By JAMIE KRON­BORG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THE Nug Nug re­serve com­mit­tee is propos­ing to ex­clude camp­ing in the south­ern sec­tion of what has long been a camp­ground near Buf­falo River south of Myrtle­ford.

Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tives last week met with Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning, North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and Alpine Shire Coun­cil man­agers and of­fi­cers fol­low­ing neigh­bours’ con­cerns about crowd­ing, pol­lu­tion-risk and tree and shrub clear­ing in the re­serve.

The camp­ground has show­ers and toi­lets north of the Nug Nug Wa Creek, but two ar­eas – sep­a­rated by Menz Road – which campers use south of the creek do not have san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Neigh­bours An­drea and Si­mon Co­hen are li­cenced to take wa­ter from the creek to aug­ment their do­mes­tic sup­ply.

The depart­ment, as land man­ager, has said in a state­ment is­sued af­ter the Au­gust 22 site meet­ing that it would sup­port the com­mit­tee to de­velop a man­age­ment plan for the re­serve.

The plan is to “pro­vide guid­ance on fu­ture main­te­nance in­clud­ing traf­fic and roads, trees, sig­nage and fa­cil­ity up­grades”, the depart­ment said.

“The com­mit­tee is propos­ing to ex­clude camp­ing in the south­ern sec­tion of the re­serve and re­strict ac­cess to al­low for pedes­trian and emer­gency ve­hi­cles only.”

The depart­ment said it would also sup­port the com­mit­tee to “bet­ter man­age unau­tho­rised camp­ing within the re­serve, and mit­i­gate an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour”.

“The Nug Nug camp­ing re­serve is a pop­u­lar camp­site and ac­com­mo­dates up to 300 peo­ple dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods of the year,” it said.

“It is val­ued by the lo­cal com­mu­nity and con­trib­utes an es­ti­mated $750,000 a year to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The depart­ment told the Times Ob­server that SP Aus­net, the com­pany which man­ages in­fras­truc­ture for the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity in the North East, had re­cently cleared veg­e­ta­tion in the re­serve to re­duce fire risk un­der power lines.

It said much of it was weedy ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing black­berry.

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