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Fire at Booderee National Park - Update

A bushfire has continued to burn at the Booderee National Park, on the South Coast of New South Wales.

It is now estimated that around 50 per cent of the park has sustained major damage.

Extensive cooperative firefighting efforts involving Booderee Park, Wreck Bay Brigade, the Department of Defence and the NSW Rural Fire Service continue. The fire is being controlled.

The National Park and Botanic Gardens were handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. The Community and the Australian Government, through the Director of National Parks, now jointly manage the Park and the Botanic Gardens.

The park will be closed to all visitors until 10 January 2004. Areas include Green Patch, Botanic Gardens, all boat ramp access including Murrays, picnic areas and beaches.

Due to safety reasons recreational activities including surfing, fishing and camping will not be permitted.

In addition, for safety reasons, the Jervis Bay road may be closed intermittently depending on weather conditions.

Safety remains the primary consideration of parks staff, who will ensure that there is no danger to visitors prior to re-opening the park.

General information on Booderee National Park is available at http://www.deh.gov.au/parks/booderee/index.html

Con Boekel
Acting Director of National Parks

24 December 2003