Council to conduct controlled ecological burn at Long Hollow Reserve Beaumaris

27 March 2015

Council will be conducting a controlled ecological burn at Long Hollow Reserve on the morning of Monday 30 March, weather permitting.

Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico said that burn does not pose a risk to neighbouring properties and is an important part of the ecological management of this significant sandy heathland reserve.

“Council has installed 3 metre fire breaks all around the scheduled site for the controlled burn and fully trained Council staff with appropriate equipment will be on hand to ensure that the burn is safely contained”, Cr Frederico said.

This is the first time in four years that a controlled burn has been conducted in Bayside and follows on from the approval of planning Amendment C112 in February of this year.

“Amendment C112 was approved by the Minister for Planning on February 12 2015 and it removes the requirement for Council to obtain a planning permit to remove native vegetation to conduct ecological burns within its seven inland bushland reserves,” Cr Frederico said.

Ecological burning is an established practice in natural resource management and is vital for promoting the health of native heathland vegetation in Bayside’s bushland reserves.

Cr Frederico said that the notifications of the controlled burn were being conducted in-line with the Council’s Ecological Burn Resident Notification Procedure.

“All residents living within 250 metres of the reserve have already received written notification of the burn and as an extra precaution Council officers will be door knocking residents on Monday morning immediately prior to the burn occurring.”

The total burn area is approximately 1000 square metres.

Details:

Controlled Ecological Burn

Long Hollow Healthland Reserve, Beaumaris

10am, Monday 30 March weather permitting. Should the burn not proceed as planned it shall be moved to Tuesday 31 March.


Page last updated: 27 Mar 2015