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

Access Canberra

Email: EPDCustomerservices@act.gov.au

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Development Application: 201833473

Address: 117 Kent Street, Deakin, Block 7 Section 66

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.

While noting that the vegetation of the site impacted by Development Application 201833473 is substantially modified yellow box-red gum grassy woodland and that many of the trees may be the result of native tree plantings, FOG understands that gang gang cockatoos have bred successfully in the hollows in some of these trees. We consider the presence of such trees, no matter their origin, as an important ecological feature, as evidenced by our support of the nomination of the loss of hollow bearing as a threatening process last year. In addition, the site adjoins parts of the Red Hill Nature Reserve that do have ecological values, such as the presence of the endangered Button Wrinklewort and Box Gum Woodland. As such at least part of the site has potential connectivity values.

Recently the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a resolution regarding the future planning strategy of development in the Red Hill area. The resolution in turn has led to a decision to develop an Integrated Plan by EPSDD; the process is chaired by Dr Erin Brady Deputy Director-General EPSDD. On behalf of FOG I attended an initial community consultation on the postposed Integrated Plan. The letter by Richard Nash (Purdon Planning) recognizes the resolution and proposed plan , putting forward an alternative use of the site building storage units. As such, the proposal seems to be seeking almost total clearance of any vegetation from the site, thus circumventing the Integrated Plan process and ignoring the ecological values discussed above. FOG argues that any development variation should not be allowed before the completion of work on the Integrated Plan. 

Faithfully yours

 

Geoff Robertson
President

24 May 2018