- developing new ‘greenfield’ developments in the ACT when we should be building a more compact city around existing infrastructure and services;
- the ‘ragged edge’ of the development which allows for more negative environmental impacts;
- the proposed ‘Environmental Trust’ to manage the conservation area is innovative but – if and when the proposal is approved – the Trust should be established, funded and staffed as soon as possible;
- the site should retain as many mature trees as possible;
- asset protection zones and Strategic fire Fighting areas be within the residential development area and not in the conservation area
- the development should go beyond current ACT Government regulations and implementation of cat containment which are woefully inadequate especially for an area with Pink Tail Worm Lizards;
- urban pollution traps need to be installed at the heads of each of the main drainages
The Minister for Planning will now consider all comments received on the ACT part before making a decision and the ACT Legislative Assembly planning committee might look at the development. The NSW consultation is expected to commence late 2015 or early 2016. The Commonwealth Government is also undertaking a Strategic (Environmental) Assessment of the area given the potential impact on matters of national environmental significance, namely Yellow Box Red Gum Woodland – a critically endangered ecological community, and; Pink Tailed Worm Lizard – listed as vulnerable under the EPBC Act.