The owners of the Coalcliff Cokeworks land, Illawarra Coke Company (ICC), has signed an agreement with the State Government, permanently protecting 75 hectares of the escarpment on the 118 hectare property.
The Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement means ICC has vowed to protect and manage the ecological communities in the site and to improve and maintain the conservation values of the land.
The agreement is to be registered on the land’s title and will include access control, weed and feral animal control and fire management.
ICC Director Kate Strahorn says her company understands the importance of the ecological communities on the former cokeworks. “A Biodiveristy Stewardship Agreement is binding on the land and requires the owner and subsequent owners to manage with land in accordance with the agreement ‘in perpetuity’.
Passive recreation will be allowed on the land, as long as the ecological community is protected.
The existing walking trail along the escarpment will still be accessible. The use of the remaining land is still being assessed for future uses which include informal conservation, heritage, public amenity and development.
Image- Thanks to Coalciffcokeworks.com.au