11 June 2021

Long weekend bush doof hit with emergency stop order

| Kim Treasure
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Araluen Road landslide

A landslide caused by recent bushfires and floods blocks Araluen Road at Knowles Creek. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Authorities are trying to put a lid on a bush doof planned for the South Coast this weekend, with fears it could pose safety risks on a road already badly compromised by landslips.

The remote Araluen Road property in the Eurobodalla has been the venue for dance parties in the past, attracting a series of penalty infringement notices.

However organisers of this long weekend’s event have been issued with an Emergency Stop Use Order directing it not to be held.

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Anyone attending the bush doof would be required to drive on the Knowles Creek landslip detour which has a five-tonne load limit in place and is restricted to residents only.

With widespread rain predicted for Friday, extra traffic and soggy conditions will pose a safety risk as well as the potential for further damage to the road and more inconvenience for residents of the Araluen valley.

Eurobodalla Shire Council said it became aware of the planned bush doof after complaints from nearby residents.

A spokesperson said council was urging people not to attend the event – not only to preserve the road but also out of respect for residents of the area enduring a difficult recovery from the Black Summer bushfires.

READ ALSO Repairs to Araluen Road continue after fire, flood and rain

The property owner has been formally warned by council that failure to comply with the emergency order is an offence and legal action will be pursued if it takes place. NSW Police have also been informed.

However unapproved bush doofs have been run in the area at least as far back as 2016 and penalty infringement notices have been issued before, seemingly without making an impact.

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Russel Fletcher5:30 pm 11 Jun 21

Council incompatence , restricting the lives of community again

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