A startling fact was provided to a small group of home owners in Goodwood and surrounding suburbs at the wildlife preservation presentation at Goodwood Primary School on Thursday night.
That was the revelation that it is us, those who own property in the area known as the City of Unley, who are responsible for the loss of native fauna and flora. As the map below shows very little is owned or under the control of governments, whether Federal, State or Local. The remaining 61% is owned by you and me. And before you say it does not add up to 100, roads account for the other 23%.
The areas in pink on this map are you and me.
After the original settlement of Unley most of the blocks were built on only to around 30%. In recent times the larger blocks have been carved up and we are covering regularly 50%, 60% and even up to 70% with housing stock.
This invasion is long before the recent invasion by DPTI of the electrified rail corridor.
DPTI, to their credit, were a key stakeholder in the recent wildlife project along the corridor. Before the project started they listed the expertise of Zoologist James Smith (see previous Wildlife post) with their concerns about wildlife degradation.
Council has information for anyone who wishes to do their bit to help our local environment. Or ring DPTI on 1300 443 198
Goodwood Primary School students gave a presentation along with James Smith, Zoologist and founder of fauNature, as to how we might not only protect our native fauna and flora but increase it within the boundaries of the City of Unley.
The presentation was at the School and was most informative. The students of this school, and indeed nearby Black Forest primary School have been leading the way in nature preservation. We can all be proud that our little neck of the woods are so proactive.
Part of the promotion covered how both schools have been helping to reduce the impacts of habitat loss along the rail corridor. This project was done in conjunction with DPTI, City of Unley and the Toys workshop at the Clarence Park Community Centre.
This project fits neatly into Councils Greening component of our Strategic Plan (from the Community of Possibilities).
Our future is in the hands of these young people, which is encouraging. I jut hope we don’t blow it before they get to influence directly.
The message has to get out there that we (you and me) are responsible for the future. We cant blame governments. Look for my next post on this.
Last night I heard my momma singin’ a song, cooee, chirpy, chirpy, cheep,cheep.
Where’s our trees gone might be the song we have been singing for the last 12 months. But now we can sing and rejoice the birds are coming back, thanks to DPTI, Council and our local school kids.
The boxes have been placed in trees near the rail corridor (Goodwood Primary School, Forestville Reserve, Black Forest School, Devon Street & Railway Terrace, Lyons Parade, Cromer Parade and Goodwood Oval). The Council has supported this project and agreed to take on board the longer term maintenance of these boxes. In total 42 fauna boxes are located in trees near the corridor as part of this project.
With DPA 2 going out to public consultation early next year the focus will be on what form the housing stock will take.
DPTI apparently have preliminary investigations into a possible solution, dismissing an underpass as too difficult given all the underground infrastructure in the area. An overpass then becomes an obvious solution to investigate. Investigations, community consultation, detailed design etc does not happen fast on Government however and it may take 5 – 8 years for it to become a reality. Better start looking now if that is the case.
Of course with a possible increase in population density on Black Forest and indeed west of the road in Glandore (adjacent the tram line etc) it may be feasible to consider a new school west of the road.
With a state election around the corner this is a cause likely to gain some momentum in the new year.
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs today confirmed today the Federal Government will hold good to their promise re the Darlington Interchange, with a bonus. The good news for residents of Black Forest is the funding covers the section of road from Darlington through to Anzac Highway.
If you are concerned about the safety of the Glandore residing students of the Black Forest Primary School, if you believe an overpass is required across South Road, Black Forest to accommodate this then I encourage you to attend this community meeting tomorrow morning.
You might also wish to subscribe to the facebook “Black Forest Pedestrian Overpass” page https://www.facebook.com/groups/227742700655074/
See you there.
Black Forest Primary School, the leader when it comes to things horticultural had an Open Garden last night.
Everyone is invited (entry is free) to attend black Forest primary School’s Open Garden.
Friday 22nd March
Black Forest primary School held their Annual Fete today and it certainly looked like it was successful.
There were big numbers of people there while I was there. I saw many people leaving as I was arriving as well, along with many people arriving when I left.
A huge number of stalls attracted attention from everyone there. Possibly the most popular while I was there was the $ 20.00 soft drink stand as the temperature conditioned as for the oncoming summer.
Well done BFPS. You are a leader in your industry.