birding-aus AUCTION ! WILDLIFE CORRIDOR . Mona Vale Rd. N.S.W.

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Subject: birding-aus AUCTION ! WILDLIFE CORRIDOR . Mona Vale Rd. N.S.W.
From: Gerry Hopkins <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 22:35:26 +1000
Fellow Birders,

Please support the natural bushland link connecting Garigal and Ku-Ring-Gai 
Chase Natural
Parks which is under threat from development.
360,000 square meters (89 acres) of former Crown Land for 1km either side of 
Mona Vale
Road is listed for auction sale by the Metropolitan Aboriginal Lands Council. 
This land
also forms a crucial part of the natural bushland vista along Mona Vale Rd. and
facilitates the movement of birds and fauna between the two National Parks.

There is to be a Public Rally this Saturday  21st August  99, Mona Vale Road, 
St Ives
.Meet 500m east of St Ives Show ground on the Southern side, at 1pm.

This is a letter being sent to the State Environmental Minister Hon R.J.Debus 
Premier of N.S.W. Bob Carr,  State M.P. for Davidson Andrew Humpherson, Tim 
co-ordinator Sydney Northern Beaches Total Catchment Management at the Coastal 
and F.O.C.N.S.W. Conservation officer Susanne Giuffre.

Re :-  Auction of bushland (former Crown Land) now owned by Metropolitan 
Aboriginal Land
Council, comprising two lots (27.1ha on the southern side and 8.9ha on the 
northern side
of Mona Vale Road) to be auctioned on September 14th 1999.

On behalf of  Ku-Ring-Gai Birdwatchers we wish to ask that the N.S.W. State 
buy back or stop the auction of this vital ridge top bushland between St. Ives 
and Forest Way, Terrey Hills. We deplore any more development along this area 
as it is a
vital wildlife corridor between the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and Garigal 
Park that extends from upper Sydney Harbour to Broken Bay.

If this land is not left in it?s natural state to facilitate the movement of 
our native
birds and animals between these two National Parks it will mean reduction in 

In December of 1990, when we also fought to retain this land and wildlife 
corridor, we
were given the understanding that if the land were to be given to the 
Aboriginal Land
Council it would be incorporated into part of the then Davidson S.R.A. (now 
National Park ) and the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, as they had a duty to 
keep their
land as natural bushland and care for the flora and fauna, for their people.

Yours Faithfully

H.Lauris Hopkins,

For and on behalf of the Ku-Ring-Gai Birdwatchers.

Gerry Hopkins MMR
Franklin, Somerset & Kennebec Railroad
Contest Chairman, NMRA  Australasian Region

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