July 8 - 21, 2018: Issue 367

Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Complete the Loop Update

HELP SAVE THE RAINFOREST HABITAT ON HILLSIDE RD, NEWPORT - Video by Bruce Walters with Danielle Bressington
A few weeks back Pittwater Online ran an article on a community movement to add to and complete Newport's Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths by requesting council and state government support acquiring land currently for sale and slated for development.

Since then the members of the community who first met in May have developed a proposal which has been forwarded to all councillors, two of whom have expressed strong support, made a wonderful video and the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association, having attended the first meeting and sought ways in the past to find a resolution that would bring this land into the 'Newport Crown to the Sea bushlink loop' have now launched a petition which you can sign to add your support and let those who represent us know, even just poll-wise if you don't normally sign petitions, what community sentiment is and whether there is support for this proposal.

The pocket of green referred to is a lush rainforest area above Porter Reserve Newport, just south of Bilgola Bends, adjacent to Attunga and Kanimbla Reserves, as shown in the video above, and is 1.06 hectares or 10,633sqm of native habitat.

As the petition states;
"The land contains Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia, listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community (CEEC) under the EPBC Act and an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act).

A natural creek which runs through this property plays a vital role in supporting native vegetation and animals including palms, ferns, birds, frogs, water dragons, lizards and much more flora and fauna. Its dense vegetation makes it particularly valuable for small birds such as the Spotted Pardalote, Superb Blue Wren, Grey Fantail and Blackfaced Monarch and larger birds such as Australia’s largest owl, the Powerful Owl, which is regularly sighted by locals and is listed as vulnerable.

Supporting the local fauna are 73 species of native rainforest flora including the protected Cabbage Tree Palm, Lilly Pilly and various native ferns and grasses that make it the unique coastal habitat it is.

Development of this site would break the bushland link between Attunga and Kanimbla and the Crown of Newport reserves, thus destroying an essential wildlife corridor. 

This precious pocket of bushland, a tranquil and vital reminder of what Newport was like when once inhabited by the Guringai people, needs our protection."

The pathways that wend through the Crown of Newport Reserve, Porter’s Reserve, Attunga Reserve and the Kanimbla Reserve, attract regular visitors from out of our area as well as being a source of delight and respite for residents.

If funding to purchase, protect and preserve this endangered site is allocated then it will not only be enjoyed by the people of the northern beaches and beyond, it will also complete the ‘green loop’ of surrounding reserves, ”From the Crown to the Sea”, adding the final piece to the already amazing walking trails, and giving access to those dedicated locals who lovingly regenerate the native bush thus ensuring that this pocket of paradise endures for future generations.

As was discussed at all meetings and signs off the PNHA and community members petition; 
Because once it's gone, it’s gone forever. 

You can sign the 'Save bushland for sale in Hillside Road Newport - make it a bushland reserve' here:

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