Bucca plan to be finalised

PUBLIC access may be blocked to the Bucca Recreation Reserve for "major events" of the Bundaberg Rowing Club but no other time, according to the Bundaberg Regional Council's branch manager of parks, sport and natural areas Geordie Lascelles.

The statement from Mr Lascelles came yesterday while briefing the six present councillors on the final draft of the Land Management Plan for the Bucca Recreation Reserve.

The plan was prepared with the joint trustee of land, the Bundaberg Rowing Club.

"We think that we've developed a plan that will allow community access to the river at all times, other than major events," Mr Lascelles said.

"Minor training things aren't a major event.

"At all other times, the rowing club and the Bundaberg Regional Council will leave the facility open to the public.

"I think it's a good compromise."

Councillor Vince Habermann asked if the Bucca recreational uses were "reasonably satisfied" with the plan?

Division 3 representative Wayne Honor said he was contacted by Ken Melbourne of the Bucca Bowls and Recreation Club and met with the group to discuss their concerns on Tuesday night.

"He was alarmed that they've been waiting for the plan to be sent to them and they've only received it this week," Cr Honor said.

Cr Honor said the members were concerned they couldn't make it to the briefing meeting yesterday and asked Cr Honor to seek clarification on a list of questions.

The questions included whether fences and gates could be locked on Longs Rd blocking people to their properties, exactly how long the reserve area could be closed off for a regatta, what constituted a "regatta", asbestos around the dormitory area and if the rowing club could transfer its trustee over the land to another club if it ever wanted to.

The council's CEO Peter Byrne said the recreational users had already met with the council several times and also the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) and discussed their concerns which were passed on to the council.

"We wrote into the document, you'll see a list of explanations and we provided clarifications," he said.

Mr Byrne advised Longs Rd could not be blocked.

Mr Lascelles said a regatta lasted approximately two days and required an aquatic authority.

He further advised asbestos was an operational matter and not part of the management plan.

Mr Byrne said if the Bundaberg Rowing Club surrendered its trustee rights it would come back to the council and then to DNRM.

He said the council needed to be very clear that DNRM makes the final decision on the Land Management Plan.

"Not the council or the rowing club," Mr Byrne said.



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