The Threatened Greycrowned Babbler (Pomastomus temporalis temporalis) is listed as Vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and uses land and habitat adjoining the proposed reservoir site.
The protection of the Babblers' habitat around the reservoir site is part of our plan, as the existing vegetation provides screening of the reservoirs for the visual amenity of nearby residents.
As we now move to the detailed design phase, we are prioritising protection of the Babbler’s habitat with plans to be included in the project's Review of Environmental Factors document. An Ecological Assessment is also underway, being undertaken by Council’s Ecologist. Currently motion sensing cameras are being installed, to assess and monitor the species' activity.
The focus will be on limiting the area disturbed during construction, and minimising any other possible impacts on the habitat and species population. We are also considering a range of other measures to protect the habitat during and after the construction phase.
Once complete, the reservoir project will be low impact on the surrounding environment as it won't generate noise or excessive activity onsite.