Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614

email: advocacy@fog.org.au
web: www.fog.org.au

General Manager
Cooma Monaro Shire Council
81 Commissioner St
Cooma NSW 2630

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Upper Bunyan Gravel Pit (Cooma Monaro DA 10.2015.498.1)

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 is a partner in the Kosciusko to Coast network.

FOG has recently been made aware of this development proposal by the CMSC. The potential loss of any area of endangered ecological community Tablelands Snow Gum Grassy Woodland greatly troubles our organisation. This is even more concerning considering the major environmental threat facing the region, namely major dieback of Eucalyptus viminalis. FOG notes that the highly contested major grants scheme from the NSW Government (Environmental Trust - Bush Connect) awarded funds in December 2015 to the proposal "Monaro Tree Comeback" involving 7 partners planning to urgently react to this major dieback threat. In summary, to FOG it is unacceptable to plan this Gravel Pit project with the consequence of destroying not just an area of healthy E. viminalis but, even worse, a site of endangered community listed under the NSW Conservation Act 1995.

FOG advocates that the CMSC must put aside this development proposal and closely investigate every alternative for sourcing the gravels important to its civil works in the region.

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Sarah Sharp
President

8 March 2016