Bass Point rangers to be reviewed but action is months away

WAITING GAME: Fishing at Bass Point in April. Picture: Adam McLean
WAITING GAME: Fishing at Bass Point in April. Picture: Adam McLean

SHELLHARBOUR City council has proposed to review the way Bass Point Reserve is managed – but this will take until September.

This comes after more than 100 submissions were received to the council’s budget planning, with 95 of them concerning Bass Point.

Residents have been calling for rangers to be reinstated at the reserve, after busloads of Sydney visitors descended on the reserve at Easter, staying overnight, leaving rubbish behind and fishing beyond legal limits.

More recently, focus has turned to off-road driving by four-wheel-drive owners near Red Sands beach – which council says is prohibited, but which people have been doing relatively untroubled for many years.

Council has promised extra patrols of Bass Point this long weekend.

The five-month review proposal will be considered at next Tuesday’s council meeting, where several residents are expected to speak in favour of increased protections for Bass Point.