Gosford Council and NSW State Government: I support the protection of Bambara
  • Petitioned Deborah O'Neill
  • Responded

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Deborah O'Neill
Gosford Council and NSW State Government
Jake Cassar
Cate Faehrmann
Chris Hartcher
Alan Henderson
Gary Davey
John Kaye
Linda Burney
Peter Freewater
Gosford Office
Office Parker
Terri Latella
Chris Holstein
Jim Macfadyen
Any Houston
Chris Burke
Laurie Maher
Vicki Scott
Jeff Strickson
Hillary Morris
The Premier NSW
Barry O’Farrell
The BeanFarm Studio
Nick Baron
Robertson Office
Lucy Wicks
Gosford City Council Mayor
Lawrie McKinna
Gosford City Council
Councillor Bob Ward
Gosford City Council
Councillor Deanna Bocking
Gosford City Council
Councillor Gabby Bowles
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Gosford City Council
Councillor Chris Burke
Gosford City Council
Councillor Craig Doyle
Gosford City Council
Councillor Jim Macfadyen
Gosford City Council
Councillor Hillary Morris
Robyn Parker

Gosford Council and NSW State Government: I support the protection of Bambara

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Bambara, meaning "Forest" is around 180 acres of privately owned land (main road is public) which includes a known Aboriginal Songline and is totally surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park and hundreds of sacred Aboriginal engravings, drawings and rock paintings. The main owners of the land have Bambara for sale and have said they are willing to sell to the Government to have the land included in the National Park, but so far the offers by the Government for the main lots have been miniscule and have been rejected by the owners.

In the locality of the Bambara area, in Kariong, there are at least 35 known threatened flora and fauna species including the Powerful Owl, the Giant Burrowing frog and the iconic Koala. There are the recently listed as Endangered Ecological Community (ECC) the Sandstone Hanging Swamps and clean fresh watercourses that feed into our thriving Oyster Farming Industry in Brisbane Waters. There are 23 registered (AHIM'S) Aboriginal sites on the lots and the mysterious and internationally famous Kariong Egyptian Hieroglyphs (Egyptian style engravings) just outside the lots in the National Park, which featured in an international 6 part series, Tony Robinson Explores Australia. The Kariong Glyphs site draws thousands of visitors to the Central Coast each year, including internationals.

The Bambara are is well and truly loved and utilised in a very positive way by our local community including many families, youth and elders that frequent the area. Several Social Justice Programs are run at Bambara and have had great success in helping to engage and turn around the lives of many of our local challenged youth. Other groups that enjoy gently visiting the area are, Primary and High Schools, Tafes, University's, Social groups, bushwalking groups, Scouts, Cubs and Venturers, jogging and social walking (for fitness) groups, artist groups (held exhibitions after visiting the area), photographers, film-makers (several short films and documentaries have been made about the area), meditation groups, official tour groups (some very large) and many, many more.

The majority of the land at Bambara is on very high ground and the views of Brisbane water, right through to Palm Beach (Sydney), are truly amazing. Over the years, 14 separate development applications have been lodged. Developers continually try to develop/destroy this area knowing fully well, that around 1000 mature trees, would have to be felled and the land gutted to make way for just 7 houses. That doesn't include the further clearing to put a perimeter fire trail, which would include another 1500-2000 trees to be removed!



Members of our campaign were involved in the Land and Environment Court proceedings after the last Development Application lodgement (as public objectors) and we received the welcome news was received on Friday June 25th 2010 at 4.17pm, that we had won the court case and this particular battle... The Land and Environment Court knocked back the Development Application!!

But the land is still open for development, is currently on the market and there is still no official protection for this very special place...

This community has tirelessly campaigned for the protection of this area for 80 years (see timeline tab), of course understanding and respecting Pemulwoy, Musquito, Woglamigh and the many other Original Custodians who fought for this land starting 224 years ago! and this land is still not zoned as National Park.

We must keep pushing to make sure that this very culturally and ecologically important and unique place at Bambara is protected and acquired by the Government for future generations to enjoy, before it's too late.

** Please get involved in helping this cause by filling in the online petition, which is actually a letter, and keep an eye out for upcoming events **

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Councillor Gabby Bowles responds:

      Councillor Gabby Bowles

      Thank you all for your show of support for this important piece of our natural landscape.
      I agree that Bambara should become part of Brisbane Water National Park and will continue to investigate options to make this possible.
      Council ha...

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gregory Olsen BOOKER BAY, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      As a new to be resident on the Central Coast, I'm very concerned to see this exceedingly important 'parcel' of land made safe from development as soon as possible. :-)

    • Steven Merrett AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      As a bird photographer I was overwhelmed with the variety, numbers & scarcity of many species in Bambara Road. The reason for their presence is the old growth forest trees and woodland which these birds require and it is so close to suburbia.

      I have photographed over 120 local bird species in the last year and had to travel out Ourimbah Creek Road west of Ourimbah for nearly half an hour until the road ran out and walk up the great Northern Walk to get a poor photo of a Crimson Rosella. This was my first species sighting for 2013. Thanks to Bambara forest I have some good pictures.

      Likewise I first sighted a Peaceful dove for the first time in a 600 metre strip of similar old growth near Lakes Beach in Budgewoi. Two days later I photographed a pair of at Bambara Forest capturing one photo in flight showing their bronze wings. Also others have photographed a Scarlet Honeyeater and a Boobook (Owl) which my collection lacks and a Lyre-bird nest was found & photographed.

      All of these sightings will be recorded as "Unusual sightings" be of great interest to the local branch of Birding NSW along with a Fuscous Honeyeater seen in bushland nearby that may need Bambara's bush corridor. All of these sightings were in a one week period and I believe there are many more to be found.

      I am very surprised that photographs previously taken of a Powerful Owl & Koalas should enough have justification to secure the land as National Park alone.

      I believed the whole area was part of Brisbane Water National Park and now I find it is in private hands and still at the negotiating table. Now it seems the stumbling block is price so I beg you to make a fair & reasonable offer to the respective land owners.

      As a bird watcher, photographer and member of NSW Field Ornithologists Club Inc (Birding NSW) I appeal to you to save this rich & sometimes rare diversity of birds & the required trees for future generations.

      • over 1 year ago


    • Joanne Meredith AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I want future generations both animals and humans to have this area come on people this cannot be allowed to happen ever.

    • Peter Street AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      The unique and beaut wildlife which has championed a gauntlet of survival as long as life has existed, deserves protection. Bambara's keystone position, surrounded by National Park, is vitally interlinked with the surrounding ecosystems.

      Modifying the water shedding would literally, have flow on effects displacing the local Giant Burrowing Frogs, which call for a mate on a warm damp night, amplexing at the ridge top in the privacy of the clean first order streams, distributing tadpoles downhill out of the private land and into the National Park.

      Along the access trail, delicate and vibrantly coloured Red-Crowned Toadlets, squeek, like wet thongs, as the male advertising for a mate, while protecting his eggs in tunnels made in the soft clay and wet leaf litter.

      Introduction of more pest species, like roaming tabbies from possible housing developments or rodents from industrial areas, or modification of the water shedding in the area, would wipe these species out in the private land and also the surrounding National Park.

      Additional species calling Bambara include those seen and photographed here:


      Best Regards,

      Peter Street



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