Status Update – State Election 2015
Former Scout Land – 5.6 hectares of bushland and wetland.
Sutherland Shire Council recommends the former Scout land be acquired for addition to the Royal National Park. Council states there is little prospect for development without causing unacceptable environmental impacts. The Mayor has written to local members of parliament seeking their support for the land to be placed on the Land Reservation Acquisition Map in the Local Environment Plan which is awaiting approval by the Department of Planning and the Minister.
- The land is zoned E2 Environmental Conservation in the draft local environment plan.
- The owner wants Eco-tourist facilities as a permissible use.
- The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage object to eco-tourism facilities as a permissible use because of incompatibility of the biodiversity value of the land and the large-scale tree clearing for bushfire protection required for development.
- The NSW Rural Fire Service have raised concerns with Council. The local RFS brigade unanimously oppose development on operational safety grounds.
- The developer has lodged development applications, under the existing zoning, requiring massive scale tree removal (thousands of trees) and degradation over 3.6 hectares of land for a “low-impact” “eco-lodge”.
- Council has received 1,200 objections to the development applications from local residents, public figures, academic institutions and community groups.
Jibbon Hill Lands (including former night soil depot) – 8.5 hectares of upland swamp and bushland.
- Sutherland Shire Council has resolved to hand over this land for addition to the Royal National Park, as well as all the unmade “paper” roads.
- This land shares many of the high conservation values found on the former Scout land, including the dense bloodwood woodland which is habitat for sugar gliders and ring-tail possums.
Conservation of Spring Gully is in the hands of the NSW government.
The zoning of the former Scout land and Council’s request for it to be reserved for acquisition for addition to the Royal National Park are decisions now before Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Planning. The decision to add Council’s former night soil depot bushland to the Royal National Park is in the hands of Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for the Environment and Heritage.
The NSW state election will be held on Saturday 28 March 2015. The Sutherland Shire Local Environment Plan is with the Department of Planning for determination. Now is the time to ask the relevant ministers and the local MP to commit to the conservation of Spring Gully.
Conservation of this land remains in the hands of the NSW Minister for the Environment.
The state election 2015 campaign has ended. The information below is retained for archival purposes only.
Text of letter emailed to Pru Goward, Minister for Planning:
Text of letter emailed to Rob Stokes, Minister for the Environment & Lee Evans, Member for Heathcote.