Att: Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821,
WOLLONGONG DC NSW 2500
Re: Planning Proposal '7D' land Lilyvale Precinct
I agree that the Lilyvale precinct must be zoned E2 Environmental Conservation, and recognised as not only an important part of the wildlife habitat corridor between the Royal National Park, and the Illawarra escarpment, but also that it sits above tributary creeks leading to the Hacking River.
In short, this whole area must be E2 Environmental Conservation because of the bordering Royal National Park, and Camp Creek and nearby Gardiners Creek flowing directly to the Hacking River. The forest and bushland north of this precinct should not only be preserved but restored. It provides an important buffer and air filter to the airborne coaldust from the Metropolitan Colliery, and a natural block to hot westerly winds, keeping the Otford valley and Hacking catchment moist and temperate.
All stormwater and run off leads directly to the Hacking River. Containment ponds in Helensburgh have failed , and more will not help. There is no guarantee stormwater and pollution control systems will work effectively in such a high rainfall region. The only method to retain the relative purity of the Hacking catchment and river, is to cease and prevent any new development, and restore degraded land to native bush.
An E3 zoning or lower is not adequate protection against land clearing nor future dwellings. We have already seen how quick the Department of Planning can remove clauses that would otherwise inhibit development. This precinct must be zoned E2.