Media release | 16 November 2021
A popular reserve at the foot of the Snowy Mountains will now be better protected, following the installation of fencing.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands has installed steel fencing to protect 27 hectares of the Tumut Bush Common.
There had been ongoing concerns and complaints about noise, dust, and environmental damage from four-wheel drives and motorbikes, as well as disturbance to the peace of local residents.
There had also been bushfire incidents resulting from the dumping and burning of vehicles and other rubbish at the common.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the fence will help address those problems, restore public safety and amenity, and protect the reserve for the enjoyment of the community.
“We have heard loud and clear from the community that it values this important area of open space on the Tumut Bush Common, so we are taking action to protect it for future generations,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Importantly, residents can access the Common for walking and passive recreation through pedestrian entrances in the fence and gates.”
Crown Lands liaised on the project with Snowy Valleys Council, Regional NSW, Brungle-Tumut Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Soil Conservation Service, Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue, and NSW Police.
The fence is one of many projects the NSW Government is delivering as part of a $51.7 million investment in community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown land reserves across the state from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.