SHOALHAVEN City Council maintains its clearing of Gerroa Road is allowed under Section 88 of the Road Act, which allows for tree removal in the name of safety regardless of other legislation.
There are apparently 42 threatened species in the Gerroa area according to a list of threatened species shown in NSW RTA Gerringong upgrade Princes Highway, Review of Environmental Factors, Flora And Fauna Assessment undertaken in June 2010.
The RMS was asked why it hadn’t evoked Section 88 of the act when it came across the endangered green and gold bell frogs at the beginning of the South Nowra Princes Highway duplication.
An RMS spokesperson said the difference between the South Nowra project and the work on Gerroa Road was the frogs were found after work started and the department was able to mitigate effects on them.
“The Gerroa Road proposal was developed, planned and is being delivered by Shoalhaven City Council,” the spokesperson said.