Glenlee is a 2.5-hectare historic property fronting the Georges River on the Lugarno peninsula and currently under threat by a developer
200 mature trees to be removed
Wildlife corridor destroyed
Habitat of 12 endangered species obliterated
Destruction of National Trust listed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Significant damage to the environment and biodiversity of the area
Loss of 110-year old historic homestead
The National Trust has listed Glenlee for its significant Early Settler History and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Well-preserved evidence of Aboriginal life on the site is also listed on the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System.
It’s not surprising that Aborigines would have lived there, right on the river’s edge where they fished, found oysters, and enjoyed the fresh water stream that runs through the property.
Over its 110-year history Glenlee has become home to a wide range of native wildlife including Swamp Wallabies, Echidna, Powerful Owl, Eastern Osprey. A significant number of endangered species forage and nest amongst the 80-100-year old trees and their understory.
A remnant Blackbutt forest has been preserved since the Matthei family settled the property in 1908 and Grey Gum, Angophora and Smooth-barked Apple are just some of the 200 trees that would be destroyed by the developer, causing severe damage to the environment.
The biodiversity of Glenlee cannot be overestimated and its removal would have a huge impact on the health of the surrounding area and river system.
Glenlee was settled by the Matthei family in 1908 and has been in the family ever since. In 1910 Otto built the now historic Genlee homestead, which still stands today. He also built stone paths, steps and walls descending the gentle slope to the river’s edge. The bulldozers will destroy all of this if the development goes ahead.
This irreplaceable property remains a rich and diverse ecological treasure, which must be preserved at all costs.