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The environmental footprint of a city is enormous - many times bigger than its physical size.  Cities are a drain on resources, they create pollution which extends over vast areas, and without careful management they degrade and often destroy biodiversity. 

City residents are entitled to a healthy environment in which to live. TEC is campaigning for sustainable cities with clean air, improved public transport, protected parklands and bushland, sustainable water use, and binding environmental principles on developers.

Register of Threats to Open Space (with date of entry and links to campaign groups)

 

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Various areas of Crown Land in the Manly and Warringah Shires

Threat: commercialisation, environmental degradation, privatisation of public land

Some very fragile areas of bushland have already been sold to developers. 09/14

French's Forest new hospital development

Threat: Environmental degradation, fragmentation

Clearing completed of 6ha of critically endangered Duffy's Forest Ecological Community. Site sits within wildlife corridor connecting Manly Dam, Queeenscliff Lagoon, Narrabeen Lagoon and Middle Harbour. 09/14

French's Forest road widening

Threat: Environmental degradation, fragmentation, pollution

Road upgrades associated with the new Northern Beaches Hospital would potentially destroy a critical crossroads in the wildlife corridor between Manly Dam and Narrabeen Lagoon. Biobanking credits to be used to buy bushland in Hills District. 09/14

Garigal National Park mountain bike tracks

Threat: Environmental degradation

The jury is still out on whether it is more effective to construct official mountain bike trails to counter the building of illegal ones leading to erosion and environmental degradation. While the debate goes on, the park Plan of Management was changed in 2013 to allow for the construction of bike trails in Bantry Bay. 09/14

Old Man's Valley, Hornsby

Threat: privatisation of public land

12ha of Open Space Public Recreation land in danger of being sold by Hornsby Council. Money from sale to be used to pay for rehabilitation of adjoining 28ha quarry site, responsibility for which was secretly onsold to Hornsby Council in 2002. 09/14

Casula Parklands

Threat: pollution, environmental degradation

Two access roads to the proposed Sydney Intermodal Terminal will have devastating impacts upon the parklands surrounding the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. 09/14

Coopers Paddock, Warwick Farm

Threat: commercialisation, environmental degradation

Liverpool Council approved the rezoning of 14ha of the treasured 31ha area for industrial development in 2012. About 1km from the Liverpool CBD, Coopers Paddock contains 170 species of native fauna, 9 of which are threatened. A critical oasis for nature and again the destruction is partly driven by the Intermodal Terminal. Includes River-Flat Eucalypt Forest and Cumberland Plain Woodland. 09/14

Cumberland Conservation Corridor

Threat: Environmental degradation

A regional proposal to connect NSW Government determined Priority Conservation Lands on the Cumberland Plain. 70% of the proposal area is already in public ownership making it highly feasible. Money for the remainder is supposed to be the first target of the Sydney Growth Centres Conservation Fund. However NSW Government is allowing Councils to zone lands for development. 09/14

Royal Botanic Gardens & The Domain

Threat: commercialisation

New Masterplan includes a hotel, ferry wharf, concert stage, shops and restaurant facilities deep in the gardens. While some of these may enhance the gardens the construction of a 5-star hotel and other commercial facilities is particularly concerning. 07/14

Marinas – Berrys Bay & elsewhere

Threat:  commercialisation

Heritage buildings and public land are under threat from a massive marina development on at Berry's Bay in Waverton. Boads of up to 45m are proposed to berth there. The encroachment of large scale marinas is also a threat on the Georges River and other Sydney waterways. Link.  07/14

Middle Head, Sydney Harbour

Threat: commercialisation

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust proposes to build an aged care facility involving the sale of public land on the former military land at Middle Head. Public access to parts of the foreshore would be affected. The site is of heritage significance and, as the determining authority on the proposal, the Trust appears to have a conflict of interest as it is also stands to benefit financially. The proposal is exempt from normal state planning legislation. Link.  07/14

Barangaroo

Threat: commercialisation & privatisation of public land

The original design for the Barangaroo redevelopment and open space has been altered to fit around the proposed casino and includes an increase in floor space and building footprint for a variety of residential, commercial and other uses. Link. 07/14

Tempe Wetlands

Threat: motorway construction

Despite alternative options, the WestConnex Delivery Authority and NSW Government Ministers have refused to guarantee protection for the wetlands, a rare open space in the inner south. The current reserve constitutes 16% of the open space in the Marrickville LGA which already has one of the lowest ratios of open space in greater Sydney. The recent rehabilitation of the wetlands has seen a return to the area by some native species not seen in decades. Link. 07/14

Mountain bike tracks – Hornsby & elsewhere

Threat: commercialisation, environmental degradation

Amendments to the National Parks and Wildlife Act in 2010 allow for the construction of "thrills and spills" mountain bike tracks in national parks and reserves. This was based on the assumption that illegal track use and construction would decline with the provision of legal high impact bike tracks. Link. 07/14

NSW govt WIC Act amendments

 

Briefing Note: Water Industry Competition Act Review –

Dropping the ball on recycling and a stalking horse for privatization?

The NSW Government has released a position paper on the review of urban water regulations including the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WICA). A key objective of WICA was to ease pressure on drinking water supplies by promoting the development of alternative sources of water such as recycling and stormwater harvesting.

Read more: NSW govt WIC Act amendments

URBAN SPRAWL SPOILS OUR AIR

 

NSW's rampant urban sprawl has produced dirty air that is exposing millions of people to adverse health impacts and it could get worse if the state's new planning system panders to developers, TEC said today releasing a briefing paper.

Read more: URBAN SPRAWL SPOILS OUR AIR

WYONG LEP: A DEVELOPER’S BANQUET

 

The draft Wyong Shire Local Environment Plan is an environmental disaster that gives free rein to developers to trash the Shire’s environmental heritage. It should be scrapped, the Total Environment Centre (TEC) warned today.

Read more: WYONG LEP: A DEVELOPER’S BANQUET