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

 

Territory Plan Section
EPSDD
GPO Box 158
Canberra, ACT 2601
email: terrplan@act.gov.au  

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Draft variation no 379 Nature Reserve – Kenny Environmental Offset Site

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 has had a long standing interest in native grassland and grassy woodland areas of conservation value in the Gungahlin area, and has commented on numerous development proposals in the area including the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment.

In relation to Gungahlin rural block 820 and part of Old Well Station Road as identified in the draft variation notice, FOG is aware of the conservation values of the area. It contains critically endangered box-gum woodland, supports a population of the Striped Legless Lizard (Delmar impar) and is important in connecting Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to the Mount Majura section of Canberra Nature Park. It’s retention as a nature reserve was an important outcome and offset from the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment.

FOG strongly supports the rezoning of the area to Non-Urban NUZ3 Hills Ridges and Buffers Zone. FOG also strongly supports removal of the Future Urban Area overlay and replacement with the ‘Pc – a nature reserve’ Public Land Reserve overlay, with a view to its planned gazettal as Kenny Nature Reserve.

FOG also supports the views of the Conservator of Flora and Fauna that consideration should be given to extending the nature reserve overlay to blocks 739, 655, 821 and 822 to further protect the Striped Legless Lizard. These conservation values have been documented in a recent EPBC referral in relation to an extension of Morisett Road (referral 2020/8822), and FOG considers that extending the nature reserve overlay would help in retaining both habitat and connectivity for the Lizard in this area.

FOG also supports the Conservator’s suggestion that a Ngunnawal name be used for the reserve and that this be established as part of the process of the draft variation.

Yours sincerely

 

Geoff Robertson
President

25 January 2021