The State Government has promised extra protections for the region’s precious flora and fauna.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes recognises the Macarthur region is home to some of Sydney’s most precious fauna and flora …
WHY then proceed with such massive overdevelopment in the midst of our worst drought … ?
Our Sydney water supply has fallen to 40 per cent as ever more VIBRANTS fly in to buy our real estate … as Sydneysiders and NSW Constituents contend with water restrictions …
IS the proposed site east of Appin Road suitable and/or adequate to form a Koala reserve corridor?
MEANWHILE due to NSW being on fire … a third of Koala habitat, and more than 2000 Koalas have been lost on the North Coast!
Greater Macarthur 2040: Government vows to protect southwest Sydney’s precious koala colony
Fears of the obliteration of a precious chlamydia-free koala colony on Sydney’s outskirts has prompted the State Government to take action to ensure the animals’ survival.
Daniel McGookin, Macarthur Chronicle
December 16, 2019
The State Government has responded to fears of the obliteration of the region’s unique chlamydia-free koala colony, committing to a regional approach for koala conservation.
Following a chorus of condemnation by koala activists after the exhibition of the Greater Macarthur 2040 Interim Plan, the Planning Department has vowed to take action through a Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the Macarthur region was home to some of Sydney’s most precious flora and fauna and welcomed protection measures..
“Importantly, koala preservation has been addressed with land east of Appin Rd being reserved to protect our regionally significant koala corridor along the Georges River,” he said.
Charity organisation Australians for Animals blasted the Greater Macarthur Plan in the “strongest possible terms”.
“It is abundantly clear that the proposal will have catastrophic impacts on a critically important koala population, estimated to be between 500–1000 animals,” the submission stated.
The charity also said it had no faith in claims upgrades to Appin Rd and the construction of the Spring Farm Parkway would protect koalas.
The Planning Department has released a ‘What we Heard’ report which promised future measures for koala conservation.
“The (Cumberland Plain Conservation) plan prioritises koala conservation and management, which will include a range of actions to protect and conserve koalas and other native species,” the report stated.
“The plan proposed to provide funding for stewardship for land identified east of Appin Rd to preserve the north-south koala corridor.”
The site east of Appin Rd is proposed to be a koala reserve, and would be acquired through about $174 million in development contributions.
The report also committed to developing a regional approach to koala conservation in the Campbelltown and Wollondilly council areas.
The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will be exhibited next year.