Pittwater Life March 2018 Issue

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fairway strips with top-dressed

and mown turf.”

Dr Clements said opponents

had incorrectly interpreted the

referenced 1995 Habitat and

wildlife corridors conservation

strategy – maintaining it actually

identified the extensively

cleared golf course land as a

fauna movement barrier to the

peninsula from Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park, Katandra

Sanctuary and Bayview.

She agreed that thickening

of vegetation was needed to

increase the bushland connectivity

– but said the submitted

landscaping plan provided for

that.

“The conservation component

of the proposal is to

increase the environmental

sustainability of the land, as

well as increasing the flora and

fauna connectivity consistent

with the Pittwater 21 Development

Control Plan,” Dr Clements

said.

“The strategy includes

retention and enhancement of

avifauna and microbat habitats

– including retaining tree

hollows, planting feed tree for

prey for the Powerful Owl and

for native insects for bats.”

One of the main areas of

residents’ objections involves

the impact on animals including

Powerful Owls around the

development site – Dr Clements

said that although owls had

been observed in trees within

the proposed construction

zone that was not where they

lived.

“We have identified fledglings

at the northern course

boundary and that’s where

they nest,” she said. “But planting

feed tree for prey for the

owls will encourage the adults

to hunt for food and return it

to their young.”

Dr Clements said the plan

was to stabilise at least 1ha

of erodible slopes by excavating

and relocating sandstone

slabs to provide flora and

fauna habitat and encourage

the re-establishment of ferns

and rainforest. Moist rocky

outcrops on the slopes were

designed to provide habitat for

native fauna, especially frogs.

The placed sandstone slabs

would also form and channel

a water course that would run

from the top of the land parcel

across a fairway and down

the periphery of the building

site. The water is existing, but

currently dissipates across the

broad area of the slope.

22 MARCH 2018

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