Cumberland plain woodlands in W. Sydney fast-tracked for development

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Subject: Cumberland plain woodlands in W. Sydney fast-tracked for development
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 07:05:33 +1000
From this morning's Sydney Morning Herald:

NEW housing developments on the outskirts of Sydney will not be subject to environmental laws that protect endangered plants and animals, in the latest move by the State Government to fast-track building in the north-western and south-western growth centres.

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The Cumberland Plain Woodlands is the name for a distinct grouping of plants, including grey box and forest red gums, that once covered 30 per cent of the Sydney Basin. Today, the woodland covers less than 6 per cent, or 6400 hectares, scattered across the western suburbs.

The federal Department of Environment says the woodlands will not survive unless they are protected from development.

The NSW Urban Taskforce, a development lobby group, welcomed the announcement, saying individual housing developments would no longer be "bogged down" by endless rules.


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