Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems


PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608

Phone: 02 62.. ....


The Manager

Planning and Land Policy Section

ACT Planning and Land Authority

GPO Box 1908



Dear Madam/Sir


I am writing to provide Friends of Grasslands (FoG) comments on the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 261 North Watson. 


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 conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on‑ground work. FoG is based in Canberra and its more than 200 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.


The site of the proposed redevelopment is of interest to FoG because it is adjacent to the endangered ecological community of Yellow Box / Red Gum woodland (YBRGW) on Mount Majura.  FoG is also aware that mature trees on the site are of habitat value to a threatened bird species, the Regent Honeyeater.


FoG is concerned that the Conservator of Flora and Fauna's comments on the proposal (at 2.8.1) are inadequate. The Conservator should at least have made mention of the particular habitat values of the 'significant trees'. Other aspects of the proposal that may affect the YBRGW and should be considered are:

FoG looks forward to ACTPLA addressing these concerns in finalising this proposal.

Yours faithfully





(Mr) Kim Pullen


26 November 2007