MEDIA RELEASE: Show us the Offset! Greens MP Calls on NSW Government to Release Details of WestConnex Offset for New M5 Destruction
(Protesters at Beverly Hills site of the critically endangered Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark Forest Sept 5, 2016)
Greens NSW MP and Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi has called on the NSW Government to release details of the offset, accusing the Government of attempting to clear the land before securing an offset. Despite clearing of the land to be imminent, the NSW Environment Minister stated on Friday that “Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] intends to offset that clearing with ironbark forest located in the Sydney region”.
1.5ha of the critically endangered Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark Forest will be cleared as part of the New M5 portion of WestConnex at Beverly Grove using a ‘biobanking’ system that allows the destruction to be offset at another location.Read more