Manyana Matters Environmental Association Raises Concerns Over Proposed Housing Division | Milton Ulladulla Times


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The Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA) has expressed concerns about a proposed new subdivision that they believe would destroy even more ecologically significant unburned forest in the area and remove wildlife habitat. Last week, a referral was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment regarding the project of a huge housing estate on 76 hectares of land in Manyana. The news follows the community’s well-publicized creative efforts to prevent a 182-lot development from continuing right after the Black Summer bushfires – a battle that continues around 15 months later. Read more: Exciting programs take place at Budawang School MMEA founder Jorj Lowrey says there are a number of significant issues with this separate proposal. “There have been many attempts to develop this land in the past, dating back to the 1980s. But it has never been able to cross the line due to environmental constraints. Documentation from the current owner openly states that the proposal would impact a number of endangered ecological environments, communities, species of flora and fauna and will likely be declared a controlled action, ”Ms. Lowrey said.“ The 2019-2020 bushfires devastated so many native habitats. The natural environment is only beginning to heal from these horrific bushfires. We simply cannot allow the destruction of more native forests, nor the loss of animal life. And it seems obvious this land should never have been considered for development in the first place. “We call on Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley not to approve this proposed action and close it once and for all, so that the entire land can be zoned for environmental conservation, or better yet, national parks and nature E1, as it should be. and the Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC), including the White-throated Needle Tail, Black-Faced Migratory Monarch and Red Fantail, Tiny Eastern Pygmy Opossum, Shiny Black and Gang -gan g the cockatoos, the sooty owl, the little bat with curved wings and the dark mainland antechinus, to name a few. The Association is also concerned about the impact the project would have on the critically endangered Hooded Plover that inhabits and breeds on Inyadda Beach, adjacent to the site. “The proposed development footprint is on threatened ecological communities, including Illawarra Lowlands Grassy Woodland in the Sydney Basin Bioregion (Endangered, BC Act; Critically Endangered, EPBC Act), Bangalay Sand Forest of the Sydney Basin and South East Corner bioregions (Endangered, BC Act) and Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest of the NSW North Coast, Sydney Basin and South East Corner Bioregions (Endangered, BC Act and EPBC Act), ”said Ms. Lowrey. “Plots of land like this that were not burned in the Currowan Mega Fire are vital for the regeneration of the bush and for the survival of the animals that escaped the fires. The part of the land that would not be not built and claimed as biodiversity offsets to offset the removal of endangered unburned forests has been one of the most affected by the fires. This is absurd. “Manyana is surrounded by Conjola National Park. Approx. 95% of this 11,060 hectare national park was burnt down in the 2019-20 fires. This planned development is one of two proposed projects that, if approved, would eliminate about half of the remaining unburned forest areas. in Manyana. A comment period for this project is currently open for public comment until Thursday, June 3 (inclusive). The MMEA encourages members of the public to find out more about the project at http: // epbcnotices / invitations / and submit any environmental concerns they have in writing to [email protected] with reference: 2021/8948 Administrator of Manyana Property Trust / Residential Development / Manyana , Shoalhaven City LGA / New South Wales / North Manyana Subdivision, NSW. If you would like more information on the project’s environmental impacts on threatened species and how to comment effectively on this referral, visit the Manyana Matters Facebook page


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