The fight to save the unburnt bush in Manyana is STILL underway, and it needs your help now more than ever.
It’s been a year since we last reported on that patch of bushland on NSW’s South Coast that miraculously survived the Black Summer Bushfires, only to be put at risk of destruction for a housing development.
Community action group, Manyana Matters, alongside a bunch of Aussie celebs, have been hard at work bringing public attention to the impending possible destruction of this bushland.
Without anywhere else to go, this patch of bush has become essential habitat for endangered species like the Swift parrot and the Greater glider.
At 5pm TOMORROW (Friday July 16th) public submissions on the environmental impact of the proposed Ozy Homes housing development will close, and Environmental Minister Sussan Ley will be left to make her decision – whether to approve the development or save the bush.
What can I do?
Send an email as part of the public submissions expressing how you feel about the destruction of the last remaining untouched bushland in the Manyana area.
And do it now! Submissions are only open for another 24 hours!
Subject: ‘Manyana Submission’
Content: Let them know how you feel about this destruction and its impact on both wildlife and people
What should I say?
Not sure how to write your email or what to say? Here are a few tips.
1. Use your own words
The most effective letters are the ones you write yourself! You can quote statistics and info from other sources, but using your own words to express your thoughts on the issue is way more effective and meaningful than copy and pasting from a template. Tell us how you really feel!
2. It doesn’t have to be long
Short and to the point is effective and more likely to be read. See?
3. Write about your first-hand experience
If you’ve visited Manyana before, write about it, particularly if you encountered any wildlife while you were there. The protection of this land for wildlife habitat is the most crucial reason to keep it safe.
4. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been there
You may never have visited Manyana before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion on the issue. If protecting native bushland and species is important to you, your voice is needed. Make sure it’s heard!
5. For more specific info check out the Manyana Matters Instagram
The Manyana Matters Environmental Association is using this page to grow the movement to save the bushland and post regular updates on how you can help. They’ve outline important points to include in your email as well!
Check out the Manyana Matters Instagram for more the most up to date info on the environmental impact statement