Inability of the residents of Maloneys Beach to obtain a 'safe from bushfire' environment.
The Beagle Editor,
My wife and I live on Maloneys Drive backing onto the council laneway between us and Lot 248 DP569875. This lot is a large landholding owned by a ESC ratepayer. For over ten years we have tried to get bushfire mitigation rendered on the property line affecting Maloneys Beach. To achieve this the owner must submit a development application. He does not respond to requests. The RFS and National Parks plan and carry out burns on their management zones but our adjacent dense and tall fire fuel is not managed because it is Coastal Wetland. The residences in Maloneys Beach were built before the SEPP 14 was declared without consultation with those residents. The Environment in the wetland is being overtaken by vines that weigh the Casuarinas until they break and die onto the vulnerable and endangered flora. What about the safety of residents? There is only one winding and crested road out! The suburb has many old people who will be affected by smoke, the panic with separated families trying to travel up Northcove Rd through the smoke can cause an accident and block emergency vehicles. It is time the NSW Government realised their blunders have caused tragedies and put some sense into their Environment policies. Jack Fordyce
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