Preser­va­tion a pri­or­ity

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

EAR­LIER this year our group met with Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi, who helped stress the need for the de­vel­op­ment of a man­age­ment plan for Helms Scrub which, amongst other things, will fa­cil­i­tate the tran­si­tion of sta­tus from “gravel re­serve” and “road re­serve” to a site of en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance to pro­tect the area. The coun­cil’s writ­ten re­sponse states it is “happy to pursue sup­port to un­der­take the man­age­ment plan­ning process for Helms Scrub”. The coun­cil’s own web­site states: “There are a num­ber of beau­ti­ful, di­verse and rel­a­tively un­known ecosys­tems to ex­plore. Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil aims to in­crease the aware­ness of th­ese nat­u­ral ar­eas, so that lo­cals and visi­tors alike can ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pre­ci­ate the nat­u­ral beauty of the dis­trict. “A num­ber of threats pres­sure th­ese nat­u­ral ar­eas to vary­ing de­grees. In many of th­ese ar­eas coun­cil has de­vel­oped, or is de­vel­op­ing, man­age­ment plans to ad­dress mul­ti­ple is­sues …”. The coun­cil’s nat­u­ral re­sources depart­ment has been ex­tremely sup­port­ive of Isis Bush­care and the projects un­der­taken and we feel cer­tain the depart­ment will fol­low through on its com­mit­ment to pro­tect this area. We are aware of the many won­der­ful pro­tected sites around Bund­aberg and, surely, Helms Scrub won’t be over­looked. From the coun­cil’s own web­site: “Please re­spect the fragility of th­ese nat­u­ral ar­eas so we can all enjoy them now and long into the fu­ture….”.

Theresa Fyfe Pres­i­dent, Isis Bush­care

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