Pittwater Life March 2018 Issue

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However, residents group Restoration Ecologist Dr

Bayview Life remain unconvinced

the changed DA is any as consultant for Bayview Golf

Anne Clements, who is acting

better than the former plan. Club and who has prepared a

They are resolutely opposed to comprehensive Environmental

the DA. And they dispute the Assessment Report for Council,

applicants’ improved connectivity

claim.

the residents’ passion for their

told Pittwater Life she admired

Spokesperson Chris Fletcher environment.

told Pittwater Life their objections

were based on the former why conservation activities

“Communities are the reason

Pittwater Council’s Habitat and occur,” Dr Clements said. “The

wildlife corridors conservation extent of this conservation

strategy (1995), which they said plan would not be as great as it

identified threats to habitats is had the community not been

and corridors in Pittwater and as active as they have been, nor

identified areas for priority the Council as responsive to

action.

community concerns.”

“Maps showed that major But she urged opponents to

habitat areas existed in the look beyond the issue of the

Bayview/Ingleside/Warriewood retirement village construction

area,” Mr Fletcher said, echoing

the group’s submission environmental benefit in the

and first consider the potential

to Northern Beaches Council.

offing.

“Bayview Golf Course was

Dr Clements said reviewing

identified as a high-priority

the history of the golf course

location for maintaining and

provided an insight into its

enhancing fauna habitat and

current environmental status.

“Bayview Golf Club land is a

movement. The report urged

golf course and has been used

‘thickening of fairway vegetation’

– not destruction.”

since 1924 for playing golf,” she

said. “As a result of the historic

Mr Fletcher added there had

clearing, golf-related landform

been a steady loss of native

modifications and drainage

vegetation and habitats as urbanization

continued through-

changes, plus maintenance of

the course, the Bayview Golf

out the council area in the 23

Club land is actually considered

to be a blockage to native

years since.

“The golf club should be

flora and fauna movement.

playing its part in this work,”

“The occurrence of native

he said. “Creating a massively

vegetation is restricted to

destructive retirement village

land unsuitable for golf – for

and then dressing it up with

example land too close to road

an elaborate landscape rescue

boundaries or too steep to play

package which will take many,

golf – and to narrow, between-

many years to reach maturity

is not the answer.” Continued on page 22

to Council, with a DA rejected

in 2015.

Since then Waterbrook resubmitted

with a plan that had 19

fewer apartments, and which

it says makes improvements

to tree scape and landscaping,

involves significantly less

visual impact, ‘future-proofs’

the golf course and results in

an environmental gain of 10:1

– largely on the back of its “real

and proper establishment of

the wildlife corridors”.

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