Ongoing use of dirt tracks within Heritage Estates, Jervis Bay, by vehicles and trail bikes has resulted in illegal dumping, severe erosion, public safety and water quality concerns.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said to address these issues Council will install a series of gates and barriers to generally exclude vehicles and trail bikes from the area.
“Council is not legally required to ensure that the land is accessible by vehicle but Council does have obligations to manage dumping, safety and erosion.”
"The erosion of the tracks in the Estate has dramatically increased in the last few years , it has come to a point that Council needs to act now to protect the health of the St Georges Basin waterway,” said Clr Gash.
“Many of the tracks have become impassable to regular vehicles. Even four wheel drives and trial bikes are becoming stuck/ trapped in large holes.”
“There are also a number of illegal dumping hot spots within the estate and although Council has tried other measures (signage, enforcement, education) they have been met with limited success,” said Clr Gash.
“The implementation of gates/barriers has been proven to be effective elsewhere to prevent illegal dumping and in preventing erosion.”
“This proposal is not about locking landowners out of their land - it is about protecting that land and the health of St Georges Basin, and about public safety,” said Clr Gash.
“Landowners will still be able to walk onto their land should they wish to, and if appropriate control measures can be put in place to mitigate public safety concerns, keys will be provided to any landowners wishing to access the site at their request,” said Clr Gash.
“Council has played an important role in resolving the tenure of the Heritage Estates and has committed to donate its land to NPWS as part of the overall Voluntary Land Purchase project.”
Mayor Gash said that the land cannot be used for residential purposes and whilst Council understands that this has been a long and difficult process for the landowners, it is imperative that the public safety risks and water quality issues are managed.
All landowners have been advised and the proposal has been publically exhibited.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170