Areas of coastal national parks between Hat Head and Harrington on the NSW North Coast will be temporarily closed between Monday May 20 and Friday May 31 for aerial spraying of the noxious weed, Bitou bush.
Sections of Hat Head National Park, Goolawah National and Regional Parks, Limeburners Creek National Park, Crowdy Bay National Park and Kattang Nature Reserve will be closed to the public for short periods, as the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) completes its annual strategic campaign against weeds in these popular national parks.
"Bitou bush is recognised as the worst coastal weed in the state and one of 20 weeds of national significance," NPWS Hastings-Macleay area manager Shane Robinson said.
"Controlling Bitou is a high priority on the North Coast and aerial spraying is an important part of our comprehensive weed strategy for these reserves.
"For general community safety and as a precautionary measure, NPWS uses buffer zones to restrict access to certain areas on beaches and in the water during aerial spraying operations.
"Short-term closures will occur at sections of beaches, carparks, roads and walking tracks.
"Signs will be put in place before the closures identifying the affected areas and NPWS staff will be on site to assist during the closures.
"Campgrounds including Racecourse, Delicate, Melaleuca, Point Plomer, Diamond Head, Indian Head, Kylies Beach and The Gap will remain open during operations.
"Spraying operations are weather dependent so there may be some delay in operations. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience", Mr Robinson said.
For more information please contact, NPWS Hastings-Macleay Area at the Verges Creek, Kempsey office on 6561 6700 or the Port Macquarie office on 6588 5555 during business hours.