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The next project to be delivered by the Castle Hill Community Association will be the Coal Pit Spur Track from the Craigieburn Ski Field Road down to Flock Hill via Manson Creek. This will mean there will be a connected dual use trail from Castle Hill Village right through to Flock Hill Station via the Hogs Back Track, Dracophyllum Track, Sidle73 Track and the new Coal Pit Spur Track.
DOC has provided a letter of support for the proposed track, although the final signed schedule still needs to be completed (this will involve a review of flora and fauna to ensure the track is built to minimise impact on surrounding ecosystem, and an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)). The track is completely on DOC estate.
Coal Pit Spur Track Work Party Schedule
We're getting ready for the next stage - building Coal Pit Spur Track from Craigieburn Ski Field down to Manson's Creek. We plan to have this built by Christmas and need everyone's help on the following work parties:
Work Party 1: Sat 26th October - cancelled due to bad weather
Work Party 2: Sat 9th November
Work Party 3: Sat 23rd November - Run by Ground Effect
Proposed Track Route
Stage 1: Construction of 2.5 km of track from Manson Creek Trail Head near Flock Hill Lodge along Coal Pit Spur to the Craigieburn Stream
Fundraising to be completed and approved by 1 August 2013 to enable contractors to be engaged in the spring of 2013. It is expected that Stage 1 will start in September/October 2013 (subject to weather and ground conditions – if it’s too wet then digging will have to be delayed). Contractors will take approximately 3 weeks to complete Stage 1 from Manson Creek to the Craigieburn Stream.
Stage 2: Construction of the Craigieburn Stream Bridge
Stage 2 involves the construction of the Craigieburn Stream Bridge by contractors. It has been estimated that this structure will cost $15,000 based on similar costs observed during the construction of the Waterfall Creek Bridge on the Hogs Back Track and will require a building consent (to be obtained by DOC in association with CHCA).
Stage 3: Construction of 2 km of track from the Craigieburn Road down to the Craigieburn Stream
Subject to weather, work parties (2 by CHCA and 1 by Ground Effect) will commence in October 2013. A work party will be held every month (October, November, and early December) to complete Stage 3, which is the cutting from the Craigieburn Ski Field Road down to Craigieburn Stream.
Stage 4: Completion of car parks and the installation of signs
It is expected that the car parks and trail signs will be installed mid–February 2014. This will involve DOC and roading contractors in the area.
Stage 5: Official Opening
It is expected that the track will be open by Christmas 2013 in time for the major period of summer recreating in the area (mid -December till Easter).
The official opening with supporting organisations will be conducted at the next major event that will use the trails. At this stage this is likely to be a scheduled biking/running race being planned for mid-February, which will run from Flock Hill to Castle Hill using the trail network.
For further information on the track please contact Paul Weber, Castle Hill Village