3 April 2013

Stromlo closed by asbestos

| johnboy
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The Economic Development Directorate has announced the main trunk trail at Stromlo Forest Park has been closed by found asbestos:

All users of the main trunk trail at Stromlo Forest Park are advised that sections of this trail are closed until further notice. Pieces of potential asbestos containing material (ACM) have been found on two sections of the track.

Immediate clean-up and thorough rehabilitation activities have been initiated in accordance with established ACT Government protocols. The section of the main trunk trail between ‘Red Rock’ and ‘Tall Trees’ has been closed and signage installed warning trail users that the track is closed.

Diversion arrows directing people to the ‘Luge’ have been installed. These locations can be found on the website map at

This effectively closes off the whole top section of the main trail. Para webbing is also being installed on the top of the trail where the trail comes close to the Mount Stromlo Road. A blackboard sign has been installed at the bottom of the trail head near the main car park so that users will be notified of the closure at the beginning of their ride.

The track will not re-open until it has been professionally certified as being clear of any potential ACM. This will be done as a priority.

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UCI_carpetbagger2:05 pm 04 Apr 13

I can see a good reason why the release would not want to
mention mountain bike riders. The asbestos was easily visible
before the track was built. For the past nine years the pieces of
fibro on the track have been continually ground up by the riders.

There is probably not much danger to solo riders who leave a
dust trail behind them. But consider a 24 hour race with groups
of gasping riders enveloped in a thick dust cloud. That does not
sound very healthy, even in the absence of asbestos.

darkmilk said :

That release is amazing … those are mountain bike trails, key words which have been left out entirely!

I dunno, I’ve been riding out there and come across walkers and runners too. While the majority of users are MTBers it is hardly a drama that they didn’t mention them. Otherwise the release might say, “the trail is closed to mountain bikers, cyclocross riders, runners, joggers, walkers, unicyclists and anyone else who chooses to use it”.
Lighten up – they found an issue and seem to be moving on it pretty damned quickly.

I rode through there last weekend. Didn’t see any ACM, but did see a couple of bits of the trail had some decent holes wearing in recent times, so I guess if there is something dodgy buried there, that would uncover it.

I saw some tool scoot under the parawebbing and continue up Red Rock Lookout last night.

An alternative detour might be to do a left u-turn at the top of City View and take the fire road up onto Mt Stromlo Rd – that way you can continue to the top rather than descending the fire road all the way to Luge. It would depend on how far Tall Trees is closed as to where you could rejoin the singletrack. You can always keep going right over the summit past the survey mark and take the fire road down to just before Echidna Gap.

That release is amazing … those are mountain bike trails, key words which have been left out entirely!

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