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Top of Mount Canobolas no-go zone for months; penalties for non-compliance

By David Fitzsimons

Wrong way, go back. File image, digitally altered.

Access to the top of Mount Canobolas will be closed for more than two months to finally allow for works to upgrade the summit’s car park and facilities.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has announced people will not be allowed to travel to the summit from Monday January 17.

“The Mount Canobolas summit precinct will be closed for redevelopment from 8am Monday January 17 to 5pm Monday March 28,” according to an alert on the National Parks’ website.

“This alert will be updated depending as the works progress.”

Pot holes, pooled water and, frankly, not very appealing. Sunset on the summit of Mount Canobolas on Saturday January 15, 2022. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Contractors needing to gain access to the telecommunication towers on top of the mountain have been advised to contact the local park office.

The alert also states that “penalties apply for non-compliance” in regards to anyone accessing the summit during the works period.

Recent visits by The Orange News Examiner to the top of the mountain, including on Saturday January 15, found the car park was in a poor condition with plenty of potholes, rocks and pools of water.

The access road to the top was, in parts, also in a poor condition with many potholes.

The works will create more user-friendly facilities at the summit to encourage visitors to use the mountain.

User groups, including cycling groups in Orange, have alerted members to the closure.


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