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In October 2014, approval was given for an extension to the Pinnacle Nature Reserve by including an area identified for an environmental offset. As an approved offset, the Pinnacle Extension will receive an enhanced level of funding for its management relative to the Reserve, as specified in a formal management plan [ pdf 5.8 MB] is currently in place. The management plan was developed by the TAMS Offsets Group in a process that included consultation with fotpin.

What is an environmental offset?

Where is the Pinnacle Extension?

Is the Extension now part part of the Reserve?

What has been fotpin's involvement in managing the Extension area in previous years?

Is there a difference between the "offset" area and the "extension" area?

What has been the process leading to the Pinnacle Extension?

The extension is a valuable addition to the Reserve. It includes patches of endangered box-gum woodland, Eucalyptus macrorhyncha, extensive areas of native grasses and forbs and pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) habitat. In addition it has strategic value in providing a link between the Pinnacle and Kama Nature Reserves (as can be seen in the corridor map).

Spring in the Pinnacle Extension, 2015 [photos: Carolynne Parker]

 


Documents relating directly to the approval and management of the Pinnacle Extension

Apr 2014

University of Canberra Public Hospital Preliminary Documentation EPBC Ref. 2013/6987 (April 2014) [ pdf 1.9 MB]

 

Interim Management Plan [ pdf 0.7 MB]

   

Oct 2014

Approval documentation [ pdf 6.4 MB] for the Pinnacle Extension as an offset area for the new sub-acute hospital at the University of Canberra

   

Jan 2015

First Draft of the substantive Offset Management Plan circulated to fotpin for comment. (copy available from webmaster on request).

   

Feb 2016

History of weed control in the Offset area compiled by fotpin at the request of Commonwealth Department of Environment and PCS.

   

Apr 2016

Pinnacle Nature Reserve Offset 2015 Monitoring Report [ pdf 3.1 MB]

 

Minutes of fotpin General Meeting to discuss the offset [ pdf 89 kB]

 

Notes of meeting between fotpin and Parks and Conservation Service about offset [ pdf 130 kB]

   

Oct 2015

Draft of the substantive Offset Management Plan forwarded by PCS to Commonwealth Department of Environment for comment/approval. (copy available from webmaster on request).

   

May 2016

Media release [ pdf 188 kB] regarding proposed amendments to the Territory Plan to incorporate the proposed extension into the Pinnacle Nature Reserve

 

Draft Variation 349 [ pdf 1.6 MB] : proposed amendments to public land overlay and zone provisions by applying a ‘Pc’ nature reserve overlay to parts of blocks 1616 and 1370 Belconnen (Pinnacle extension) and rezoning block 7 section 72 Watson (Justice Robert Hope Park) from PRZ1 Urban Open Space to NUZ3 Hills, Ridges and Buffer with a ‘Pc’ nature reserve overlay.

 

Background Paper - Letter from the Conservator of Flora and Fauna [ pdf 1.8 MB]

 

Background Paper - Brief description of areas to be rezoned [ pdf 203 kB]

   

Jun 2016

History of weed control in the Offset area compiled by fotpin at the request of Commonwealth Department of Environment and PCS.

 

Revised Draft of the substantive Offset Management Plan incorporating comments by Commonwealth Department of Environment received by fotpin for comment; comments completed and forwarded to PCS on 27 June (copies available from webmaster on request).

   

Oct 2016

Offset Management Plan for the Pinnacle Extension finalised.

Mar 2017

Offset Management Plan for the Pinnacle Extension [ pdf 5.8 MB] publicly available.

 


Links for more information of a general nature about environmental offsets

Australian Government site for EPBC Act environmental offsets

Environmental Offsets Policy [ pdf 2.3 MB]

ACT Government Environment and Planning website for environmental offsets

(Policy and Planning website for offsets in the ACT)

ACT Environmental Offsets Policy 2015 [ pdf 1.3 MB]

ACT Government Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) website for environmental offsets

(Operational site for offsets in the ACT managed by TAMS)

 

 

 

 

 
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