Protection works to improve Arakwal National Park neighbour safety

Ongoing work to improve protection of properties neighbouring Arakwal National Park, at Byron Bay, are continuing next week, with critical buffer zones being strengthened between Scott Street and Ironbark Avenue.

Arakwal National Park

The work, which is expected to take two to three weeks, will involve removal of vegetation in zones where properties are considered at very high risk.

The Far North Coast Bushfire Risk Management Plan identifies a very high rating for fire risk for properties adjacent to Arakwal National Park.

Modelling indicates that fire could impact properties in Tallowood Crescent and Ironbark Avenue within 1 hour.

Fire and Rescue NSW Northern Rivers Zone Commander Greg Lewis said the work would ensure the effective management of the area throughout the bushfire season.

"NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is one of the agencies we assist, to help protect the community and ensure residents in the area have an acceptable level of safety from the threat of bushfire," Mr Lewis said.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.