Video | Spring Gully decision 'imminent' say opponents of eco-tourism resort

Members of the Spring Gully Protection Group are making a last-ditch effort to stop a proposed eco-tourism resort at Bundeena.

The group’s leaders believe a final decision is imminent and have encouraged supporters to contact the office of Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to state their opposition.

The Land and Environment Court ruled in favour of the developer, but the project can’t go ahead unless the minister grants road access through Royal National Park.

Mark Da Silva, a spokesman for the group, which says it has 5000 members, said Ms Upton would be held accountable.

“If the minister genuinely cares about the second oldest national park in the world, there is no way she will permit road access to this pristine spot,” he said.

Mr Da Silva  said both the Rural Fire Service at a local level and Sutherland Shire Council opposed the proposal.

“The council rejected the proposal outright, stating any attempt to develop the land will jeopardise its environmental values,” he said.

“The local Rural Fire Service (RFS) warned of ‘disastrous consequences should this development go ahead and innocent lives are unnecessarily put at risk.’”

Mr Da Silva said the council had been scathing in their criticism of RFS head office for ignoring the warnings and granting a bushfire safety approval for the development.

“Last month, council unanimously voted to adopt a report criticising the RFS over their unwillingness to refuse the proposal,” he said.

“The report describes the development site an ‘extreme bushfire danger’ ...”