Congratulations Jody, CTCA committee member and Gympie Parkrun organizer. Jody’s efforts and enthusiasm have seen the establishment and rapid growth of Parkrun at the Victory heights trails with this weeks event hosting 136 participants. That total included regulars, first timers to Parkrun and a number of participants from England, Ireland and Switzerland. A great effort all round by Jody and a dedicated band of volunteers in making this event such a success and a valuable addition to the Victory Heights Trail complex.
Recent storms in the Gympie area haven’t spared the Victory Heights Recreational Trails with a lot of fallen timber and debris on the trails. Volunteers have done a great job to clear the larger objects and will continue clean-up operations as time and conditions permit. Be aware however that caution is always advised as even quite a lengthy time after storms dislodged branches etc can fall without warning from damaged trees. Other conditions in the natural terrain can also be affected by climatic events and it is always the responsibility of patrons to assess the expected weather conditions before entering the facility. Patrons are also advised to leave the facility promptly with any sign of approaching storms.
Our local Gympie Landcare contractors have made a great start to the Victory Heights Trails Habitat Restoration Project with over 200 native species planted during their first visit. This is around 5 percent of the projected plantings designed to restore the natural habitat for our valuable Koala population and the other important species of flora and fauna which can be found in the Trails area. Clearing of pest plant species and further plantings of natives will continue through summer as weather conditions permit.
A great turn out for this week’s Parkrun event with over eighty competitors of all abilities taking part and having fun! Parkrun is a nationally co-ordinated event which takes place every Saturday morning Australia wide at 7am, the Gympie run taking place on a 5klm circuit through natural bushland at the Victory heights Recreational Trails. Head over to the Victory Heights Trail Parkrun page for more info.
Some interesting species photographed by Dave Walter on a recent visit to the Victory Heights Recreation Trails by the Gympie and District Field Naturalists Group. Recent storms have caused some havoc but also brought much needed rain to the many species of flora and fauna which inhabit the facility.
Parkrun, the nationally recognized fitness and fun activity makes it’s debut at the Victory Heights Recreational Trails on 27th October 2018. Parkrun is a regular event at 7am each Saturday morning over a selected 5klm circuit with full timing facilities so your efforts can be compared with those of competitors all across Australia. Registration and entry is free. See the CTCA Facebook page for details
You can help to save our local Koalas by reporting any sitings on the Koala Tracker website at www.koalatracker.com.au. If you do spot one of the Koalas which live at the VHRT please observe or photograph from a reasonable distance so as not to distress the Koala. If you happen to come across an injured animal please report your find to Gympie A.N.A.R.R.A on the emergency number 07 54849111. More info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/817355215009692/
Whatever the activity you are engaged in at the Victory Heights Recreational Trails please remember that the welfare of our native fauna is the most important priority. Dog owners please note that this is another reason ALL dogs must be on a leash at ALL times while in the trail facility.
Please be advised as part of the ongoing development and management of trails for use by the wider community and expanded usage by groups such as schools, runners, walkers, naturalists and others we are unable to provide specific facilities suitable for horse riding within the facility. We are therefore not able to accommodate horse riding activities at this time. Any updates to this policy will be posted on this website or on the CTCA facebook page.
CTCA have teamed up with parkrun Australia to establish Parkrun Gympie at Victory Heights Recreational Trails. We will be developing a new 5000m running and walking loop and a shorter 2000m complimentary loop to help runners and walkers get into shape for the weekly event – 7am sharp every Saturday!
None of these developments would be possible without the support of Gympie Regional Council, Australian Sports Foundation, QLD State Government Get Playing Program and of course the skilled team at Trailworx. There is a lot of work to do between now and the projected launch in Sept / Oct so if you are interested in volunteering to help get this event off the ground please register your interest with our local Parkrun Coordinator Jody Fischer.
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