The Honorable Andrew Robb AO MP (House of Representatives):
“I table a petition by those who wish to save the Highett Grassy Woodland.”
The petition read as follows:
“To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives This petition of Australian Citizens draws to the attention of the House the existence of, and the need to preserve, an environmentally and historically significant area of land, known as the Highett Grassy Woodland. The Highett Grassy Woodland is approximately a 3 hectare section within the 9.3 hectare Commonwealth and Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) site in Highett, Victoria. The entire CSIRO site is in the process of being sold through a Federal Government process. The Highett Grassy Woodland area contains a class of vegetation that is endangered in the bioregion, with the main trees being the regionally rare Yellow Box and River Red Gums. The Highett area has been assessed by the relevant Council, Bayside City Council, as deficient in open space. This deficiency will increase with the State of Victoria’s plans to increase population throughout metropolitan Melbourne. We therefore ask the House to take any administrative action available to the House, during the sale process of the CSIRO site, which will enable the protection and preservation in perpetuity of at least 3 hectares of the site for the conservation of the Grassy Woodland and for passive open space, which will be a profound benefit to the community, now and into the future.”
from 1,960 citizens
Thank you to everyone who signed the Petition in support of the campaign to save the Highett Grassy Woodland.
Thank you to the Honorable Andrew Robb A.O. for presenting the Petition to the House of Representatives.
Link to Speech by Andrew Robb