Friends of Grasslands
supporting native grassy ecosystems
PO Box 440
Macquarie ACT 2614
Development application: Subdivision of lots 10 and 11 DP708411, 17-19 Meehan Street, Yass
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. While FOG is based in Canberra it has a number of members based in surrounding New South Wales towns and properties. Its members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.
FOG has become aware of a development application proposing the subdivision of lots 10 and 11 DP708411 at 17-19 Meehan Street, Yass. While we are not familiar with the area, our understanding is that there is Natural Temperate Grassland (NTG) adjoining the proposed subdivision in the Yass Gorge. NTG is an endangered ecological community listed under the Commonwealth’s EPBC Act. FOG’s concern is that, while the vegetation that will be directly impacted by this subdivision and subsequent urban development is not NTG, there could be secondary impacts to the adjoining NTG that have not been taken into consideration. The type of damage that could potentially occur includes weed invasion from garden escapes, run-off from the development (increasing nutrient loads and/or sediment) and direct or indirect damage during construction. Additionally we are concerned that requirements for bushfire asset protection of the proposed dwellings may result in changes to the management of the NTG, which may impact the values of the NTG (e.g. a requirement for mowing that may result in spread of weeds and/or loss of native species diversity or habitat, for example if rocks need to be removed to make way for mowers).
FOG asks that these potential impacts be investigated and avoided prior to any approval of the application.
31 August 2015