Protecting habitat for the Southern Brown Bandicoot

Published: 8 October 2018

Cardinia Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a proposed planning scheme amendment to protect and enhance habitat for Southern Brown Bandicoots in Tynong, Garfield and Bunyip.

The endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot lives in thick understorey vegetation including native vegetation, exotic long grass and prickly dense weeds (including blackberries). This habitat protects them against predators such as cats and foxes.

The proposed amendment (Planning Scheme Amendment C229) seeks to apply Schedule 7 to the Environment Significance Overlay (ESO) to all land within the Urban Growth Boundary of Garfield and Bunyip, and all land zoned for urban purposes in Tynong.

The key change proposed is that new subdivisions within the main habitat corridors would need to provide a planting area in front setbacks of new lots to enhance bandicoot habitat.

The amendment will support the work of environmental groups in the Tynong, Garfield and Bunyip communities, and will help to better manage development outcomes to ensure a consistent approach for developers and the protection and enhancement of habitat for the Southern Brown Bandicoot.

How to give feedback

  • Visit Council’s website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
  • Attend a community information session
    • Tuesday 16 October 2018, 1pm to 3pm at Bunyip Community House, 27 Main Street, Bunyip
    • Wednesday 24 October 2018, 1pm to 3pm at Garfield Picture Theatre, 53 Main Street, Garfield
    • Wednesday 31 October 2018, 1pm to 3pm at Tynong Fire Brigade, 47 Nar Nar Goon–Longwarry Road, Tynong.

Submissions on the proposed amendment close 5pm, Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Find out more at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay