The Hills Shire Council residents from differing backgrounds gathered on 4th Feb 2022 at the corner of Castle Hills Rd and Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills. The purpose of the gathering was to bring awareness to the public that an extravagant development is underway at 55 Coonara Ave, West Pennant Hills by the developer Mirvac groups.
To this ‘Vigil for our Forest came concerned residents carrying placards and signs decrying the damaging consequences of overwhelming development which would impact the environment and native habitats. The public at the gathering expressed that this Mirvac micro-lot housing development is against the health of the environment and aesthetic character of the locality. They also asserted that the development is inconsistent with the proposed Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Minimum Lot Size Map.
Ms. Marlene Corbett welcomed the gathering senator Mehreen Faruqi stressed in her speech how the native wildlife suffers under the merciless destruction of nature. The East Ward Councilor Mr. Ryan Tracey spoke of his concern affecting the surroundings beyond the Hills Shire itself.
The Hornsby Councilor Ms. Emma Heyde said that 3,000 trees will be cut down at the former IBM site and this will have a direct bearing on the local eco-system. Hon. David Shoebridge MLC expressed that the consequences of such huge development would take out many native inhabitants which will in turn impact weather and local lifestyle. He also stressed that greedy corporates were taking over the local nature space and its resource.
North Ward Councilor, Dr. Mila Kasby reflected that these developments would further remove a total of 3,062 trees. Dr Kasby also thanked those who participated in the ‘Vigil for the Forest’. West-Ward councilor Dr Barbara Burton was also present. The program ended with music by Mr. Shaun Warden who is also a Wildlife Rescuer.
The main organizers Ms. Katrina Emmett from Australian Wildlife Protection Council and Dr. Vida Shahmat, a cancer researcher were present at the event with many family and residence of the Hills.