified as essential work and are currently unaffected.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Hunt

Community Engagement

Phone 0439 936 890

Email community@hqplantations.com.au

 
 

 

 

Lannercost plantation closure
16 December 2019

 

For public safety, all parts of Lannercost State Forest north of Wallaman Falls Road are closed until further notice following the recent fire, which burned approximately 2,000 hectares.

 

Dangers include falling trees and branches, burnt stump holes and loose burnt soil that can cause rock slides.

 

Conditions will be monitored and the area will be made safe in the coming months, with a reassessment undertaken in mid-2020.

 

Access to Wallaman Falls via Wallaman Falls Road is unaffected by this closure.

 

Local residents and visitors to the area are asked to respect this forest closure and stay out of the area until it can be reopened.

 

Plantation forest closures fall under the Forestry Act 1959 and can be enforced by police, QPWS rangers and plantation officers. Fines for non-compliance range from 2 to 10 penalty units (currently $266 to $1,335).

 

For more information contact HQPlantations Ingham office on 4776 2777 or email community@hqplantations.com.au

 

 

Responsible recreation in Queensland’s plantation forests
14 February 2019

 

Plantation forests in Queensland managed by HQPlantations are becoming increasingly popular destinations for recreation. To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, visitors are reminded that in addition to being in a working forest, they are in a public place and must behave responsibly and obey the law, including the Forestry Act.

Here are a few of the rules you are required to comply with to enjoy Queensland’s plantation forests responsibly.

 

Road rules apply. By law, your vehicles must be fully registered and roadworthy, you must have a licence to drive or ride it and you must stay on formed roads, drive to the conditions and observe safety signage indicating work sites or road closures ahead. Because children don’t have licences, they cannot ride or drive in plantation forests.

 

Please don’t drive in mud. This damages our roads. Plantation roads are not government managed or funded roads. We will continue to be forced to close areas that become too badly damaged for us to access for fire protection or are too costly to maintain for forest operations, which disadvantages all recreation users.

 

Respect our neighbours. Please keep vehicle noise down near houses and be considerate about when you ride or drive, particularly very early in the morning or late at night. We are closing a small area south of the Glass House Woodford Road to try and reduce excessive noise in this rural residential valley. We would appreciate your compliance.

 

Please don’t litter! If you brought it in, please take it out and dispose of it responsibly. No one likes a tosser.

 

Groups require a permit. Five or more cars or motorbikes traveling together or 15 or more walkers, bike riders or horse riders require an organised event permit. If you don’t want to get a permit, which requires public liability insurance, travel in small groups of fewer than five vehicles (or 15 people). You’ll find more information at here

 

Check the plantation is open. Our plantations are often closed to the public before, during or after extreme weather events such as cyclones, strong winds, heavy rain or very high fire danger. It is your responsibility to check the plantation you plan to visit is open by going to our closures page.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Hunt

Community Engagement

community@hqplantations.com.au

 
HQPlantations Pty Ltd

 

​Telephone : ​07 3882 8203

Email : information@hqplantations.com.au

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