|Subject:||RE: No Namadji for weeks?|
|From:||Con Boekel <>|
|Date:||Sat, 15 Feb 2020 00:28:40 +0000|
I have noticed that over the last 35 years less and less of our nature reserves are easily accessible because access roads have been closed to car traffic.
For young and fit people, this is not much of an issue.
For the ageing population it means that our world is increasingly limited by management regulation.
IMO, some large reserve areas west of the Bidgee were not burned and should be accessible now.
Beyond that, I would prefer to see a graduated opening of fire-affected areas as they are checked by staff.
It is not unreasonable to expect a timeline for this - beyond something vague like maybe 'weeks'.
If actual circumstances, such as new and unexpected risks, force an alteration in the timelines then it is reasonable to alter the timelines - along with an explanation of why the alterations are necessary.
Keeping the whole reserve area west of the Bidgee closed until the very last smidgin of fire damage has been checked seems to be quite OTT.
If the real issue for the prolonged, total lack of access is that not enough staff are being allocated to reserve management then that is something the ACT Government could, and should, address.
(This is NOT a criticism of ACT reserve staff for who I have developed over the decades much appreciation and admiration.)
On 2/15/2020 11:12 AM, sandra henderson wrote:
I personally think it's perfectly reasonable that it's closed , to ensure staff who need to be out and about don't have to think about checking road conditions (which is done regularly throughout Namadgi when the park is open, fires or no fires), cleaning up after the morons who leave rubbish everywhere they go, and so on. The parks staff have more than enough to do right now. We'll be allowed back in when fire season is over.
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