The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is letting us know he’s very happy the size of the new suburb or Throsby has been whittled down to protect Superb parrot habitat:
“This is welcome news, and I believe it reflects the values of the Bush Capital, that we must protect out natural environment as development of our city occurs,” Greens Environment Spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, said.
“A large part of the proposed development site, which contains Yellow-Box Red-Gum Grassy Woodland and numerous protected species, sits between Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves. As such it is clearly inappropriate for urban development, and I welcome reports that the Government has recognised this.”
In 2011, a Greens motion passed in the Assembly calling for an environmental review, given the potential for the proposed residential development to negatively impact upon the area’s threatened species.
“Whilst today’s report reflects issues raised in that debate, we are yet to see the full details, and will be keen to look closely at the final plans.
“The Greens motion last year also revealed that the Government was behind schedule for the planning of a Catholic High School in Throsby, and we are pleased to see the Government is now more focussed on securing a site for the school.
“The Greens are also pleased to see that a more comprehensive approach to planning the rest of Gungahlin is being undertaken, but have reservations about the proposed Gungahlin Strategic Offsets Package.