OVERGROWN: Charlesworth Bay resident Al Ramsay is upset about long grass at the Diggers Head reserve at Charlesworth Bay.
OVERGROWN: Charlesworth Bay resident Al Ramsay is upset about long grass at the Diggers Head reserve at Charlesworth Bay. Bruce Thomas

Manicured reserve is now feral

ENVIRONMENTAL concerns of the National Parks and Wildlife Service have resulted in a reduced mowing regime at the Diggers Head reserve at Charlesworth Bay which has upset local residents.

Resident Al Ramsay said the reserve had been mowed for 20 years by former Coffs Harbour mayor John Smith and council had guaranteed to continue this when Mr Smith moved away more than four years ago.

Mr Ramsay said the reserve, a popular picnic spot and a wedding site for many years, had been mowed by council as agreed until the last nine months when it had been sadly neglected.

“Everyone, particularly the visitors, is most upset,” Mr Ramsay said.

A spokeswoman for Coffs Harbour City Council said mowing had been reduced at the request of the National Parks and Wildlife Service for environmental reasons.

A spokesman for the NPWS said the current management plan for the Diggers Head reserve identified the area as a location for bush regeneration of several unusual and endangered plant communities.

He said there were facilities for picnics and weddings at Charlesworth Bay Day Use Area immediately north of this location and adjacent to the beach access.

He said there had been an ongoing history of unauthorised mowing and removal, lopping and poisoning of trees at Diggers Head, presumably to enhance views from some properties.



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