Say No to the Destruction of Strzelecki Koala Habitat!

Strzelecki Koalas habitat is under threat in Fish Creek.

It's estimated that there are only 1,500 genetically robust Strzelecki Koalas remaining in Gippsland. This important koala population is holding on but can't cope with any more habitat loss (please refer to our blog for more information).

The Laver's Hill Quarry in Fish Creek, Gippsland want to expand their hill-top quarry by an additional 24 hectares, the equivalent of 10 football fields, which will wipe-out native vegetation integral to the Strzelecki Koala.

Strzelecki Koala's are in competition with privatised, industrialised land that lacks the protection to protect and sustain their species. Not only that but bushfires which are becoming of increasing prevalence and severity are often wiping out their clan numbers, their home and nutritional supply.

Whilst this quarry has been approved by the local South Gippsland Shire, we want to see clarity in the form of an environmental impact assessment. 

Will you sign the petition calling for Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to intervene and protect koala habitat?

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Dear Minister Richard Wynne,

We would like to alert you to a problematic planning issue occurring in South Gippsland Shire that puts Strzelecki Koala habitat at risk. Planning Permit Application No. 1996/8311417/A

An existing quarry at Lavers Hill on the Hoddle Range (150 Fish Creek Quarry Road) is being expanded via an amendment to a planning permit. The quarry extension will impact on areas of native vegetation and the domestic water supply for Fish Creek.

South Gippsland Shire is stating that removal of native vegetation from the site is exempt from planning scheme provisions and as such, no permit is required to clear the native vegetation on the site. This decision was apparently based on an assessment done by the Earth Resources Regulator in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. No copies of these assessments have been made public.

We would like you, as the Planning Minister, to intervene in the permit amendments and potential VCAT appeal which will see the elimination of native vegetation from the site and expansion of an aggressive land use without due scrutiny from members of the public and ratepayers.

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Friends of Earth Melbourne - SKAT Collective