After 30 years of being closed to the public, the good news is that the Junction Reefs Crown Reserve near Mandurama is now open for the community to enjoy. The reserve has been off limits since the early 1990s, but thanks to funding from the NSW Government and successful negotiations with stakeholders, one of the region’s best kept secrets is back in business.
“I want pay tribute to the Land Manager Board for progressing public access to the site,” Mr Toole said. “OceanaGold also deserves a pat on the back for negotiating the deed of access to the site and in so allowing the public access after 30 years of closure. “I am looking forward to the official opening once the current COVID situation is brought under control. “In the meantime, the public can now gain access to the Belubula River Dam, the waterfall and use the newly constructed toilet block and picnic table at the viewing area.” According to Bruce Reynolds, Deputy Chair Junction Reefs Land Manager, most of the northern reserve has been rehabilitated.
“The public are asked not to go onto the southern side of the Belubula River or into fenced off areas that are clearly signposted,” he said.
“You can gain access off Bakers Road which comes off Burnt Yards Road.
“It is also great news that thanks to NSW Government funding, grids have now been installed at the entrance to Junction Reefs and Bakers Shaft Reserves which allows for easier access to both sites.”
Mr Toole said that earlier this year NSW Government funding of $23,480 was announced for major access improvements to both Junction Reefs and Bakers Shaft Reserve.
“Cattle graze on both reserves at various times and when gates are left open the stock escape onto the road,” he said.
“The grids will stop this. The new fencing will also protect the toilet and camping facilities from the livestock.
“It’s great to have Junction Reefs Reserve open again. It really is a spectacular location with features including a 130-year-old dam and waterfall.”
Mr Reynolds said they encourage people to come and use both reserves.
“They really are hidden gems,” he said.