Council approves fence for reserve
HARVEY Shire Council will install fencing around bushland reserves on the Collie River in Australind following residents’ concerns over unauthorised access by four-wheel-drives.
The bushland, next to the river and bordered by Barnes and Kingfisher avenues, is comprised of council land, reserves and land owned by the WA Planning Commission.
Unauthorised access from vehicles has created tracks through the bushland which, in addition to illegal clearing and dumping, has caused increased fuel loads, habitat loss and increased the potential spread of weeds and erosion.
Resident John Pye said the residents had been concerned with the issue for five years with the vehicles entering through the bushland for access to the river.
“It’s just increasingly getting worse and worse,” he said.
“It’s a shame that it’s been destroyed by people with 4WDs and motorbikes not only for nearby residents but for all in Australind who use it.”
Mr Pye said the concrete bollards previously installed by the council to address the problem had been pulled out or pushed over by the vehicles.
“They have no respect and regard, they just push them over with their bull bars,” he said.
Last Tuesday, the council voted to install a cable and post fence line at key access points at the bushland with existing bollards reinstalled parallel to the fenceline to make it more visible.
This type of fencing was used in the Ludlow State Forest to prevent similar unauthorised access and the installation is estimated to cost about $45,000.
The fence will be installed in three areas around the bushland with existing retaining walls and landscape factors blocking access in other areas.
Mr Pye said he and other residents were pleased with the council decision to install the fencing.
“Residents have had enough over the years and we’re quite pleased the shire has come to the forefront of it,” he said.