More than 20 years have passed since Green Point faced possible annihilation during the bushfires of 1997.
But, local property owner, Susann Crivelli believes it is only a matter of time before the red steer comes knocking on their collective back doors.
Mrs Crivelli is frustrated that various government bodies and providers seem to be reluctant to undertake measures to ensure Green Point and villages in Pacific Palms as safe as possible in the
Lucky for Green Point, the village escaped last year's inferno which burnt thousands of hectares and destroyed properties north or Forster.
In 1997 the 50 acre family property, "Turtles Crossing", which abuts the Booti Booti National Park, was extensively burnt.
The property, is primarily bushland, peripheral rainforest, eucalypt forest and some large and small heathland, comprising cabbage tree palms,banksia, paperbark flooded gum and native flowers.
It also is home to many species of native fauna.
It beggars belief that nothing significant has been done by the State government - which is the responsible entity - in the past 23 years; no lesson learned here apparently.Susann Crivelli
The Crivellis had the foresight to construct the family home of Hebel blocks, complete with steel doors and windows.
Mrs Crivelli believed the 1997 bushfire resulted from was a lighted cigarette butt thrown from a car window.
"In the light of the bushfires of 2019 something needs to be done about the fire risk of this park," Mrs Crivelli said.
"It beggars belief that nothing significant has been done by the State government - which is the responsible entity - in the past 23 years; no lesson learned here apparently."
In the 20 years since he was appointed "Turtle Crossing" caretaker, Colin Burn has undertaken an extensive fire hazard reduction program, mulching and slashing vulnerable vegetation and ensuring suitable fire tracks have been cleared and ready for firetrucks if the need should arise.
"We want to retain the natural habitat as much as possible," Mr Burn said.
To maintain this program, and leading into a predicted high fire danger season,Mr Burn has been slashing undergrowth and crushing dead twigs and branches.
"We do not burn; and there has not been a controlled burn in this area for 20 years," he said.
Mrs Crivelli explained the property was used as a base for both SES and RFS during the 1997 event.
"Luckily Green Point and our property escaped this past fire season," she said.
Although Mr Burn and his wife Cecily were forced to leave the property on five occasions during the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
While they haven't been required to leave in a hurry as yet, a dingy sits permanently on the Wallis Lake shoreline in readiness.
"There is only one way out of here, and it is very scary.
"Green Point has only one egress which is Green Point Drive."
According to Mrs Crivelli a transformer at Camp Elim caught fire spontaneously during a heatwave in the middle of the last fire season.
"The transformer itself is not designed to cope with the extreme heat we are now experiencing on our hottest days," she said.
"We have been told that these transformers line the entire length of The Lakes Way, presenting a grave risk to our property and all those in Green Point.
"We need the NSW Government to ensure that Essential Energy upgrade these transformers to an appropriate heat rating and ensure that they are maintained to prevent a recurrence of the recent fire."
So long as the NSW Government sits tight and does nothing, our property is at serious risk, to say nothing of the houses and several hundred occupants of the village of Green Point to which our property provides the main buffer.
Earlier this month Mrs Crivelli wrote to a number of government entities, the premier and local State and Federal members, outlining her concerns.
She has since received a reply from Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, who said he would forward the letter to Planning and Public Spaces Minister and Member for Pittwater, Rob Stokes, who also happens to be Mrs Crivelli's local member. She lives on the Northern Beaches.
At the same time a controlled burn was undertaken on on September 19 between Great Lakes Sailing Club to Elim.
"Nothing has been done closer to our place and Green Point," Mrs Crivelli said.
Mrs Crivelli believes some local organisations have been hamstrung in their efforts to undertake bushfire control measures by red tape.
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