Political land management – developments and standards

Along with the predictable failure of the Abbott government’s bid to de-list part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, and the surprise of billionaire coal miner, Clive Palmer, coming to some sort of agreement with Al Gore, on climate change. This week, the NSW government announced it will pay Boral $8.55 million, to buy back about 50,000 cubic metres of timber allocations, on the north coast. Described by NEFA as ‘too little, too late’, any reduction in logging intensity seems unlikely, given the trees weren’t there in the first place, and what was sold as pulplogs,  is now sold as fire-wood etc.

To the south, the NSW government has provided $630k to the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council to further develop the Bundian Way Tourist Trail, around Twofold Bay, at Eden. The idea is to bring walking tracks up to an acceptable standard, prior to the arrival of more tourists in 2015, when the port can accommodate more, and larger cruise ships.

Locally, the NPWS has erected a new sign, near the Murrah Hall on the Bermagui -Tathra road, pointing to the sacred Aboriginal site, Mumbulla Falls. Previously, it had encouraged tourists to get to the falls from Greendale, on the other side of Biamanga, as indicated in the map below.  This was the result of tourists getting lost, having accidents or breakdowns, where there is no mobile phone coverage, and ending up at private properties, asking for help.

mumbullaroads

 

Consistent with a changed approach to access, FCNSW have recently graded Knights Creek road, last undertaken with other roads in Mumbulla SF, during in 2008. On this occasion, and unless they are coming back, its part of the main access road to Mumbulla falls was the only one graded.  While the grader driver did manage not to hit the fence along Knights Creek road (green hatch), they get closer every time, and many trees were needlessly damaged.  Excluding private property access roads, the NPWS maintains 12.7 km, Council  7.3 km and FCNSW 7.2 km, although Council has the highest standards.

Something else local residents have no say in, and play no part in, is the feral animal control program that, FCNSW have recently advised,  they will be continuing in Murrah and Mumbulla SFs. Previously, the program was to be reviewed by now, but according to Robert Young, writing  for Kathy Jones, Senior Manager Forest Stewardship, the program will reviewed by 31 December 2014.

During the most recent baiting, a couple of weeks back, baits at both stations I monitor were taken within days, but I’ve heard foxes a couple of times since then. For further information on the program it’s necessary to contact Gene Bobbin, however, as the the revised signs indicate baiting will continue until July 2015, Gene’s information would probably only increase uncertainty.

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