Council manages over 30 areas where the community are able to relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of a natural landscape.
Bega Valley Shire Council manages over 30 areas where the community are able to recreate in a natural landscape. From Murunna Point in Wallaga Lake (north of Bermagui) to the natural reserves in and around Wonboyn Lake, south of Eden, Council manages these areas on Council owned land or on Council managed crown land so that the community can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Australian bushland and natural coastal areas. Walking tracks, picnic tables and viewing platforms are among some of the built recreational assets that exist within these natural areas for the enjoyment by the public. Importantly, Council looks to manage the native vegetation within these areas with the aim to foster a healthy indigenous vegetation communities within each area. In doing so, Council endeavours to manage the proliferation of feral plants (weeds such as blackberry and African lovegrass for example) and feral animals (foxes, rabbits, cats) into these areas by undertaking works to control these feral populations.
Further to managing the native vegetation, Council manages bushfire risk under the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997 to manage the potential impacts to neighbouring properties. Council manages the risk of bushfire within natural areas in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service and other members of the Bega Valley Bushfire Management Committee the through the development of the Bega Valley Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.
The natural environment is a key asset of the Bega Valley Shire. The natural amenity and undeveloped nature of the Bega Valley coastline is a key marketing advantage of the region’s tourism industry and a large part of the appeal of living in and visiting the Bega Valley Shire.