Preserving biodiversity in the local region is of central importance to the Hunter Community Environment Centre, hence the growing campaign around the latest installment of the Newcastle Inner City bypass.

The bypass, being developed by Roads and Maritime Services will connect Jesmond and Rankin Park. The current design employs cut and fill techniques to construct large sloped walls which rise above the canopy of the surrounding native bush, and features only two corridors through which all resident flora and fauna must travel (one of which will also be used by pedestraians, cyclists and drainage.)

The Jesmond to George McGregor Park bushland, through which the bypass will travel is now one of the last viable bushland habits remaining for native animals due to the slow creep of delvelopment over the last decades.

Jesmond bush is now essentially an island reservoir oforbiodiversity, home to numerous species like the Powerful Owl, Squirrel glider as well as Mirco bats and Flying foxes. These are all listed as vulnerble species who seek sanctuary in the remaining habitat.

If the new road is built with a solid wall of earth that is taller than the tree-tops the movements of resident species will be confined to small areas - fragmenting the population and limiting the gene pool.

“The only biodiversity we’re going to have left is Coke versus Pepsi. We’re landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

The HCEC is seeking involvement from the community in this campaign to protect biodiversity.

Get in touch with Jo, HCEC Coordinator on 0417 750 850 or