Central Bushland precinct between Helensburgh and Otford should be
zoned E2 , as it sits
above the Hacking River . It
is very important part of the wildlife habitat corridor linking the
Royal National Park to the Illawarra escarpment. And is surrounded by
areas of rainforest in the deep valley and old growth forest on the
steep upper slopes. Powerful owls, bentwing bats, pygmy
possums all inhabit this region, and there is high evidence of resident
platypus on the banks of the river.
It can not be developed without great detriment to the relative
pristine water Hacking River , the same water sections that
sustained refugee wildlife escaping from the mighty fires that razed
the bordering Royal National Park during the fires of 2002.
stormwater and run off leads
directly to the Hacking River, in to the Royal National Park area.
Helensburgh have failed , and more in Helensburgh or Otford will not
help. There is no guarantee
stormwater and pollution control systems will work effectively in such
a high rainfall region. The only
method to retain the relative purity of the Hacking catchment and
river, is to cease and prevent any new development, and restore
degraded land to native bush.
The Lot to the west marked for RE2 should also be zoned E2.
Its sits above the tributary Herberts creek, and has already
suffered too much degradation . The noise of trailbikes
thunder through the Otford valley on weekends, and their damage should
be restrained not increased. Any further reduction in the
bushland will greatly increase the impact of noise from the trailbikes
and also the industrial earthmoving company on the lots further west.
forest and bushland north, east and south of this precinct should not
only be preserved
but restored. It provides an important buffer and air filter to the
airborne coaldust from the Metropolitan Colliery west of this
precinct, and a natural block
to hot westerly winds, keeping the Otford valley and Hacking catchment
moist and temperate.
Any zoning other than E2 does not provide
adequate protection against land clearing nor future high density
We have already seen how quick the Department of Planning can
remove clauses that would otherwise inhibit development. This
precinct must be zoned E2.
For the remainder of the the '7d' lands I do not support the
zone downgrading of environmental protection of any '7D' land in the