The wildlife on Laver's Hill in Fish Creek breathed a sigh of relief last November when the quarry operators withdrew their plans to extend. This was the result of a long VCAT battle between local residents and the quarry operators. The proposed quarry extension would have destroyed part of a valuable wildlife refuge, home to some of our endangered endemic species, such as the Strzelecki koala and powerful owl.
This was a great example of community perseverance triumphing over well-resourced industrial interests. There is currently no guarantee that this parcel of land will remain intact, so one of our long term goals is to ensure the protection of wildlife corridors through Shire planning and zoning regulations and another is to gain EPBC listing for the Strzelecki koala, so that its habitat is protected by Federal law.