Stop Shoalhaven City Council Clearing Bushland Including National Parks & Aboriginal Land

Stop Shoalhaven City Council Clearing Bushland Including National Parks & Aboriginal Land

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David Robertson started this petition to Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Finlay and

Shoalhaven City Council has put forward a petition to the NSW State Government and the Australian Federal Government to clear a minimum of 200 metres of bushland around urban areas in the Shoalhaven. This includes Aboriginal Land, National Parks and State Forests, they wish to turn the land in to Park Land and have much the land handed over to them. They also want to create huge fire breaks as wide as possible, also in National Parks and State Forests. This will displace thousands of native animals, and greatly reduce their habitat. It will also mean the removal of thousands of trees and shrubs. It will cause the deaths of potentially hundreds of native animals that will be displaced and will be forced to compete for habitat and food, animals that are already struggling. It could also potentially cause damage to Aboriginal land and sites. It would also open up large areas for more development in the Shoalhaven, which will ruin what is great about the Shoalhaven, the bush and the animals, nature. Also the cost of the original works and the maintenance works will be huge. This must be stopped before it gets a chance to start, as there is no way of telling where it will end. The council have requested this without making it clear how much land they want to clear and in what areas. Allowing Shoalhaven City Council to do this will be giving them carte blanche to clear what they like, where they like. It is claimed it is to stop the recent fire season from reoccurring, it will not. As this year saw the fires jump fire breaks, easements already in place and the Shoalhaven River. If a similar fire season occurs there is nothing to say that the fires will not jump across these new fire breaks and parklands that the council wish to create. Also as was seen in the recent fires, if drought dries out the grasses in the new park lands the fire can ignite the dry grasses and then ignite the bushland on the other side. These proposals are political grandstanding ahead of the council elections and a way to destroy as much bush as possible. It is a knee jerk reaction that will cause irreversible damage to the bushland in the Shoalhaven.

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