Council and PWS investigating unauthorised works at Sisters Creek

30 August 2018

Waratah Wynyard Council and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) are investigating unauthorised works undertaken on the eastern foreshore of the Sisters Creek mouth over the past two weekends.

Council General Manager, Shane Crawford, said today that the works had not been undertaken by the Council works crew and had not been authorised by PWS through a Council application.

“There is evidence of vehicular access to the area as well as the use of chainsaws on a beach that the public has access to all year round,” Mr Crawford said.

“Council is concerned that such works constitute a considerable risk to the unauthorised workers as well as any beach users both during and after the interventions,” he added.

Mr Crawford said although Council currently manages a section of the Creek Mouth under licence from the Crown, any structural works including small or large vegetation (or parts thereof) removal projects require a formal descriptive application to the Crown by Council.

“No work can be commenced until approval is given,” he said.

“Specific conditions generally apply with risk management and site regimentation considerations identified and mitigation strategies a priority.”

Mr Crawford said Council and PWS officers are concerned that there will be further works undertaken in the near future, compounding risk to public safety and are subsequently investigating appropriate enforcement options including police investigation.

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email: council@warwyn.tas.gov.au
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