Tree felling at Buff Point upsets residents

Some Buff Point residents are furious that too many trees are being felled and land cleared to make way for the new Colongra Sporting Complex on Scenic Drive.
Resident, Steven Vandertouw, says Central Coast Council is being hypocritical by declaring a Climate Emergency on Monday and then on Wednesday coming in with chainsaws destroying wildlife habitat trees for a sporting complex that isn’t even needed.
Council says an environmental impact assessment was done before clearing and an ecologist is on site during this work to ensure minimal disruption to habitat and any fauna habitat sites are successfully relocated.
Buff Point residents reacted to a post by Vandertouw on The Point community forum facebook page with pictures of felled trees and questioning “how is this possible?”
Comments included “they should upgrade the existing playing fields”, “we don’t need more damn playing fields” and “why are they trying to build new ovals when we don’t need them?”
Many were upset about the destruction of the natural bushland and wildlife habitat.
The new Colongra Sporting Complex spans two hectares on Scenic Dve and is surrounded by an abundance of bushland.
It will include two new turfed sporting fields, three netball courts, an amenities building with accessible toilets, play space, car park, pathways and access road.
Council says this $5M project was initiated prior to the amalgamation of Central Coast Council, following community consultation, that led to detailed design plans being developed.
During the planning stage, two viable sites were identified for this project, with the Scenic Dve site being most suitable with the least environmental impact.
Preliminary site works are underway which includes land clearing.
Prior to these clearing works taking place, Council engaged an external consultant to undertake a Review of Environmental Factors to report on environmental impacts and mitigation strategies for the site.

Source:
Media release, Aug 30
Central Coast Council
Website, Aug 28
The Point facebook page

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