Ku-ring-gai local government area contains approximately 92 kilometres of interface between bushland and private properties. In many locations, unauthorised extensions or 'encroachments' from private properties on to Council-managed bushland reserves have significantly impacted upon the natural environment, public access and Council's field operations.
Although individually encroachments may appear minor in impact, collectively they can consume and degrade hectares of the Council/community reserve system.
Unauthorised encroachments in Council reserves can:
- compromise the integrity of natural and cultural values
- alienate land from public use or access
- impede fire management works
- detract from aesthetic appearances
- divert and encumber council resources and assets
- jeopardise public safety
- cause social inequity
- incite issues of legal liability
Under the Environmental Levy, Council is allocating resources to address the issue of encroachments on community land. Council has prepared a Bushland Dumping and Encroachment Policy to provide a consistent, effective and transparent approach to manage encroachments using both voluntary agreements and regulatory mechanisms.
Contact: Environment Officer
Phone: (02) 9424 0933
Post: Locked Bag 1006 Gordon NSW 2072