By Kyra Gillespie
Mount Cannibal’s recent upgraded status as a site of State biological significance raises more questions around the appropriateness of Hanson’s quarry plans.
Speaking at a luncheon held by the Friends of Mount Cannibal Group on Sunday 20 May, renowned botanist Dr Robin Adair shared the findings of a recent scientific study conducted at the site.
Dr Adair’s paper, published by the peer-reviewed Victorian Naturalist, found a total of 281 species of native vascular plants and 84 exotic species recorded at the Mount Cannibal Flora and Fauna Reserve.
The paper titled ‘A census and significance of the vascular flora of Mount Cannibal’, found 57 species of rich orchid flora, including one nationally threatened species, thriving at the site.
Secretary of the Friends of Mt Cannibal Sue Harris said attendees had their “eyes opened” by Dr Adair’s speech.
“He likened Mount Cannibal to the Grampians and Wilson’s Promontory in terms of significance,” Ms Harris said.
“It was fantastic to get an idea of how important the site is.
“He also said that it can’t be seen in isolation and underscored the importance of retaining the surrounding vegetation to ensure the health of the plant and animal community.”
Ms Harris said the luncheon gave attendees a chance to express their concerns about the proposed quarry.
“We talked about our concerns for the environment in relation to the noise, truck movements and the effects on the landscape.
“The Cardinia Shire Councillors who attended said the concerns would be taken in consideration as part of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES).”
The Stop the Bunyip North Quarry movement will hold a community information meeting at Tonimbuk Hall on Sunday 27 May to continue the fight against the proposal.
Free sausages, hamburgers, tea and coffee will be provided.