Hand to believe bushland like this will be destroyed.

Hard to believe bushland like this will be destroyed.  Photo by the Spring Gully Protection Group with thanks.

Last April I wrote about 5.6 hectares (14 acres) of pristine bushland & freshwater wetland in Bundeena owned by the Boy Scouts Association of NSW that was up for sale.  See – http://bit.ly/11tZmN2

Well the unthinkable has happened.  A developer outbid the community’s offer made through the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife by $25,000.

The developer intends to build eco-tourism accommodation of 6 camping tents. To do this “would require clearing at least one hectare of the pristine bushland forest – equivalent to ten quarter acre blocks of land.  Only 15% of the tree cover over the one hectare “asset protection zone” required by the building code for bushfire prone land would remain & most of the understory would be removed.”  The developer is also “proposing to clear the bloodwood mallee along the southern boundary of the site.”

The Spring Gully Protection Group wants to stop the sale & is asking for help in the form of submissions to local representatives.  The community says that the Boy Scouts Association of NSW refused to deal with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife while the land was registered with a real estate agent preventing them from any negotiations to purchase the property.  They also say that there is already a camping ground at Bundeena.

All this is an issue because of the pristine nature of the bushland that was originally gifted the Boy Scouts Association of NSW.  The community believes that this land should naturally be added to the National Park for the benefit of future generations.  This is an issue for all Sydney residents.

More information here – www.springgully.org

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