Stop the destruction of native woodland for a subdivision in Garden Suburb
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Urban Growth NSW has submitted a development application (DA/1284/2013) into Lake Macquarie City council to destroy over 10ha s of a 37ha native woodland area for a residential subdivision. The large area that this subdivision sits amongst is documented as being suitable habitat for 19 Threatened Bird species, 7 Threatened Mammal species, 5 migratory bird species. 1 x known threatened flora (Tetratheca junce ) and suitable habitat for 2 other flora (Cryptostylis hunteriana), ( Diuris praecox). Nine of these are regionally significant species / communities of flora and fauna. The Powerful Owl is just one but the most likely to be affected the most. The continued fragmentation of good quality forest and woodlands by subdivisions, roads and industrial areas around the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas is placing all of them at risk. The continued loss of nesting trees and foraging area is pushing them into small pockets where they are competing for food and fighting for territory.
The destruction of 19ha of Native bushland around the John Hunter Hospital for the continuation of the Newcastle inner City bypass Rankin Park to Jesmond is further evidence of loss of habitat and fragmentation near by. The Environmental impact document states on page 31 under the heading of Threatened species of Fauna below table 4.4 it talks about how 8 threatened fauna species will be affected, Including the Powerful Owl which is active in the area. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/01documents/newcastle-inner-city-bypass/rankin-park-to-jesmond/newcastle-inner-city-bypass-state-significant-infrastructure-report-dec-2014.pdf
The Subdivision and the extension of the Newcastle inner city bypass plus whatever else that is being planned is a demonstration of silo mentality. There seems to be no one body considering all these projects across multiple council areas and the effects on the environment. The accumulative affect of all the land clearing is creating isolated pockets where the native animals have to face high risk to access other areas. This continued pressure and impact to our Native wildlife is saddening. Focusing in on the Powerful Owl the Loss of Six nesting trees in Garden Suburb plus the loss Nesting trees and fragmentation in New Lambton Heights will more than likely cause the Owl to leave these areas. On page 32, 4.2.2 it talks about the impacts the construction and once operating of the road will have on the environment
The environmental report for the link road extension does not take into account what is planned to happen in Garden Suburb and vice versa the cumulative affect is much greater due to the closeness of the two areas. The Garden suburb Powerful owl study counts the area to be lost next to John Hunter as an area for them to move too. Not anymore
Its too late to stop the Link road but it is not to late to stop the destruction of this land in Garden Suburb. This project for housing is not of high state significance for providing extra housing but it is significant for maintaining Habitat for our native wild life. Make this a reserve and provide trails through to allow people to enjoy without the destruction.
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Picture from Lake Macquarie council Interim Large Forest Owl Planning and Management guidelines 2014.
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