On 10/05/2013 technogeekery wrote:
>I was reading some stuff over on the 'Taco about Ball's Pyramid, and was
>wondering what became of this PoM. Bump for an interesting topic, and an
>From NSW Environment & Heritage, this is extracted from the PLan of Management
>adopted in 2010:
>"Except with the permission of the Board for management or research purposes,
>access (for both visitors and residents) will not be permitted to the
>following areas... - any of the offshore islands, apart from Roach Island
>and Blackburn Island"
>"Recreational rock climbing is prohibited on Balls Pyramid and on areas
>walking tracks (e.g. on the cliff above the Lower Road). Elsewhere on
>the island it
>requires either permission from the Board or the services of a licensed
>applications for rock climbing have been received in recent times and
>it is generally
>believed that the geology of most cliff faces is too unstable to permit
>Climbing to access research sites (e.g. on Balls Pyramid) or for management
>purposes (e.g. weeding on cliffs) can occur, subject to the Board’s approval."
>You can download a copy of the PoM from http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/LordHoweIslandPomFinal.htm
Obviously nothing has changed for the better or for that matter progressed on the issue.
This is not unusual for the parry o'feral gubmint in my opinion...
Partially off topic, however I have just become aware of an upcoming TV show that had an advertisement short sequence of aerial footage of Balls Pyramid, and someone (on Lord Howe Isl?), handling a phasmid.
Australia's Remote Islands.
Sunday 16 June at 6pm on ABC1
Might be worth a look?
Saw it, and interesting as it was, it did not involve much of Balls Pyramid, though the aerial footage it had of it was good.
In fact as a show for general public, it annoyed me that NP&WS personnel (admittedly a now-retired ranger interviewed, who did the follow up expedition back then), continue to take credit for 'discovering' the 'extinct' phasmids, when in fact they wouldn't have known about them being on that remote sea stack if it wasn't for adventurous climbers finding them first!