Preserve Banksmeadow Hollow in Botany

Preserve Banksmeadow Hollow in Botany

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Nancy Hillier Memorial Lecture Series started this petition to Orica Limited

Orica have recently submitted a State Significant Development proposal worth over $50million for 2 warehouses to be constructed  above the 5ha Detention Basin at Southlands, located in Banksmeadow in the Bayside Council LGA.

Banksmeadow Hollow, located in Botany NSW, is a historic market garden site, a slated habitat for the endangered Green & Golden Bell Frog, and a current example of bush vegetation regrowth that has thrived in only 3 years. 

Orica is responsible for maintaining a sustainable presence in Botany after years of pollution issues created by their work, this latest threat to the local environment is unacceptable.

The improved revegetation of the Detention Basin for habitat was a very small environmental ‘offset’ for the damage done by Orica over many decades and for contamination legacies, eg. stockpile of HCB waste, mercury containment at the Botany Industrial Park, the clean up of the carpark waste and the contamination of the aquifer and loss of access to bore water.

Orica has submitted an application requesting to build warehouse facilities over the site, clearing bush growth, and destroying the chance for the Bell Frog species to successfully use it as a habitat. 

Many populations, particularly in the Sydney region, inhabit areas of infrequent disturbance, such as golf courses, disused industrial land, brick pits, and landfill areas. Though once one of the most common frogs in south-east Australia, the green and golden bell frog has endured major population declines, particularly in highland areas, leading to its current classification as globally vulnerable. Its numbers have continued to fall and are threatened by habitat loss and degradation, pollution, introduced species, and parasites and pathogens. As most of the remaining populations live on private land, the logistics of the conservation effort are complicated.

The site currently provides habitat and food sources for birds, reptiles and amphibians and connects to other green spaces in the region such as Sir Joseph Banks Park and along the rail corridor. 

 

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