Impacts on the environment – Balgowlah
The construction site and access road on Balgowlah Golf course will involve the removal of valuable green space and approximately 550 established trees, including a large fig tree approximately 150 years old.
The construction will involve diverting Burnt Bridge Creek, destroying the dam, creek and it’s surrounding vegetation and habitat that is a valuable green corridor for animals, birds and aquatic life. Critically endangered plant species growing on the site are the Seaforth Mintbush and Magenta Lilly Pilly, and endangered birds such as the Australasian Bittern and Red Knot also visit the site.
The site is categorised as flood-prone, and it is unacceptable for any waste water, pollutants or contamination by construction soils to enter the creek system and impact all catchment areas downstream.
The site is also in close proximity to the endangered Grey-Headed Flying Fox colony in Balgowlah, and any disturbance by construction noise, destruction of trees they feed on, or polluted sediment in the creek system poses a severe risk to these endangered animals.