I took the opportunity last Friday to raise the issue with Jon Stanhope
when he spoke for the last time as CM on ABC local radio. I congratulated
him/govt on declaring Gooroo and building the feral proof fence, but raised the
importance of the Throsby neck for it’s woodland and Superb Parrot nesting
trees. I also expressed concern about the potential bushfire risks both to
a potential suburb and the reserve, given that the suburb would be surrounded on
three sides by forest and woodland. I also noted that the “intrusion” of a new
suburb would create additional edge effects for the two reserves.
Jon said he was aware of the issues “which were being considered by the
Great to hear other views.
I thought some
members of COG might find this interesting.
development of the suburb Throsby in northern Gungahlin is fast approaching and
its time to start making noise if we seek to save its significant natural
resources from development. Currently 3 threatened species & communities are
found within the development zone, (Superb Parrot, Golden Sun Moth, and Yellow
Box Red Gum Grassy Woodland), with a further 6 woodland bird species (Swift
Parrot, Hooded Robin, White-winged Trilled, Varied Sittella, Regent Honeyeater,
Painted Honeyeater) found in the neighboring Mulligans Flat & Goorooyarroo
woodland reserves are likely to be negatively impacted on.
co-ordinate community interest and action on this issue a website
www.savethrobsy.org, a Facebook group ‘Save Throsby’ and a twitter account ‘Save
Throsby’ have been established. I hope people will come and have a look at these
resources and make up their minds about this development and its impacts.
information will stimulate letters of concern to the Federal Minister for
Sustainability etc, ACT Chief Minster, and the ACT Greens.
We need letters of concern as soon as possible as well as to
the Canberra Times
Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of
Medicine, Biology & Environment
The Australian National University
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