Walking track closed for ecological burn to encourage native plant regeneration in Puckey’s Reserve

THE Puckeys Estate walking track will be closed next week as NSW Fire and Rescue carry out an ecological burn within the Fairy Meadow reserve.

The burn is scheduled for Monday, September 13, pending weather conditions, and there will be no access to the reserve or walking tracks during the planned burn.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the purpose of the burn is to encourage the regeneration of native plant species.

“Fire is a natural event that has, over many years, shaped the landscape we now call home. Many of our native plant species germinate in response to fire and or smoke, and this burn will encourage new plants to establish within this unique ecosystem,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This planned ecological burn at Puckeys Estate is not a hazard reduction burn, it’s purpose is to preserve the ecological processes of native plants within this area.”

Council will support NSW Fire and Rescue with track closures to prevent community access to the Reserve, so that crews can do their work safely.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the shared pathway along Squires Way during the burn period.

“This work, as you can imagine, is very weather dependent and there is a good chance it could be rescheduled by a couple of days,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We know that Puckeys Estate Reserve is a popular location for exercise and outdoor recreation, especially as residents follow the current Public Health Orders.

“Thank you for your assistance and understanding as we undertake this necessary work to preserve the ecology of the Reserve. In the meantime, I suggest that residents make the most of our city’s other great walking tracks, shared paths and outdoor spaces.”

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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