Preservation a priority
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