THE clean-up of the tornado-struck Kyffins Reserve near Mulwala is caught in a bureaucratic bun fight.
The Crown reserve which bore the brunt of the March tornado is managed by the Corowa Council.
It claimed natural disaster relief money from NSW Crown Lands to remove debris, restore vegetation and repair fences.
It sought $84,500 but is still awaiting on the claim five months later.
It has been unofficially told it will receive less than half the money it asked for.
The council is now expecting to receive $33,500 and engineering director Nigel Sutton is frustrated.
“Trees in the area were badly damaged,” he said.
“Some trees are recovering and others aren’t and probably won’t.
“We haven’t had a formal notification from Crown Lands saying this is what we will get.
“But the explanation I’ve been given is there are certain categories of damage covered by the guidelines and others that aren’t.”
Kyffins Reserve, on the outskirts of Mulwala, was in the path of the tornado, along with the neighbouring Denison County Caravan Park.
The clean-up cost for the reserve, a popular camping spot on the banks of Lake Mulwala, was put at $200,000.
The reserve has been closed since the tornado struck.
“The incident back in March was very different,” Mr Sutton said.
“It wasn’t a wind storm with a couple of branches blown down.
“It changed the presentation of the entire reserve.”
The council has had an offer from NSW Rural Fire Service to do clean-up works at the reserve free of charge.
Crews will collect rubbish and tree debris, starting at the shore of the lake, before working inland.
“We are under pressure to do something,” Mr Sutton said.
“I am sure we will have a safe site available for campers.
“It is still a case of watch this space until the end of September and we get confirmation of the grant.”