In 1978, an area of bushland in South Turramurra was threatened with destruction by plans to build a netball complex. Residents were galvanised into action to try to save this natural area and so STEP was formed. That particular fight was lost, but from this small beginning STEP has grown to become a vital force in conservation in northern Sydney. Click here for more information on our history, aims and achievements.
STEP questions the conventional wisdom. Urban environmentalism is much more than fighting against loss of natural areas. It is essential to look many decades ahead and to educate and inspire the community to appreciate what we have if the battle against the unthinking and destroyers is to be won. Natural areas may be maintained by regeneration and maintenance but they can only be saved if they are not lost, piece by piece, to our ever increasing need for housing, schools, roads, playing fields, hospitals and all the other developments our governments are imposing upon us.
By joining STEP you will demonstrate that you are concerned about retaining the local environment for the future. We draw our members from far and wide but we are primarily concerned with Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Each year we organise walks and talks, produce newsletters, make submissions and support environmental education. We've published position papers, books and maps of walking tracks.
Sunday 14 December Christmas party
Moratorium 10/50 Bushfire Clearing Legislation
Large numbers of trees are being felled under the state government's bushfire clearing rules. These allow property owners living within 350 m of bushfire prone land to clear trees within 10 m of their dwelling.
The minister has announced a modification to the rules but this applies to very limited locations. An inquiry is to be held into the rules but in the meantime the tree felling will continue.
We need to ask for a moratorium while the inquiry is being conducted so please email the minister and Rural Fire Service expressing your concerns and asking for a moratorium. You can also sign the Nature Conservation Council's petition.
Issue 177 (August 2014)
The Science of Climate Change
Click here to see Dr Andy Pitman's PowerPoint presentation (STEP's Third Annual Lecture, 22 October 2013, St Andrews, Turramurra)
Weed Management Review (March 2014)
Northern Council's E Zone Review (June 2014)
Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice (July 2014)
Concern about the10/50 Clearing Code in Urban Areas (August 2014)
Ku-ring-gai draft Development Control Plan (August 2014)
NSW Biodiversity Legislation (September 2014)