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Conservation

Our commitment to conservation is fundamental to our vision to create the best places for people today and for generations to come. The Figtree Hill and Gilead precincts will be defined by the conservation areas and green open spaces that are integral to the project.

At completion, the community will be surrounded by over 280 hectares of land that will be dedicated to conservation. This area will be larger than Sydney’s CBD. The conservation areas and fauna crossings under Appin Road will support the growth of the local koala population and deliver two connected east-west corridors between the Georges and Nepean River.

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Koala Conservation

Koala Corridor Map

The Government has identified koala corridors which span across bushland along the Nepean River, Menangle Creek, Woodhouse Creek, and the Georges River and covers areas owned by several landowners.

To help preserve these areas, the planning and environmental approvals we are seeking for Gilead would see 200 hectares of the koala corridor protected, including the restoration of 50 hectares of cleared land through extensive bushland regeneration. These corridors would be protected with koala fencing, with gates and bushland tracks providing access along the waterways.

The depicted koala corridors are indicative and based on information published by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and remain subject to government approvals.

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History of the site

“The site contains remnant patches of native vegetation, heavily vegetated riparian corridors and gullies, and agricultural land that has a long history of disturbance associated with cattle grazing and horse agistments since the 1850’s.” NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, 2020

Commitments

The Lendlease proposal includes a fully funded Koala Conservation Plan, that commits over $35 million to achieving the following:

 

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Koala Conservation Plan

Our Koala Conservation Plan includes 35 actions designed to increase habitat and mitigate risks so that local koalas can thrive and reconnect populations that inhabit the Nepean and Georges rivers. 

Environmental Approvals

In preparing the Koala Conservation Plan and Gilead proposal Lendlease has followed recommendations and expert advice by the NSW Government and Chief Scientist & Engineer. Our proposal meets or exceeds all 31 principles for koala protection outlined by the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (May 2021). Click here for our response.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has assessed the proposed conservation corridors and confirmed that they apply the recommendations and subsequent expert advice of the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. The Department has published an indicative map outlining the koala corridors at Gilead. View the map on their website.

The Department and Campbelltown City Council have adopted Lendlease proposal to construct two fauna underpasses and fencing of Appin Road, to complement wildlife crossings and reconnect corridors at Gilead. Learn more about how Campbelltown City Council has been an advocate for the conservation of Campbelltown’s koala population at Gilead.

Regeneration Program

The regeneration program is well underway at Figtree Hill focusing on three designated conservation areas which protect 22 hectares of remnant bushland and wildlife habitat. The protected areas have been fenced, exotic weeds are being removed and we have planted 6235 trees and shrubs.

In 2022 Lendlease submitted a proposal to Campbelltown City Council to regenerate 18 hectares environmentally degraded and cleared land that has endured multiple generations of farming along Menangle Creek at the northern end of the Figtree Hill development.

The proposal includes important reconstruction work to modify fencing and make it safer for wildlife to overcome barriers, like the Upper Canal, which currently blocks connectivity.

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Bush Regeneration