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Cultural burn and bushcare program for Georges River

11/11/2020

At the November Council meeting Georges River Council committed to the establishment of a long-term cultural burn (hazard reduction) and bushcare program.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene welcomed the motion as it is consistent with one of the goals of the Community Strategic Plan which aims to protect the environment and green open space.

“Cultural burning is being widely embraced as an environmentally sustainable practice which can protect and nurture the natural environment,” Mayor Greene said.

The cultural burn hazard reduction program was proposed by Councillor Colleen Symington.

“This program will help to ensure that long overdue bush regeneration can take place while ensuring that local fauna is also protected” said Councillor Symington.

Cr Symington also requested that Council explore the opportunity to partner with NSW TAFE to involve TAFE students with practical field work and bushcare.

“By involving students, this will hopefully reinvigorate the number of people now becoming involved on a voluntary basis” Cr Symington said Council resolved to investigate conducting a cultural burn at Peakhurst Foreshore Reserve for Autumn 2021, when a scheduled hazard-reduction burn was planned.
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