One section of the landscape that is Spring Gully.  Photo taken from the website of the Spring Gully Protection Group with thanks.

One section of the landscape in the Boy Scouts Camp Bundeena. Photo taken from the website of the Spring Gully Protection Group with thanks.

I was recently told about the impending loss of the old ‘Boy Scouts’ Camp’ land in Bundeena.  The land was gifted to the Boy Scouts Association of NSW in the 1960s & is now for sale – all 5.6 hectares (14 acres) of it.

What makes this land special is that it is pristine bushland, containing an unbroken canopy of Sydney sandstone gully forest.  It also has a freshwater wetland & as such, provides a very important habitat for many protected species & migratory birds.

Spring Gully is a known habitat for many protected species including swamp wallaby, echidna, powerful owl, water dragon, goanna, diamond python, grey-headed flying-fox, tortoise & frogs. It is also a habitat for migratory birds such as the Channel Billed Cuckoo, Japanese Snipe & Koel.” ~ Help Protect Spring Gully website.

There are also many sites of significant aboriginal heritage on the Boy Scouts’ Camp land.  These important historic & cultural sites should not be destroyed for development.

The land of the Boy Scouts’ Camp adjoins the Royal National Park. On the map the land looks like a triangle that takes a substantial chunk out of the Royal National Park.  It is easy to see the park’s borders being returned to what they should be, rather than a housing development that sits inside the Royal National Park.  It is the only part of the Spring Gully creek & wetlands that is not part of the Royal National Park.” ~ Help Protect Spring Gully website.

Bundeena is a village & the Spring Gully Protection Group believes that any further development will have a negative environmental impact on both the village & the Royal National Park.

The Spring Gully Protection Group is asking the State Government to purchase the land from the Boy Scouts Association of NSW to ensure that this pristine bushland becomes part of the Royal National Park & something that benefits all Australians forever.  I think this is very reasonable.

National Parks belong to all of us.  The Royal National Park is on Sydney’s doorstep & there would be few of us who have not been there or to Bundeena.  You can help protect Spring Gully by signing the Spring Gully Protection Group’s online petition here – http://www.springgully.org

Google map of the Boy Scouts land now up for sale. With thanks for the

Google map of the Boy Scouts land now up for sale.  Photo taken from the website of the Spring Gully Protection Group with thanks.

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