Manager of the Fire Management Unit in Territory and Municipal Services, Neil Cooper, has announced that work on the stage two Mt. Franklin Fire Trail upgrades will commence today.
The upgrade is to improve fire tanker access to Namadgi National Park and has come from a recommendation made in the the McLeod report into the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
“Over 23 kilometres of the Mt Franklin Fire Trail, from the Ginini car park to the intersection with Cotter Hut Road, will be upgraded,” Mr Cooper said. “The work, which is expected to be complete by mid-September 2013 (weather permitting), will include the widening and corner realignment of the road pavement and an upgrade of the road’s drainage system.
“These works will build onstage one of the upgrade which was finalised in December 2012, and will complete the link through some of the most inaccessible country in the region.
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“The upgraded section of road will allow the safe passage of heavy fire-fighting equipment needed in both fuel reduction activities and bushfire emergencies where rapid fire suppression is vital,” Mr Cooper said.