Petition Closed
Petitioning Director General, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure Mr Sam Haddad
This petition will be delivered to:
Director General, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Mr Sam Haddad

Acquire bushland for a fauna corridor at 122 Mona Vale Rd, Warriewood NSW

Proposed residential development at this site will prevent wildlife from moving between two bushland reserves, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary and Ingleside Chase Reserve.

Land clearing, fragmentation of bushland, and urban expansion are major threats to the survival of native species. The reserves above are home to many native animals such as the Swamp Wallaby, the Lyrebird, and endangered species the Eastern Pygmy Possum, the Heath Monitor, the Giant Burrowing Frog, and the Spotted-Tailed Quoll.

Nature reserves must be linked by bushland corridors so native animals can move freely between them to feed, shelter, and to maintain their genetic diversity. In other words: Survive.

We understand that a fauna bridge is likely to be constructed at this point when Mona Vale Rd is widened. The intention of this bridge is to allow passage to fauna between the two reserves, and the bushland at 122 Mona Vale Rd is a vital part of the future corridor.

The only way that this bushland corridor can be secured is to have it in public ownership. We want the Department to cooperate with Pittwater Council in acquiring this small area of land currently in private ownership.

 


Letter to
Director General, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure Mr Sam Haddad

I urge you to acquire bushland for a fauna corridor at 122 Mona Vale Rd, Warriewood NSW, in cooperation with Pittwater Council and the owner.
A current rezoning application for this block and for 120 Mona Vale Rd to allow residential development of about 70 houses on this site will prevent wildlife from moving between two bushland reserves, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary and Ingleside Chase Reserve.

The only way that this bushland corridor can be secured is to have it in public ownership, as otherwise there is no guarantee the bushland would not be illegally cleared in the future.

The land is steep and of low residential development capability and would be a valuable addition to Ingleside Chase Reserve.

I understand that a fauna bridge is likely to be constructed over the cutting beside 122 Mona Vale Rd when Mona Vale Rd is widened. The intention of this bridge is to allow passage to fauna moving between the two reserves, and the bushland at 122 Mona Vale Rd is a vital part of the future corridor, allowing access between the fauna bridge and Ingleside Chase Reserve. At present this is a roadkill hotspot.

The importance of this bushland at 122 Mona Vale Rd should also be seen in the context of the future land release in the Ingleside area. We understand this will incorporate fauna corridors connecting Ingleside Chase Reserve to Garigal and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parks. A corridor on this block would provide a missing link.

The reserves above are home to many native animals such as Swamp Wallaby, Bush Rat, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Lyrebird and more. Endangered species recorded in the area include Eastern Pygmy Possum, Heath Monitor, Giant Burrowing Frog and Spotted-tailed Quoll.
Nature reserves must be linked by bushland corridors so native animals can move freely between them to feed, shelter, and to maintain their genetic diversity. In other words: Survive.

Ingleside Chase Reserve was established during the 2000s after transfers of privately owned bushland into public ownership when the community, Pittwater Council, the State Government and landowners cooperated to great effect.

I urge you to continue in the same spirit by acting to have 122 Mona Vale Road added to Ingleside Chase Reserve.