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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan



Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan


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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan April 2016 Page 3 agreement vests management responsibility for the area to the Commission for the protection of flora and fauna. The Management Agreement is due to expire in 2016. This area is an important asset to the Reserve. The boat ramp and picnic areas are important from a recreational perspective while the beach is important from a conservation perspective. The Parks and Wildlife Commission will continue to liaise with the Department of Defence to investigate the possibility of these key areas being included in the Reserve in the long-term. 1.3 A Brief History of the Reserve Casuarina Coastal Reserve has not always looked as it does now. Over the last 70 years, the Reserve and the surrounding area was affected by a number of events including: In the 1940s large areas of land along the coast were cleared and sand and gravel was removed for gun emplacements and lines of sight as part of World War II preparations. The beach was secured with barbed wire entanglements and star pickets. The 1960s and 70s saw population growth in Darwin and an increase in recreational use of the area now known as Casuarina Coastal Reserve. This included off-road vehicles and pedestrians cutting their own access paths to the beach. It also saw extensive sand mining, including areas adjacent to the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club, which caused further degradation of the area. The early 1970s saw the development of the suburb of Tiwi including subsequent storm water run-off into the Reserve which caused the silting of Sandy Creek. Further urban development in the suburb of Alawa saw bulldozing of mangroves along Rapid Creek where it was proposed to build a recreation lake. The Buffalo Creek boat ramp is popular with recreational fishers Management Actions Monitor the impact of the increase in visitor numbers as a result of the development of the newly proposed housing estate on Lots 4873 and 9370. If required amend the Domestic Animal Regulations to accommodate this increase. Investigate the potential for the Reserve to be declared under section 12 of the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act. Investigate the potential to expand the Reserve through the inclusion of portions of Lot 9458 and Lot 4873. Continue to work with the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club to ensure good working relationships are maintained. Investigate the potential for the key areas within the Buffalo Creek Management Area to be included within the Reserve in the long-term.

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