Meelup Regional Park Bushfire Recovery

Published on Friday, 14 January 2022 at 1:47:54 PM

The bushfire that burnt through approximately 225 hectares of property this week has significantly impacted the City’s iconic Meelup Regional Park. Unfortunately certain areas of the park will remain closed for an extended period of time while crews work extremely hard to make the area safe. Members of the public are encouraged to observe reduced speed signage and not stop in the fire affected areas, as well as adhere to any road or trail closures.

Meelup Regional Park has significant environmental, social and cultural value to the community. The City is currently assessing the impacts of the fire, including damage to infrastructure, trail signage and to environmental/cultural values. Post-burn actions to ensure that the natural values of the park are protected are being undertaken. This includes:

FAWNA wildlife carers undertaking fauna checks in the burn area.

  • Feral animal and weed control management.
  • Assessing trails and access management, including temporary fencing to allow natural regeneration of vegetation and recovery of habitats, as well as in the interest of public safety.
  • Consultation with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) on management measures to monitor and protect conservation values.

Mayor Grant Henley said “The City is working in partnership with the Meelup Regional Park Committee, DBCA, FAWNA and other stakeholders to ensure the best possible recovery of the burn area.”

“We will continue to keep the community informed of post- burn planning works and when the park can be re-opened to members of the public. I implore the community to adhere to signage and not be tempted to remove barriers, tape or fencing put in place. This is in an effort to minimise the current safety risk and further damage to the park.”

Mayor Henley further added “On behalf of the City and fellow Councillors I cannot thank our emergency service volunteers, agencies and community enough. What an incredible effort in defending lives, homes and properties. I thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during what was an extremely tough time.”

Updates as to timeframes for re-opening areas of the park will be provided as and when possible. The City has a dedicated web page to the Meelup Regional Park recovery. Further information and updates will be posted on this page: Meelup Recovery

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes, Environment: An environment that is valued, conserved and enjoyed by current future generations.

Ends. Media enquiries can be directed to media@busselton.wa.gov.au

Meelup Regional Park Bushfire recovery 13/01/2022

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