Save Frensham Forest
SIGN OUR PETITION
Below is the link to our petition that we will be sending to the Head of Frensham Schools on behalf of the community. Please take the time to read through the information on this page and then sign the petition.
Fight to Save the Forest
We are one of many local groups and residents currently fighting the proposed development within Frensham school in Mittagong. They plan to build an outdoor education camp within the lower holt, this will decimate the current forest and displace hundreds of native animals and birds that use the forest for food and safety.
The proposed development is to take place in the Lower Holt of Frensham School (51 Range Road, Mittagong), forest closest to Colo St, Mittagong. They plan to create student accommodation and a multi-purpose hall. This development, if allowed to pass, will destroy the endangered and protected Southern Highland Shale Woodland, as well as countless native animal habitats. Frensham has long been a safe haven for wildlife within the Southern Highlands, a vital factor in the habitat corridor connecting the Mt Gibraltar Reseve to the Mt Alexandra Reserve. This area is pivitol for movement of animals along the shire and through the Southern and Coastal Ranges. If this habitat is destroyed, animals will be forced out of their homes and into the suburbs looking for shelter.
Walter came into care after his mother had been hit and killed by a car strike. He was suffering from impact pneumonia, were the force of the impact is so great that any food or saliva in the mouth is forced into the lungs and develops into a severe infection.
Walter has successfully recovered and has been rehabilitated in the Lower Holt of Frensham. He lives happily near the Natti River in one of the many ancestoral burrows.
Why do we oppose the DA?
Endangered Southern Highlands Shale Woodlands - the proposed development site will decimate a protected and vital ecosystem, endangering the lives of countless animals
Destruction of forest - the forest acts as a safe haven and food source for a number of animals and ecosystems, removal of significant plant species will threaten survival of native flora and fauna
Wombat burrows - the development will destroy at least 10 ancient wombat burrows and the homes of the wombats who currently live there, forcing them into the suburbs and onto roads
Land for Wildlife - the founder of Frensham, Winifred West, entrusted the school grounds to the Land for Wildlife program
Threatened species - many vulnerable species reside within the Lower Holt including: Platypus, Gliders, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Black Swamp Wallaby, and numerous other species
Silt pollution- the removal of significant trees and land degradation will send silt into the Natti River, threatening the survival of local Platypus and disrupting water quality
Proposed land clearing stated in Frensham development application
Land clearing necessary to meet RFS guidelines and Asset Protection Zone (APZ) regulations
*All diagrams sourced from Building Code & Bushfire Hazard Solutions Report*
Habitat Corridors - a strip of land that aids in the movement of species between disconnected areas of their natural habitat.
The Lower Holt of Frensham is particularly important to the movement of animals as it connects Mt Gibraltar with Mt Alexandra. This plays into the bigger picture within the Great Dividing Range from Victoria to North Queensland. Locally, the Frensham forest is integral to connecting the Blue Mountains and the Coastal Ranges. Without these corridors, animals will become isolated and biodiversity will significantly decrease within areas due to the lack of movement and migration.
Tania Clancy (Wombatised Founder), has been working with Frensham school since 2016, creating unique education programs for the students. Over the years the students have learnt valuable and rare lessons through the partnership with Tania. They have been instrumental in many wombat rehabilitations on Frensham grounds, including the rare insights into the life of a wild joey. The students have also engaged in many practical lessons, including but not limited to: wildlife road safety, understanding mange and the treatments, wildlife monitoring stations, burrow preservation and protection, and wombat friendly fencing on roadsides.
*The student pictured here has given permission for her images to be used in this campaign*
Australian Wildlife Association
Have a look at the comparison of the area after some of the envionmental factors are considered.
Predicted flood zones (Blue-major, Green-minor)
Natti River (Red)
Fire Trails to become sealed roads (Red Circle)
Location of wombat burrows
Rehabilitated in Frensham after orphaned as joey
Wendy featured in article about Frensham's strides in environmental protection, newspaper "The Land" 2016
DA Application Details (No. 20/0747)
Wingecarribee Shire Council Minutes and Agenda
Fire Protection Plan
Water NSW Assessment
Wingecarribee Biodiversity Strategy
Natti River Flood Study
Wildlife in the Lower Holt
Have a look at some of the residents spotted in the Lower Holt
Help us save this precious forest and all the animals that live within. Send your concerns to council BEFORE JUNE 22nd and ask them to refer the matter to the upcoming hearing. Send them to Nancy Sample at firstname.lastname@example.org
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