All pine plantations in south east and central Queensland state forests and on HQPlantations freehold land have closed due to extreme heavy rainfall events.
Affected plantation areas include the Fraser Coast, Elliott River, Beerburrum (including the Glasshouse Mountains), Mary Valley, Jimna, Yarraman, Pechey-Esk, Passchendaele, Byfield and Kalpowar areas.
The plantations are closed to all public access until at least Wednesday, 5 April 2017 to allow proper assessment of risks and recovery from the weather event.
Due to the localised and heavy nature of rainfall events many of the plantation roads and tracks may be subject to flooding and may be damaged creating a serious risk to people attempting to use them. The potential for rapid rises of streams and waterways from heavy rainfall in the plantation areas is high increasing the risk to life and property.
HQPlantations is appealing to the public to respect this closure so that safe and responsible access to the plantations can be restored to the public as soon as possible.
Further information and contact numbers for HQPlantations offices can found at www.hqplantations.com.au