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We want a Nature Reserve not a Regional Park for the ADI Site

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900 hectares of the former ADI Site at Penrith/St Marys has been spared from a massive housing development proposed by Lend Lease. This 900 ha contains about seven ecological communities listed under the NSW Government Threatened Species Act. Half the bushland is critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. The area provides habitat to hundreds of species of plants and animals. Many of these are threatened with extinction. The site contains Emus and Kangaroos. These are Sydney's last wild Emus.

You would think the NSW Government would protect such a special and significant area as a Nature Reserve. But they have a plan to reserve this land as a Regional Park. A Regional Park is essentially reserved for public recreation.The NSW Govt intends to open up areas containing critcally endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland for public recreation. This proposal means Emus and Kangaroos will be displaced from their preferred habitat and confined to a small area of the Regional Park. The NSW Govt is not seeking to protect all the sites Emus and argues they only want to protect a hypothetical sustainable population.

This land can be reserved as a Nature Reserve. The NSW Govt has already created a legislative precedent showing this can be done. In 2008 a 181 ha piece of land was saved at Cranebrook thanks to community efforts. The NSW Govt at the time decided to add it to the 900 ha ADI Site Regional Park Plan of Management known as Wianamatta Regional Park. At the 2011 state election the NSW Liberals were lobbied by locals to create new nature reserves at Cranebrook, the ADI Site land and bushland at Shanes Park. They squibbed it and only decided to protect Cranebrook as a Nature Reserve. They got elected and through an act of parliament in 2011 changed the Cranebrook Regional Park to a Nature Reserve. This means they can do it again for the ADI Site land and ideally Shanes Park as well.

in late 2013 Robyn Parker the NSW Environment Minister in response to community concerns about Lend Lease removing all the Emus from the ADI Site promised to hold community consulation workshops in order to hear what the public wanted to happen at the ADI Site. The outcome of these workshops was clear: the community called for the Regional Park to be scrapped, no public recreation allowed. That the area become a Nature Reserve.

There is no need to open this land up for public recreation. Only 5 minutes away is the 2000 hectare Penrith Lakes Scheme which is an old gravel mine site being rehabilitated. It has no endangered species on it. This area is more appropriate for people to trample than critically endangered bushland.

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