Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg must assure Kangy Angy residents that land clearing for the NSW Government’s Rail Maintenance Facility is lawful.
Residents have queried whether clearing is being done before the offset requirements set out by the Minister under the EPBC Act have been met.
I contacted Minister Frydenberg today seeking his assurance that these requirements have been met.
Residents told me today about their concerns for a stand of trees marked for removal that appear to be outside the original plan. Residents deserve to know that only those trees approved for clearing will be removed.
My colleague, the State Member for The Entrance David Mehan, has called on the NSW Government to halt work immediately until residents have a guarantee this clearing has been approved.
I have written numerous times to the Minister, whose own department has imposed strict conditions on this project because of the impact it will have on habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot.
David and I will work together to ensure residents are heard and approvals are met.
This is pristine, precious bushland, and once it is bulldozed we can never get it back.