Media Release: UPC's transmission lines herald a biodiversity catastrophe.

Federal government referral of the transmission lines to connect a controversial wind farm in a migratory bird pathway has revealed further threats to twenty two threatened species and 129 Aboriginal heritage sites as well as large scale clearing of rainforests and native forests.

UPC Renewables’ belated Federal EPBC referral of the first 115km section of their proposed high voltage transmission line has shown the company's greenwash claims to be empty.

“The proposed UPC Robbins Island wind farm is a biodiversity and heritage catastrophe in the planning. I find it hard to imagine how UPC could have found a more damaging project," said Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Scott Jordan.

"The proposed transmission line will carve a seventy kilometre long, sixty metre wide swathe through carbon rich rainforest, wet eucalypt and blackwood forests. It will compromise threatened Black gum and Brookers gum ecological communities and six and a half kilometres of verified National and World Heritage value areas,” Scott Jordan said.

"UPC's own reports shows it may impact twenty-two threatened fauna species, three threatened flora species, five Tasmanian Geoconservation Sites and 129 registered Aboriginal heritage sites. All this on top of the migratory bird armageddon that is the wind farm itself,” Scott Jordan said.

"Renewable energy companies should be exemplars of caring for our planet but clearly UPC is not an environmental saviour. UPC is just another corporate phoney prepared to sacrifice our fragile biodiversity for profit,” Scott Jordan said.

Bob Brown Foundation supports legitimate renewable energy development.

The following impacts are identified as significant, likely or possible in UPC's Robbins Island to Hampshire EPBC referral documentation:

Threatened fauna species:
Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax fleayi
Tasmanian Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus diemenensis
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster
Australian Fairy Tern Sternula nereis nereis
Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae castanops
Giant Freshwater Crayfish Astacopsis gould
Eastern Dwarf Galaxias Galaxiella pusilla
Australian Grayling Prototroctes maraena
Green and Gold Frog Litoria raniformis
Marrawah Skipper Oreisplanus munionga larana
Spotted-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus maculatus
(including two populations with important population status: Takone to Upper Natone and Far northwestern Tasmania).
Eastern Quoll Dasyurus viverrinus
Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii gunnii
Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca

Threatened flora species and communities:
Black gum and Brookers gum communities (Eucalyptus ovata / E. brookeriana)
Scrambling Ground Fern Hypolepis distans
Native Wintercress Barbarea australis
Snake Orchid Diuris lanceolata

Tasmanian Geoconservation sites:
Arthur Lineament
Farhams Creek (Christmas Hills) Karst Features
Keith/Arthur Rivers Magnesite Karst
Trowutta Sumac Karst Systems
Western Tasmanian Blanket Bogs

129 registered Aboriginal heritage sites that are located within an approximately 500 m radius

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