Expanding Mugga Lane Tip

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Subject: Expanding Mugga Lane Tip
From: "Tony Lawson" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:32:24 +1000
FOG did a submission on this proposal to expand the tip. This is what our advocacy co-ordinator had to say:

Isn’t this the EPBC referral FOG did a while ago – the one where we did a tour of the area (and the offset site)? I suspect that it is, and that the media report is not very good, e.g. they’ve called it “endangered box-woodland” whereas in fact it is low quality box-gum woodland – some old trees but mostly exotic understorey with a couple of patches of some native understorey.


The offset block is across the road – they’ve already started remedial work and it is to be added to Canberra Nature Park.


The link to our submissions on this are at and


I read the report up on the ABC news internet site, and thought that it was probably this referral but very badly reported.


(FOG Advocacy Co-ordinator)


In addition I note that the area identified for offsets over the road contains old mature trees.


I also think that the reference to ridgelines is a more general reference to the Canberra Nature Park system, not to this particular offset site. It is probably an attempt to say that there is plenty of this threatened/endangered woodland in the Reserve system.





Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 6:40 PM

Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] News


Like Margaret I’m baffled by this whole thing. Does the term “endangered box-woodland” actually mean anything if you are allowed to destroy it? A little bit here and a little bit there and before long, hey presto we don’t have any left so we don’t need to worry about conserving it. To say they will conserve a bigger area on ridges, where a hell of a lot of the ACT’s nature reserves are already situated is defeating the purpose of declaring the box- gum woodlands on the lowlands which is what the area around the Mugga tip is. I find the whole scenario of so-called “offsets” similar to something that comes out the rear end of a male bovine!


I had seen reference to this before but thanks to Chris Hastir for bringing it to our attention.




From: Margaret Leggoe
Sent: Monday, 24 June 2013 4:36 PM
To: 'Hastir, Chris';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] News


1.       This doesn’t tell us much about where they are going to clear from.

2.       It doesn’t tell us where they are going to develop the additional bushland.

3.       It doesn’t explain how they will create old trees with hollow branches in a newly planted stand of replacement trees.

4.       The map was useless.  It is just a Google map with a pointer halfway between Tharwa and Corin Dam.

Does anyone know contact details of the Project manager so that one might seek answers to these questions?

Margaret Leggoe


From: Hastir, Chris
Sent: Monday, 24 June 2013 4:14 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] News


Push to expand Mugga Lane tip – from ABC Website

Posted 1 hour 11 minutes ago

Map: ACT

The ACT Government says about 10 hectares of endangered box-gum woodland will need to be cleared in order to expand Canberra's Mugga Lane tip.

A proposal to expand the tip by 37 hectares is in its final stages of approval.

It would cater for Canberra's waste disposal needs for another 30 years but could affect nearby woodlands.

Project manager David Roberts says part of the project would involve developing a larger woodland for endangered species.

"A rarer type of woodland in the current nature reserve system which is mostly on the ridges and therefore quite attractive. It's three-times the size," he said.

"It needs a little bit of management, which we're prepared to do in terms of managing woodland and controlling feral animals, but we think that once we've done that it'll be a far better fit for the nature reserve."

ACT No Waste director Chris Ware says the Territory is also on track to reach a 90 per cent recycling target over that time.

"There comes a point in time when some materials we generate just can't be recycled," he said.

"Asbestos is certainly a big one, there'll always be some of that, that you can't do anything with."





Chris Hastir


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