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Throsby shrinks to protect superb parrots

By 23 January 2012 15

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.

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15 Responses to Throsby shrinks to protect superb parrots
#1
Primal5:38 pm, 23 Jan 12

Mediocre and sub-par parrots are reportedly seeking legal advice on a discrimination claim.

#2
Thumper5:55 pm, 23 Jan 12

Primal said :

Mediocre and sub-par parrots are reportedly seeking legal advice on a discrimination claim.

Totally agree. I’ve got a couple pretty reasonable parrots that drop in now and then to have a feed.

They’re up in arms about the whole thing.

Well, up in wings, I guess….

#3
gooterz8:26 pm, 23 Jan 12

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

#4
chewy148:54 pm, 23 Jan 12

With the housing affordability thread still kicking along, its interesting to see this. Anyone who thinks the Greens are interested in housing affordability should remember issues like this in the future.

#5
Gungahlin Al10:14 pm, 23 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

With the housing affordability thread still kicking along, its interesting to see this. Anyone who thinks the Greens are interested in housing affordability should remember issues like this in the future.

Well that’s a simplistic and flawed argument. Of more importance is why these environmental studies are not done in advance of setting development expectations for a parcel of land.

#6
housebound7:11 am, 24 Jan 12

Gungahlin Al said :

… Of more importance is why these environmental studies are not done in advance of setting development expectations for a parcel of land.

They used to be done at the PA stage very early in the process – when setting the boundaries for a suburb – and they should have been identified in the EIS. I haven’t been in that field since Barr changed the planning laws, so I don’t know what happens now.

#7
Postalgeek8:18 am, 24 Jan 12

gooterz said :

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

Jerrabomberra is in NSW, not ACT.

#8
I-filed8:46 am, 24 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

With the housing affordability thread still kicking along, its interesting to see this. Anyone who thinks the Greens are interested in housing affordability should remember issues like this in the future.

Maintaining biodiversity and heritage values should certainly override the “housing affordability” canard as applied by developers to this sort of issue. Developers here are apparently copying developers in Victoria who are complaining at being required to maintain shreds and pockets of bush so creatures can survive. Don’t be sucked in by this specious argument. Canberra needs to maintain its character and its environment for long-term prosperity. Short-term developer opportunism needs to be seen for what it is. So it isn’t just a matter for the Greens to protect. All sides of politics should be bipartisan on this.

#9
chewy149:38 am, 24 Jan 12

I-filed said :

chewy14 said :

With the housing affordability thread still kicking along, its interesting to see this. Anyone who thinks the Greens are interested in housing affordability should remember issues like this in the future.

Maintaining biodiversity and heritage values should certainly override the “housing affordability” canard as applied by developers to this sort of issue. Developers here are apparently copying developers in Victoria who are complaining at being required to maintain shreds and pockets of bush so creatures can survive. Don’t be sucked in by this specious argument. Canberra needs to maintain its character and its environment for long-term prosperity. Short-term developer opportunism needs to be seen for what it is. So it isn’t just a matter for the Greens to protect. All sides of politics should be bipartisan on this.

That’s fine, but my point is that the Greens always push for increased regulation and protection with regards to environmental issues, particularly for greenfields development.
This necessarily leads to an increased cost of housing for people who want to live in suburban homes.
There obviously needs to be a level of regulation with regards to issues like this. Where that line is drawn, is up to our society to decide.

#10
chewy149:41 am, 24 Jan 12

Postalgeek said :

gooterz said :

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

Jerrabomberra is in NSW, not ACT.

I think he’s talking about the district of Jerrabomberra, which includes Hume and Symonston. There are large parcels of open land around here.

#11
qbngeek9:58 am, 24 Jan 12

gooterz said :

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

Because Jerrabomberra is a suburb of Queanbeyan (no matter how much the people living there try to claim it is not) and the ACT Govt makes no money from land sold there.

Much of the area around Jerra is nature reserve and private landholdings.

#12
qbngeek10:02 am, 24 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

Postalgeek said :

gooterz said :

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

Jerrabomberra is in NSW, not ACT.

I think he’s talking about the district of Jerrabomberra, which includes Hume and Symonston. There are large parcels of open land around here.

Ahhh, well in that case you need to consider that much of that area is affected by aircraft noise. There are also nature reserves, a tip, a gaol and a quarry in the vicinity of those areas. Build there and everyone will start complaining they want the airport and the tip shut down.

#13
Buzz260010:20 am, 24 Jan 12

I-filed said :

chewy14 said :

With the housing affordability thread still kicking along, its interesting to see this. Anyone who thinks the Greens are interested in housing affordability should remember issues like this in the future.

Maintaining biodiversity and heritage values should certainly override the “housing affordability” canard as applied by developers to this sort of issue. Developers here are apparently copying developers in Victoria who are complaining at being required to maintain shreds and pockets of bush so creatures can survive. Don’t be sucked in by this specious argument. Canberra needs to maintain its character and its environment for long-term prosperity. Short-term developer opportunism needs to be seen for what it is. So it isn’t just a matter for the Greens to protect. All sides of politics should be bipartisan on this.

+1 Despite Barr’s best efforts, protection of threatened and endangered species should take precedent over filling the ACT govts coffers with land sale dollars. It has very little to do with house affordability. What we can’t afford is to continue to build unsustainable urban sprawl.

#14
pink little birdie10:57 am, 24 Jan 12

qbngeek said :

chewy14 said :

Postalgeek said :

gooterz said :

Why not build up jerrabomberra, I know its the south side but if i’m not mistaken there’s nothing there?

Jerrabomberra is in NSW, not ACT.

I think he’s talking about the district of Jerrabomberra, which includes Hume and Symonston. There are large parcels of open land around here.

Ahhh, well in that case you need to consider that much of that area is affected by aircraft noise. There are also nature reserves, a tip, a gaol and a quarry in the vicinity of those areas. Build there and everyone will start complaining they want the airport and the tip shut down.

I thought it was called Googong (sp?)

#15
astrojax11:38 am, 24 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

That’s fine, but my point is that the Greens always push for increased regulation and protection with regards to environmental issues, particularly for greenfields development.
This necessarily leads to an increased cost of housing for people who want to live in suburban homes.
There obviously needs to be a level of regulation with regards to issues like this. Where that line is drawn, is up to our society to decide.

well, i rather think it is pushing for appropriate regulation and protection… just because an incumbent government wants to trash biodiversity for a quick buck at the behest of a powerful development lobby doesn’t make the greens’ stance out of order. ‘society’ places a high priority on environmental protection in surveys on issues of importance to them, so to make out this is a simple argument of environment vs affordability is a little disingenuous.

and when i read the title of this post i imagined some amazing ‘honey, i shrunk the media commentator’ scenario and margaret throsby single-handedly protecting wildlife… the reality is a little disappointing after that.

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