The Council’s response to the Assocation’s concerns re the care and maintenance of McKay Reserve and environs.
Dear Mr West,
Thank you for your email to Ben Taylor on 3 September regarding fire management at McKay Reserve. Ben has asked me to respond to you directly.
The former Pittwater Council adopted a “Fire Management Plan for McKay Reserve and Dark Gully Park” in June 2005. In accordance with the Plan, regular mosaic hazard reduction burns have been undertaken as prescribed by the Fire Management Plan. In fact burns within the Reserve have occurred in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Council also undertakes annual manual fuel reduction works every year during the fire season from October to May. This is done along the bushland private property interface and reduces the fire fuel loads in these areas.
Council Officers undertake regular inspections of McKay Reserve with Scott Molenaar, Community Fire Officer from the NSW Rural Fire Service. The NSW Rural Fire Service advises Council on bushfire risk and where fuel reduction works are necessary. If members of the community feel there is a bushfire risk within a particular area of the Reserve or on private property, they can contact the NSW RFS via their website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call them directly on 9450 3000. They may decide to undertake further inspections of the area and will advise Council if there is a need to complete any further hazard reduction works.
Thanks again for writing to us. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Council’s Acting Principal Officer, Karin Nippard on 9970 1363.
Executive Manager Natural Environment & Climate Change