The purpose of the Badja Reserve Plan of Management
is to establish the framework and operational basis for the Badja Reserve
at Numeralla. The reserve is currently used for outdoor activities including
fishing, swimming and picnics. It is also used for camping by the public on an informal
basis. There are limited facilities in place to support these camping
activities and in the past there have been no measures in place to monitor
or register camping activities and usage.
The demand on free
camping sites has increased significantly in recent times and it is important
that there are strategies in place in order to prevent or minimise damage to
the reserve and to the adjacent rivers. Historically, the reserve has been
used by the local community and visitors for recreation activities, access
to the river and bush camping. The annual Numeralla Folk Festival which is
held on the Australia Day long weekend has traditionally seen the Reserve
used intensively for camping for the duration of this event. The local
community group, Numeralla District Activities Inc. organised this event and
provide additional toilet facilities during this period.
In recent years, some
of the area has become subject to overuse –mainly through inappropriate
lighting of campfires and over use of some sites. Continued uncontrolled use of the
reserve will lead to long term environmental degradation.
This strategy will
provide guidelines that will assist in the sustainable management of camping
activities, effective management of environmental impacts including loss of vegetation
cover, soil erosion, reduced water quality, reduced wildlife habitat and accumulation
of rubbish and pollutants in the river.