Hornsby Shire Council
Attachment to Report No. EN45/09 Page 0
Minutes of the Bushland Management Advisory Committee
held on Tuesday, 18th August 2009
in Function Room 2
Hornsby Council Chambers at 6pm
PRESENT: Cllr Andrew Martin
Cllr Robert Browne
Cllr Steve Evans
Diane Campbell, Manager-Bushland & Biodiversity
Cllr Wendy McMurdo,
3. Pecuniary interests
4. Minutes from the previous meeting (19th May 2009)
The Minutes were accepted (moved MB/ seconded AM).
5. Business Arising
Review of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan
Indicators and actions discussed. BMAC considered it important that Council focus on top 10 priority actions. BMAC considered the loss of vegetation an important issue in the Shire especially illegal clearing and prosecutions. Discussed how the DECCW Priorities Action Statement (PAS) and the large number of actions to promote the recovery of threatened species would relate to the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. BMAC identified the need to establish if we are winning or losing with threatened species and considered the possibility of residents contributing wildlife sightings online.
Action: BMAC to further consider indicators and actions and provide input to staff. Council staff to liaise with others developing/ reviewing indicators i.e. Sustainable Action Committee.
Action: PAS requirements are addressed as an action in the Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan.
6. Bush Fire Risk Management Plan update
Staff reported that 9 community information barbeques were held across the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Local Government Areas to discuss the draft Bush Fire Risk Management Plan with the community, and that a draft would be shortly submitted to Council for exhibition.
Action: BMAC members to note the draft Bush Fire Risk Management Plan will be forwarded to Council shortly for exhibition and is available for comment at http://hkbfmc.org.au/.
Action: BMAC to ask the Bush Fire Management Committee if large parcels of privately owned bushland are addressed in the draft Bush Fire Risk Management Plan process.
A submission (tabled) was made on behalf of BMAC to the Housing Strategy. Council is now collating the large number of community submissions and considering options to address the need for increased housing in the Shire. BMAC discussed the need for the Housing Strategy to provide a sustainable vision for the next 25 years and that housing precincts may need to be larger to incorporate good urban design within Masterplans, including water reuse and other sustainability outcomes such as parks and conserving native vegetation.
Motion (moved MB/seconded JC): That the submission made to Council on the Housing Strategy on behalf of BMAC is a true representation of the Committee’s views.
Action: BMAC members to keep a watching brief on the next stage of the Housing Strategy in context of seeking a 25 year vision for Hornsby Shire.
8. Field inspection: date and location
Date of the next field inspection is Thursday 12th November 2009. Location will be one of the preferred Mountain Bike Track proposal routes – TBA.
9. Correspondence In/Out
Submission by BMAC to the Housing Strategy dated 1 June 2009 as tabled.
10. General Business
Mountain Bike Trails
Council adopted an
Unstructured Recreation Strategy in December 2008 and received submissions from
150 mountain bike users in the Shire, and thus resolved to investigate the feasibility
of constructing mountain bike trails.
Staff indicated that the first draft of a report commissioned by Council
had been received from
Action: A presentation be
made to BMAC at the next meeting on the feasibility investigation of mountain
bike trails in the Hornsby Shire by
Roselea Open Day
BMAC members were invited to attend the Roselea Bushcare Open Day on 28th August from 11 am to 1 pm to view the work completed by the Bushcare Group through the grant they received and implemented in cooperation with the local Primary School.
Free Guided Bushwalks Program
BMAC members were provided a copy of the Free Guided Bushwalks Brochure for July to December 2009.
Shooters Party Bill to allow Shooting in National Parks and the Creation of Private Game Reserves
BMAC was concerned about the private members bill introduced into State parliament that will allow for 26 species of protected fauna as well as feral animals to be shot in National Parks and will allow for the farming of 28 feral bird species that could easily escape.
Motion (moved SE/seconded BT): That BMAC requests Council to write a letter of objection to the Shooters’ Party’s Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill.
Berowra Oval Water Reuse Project
BMAC is seeking improved liaison between Water Catchments and Bushland Teams as evidenced at Berowra Oval.
NSW Weeds Society Seminar 9 September 2009 at the Epping Club
Mike Barrett wanted BMAC to note that the upcoming one day Weeds Seminar was being very well supported by Hornsby Council field staff which would improve their learning and development.
11. Close and Next meeting
BMAC meets on the 3rd Tuesday every third month
Next meeting date: 17th Nov 2009