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Hawks Nest bushfire program

Due to dense vegetation and its proximity to large tracts of bushland, the area was recently identified as being at risk of serious bushfire.Bush fire reduction burnoff in progress

To mitigate this risk, the Department of Primary Industries - Lands, in consultation with the Rural Fire Service, Bush Fire Management Committee and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, designed a bushfire risk reduction program. Hazard reduction burns were recently conducted by the Rural Fire Service.

The project is designed to reduce the impact of wild fire on the biodiversity and property assets of Hawks Nest while maintaining the habitat of the Hawks Nest / Tea Gardens koala population.

The bush fire management zones are assessed annually with hazard reduction carried out three to four times per year. 

Some benefits of the project:

  • Significant reduction in the risk of bush fire endangering human life or property
  • Significant reduction in the risk of bush fire endangering the koala population
  • Improvement of local biodiversity through burns designed to encourage native regrowth and germination
  • On-going bush regeneration involving qualified contractors and local volunteers to control noxious weeds
  • Identification and protection of koala feed trees within the bush fire management zones
  • Access management and signage to restrict illegal dumping, trail bikes and other vehicles in the delicate reserves
  • Involvement of local people in reserve management for the benefit of the community and biodiversity
  • Achievement of better outcomes for native vegetation, biodiversity, land, rivers and coastal waterways as per the NSW State Plan.