Singleton Council to repair environmental damage

Date published: 
Thu, 03/24/2011 - 15:30

24 March 2011

A departmental investigation found that Singleton Council had allowed the clearing of part of a critically endangered ecological community, protected under national environment law—the Weeping Myall – Coobah – Scrub Wilga shrubland of the Hunter Valley at Jerrys Plains Cemetery in the Hunter Valley.

Less than three hectares of this ecological community remains—all of it near the cemetery. Trees were cut down, and a rip line made through a weed infestation, potentially spreading weeds through the site and diminishing previous weed control efforts from the state government.

The Remediation Determination requires Singleton Council to spend $100,000 over five years on managing weeds at the site, and to prepare a management plan outlining how the cemetery’s native vegetation will be protected, including through ongoing monitoring and weed control activities.