Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608

Phone: 02 62.. ....

Mr David Rhind
Commonwealth and Territories Section
Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts
PO Box 787 Canberra ACT 2600
02 6274 2611

Dear David

Edwin Land Parkway stage 2 Jerrabomberra to Karabar

Reference Number: 2009/5162

I am writing to provide comments by Friends of Grasslands (FOG) on this referral of a proposal to develop the Edwin Land Parkway stage 2. FOG supports the measures in this proposal to avoid or minimise the impacts of the development, including containment of stockpile and work areas within the road easement, fencing along the surveyed alignment route, and the weed management plan.

FOG also supports the proposed revegetation of much of the road corridor with native species, but considers that weed management and monitoring of the road corridor is needed to ensure that the road corridor does not become a source of weeds that spread into adjoining grassland and woodland areas in the longer term.

As elsewhere, FOG is concerned about further fragmentation of native grassland and grassy woodland areas, particularly as fragmentation has already occurred in the area and further developments are possible nearby in the future. High quality grasslands and grassy woodlands are at risk of continual fragmentation due to ongoing developments, and we consider that the combined impact of such developments should be taken into account rather than each development being assessed piecemeal.

If the development goes ahead, FOG considers that the offset proposals should be enhanced by adding the Hoover Rd offset (excluding the proposed dog off-leash area) to Queanbeyan Nature Reserve to ensure its protection in the long term.

FOG is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra and its more than 200 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

Sincerely yours

Geoff Robertson


10 November 2009