Development Watch

The Knox Environment Society always has an eye on what is happening around Knox, including large scale developments which could change the whole landscape of an area impacting our "green and leafy image" and smaller developments with significant indigenous vegetation which may be destroyed.

Some of the the developments which we are keeping an eye on include:

Boronia - Former Boronia Heights Secondary Collage site

This site contains two areas of biological importance including 0.75ha of Lowland Forest that is listed as vulnerable vegetation, and 2ha of Valley Heathy Forest that is listed as regionally endangered vegetation. The site is home to 73 plant species; four of which are critically endangered and eleven are endangered in Knox.

Through campaigning we have been able to protect these two areas from the bulldozers, however there are still many trees on the site which need out protection and if this development is not done well, it will negatively impact the areas we have been able to save.

For more information please see our Save Boronia Heights campaign page.

Knoxfield - Cnr Burwood Hwy and Scoresby Rd

Formerly owned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the land has been transferred to Development Victoria who a planning a large scale housing development.

Part of the area includes Lake Knox Sanctuary which is an important feeding ground for the threatened Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis. To sign the petition to help protect Lake Knox and the Blue-billed Duck, please see Save Lake Knox for more information.

To see up to date information and maps on Development Victoria's plans for the site, please click here.

For more information please see our Save Lake Knox campaign page.

Lysterfield - Lysterfield Valley

Information to be provided...

The Basin - Cnr Ferndale Rd and Old Coach Rd

Ferndale Rd makes our watch list because of its proximity to the Dandenong Ranges National Park. In fact it is just across the road and Knox City Council has approved the building of a "High Class Japanese Restaurant" on a gravel road in a Rural Conservation Zone.

Trees have already been removed from the property along with illegal tree removals and earthworks along Old Coach Road which could affect Platypus populations in Dobsons Creek through excess sediment and nutrients now flowing into the creek.

Wantirna - Wantirna Health Site

Information to be provided...

Wantirna - MIRVAC Development

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Wantirna - Hight St Rd Orchard Development

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