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Local love of Glenrock State Conservation Area drives construction of new carpark

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Visitation to Glenrock State Conservation Area (SCA) will soon be made easier, with construction to start on a new 47-space carpark this week.

And, as part of the $1.1 million project, a dual-purpose bus and truck turning bay, as well as additional spots, is scheduled to be built to create a safe location for visitors to disembark from vehicles.

A minor re-routing of the Deluge mountain biking trail’s also required to accommodate the new carpark, meaning it will be closed for the duration of the work.

Construction starts on Wednesday 21 June, with a September finish deadline, weather permitting.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) area manager Mitch Carter said the carpark would support improved accessibility, among other benefits, for Glenrock SCA.

“Yuelarbah car park, off Burwood Road, Whitebridge, is considered one of its primary parking precincts, providing access to the popular Yuelarbah walking track and mountain bike network,” he explained.

“The carpark is regularly at full capacity, thanks to the large number of walkers, runners, mountain bike riders and school groups enjoying Glenrock SCA.

“Many visitors resort to illegally parking on the shoulder of Burwood Road, which results in dangerous pedestrian behaviour that puts visitors at risk.

“To improve their safety and simplify access during busy periods, NPWS will construct a new carpark for visitors to Glenrock SCA, off Scout Camp Road.

“It’ll be built entirely within the existing disturbed electricity easement to reduce any impacts to cultural heritage or the local plants and animals.”

The 554-hectare Glenrock State Conservation Area is a popular reserve attracting an estimated one million visitors a year, including trail runners, bushwalkers, mountain bike riders, surfers, Scouts, horse riders, hang gliders and abseilers, local residents and families.

It’s also “home” to more than 140 species of birds, echidnas, bats and gliders and conserves five threatened ecological communities and seven threatened plant species, including the rough double tail orchid and the white-flowered wax plant.

With work ongoing, visitors are reminded to check the NPWS Alerts website for the latest closure information.

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