Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Protect Native Grassland in Darebin
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the destruction of critically endangered endemic grasslands and wildlife corridors. The Victorian Government intends to sell a large vacant block of land (0.61 hectares) at 16-20 Dumbarton Street, Reservoir, to developers for a housing development.

The land is environmentally important because —
(1) it contains significant endemic plants that are typical of the Victoria Volcanic Plains (VVP) grasslands;
(2) the VVP Grasslands are critically endangered and listed as federal and state threatened ecological communities;
(3) it supports habitat for the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth and the threatened Striped Legless Lizard, which exists within a five-kilometre radius from the site;
(4) the land is part of a wildlife corridor and provides open grassland for hunting for various bird species, especially endemic birds of prey such as falcons; and
(5) the land is likely to be of high significance to the Wurundjeri people as it has not been disturbed by Western buildings.

Proper management of the land will provide the local community with a wonderful opportunity to engage with and value nature, which are goals and priorities of the Victorian Government's Biodiversity Plan (Biodiversity 2037).
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to protect and manage the land at 16-20 Dumbarton Street, Reservoir, as a native grassland and fauna reserve with the assistance of the Wurundjeri people, find another site in the area for housing and promote and encourage the community to engage with and value this endangered ecosystem.
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