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ReStore access to the heysen trail and rock climbing at Buckaringa Gorge

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For the past 20 years access to Buckaringa Gorge for walkers and climbers has been banned (in the case of climbers) or limited (for walkers as the heysen trail has been re-routed). The aim of this was to protect the habitat of the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. However since the ban Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby numbers have remained unchanged and the area had experinced a influx of ferral goats. Nearby areas like Warren Gorge, Hannimans Gorge and South Gorge have abundant Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby numbers despite the large number of humans who visit and stay in these areas. We feel that everyone could benefit from restoring access. Walkers and climbers can once again have access to this significant area - which represents South Australia's premier single pitch climbing area. The wallabies can also benfit since regular visits by climbers should discourage ferral goats from inhabiting the area. It is important for us to recognise that climbers would only access the vertical cliff faces and not the steep gullies and ledge systems which represent the habitat of the Wallabies. Other possible benefits for AWC include the possibility of charging for access to climbing and camping. Raising awareness of the area by allowing people first hand contact and access to govenment funding for maintenance of the heysen trail and surrounds through the SA govt's Recreational Greenways Legislation.

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