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

Land, Planning and Building Services Shopfront,
EPSDD
GPO Box 158,
Canberra City    2601
Email: ACEPDcustomerservices@act.gov.au

Dear Sir/Madam

Development application 202138613

Installation of a new underground optic fibre cable between Tennant Street and Pialligo Avenue

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 notes that the cable alignment goes mostly through areas of exotic grasses and avoids Stiped Legless Lizard habitat. We support the Conservator’s request that a CEMP be in place which includes mitigation of the mobilisation and spread of weeds (particularly African Lovegrass) and restoration of native pasture. As it spends much of its on-ground activity time doing weed control, FOG asks that the Conservator’s requirement that “Prior to entering the reserve vehicles and machinery must be cleaned and free of any plant material or soil” be rigorously adhered to so that there is no opportunity for weeds to spread along the disturbance line and into the remainder of the grassland area. We also support the measures in the draft CEMP for fencing to minimise potential accidental impacts to native grassland areas and barriers to prevent reptiles falling into pits.

FOG’s view is that the text about the minimum 18 month maintenance period to ensure native ground cover establishment and weed control (p 20 of the CEMP) should be amended to either “should cover 18 months and at least two growing seasons” or to “should cover two years”.

Yours sincerely

 

Naarilla Hirsch
Advocacy coordinator

1 December 2021