Croom Reserve Conservation Agreement Variation: Public consultation

A draft variation to the Croom Reserve Conservation Agreement is now available for review and comment until 16 December 2018.

Public exhibition of the draft variation provides an opportunity for members of the community to view relevant documents and provide feedback on the proposed changes.

What is a conservation agreement?

A conservation agreement is a joint agreement between landholders (in this case Shellharbour City Council) and the Minister for the Environment. The agreement is voluntary and provides permanent protection for important native vegetation and special landscape values.

The area under the agreement is registered on the title of the land, ensuring that, if the land is sold, the agreement and management requirements remain in place. The Croom Reserve Conservation Agreement incorporates 22 hectares of open forest including several threatened species.

Why is it being varied?

Roads and Maritime Services will soon begin work on the extension of the M1 Princes Motorway to bypass the suburb of Albion Park Rail.

After consideration of all practical alternatives, the project will impact on a small portion (0.17 hectares) of land within Croom Reserve, owned by Shellharbour City Council and subject to the Croom Reserve Conservation Agreement.

The in perpetuity conservation of Croom Reserve will continue with a formal Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement to be entered into between Council and the Roads and Maritime Services as per the project approval for the M1 Princes Motorway extension issued by the Department of Planning which can be found at Major Project Assessments.

The Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement is currently in preparation and will replace the Conservation Agreement. The new Agreement will cover a larger area than what is currently protected under the Conservation Agreement and will offset the impact of removing 0.17 hectares of bushland subject of this variation. The Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement, will ensure the management of the reserve is funded into the future.

Section 69(2) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, allows a conservation agreement to be varied by a subsequent agreement between all parties to the agreement. A draft variation to the conservation agreement has been prepared by the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, in consultation with the Office of Environment and Heritage, Shellharbour City Council and Roads and Maritime.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

The draft variation is on public exhibition until 16 December 2018 and anyone can review the variation and provide comments.

When will the variation be finalised?

At the end of the public exhibition period, the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, in consultation with Shellharbour City Council and Roads and Maritime Services, will review all submissions and prepare a submissions report for the Minister of the Environment to consider. The variation is expected to be finalised in early 2019.

How can I get more information about the variation?

For further information on the variation please contact Adam Hook, Senior Landholder Support Officer, NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust on 0427 203 919 or Tuesday Heather, Manager Environment, Shellharbour City Council on 02 4221 6247.

Where can I see a printed copy of the variation and related documents?

Copies of the variation are available for viewing at the following Libraries:

Shellharbour City Library and Museum
Corner of Cygnet and College Avenue
Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529

Shellharbour Village
Wentworth Street,
Shellharbour Village NSW 2529

Albion Park
Russell Street,
Albion Park NSW 2527

Oak Flats
Corner Central Avenue and Fisher Street,
Oak Flats NSW 2529

Warilla
Corner Lake Entrance and Shellharbour Roads,
Warilla NSW 2528

How can I comment on the draft variation?

Public exhibition for the variation is from 19 November to 16 December 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission during this time.

At the close of the public exhibition period, all submissions will be considered, and a submission report will be prepared. Note that multiple submissions received by the same author will be counted as a single submission.

Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the variation your comments relate to
  • give reasoning in support of your points   this helps avoid misinterpretation
  • if you agree or support the variation, please tell us
  • if you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.

Your privacy

Your comments on the variation may include 'personal information'. The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For details see OEH and your privacy. The inclusion of personal information with your submission is voluntary but information that in some way identifies you may be gathered when you use our website or send us an email.

If you wish your identity and personal information in your submission to be treated as confidential you must request your name be treated as confidential, and not include any of your personal information in the main text of the submission or attachments so that it can be easily removed.

If an application to access information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requests access to your submission, your views about the release will be sought if you have indicated that you object to your submission being made public.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 19 November 2018 to 16 December 2018.

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:

  • Post your written submission to: NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust PO Box A290 Sydney South NSW 1232
  • Email your submission to: info@bct.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.