To: District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula & Ms Lyn Crossman
Prevent the clearance of important native vegetation in Coffin Bay, South Australia.
Prevent clearance of significant native vegetation and subsequent development of houses in Coffin Bay's 'Deferred Urban Zone'.
Why is this important?
Coffin Bay is a township of ~650 people that is located on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. One of the township's most important areas of native vegetation is located directly adjacent to Coffin Bay National Park and is currently zoned as Deferred Urban Zone. This area of sheoak and teatree woodland is highly ecologically significant. Due to its diverse range of species (a multitude of wattles, eucalypts, orchids, flowering shrubs, grasses, fungi and lichens), the area provides an important habitat for many species of birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. Many plant and animal species found in the area are rare and/or endangered.
9.7 ha of this important and unique vegetation is about to suffer wholesale clearance. The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula has flagged that it will approve multiple allotments to be located in this area. The remaining 58.7 ha will remain as Deferred Urban Zone, meaning that clearance and development will be allowed in the near future. We ask that the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and the owner of the north-west portion of the land to reconsider their plans for the area and not clear the site's native vegetation. A number of alternative strategies are available, including rezoning the area to to 'rural' (with strict conditions), which will lead to significantly larger blocks and, therefore, the loss of substantially less vegetation. Even better, the area could be rezoned to 'conservation'.
How it will be delivered
The petition will be provided to the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and the owner of the north-west portion of the land, Ms Lyn Crossman.