The Hornsby Shire Council has released the report on the outcome of the latest round of workshops to co-design mountain bike tracks through the Critically Endangered Ecological Community (Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest) and the Endangered Ecological Community (Duffys Forest.)
The report reflects the position of both groups however as predicted it is very difficult to reach a consensus when you have two diametrically opposing views.
The council hopes to develop Westleigh Park into a range of sporting and other recreation uses to address the predicted sportsground shortfalls in the Shire. Westleigh Park will be a multi-purpose facility with three sports platforms. The latest round of consultations was to co-design mountain bike tracks in the special bushland in the area.
We can no longer afford to ignore the damage being done to our bushland at a local level.
The Hornsby Council’s End of Term report outlines the failure of council to protect our threatened plants, animals and waterways. Business as usual is no longer good enough.
What Can We Do?
Friends of Berowra Valley have highlighted our concerns at a local and state level. The next stage of our campaign for common sense is for community groups to join forces and work out a strategy moving forward – this is now happening.
If you want to be really depressed watch this video from the Environment Defenders Office on the NSW environmental legislation.
There is also a state election coming up next year and we need a fresh perspective with a government prepared to look after our environment. Not one that just documents the decline and watches on the sidelines as we lose our unique flora and fauna.