Tanilba Bay and Mallabula boardwalk area is on topic

Councillor Steve Tucker.
Councillor Steve Tucker.


The recent destruction by wildfire of some 70 metres of pine boardwalk between Tanilba Bay and Mallabula, has left community members asking questions.

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The original bushfire management plan had the scrub in this foreshore section classified as a ‘fire exclusion zone’.

Councillor Steve Tucker said, “Attitudes must change: the local volunteers are only too happy to do the job but the red tape involving the RFS and Council is so complex that nothing ever happens.”

“Our insurers will soon refuse to pay up for the numerous reconstructions we have to do.”

Life member of Tilligerry Rural Fire Service Richard Osborne OAM said, ‘It’s not fair to ask the unpaid volunteers to drag heavy hoses through this scrub with no vehicular access trails. Luckily, during the recent blaze it was high tide and an RFS fire boat was able to attack the fire from the water side,” he said.

Port Stephens Council say the area is ‘highly environmentally sensitive’.

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