Save The PinesSave The Pines is a campaign to save the threatened woodlands and wetlands of Frankston and Langwarrin.
The route through which the government plans to build the Frankston bypass is a critically important habitat corridor.
The 20 odd kilometre swathe cut into the landscape from Carrum Downs will destroy an extraordinarily rare patch of Herb Rich Grassy Wetland. The Department of Sustainability and Environment says it can't be replaced. The road will plough through 60% of the Belvedere Reserve in Seaford, the Pobblebonk/Willow Reserve and the Wittenberg Reserves in Langwarrin, destroy a pristine remnant at the heritage listed Westerfield property and bisect precious farmland the length of the Moorooduc Plain.
Over the years, successive governments have allowed so much habitat to be cleared in and around Frankston that the few small areas of remnant bush that remain are now crucial to the ongoing viability of fauna and flora - and even then only with a sustained management effort.
The largest areas such as the Pines Flora and Fauna Conservation Reserve are especially important because smaller areas are prone to degrading 'edge effects' such as noise, light, nutrient, and predator intrusion, and weed invasion, which impact hundreds of metres into bush from surrounding cleared and urban land. Not only will the planned roadway destroy large areas of habitat, but this destructive edge effect will dominate what remains.
The bushland areas described in this section are a continuous series of interconnected sites that enable species to move through Frankston. The construction of the bypass will destroy this interconnectedness and will thereby destroy the viability of many of the animal and plant species.
Listen to an an Interview with Dr Roger Jones by Jim Kerin explaining the importance of the Pines Reserve and the rest of the habitat corridor.
Help us save this priceless landscape and species that are our Australian heritage.
Frankston bypass and Penisula Link freeway campaign
Abigroup are in the process of bulldozing the wildlife corridor south of the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, and seem to be going out of their way to cause maximum destruction. They are currently aligned beside the fence of the Westerfield heritage bushland.
You help is urgently needed
Please contact the following people to express your concern:
For information about the campaign
Gillian Collins - Pines Protectors - 0414-309-960
Express your concerns to about what is going on to
Gavin Jennings - Victorian minister for environment & climate change
email: [email protected], telephone: (03) 9096 8830
Justin Madden - Victorian minister for planning
email: [email protected]
Tim Pallace - Roads Minister
email: [email protected]
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