The Bay’s Environment
As a consequence, a formal Conservation Assessment of the area was made in 2005 by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation. This described the area’s key significance as being “in the connection between the coast and Lake Macquarie and between the three conservation areas.”
The Assessment concluded that the South Wallarah contained four “threatened” plant species, known habitat for nine threatened fauna species and potential habitat for at least seven more. “Four State listed endangered ecological communities occur across the study area and five of the vegetation communities occurring on the site are considered to be naturally rare”, the report said.
The Department’s position is that South Wallarah “is of extremely high conservation value and that development opportunities across the site are limited due to the potential for incremental habitat loss and fragmentation.”
‘Limited development opportunities are provided for within current land zonings in the Wyong and Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plans which cover the area, and the (department) supports the approach taken by both Councils to recognize the conservation significance of the area in their planning instruments”.
Significantly, the Heritage Office’s assessment of the area’s significance includes environmental, ecological and landscape considerations.
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