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Blue Gum High Forest

STEP BlueGumHighForestIn 2007 the Blue Gum High Forest Group, a coalition of concerned groups, won their long-running campaign to protect the Blue Gum High Forest in St Ives. They:

  • succeeded in having the Blue Gum High Forest ecological community listed as critically endangered under Commonwealth legislation
  • campaigned successfully to have both 100 and 102 Rosedale Road purchased
  • successfully nominated the Blue Gum High Forest for listing on the NSW Heritage Register

Blue Gum High Forest Discovery Kits are available to schools and other interested parties from Friends of Lane Cove National Park.

Short History

One owner, house since demolished and forest regenerating.

Purchased for $1.8m; 9-lot subdivision refused by Ku-ring-gai Council.

Gazettal of Blue Gum High Forest as an endangered ecological community.

Lot 12 (102 Rosedale Road) and Lot 13 (100 Rosedale Road) sold for $2.2m.

Land and Environment Court rejected a 4-lot subdivision on Lot 12 on the grounds of its inability to provide a sufficient asset protection zone (from bushfire hazard) and also its impact on the endangered Blue Gum High Forest community.

Development application was submitted to Ku-ring-gai Council for a dwelling on 100 Rosedale Road.

100–102 Rosedale Road was advertised for sale.

Ku-ring-gai Council unanimously agreed to allocate part-funding for the purchase of 100–102 Rosedale Road.

Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Heritage listed the Blue Gum High Forest and the Turpentine Ironbark Forest in the Sydney Basin as critically endangered.

100 Rosedale Road was bought by the NSW Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation as an offset to compensate for 0.33 ha of Blue Gum High Forest destroyed as a result of upgrading Hornsby Railway Station and the property was transferred to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Blue Gum High Forest St Ives was selected as a Threatened Species Demonstration Site. This endangered ecological community was the first of 11 sites within the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Area chosen to showcase best practice management to ensure the long-term viability of threatened species, populations and/or ecological communities.

NSW Scientific Committee determined that the Blue Gum High Forest ecological community be listed as critically endangered, recognising the increased level of threat since it was listed as endangered in 1977 under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.

A development application was submitted for a large single dwelling on 102 Rosedale Road. The application was rejected by Ku-ring-gai Council.

102 Rosedale Road was purchased by Ku-ring-gai Council, assisted by $350,000 from the National Reserve System and over $72,000 in public donations.