Coun­cil ap­proves fence for re­serve

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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