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

Chief Planner
National Capital Authority
GPO Box 373
Canberra ACT 2601
email: dcp@nca.gov.au

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Blocks 4 & 5 Section 38 Campbell - Proposed Concept Plan and revised Development Control Plan

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.

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with NCA staff to discuss the proposed plans.

FOG understands that there are no identified conservation values within the development area. However, as there may be considerable inadvertent damage to the critically endangered Natural Temperate Grassland and Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland adjacent we recommend the following actions:

1.       Cat containment: we urge that this be implemented from inception. All new suburbs developed by ACT Government are required to ensure cat containment. This development is adjacent to Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve.

2.       Fencing of the entire grassland and woodland area to the north of the development during the construction period; a gate for access for local residents at each end of the current pathway is acceptable.

3.       Landscaping within the development area to include no species that may become invasive and spread beyond the development area. Where possible local endemic species should be included to enhance habitat.

4.       If any native trees are to be removed from the development site, the logs from these trees to be placed in the woodland adjacent or within Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve to enhance habitat.

5.       That the developers work with relevant managers and community groups to develop a program to ensure long-term protection of the area of grassland and Golden Sun Moth habitat. This may include preparation of educational material to inform future residents, including development of wording for signage and possible publication of information about the threatened habitat to the north of the site. A process similar to that applied at Forde in Gungahlin may be considered, in which a partnership between developers, conservation and other community groups and other stakeholders was established.

Yours sincerely

 

Geoff Robertson
President

27 July 2019