Friends of Grasslands
supporting native grassy ecosystems
PO Box 440
Macquarie ACT 2614
Environment and Planning Directorate
16 Challis Street
Omnibus Territory Plan variation – DV336
Friends of Grasslands (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 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.
FOG has had an interest in the Amtech site for some time, and has provided its views in the two EPBC referrals regarding this site (in April 2012 and September 2014).
FOG would prefer no destruction of natural temperate grassland (NTG), i.e. that all of the NTG areas are zoned as public open space. However, we support the change of most of the NTG areas as public open space, as proposed by this variation to the Territory Plan.
FOG hopes that such a change to the Territory Plan will be accompanied by improved management of the public open space areas, since there is a need for better weed control and ongoing management of the site to preserve its conservation values. We hope that such actions may result in more optimal habitat for the Grassland Earless Dragon, which has been found in the past on site, and which, hopefully, is still hanging on in the remaining habitat.
10 December 2014