The Grey-crowned Babbler is listed as vulnerable to extinction in New South Wales under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. A local population of this species uses land and habitat adjoining the proposed new reservoir site.
We are committed to minimising the impacts of these important works on the Babbler and other local threatened species. The protection of the Babblers' habitat around the reservoir site is part of our plan. This existing vegetation also provides for the screening of the new reservoirs for the visual amenity of nearby residents.
With the detailed design phase now completed, we have assessed the impacts of the project on the community and the local environment. This is documented within a Review of Environmental Factors. The Review sets out all of the environmental safeguards to be implemented as part of the work. We have included actions to enhance and protect the Babblers’ habitat within the project.
View the Review of Environmental Factors(PDF, 11MB) here.
A key focus will be on limiting the area of important habitat that is disturbed during construction. We are also proposing to implement a range of other active measures during and after the construction phase, including habitat restoration, new plantings, information signage and ecological fire management of the Reserve.
Once complete, the reservoir project will be low impact on the surrounding environment as it won't generate noise or excessive activity onsite.