• One of the cubby houses recently uncovered by Council workers.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

With temperatures on the rise leading into summer, residents are reminded about the importance of preserving bushland across the northern beaches.

It follows a spate of recent sophisticated cubby houses being uncovered and subsequently removed by Council workers in Ingleside, Elanora Heights, Cromer, Balgowlah Heights and Newport.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan pointed out the dangers associated with the anti-social behaviour.

“Not only is it illegal to build temporary cubby houses in protected bushland, the consequences can also be severe for the local environment in the short and long term.

“People often forget the fact that once bushland is left destroyed, the damage bill for Council is significant,’’ the Mayor said.

Residents are reminded that the bush fire season commenced on 1 September and finishes on 31 March.

With one of the hottest summers on record tipped for 2019 and early 2020, common sense over the next few months is encouraged.

For instance, a number of the cubby houses had evidence of small camp fires, which when left unattended or not put out properly, can result in out of control bushfires in a matter of minutes.

Additionally, illegal cutting of the vegetation to create a pad for the cubby results in a fuel hazard as the vegetation dries out and to be more flammable.

“The last thing we want to see is our natural environment destroyed by the foolish behaviour of a select few individuals,’’ Mayor Regan said.

“As quick as these cubby houses go up, it won’t take long for Council staff to find them.

“As a consequence of the increased cubby activities, before a hazard reduction can go ahead, our firefighting agencies now spend greater time and effort to clear the bushland of people before actually getting on with the job.

“I encourage everyone to think about their actions, anti-social behaviour can have catastrophic consequences.”

You can report bush fires on public or private property to the NSW RFS Northern Beaches District office on 9450 3000.

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