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An open day will be held at Mt Field National Park on Saturday, 14 July to celebrate the re-opening of the Lady Barron Falls track after a major construction project.

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the Lady Barron Falls circuit walk at Mt Field has been closed since August 2004 due to an unstable rock face threatening a section of the track between the Lady Barron Falls and the visitor centre.

"This track is one of the 60 Great Short Walks and the Parks and Wildlife Service was very keen to re-open it as soon as possible, however the advice was that a section of track needed to be re-routed around the rock face hazard," Ms Wriedt said.

"A stairway was built to achieve this. This presented technical and logistical difficulties, as the stairway climbs a total of 45 metres with 239 steps and numerous landings, from Lady Barron creek to the top of the slope.

"This construction was completed entirely by Parks and Wildlife Service field staff and the result demonstrates their skills and professionalism."

Ms Wriedt said the new track presents the opportunity for visitors to view the forest canopy from tree-top level, as well as traversing a section of dry sclerophyll forest that has previously been un-represented in walks at Mt Field.

"Its added a different dimension to the range of tracks at Mt Field and visitors who haven't been to the park lately are being encouraged to come and explore the beautiful waterfalls and rainforest the park offers."

To celebrate the re-opening of the track entry fees to the park will be waived for the day and there will be a free sausage sizzle from 12-2pm.

Staff involved in the track construction will be on-site at the stairway to talk to visitors about the project.

Open day celebrates re-opening of Lady Barron Falls track

The new stairway is a major feature of the Lady Barron Falls track.