Illawarra Newsroom

Puckeys Estate to close for 'ecological burn'

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The Puckeys Estate walking track will be closed next week as NSW Fire and Rescue carry out an ecological burn within Puckeys Estate Reserve.

The burn is scheduled for Monday 13 September, pending weather conditions, and there will be no access to the reserve or walking tracks during the planned burn.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said that the purpose of the burn is to encourage the ongoing establishment of local native plant communities.

“Fire is a natural event that has, over many years, shaped the landscape we now call home. Many of our native plant species germinate in response to fire and or smoke, and this burn will encourage new plants to establish within this unique ecosystem,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This planned ecological burn at Puckeys Estate is not a hazard reduction burn, it’s purpose is to preserve the ecological processes of native plants within this area.”

Council will support NSW Fire and Rescue with track closures to prevent community access to the Reserve, so that crews can do their work safely.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the shared pathway along Squires Way during the burn period.

Image: Wollongong City Council