Environment & Sustainability
As a long-term resident of the local community, environmental sustainability is important to the Club. The proposed course design requires significantly less water and fertiliser and the landscape will be replenished by self-seeding trees and shrubs. Noxious weeds will be removed and replaced with naturally occurring species that will better cohabitate with surrounding flora.
Heathland characteristics will be an important part of the course redevelopment. The sandy base soils of the course will house many native plants and grasses, providing a more natural coastal landscape.
The local Eastern Suburbs ecosystem is a perfect environment in which these native species thrive and will enable a more sustainable use of water resources.
As part of the plan, a new state-of-the-art irrigation system will be installed. This will include a new storage dam, pumps and pump shed. The system will allow better control of water, resulting in more efficient use and the precise delivery of water to each surface.
These improvements will not only help ensure the ongoing quality of the course, but also establish the property as environmentally sustainable long in the future.
Trees and Tree Removal
The proposed course landscape will create a unique coastal heathland environment and provide ecological diversity and native habitats for plants and animals, which is not possible with the current vegetation. In order to achieve this, over 700 new trees will be planted, made up of attractive and sustainable local species, consistent with the original vegetation of the area.
The planting and establishment of these trees will coincide with the removal of approximately 559 trees, a number of which have been identified as detrimental to course health and posing a risk to the community.
The implementation of this landscape plan will create a self- sustainable ecosystem which will maximise the geographical and environmental aspects of the course.
Sustainability and Biodiversity
The Rose Bay environment will be enhanced by the increase in flora and fauna that will accompany the new Course development.
The diversity of flora will provide food sources and habitat for a wider range of native birds, butterflies, lizards and frogs.
The varied species will provide a year-round flowering pattern, guaranteeing colour from summer through to spring.
Importantly, the Club and the Rose Bay area will become a sustainable sanctuary for several rare or endangered species of flora and fauna.
All of this will be within the local area, creating a vibrant, sustainable community for people to enjoy.