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Posted on: 13 August, 2018

McNamara Park closed to the public as indigenous group turns up the heat to eradicate noxious weeds

McNamara Park at Broke will be temporarily closed from Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August 2018 for the purpose of conducting a cultural cool fire burn to exterminate weeds and regenerate native plants.

Singleton Council, supported by Bulga Coal in conjunction with the Broke Bulga Landcare Group and Local Land Services, have engaged the services of Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation with support from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to undertake the cultural burn. The traditional Aboriginal methods of controlled cool burning will be conducted at the southern area of the park from the toilet block towards Milbrodale Road.

The park will be closed to residents and campers and only those people involved in the burn will be permitted onsite.

Alternative camping options are available at the recreation grounds at Bulga, Warkworth and Jerrys Plains.

Amanda McMahon, Council’s Acting Manager Infrastructure Delivery said the cultural cool fire burn was a traditional Aboriginal method of controlled fire to eradicate exotic weeds and encourage new growth of native species.

“Singleton Council is proud to support the Aboriginal community to manage this issue with a focus on sustainability,” she said.

“The cool burn is an ancient Indigenous practice of land management and has been handed down for generations.

“Not only is this an important exercise in cultural conservation, there is a hazard reduction outcome in the diminution of fuels and the eradication of weeds which is important for the biodiversity of the park and also to make the community of Broke safer.

“The burn will be conducted under tight controls and we ask for the cooperation of residents and visitors to avoid the park between the closure dates.

“Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of smoke from the fire, however people who are affected by smoke are advised to stay indoors with the doors and windows closed. We thank the community for their understanding during this important burn.”

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