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Metal spikes found near Mt Tinbeerwah trails

April 29, 2024 9:27 am in by

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has increased patrols in Tewantin National Park after multiple metal spikes were found by mountain bikers and rangers near popular trails.

They were embedded in the ground with the sharp end pointing skyward.

A total of 13 metal spikes, about seven inches long, have been removed from trails near Old Tewantin Road in the last week.

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Rangers were alerted to the dangerous objects by a local mountain biking club who removed eight spikes from the area late last week.

Rangers carried out multiple sweeps of the trails using a metal detector to locate any remaining spikes, removing a further five spikes from the area last week.

They are working with police and will carry out additional checks of the park in coming days.

Mountain bikers and visitors are urged to be vigilant of all hazards and report any dangerous objects to QPWS immediately on 1300 130 372.

QPWS Ranger John McQueeney said the presence of such potentially harmful objects is deeply concerning.

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“This is the first time we have received a report of this type of malicious activity in the area,” ranger McQueeney said.

“Everyone deserves to have a safe, enjoyable experience in our national parks and any attempt to damage property or hurt visitors or wildlife is unacceptable,” he said.

Mountain bikers are reminded to stay on designated paths, always wear safety gear and check the Park Alerts page before starting their journey.

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