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Environment Minister Rob Stokes (or his successor): Stop Glenacre Development-Protect Lower Macquarie River Native Biodiversity

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Environment Minister Rob Stokes (or his successor): Stop Glenacre Development-Protect Lower Macquarie River Native Biodiversity
  
  

 


Why this is important

Protection is the only option native flora and fauna have.

The current owners are bulldozing and completely clearing habitat essential to the survival of species such as snakes lizards as well as useful to emus kangaroos and other local wildlife- without adequate constraints in place.

The current owners are parties to previous breach of Environmental Protection infringements.

No known notice of development application has been circulated in the community.

No known Environmental Impact Assessment has been made public.

The Lower Macquarie river area includes the confluence where the Barwon river, the Castlereagh river and Marthaguy creek meet the Macquarie river.

In the last twelve months the properties known as Brewon Station,Deenderah, Glenacre, Riverview, Larrimah and Wombullion ( about 130,000 acres) that are all owned by the same Australian agricultural conglomerate have been cleared at a rapid rate including virgin growth such as native Mitchell grass, native trees such as Box and Coolabah trees.
As of December 28th 2014 Glenacre appears to be being prepared for cotton development. Green trees and dead growth that is crucial for snakes and lizards were being burnt, bulldozers were pushing trees down.
Since 2010 the wider aggregation has been systemically cleared. What has been described as the best mitchell grass paddock in the region has been ploughed in.
In this fragile environment there is room for farming to co exist with wildlife. Monocultural farming of this vast aggregation will turn the area into a dustbowl.

Posted January 2, 2015
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