Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems


PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608



Referral Business Entry Point
EIA Policy Section (EPBC Act)

Approvals and Wildlife Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601




Dear Sir/Madam


Upgrade and extension of Morisset road, Kenny, ACT

Reference Number: 2010/5565


In responding to this development proposal, FOG notes that the road alignment has been designed to avoid as far as possible mature trees within the White Box – Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum grassy woodlands community, that it is anticipated that only one mature tree would be required to be removed as part of the proposed action, and that the road is to the south of most of the woodland area.


However, as the referral indicates, this road extension is the forerunner to development of the suburb of Kenny.  While the quality of the woodland in the area may not be as good as that in the Mulligan’s Flat reserve, in the words of the Ecological Assessment, “Because the regeneration is recent, the area has not been identified as yellow box – red gum grassy woodland in Action Plan No. 27, but may now warrant assessment as such”.  Noting that development proposals have also come up recently for Throsby (to the north of Kenny) and are still under consideration, FOG again asks that developments in this whole area be considered strategically, rather than on a piecemeal basis, and that all of the grassy woodlands within the Kenny are area be reassessed in terms of meeting the criteria for endangered White Box – Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum woodlands and derived native grasslands ecological community under the EPBC Act.


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 more than 200 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.


Sincerely yours





Geoff Robertson



20 July 2010