Liberals break promise on endangered woodland
ADI Cumberland Plains Woodland
Greens NSW MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"This is a critical planning decision for Western Sydney. The approval of this development will mean the loss of 59 hectares of irreplaceable Cumberland Plain Woodland and an estimated 20,000 trees. "The community has consistently called for greater protection of the former ADI site with the retention of the existing woodland to provide essential wildlife corridors.
"In 2008, and again before the last election, the Coalition promised to protect 100 hectares of the woodland. Now they are in office this promise is being treated as 'non-core'.
"Lend Lease and Penrith City Council now apparently agree that environmental destruction on this scale will have 'no impact' on the woodland.
"Advice tendered to the Council from the Environmental Defenders Office suggest the refusal by the State government to protect the endangered woodland may leave the approval open to legal challenge.
"Despite the Coalition's pre-election promise, the current Liberal Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, was one of the five Liberal Councillors who voted to bulldoze the woodland.
"Before they were elected the Coalition talked the talk on protecting the environment, all we are asking of them is to honour this commitment to the community.
"The O'Farrell Government must step in, uphold the environmental controls for the site, and overturn this appalling decision," Mr Shoebridge said.
Should Barry O'Farrell honour the commitments made by the Liberals prior to the election & protect an additional 100 hectares of Cumberland woodland? Share your views with the community here..