Petition update

Another win but not the war.

Bill Eger
Manyana, Australia

Jun 28, 2020 — 

Thankyou all once again for your amazing support to keep this Glider habitat and forest ecosystem alive when just awhile ago the destruction was imminent. Not that its gone away, the threat is still there but it is an amazing achievement. 
Ozy Homes have finally referred the matter to the Federal Minister for the Environment!  The door has been kicked open to tell the Minister what must be done to protect the only substantial piece of unburnt bushland since the Currowan mega-fire this summer. This is our chance.

Can you spare 10 minutes to make a submission to save the precious Manyana Beach Estate forest ecosystem from being destroyed?  
The Minister is receiving submissions until July 7 via (Ref. 2020/8704 Manyana Coast Pty Ltd) 
What can I do? 
Anyone anywhere can make comment in terms of their understanding of the situation we find ourselves in and the extinctions we face.  
Here is a great link   
Every voice is valuable - the young, the old, the highly esteemed, the well versed in their area of expertise and YOU! 
Manyana Mattters Environmental Association believes that the key to protecting our wildlife is protecting their habitat. It starts by preserving this 20.2ha piece of mature native Australian bushland that was untouched by the Currowan Mega-Fire this summer. Here are some points you might consider: 
The land was already a biodiversity hotspot prior to the fires. Now it is an essential sanctuary for any wildlife which escaped the flames. 
This land is a source from which the surrounding devastated Conjola National Park and beyond  can begin to regenerate.  
There has not been a thorough investigation by the Government as to the repercussions of the extensive bushfires and the long-term effect that the massive loss of flora and fauna habitat will have on Federally listed threatened species. 
The "precautionary principle" should be used here. We don't know yet what the fires have done to federally listed species as well as all the other species.  
Anyone who appreciates the vastness and severity of this summer's bushfires knows the Government needs to identify and protect any and all wildlife refugia in bushfire affected areas as a matter of urgency. 
Laws have not changed to take into account the large-scale devastation of this summer's bushfires let alone continued habitat fragmentation. The game has changed and so must the rules. Precedents must be set - before it's too late.  
Out-dated environmental assessments (2006!) used by the land owner in their referral are irrelevant to this debate. 
Brief, hurried surveys cannot be relied on as evidence to support any claim that the destruction of this habitat will not have a significant impact on threatened species.  
Estimates of over 1 billion terrestrial animals (not including frogs and bats) (Bats are essential pollinators) and 240 billion invertebrates (also essential pollinators) killed in the fires. Recent surveys estimate 90% terrestrial animals killed.  
If we can make the Minister sit up and take notice, our precious native wildlife will stand a chance of persisting for the long term in NSW. If we don’t, we’ll likely oversee extinction events. Make a submission today! And forward this email to any friends, ecologists, conservationists, nature organisations you know, and encourage them to make a submission too. 
The Minister is receiving submissions until July 7 via. Have your submission in by July 6 to be sure. (Ref. 2020/8704 Manyana Coast Pty Ltd) 
Thankyou you all for your ongoing support it means alot in this crazy world. 

Bill Eger



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