Thursday, 2 July 2020
Pins in Minto Crag illegal department says

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has said the development of a sport climbing venue along the cliffs on state land at Minto Crag is an offence.

"In general terms they have all been advised that the installation of rock anchors/pins/carabiners and the interference with vegetation on unallocated state land is an offence under s.404 of the Land Act 1994, for which significant penalties apply.”

A Zoom meeting of the Australian Climbers Association of Queensland (ACAQ) was held last Tuesday evening, May 26 and it would appear that the executive and members were unaware of the correspondence from the department.

In the meeting a suggestion was made to the developers of climbing routes that “if you are clearing fallen wood from around the base of the cliff don’t use chainsaws” as “it gives a sense of ownership, of homesteading” as with any type of development … “leave no trace, no evidence, any gardening [definition: live or dead vegetation removal] make sure it is dispersed.” 

Read the full story and more from the meeting here: Sport climbing developers warned off state-owned Minto Crag land (Subscriber only)