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

NCA
GPO Box 373
Canberra  ACT  2601
Email: worksapproval@natcap.gov.au

Dear Sir/Madam

Reference: Development of Part Block 20 Section 86 Yarralumla, ACT (EPBC 2017-7813) and Block 18 Section 86 Yarralumla, ACT (EPBC 2017-7812)

Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia, included related fauna species. 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.

While the area is mostly modified and contains weeds of significance, the development will result in a loss of Golden Sun Moth (GSM) habitat. FOG asks that it be offset by improvement in GSM habitat elsewhere.

Consistent with the ecological management plan for NCA conservation sites and values of the grassland in Guilfoyle St, FOG supports the use of Guilfoyle St Grassland as an offset site. We note that one Button Wrinklewort plant was found some years ago, but has since disappeared. Protection of Guilfoyle St Grassland would result in a meaningful offset outcome, if it has an overlay preventing future development and it receives management for conservation outcomes.

FOG notes that the remaining native trees of Blakeley’s Red Gum offer opportunistic habitat for native birds and have the potential to develop hollows in the future. These trees should be retained if possible.

Yours faithfully

 

Sarah Sharp
Advocacy Coordinator

26 June 2017