Did you miss out on getting up close with wildlife from Geckoes Wildlife during the workshops conducted by Julie Geldard of VicPicPro? Not to worry – get along to IndigiScapes on Friday 27th February . . . click here for more information
The 2014 – 2015 Moreton Bay Seagrass Report is ready for your perusal.
A planting at King Island, Wellington Point is scheduled given the good rain we are having.
This planting is part of a vegetation restoration project to re-establish native vegetation on the island.
Planting will commence on Saturday the 14th of February at 10:00am.
The island is readily accessible by foot at low tide.
If you like to help contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org
The study on Patch Occupancy and movement patterns of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in urban areas of South East Queensland found the future of the koala is reliant upon protecting urban bushland. The report summary said.
This study has highlighted the resilience of the urban koala population in Redlands and southern Brisbane, while also warning of the likely continued demise of this regional population
under the current conservation and management strategy. Unless changes are made to the way urban areas are developed and maintained in Redlands, it is expected that koalas will become restricted to only large habitat patches, as is the case in Brisbane. Our detailed examination of the behavioural ecology of koalas has highlighted the importance of private property to many urban koalas, and elucidated previously unknown details on the timing and frequency of bare ground crossings when koalas are particularly vulnerable to predation and car strike (Amir, 2010).
This scientific report and many similar have been delivered to Redland Council however we wonder if Council is taking much note of their findings.
We are concerned council will relax planning laws that will benefit developers and result in further loss of urban koala habitat leading to local extinctions and potentially to the demise of the koala in the region.
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Redland Council with the help of the State Government continue with their pro-development urban expansion plans this time proposing to destroy protected vegetation and marine park values at Weinam Creek.
Vegetation protected by the Vegetation Management Act and seagrass and mangroves within the Marine Park and Moreton Bay RAMSAR site are destined to be destroyed by Redland Council’s desire for massive urban expansion within the Redlands. Toondah Harbor, Southern Redland Bay are just some of the areas Council is targeting for more urban sprawl now its Weinam Creek.
Buildings will be up to 7 storeys high resulting in huge traffic problems for the Redland transport network. While the financial burden of regular dredging operations will potentially be dumped onto general rate payers.
If you like to see a better outcome for Weinam Creek make a submission. A copy of our submission is attached. Click here to download our submission
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE & ATTACHMENTS ON TO MANY OTHERS
Greetings all –
This Community Alert pertains to 49.5 hectares within the Moreton Bay Marine Park and 17.5 hectares of land in coastal Cleveland (total 67 hectares) encompassing –
· Toondah Harbour (the North Stradbroke Island Ferry Terminal)
· GJ Walter Park to the north of the harbour
· community and environmental land to the south of the harbour.
The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared by the State Government at the request of Redland City Council on 21 June 2013
· Toondah Harbour PDA is bounded by Shore Street East to the north and Wharf Street to the west
· incorporates Council and privately owned land as well as open space
Planning of the Toondah Harbour PDA will be managed by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) in partnership with Redland City Council (RCC); development assessment powers have been delegated to RCC.
To see more, please click here:
· State Government site http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-and-planning/toondah-harbour.html
· Redland City Council site http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/Business/Pages/Toondah-Harbour-PDA.aspx
The overdevelopment comprising the recently unveiled Toondah Harbour Proposed Development Scheme has shocked the community, because it will likely have extreme negative impacts on –
· Moreton Bay Marine Park and marine life
· much-loved and well utilised public parks
· urban koala populations
· already-struggling local businesses – in the Cleveland Town Centre and Raby Bay Harbourside Shopping Centre in particular, as well the existing marina operations
· amenity/ quality of life of residents living in neighbouring existing properties
· cherished ‘village’ atmosphere of Cleveland and surrounds.
This is because the Toondah Harbour Proposed Development Scheme -
· disregards the vision, values and expectations of the people of the Redlands as consistently documented over 25 years, most recently in the –
o Redlands 2030 Community Plan http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/AboutCouncil/CommunityPlan/Pages/default.aspx)
o Toondah Harbour Community Engagement Report (http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Business/Toondah-Harbour-Community-Engagement-Phase1-Report1.pdf)
· usurps public open space (GJ Walter Park), the Moreton Bay Marine Park and disregards the Marine Park’s international listing under RAMSAR (http://ramsar.org/)
· includes high rise development to 15 storeys in the park and out into the Bay(ruining the aesthetic qualities of our coastline)
· includes an 800 berth marina
· jeopardises mangroves, migratory shorebird habitat and seagrasses essential to marine life
· destroys koala habitat (public open space) and cuts known koala corridors with roads
· places a major, ongoing financial burden upon the community through the need for ongoing dredging (which also jeopardises marine life).
Through consultation, the people of the Redlands –
· indicated support for renewal of the Toondah Harbour facility
· did not give the thumbs up to the massive overdevelopment of the Harbour, adjacent land and Moreton Bay itself that Redland City Council and the Queensland State Government are promoting through the Toondah Harbour Proposed Development Scheme.
We want the Harbour refreshed, not the area ruined.
What can we do?
We have to convince Redland City Council and more importantly, the Newman State Government, that they must withdraw the Toondah Harbour Proposed Development Scheme, go back to the drawing board and draft a new Development Scheme. And this time, they must do it in close and continuing consultation with the community. Convincing them however, will take combined action by many people. Here’s how you can help…
Community Action Pack
Below you will find the a Community Action Pack, comprising seven (7) documents:
th Toondah Harbour Proposed Development Area (PDA) Campaign Outline
× this details the many ways you and your family and friends – or your organisation – can take action, together with the timeframe in which to do it
× please scan through the Campaign Outline and find the Action(s) that best suit you / your organisation
× please do include the making of a Formal Submission as below
2. a sample Properly Made Submission for you to consider, copy, modify as you see fit and send to the State Government (Economic Development) on or before Monday 24 February 2014
3. a second sample Properly Made Submission for you to consider/ use as above
4. a sample Letter – for you to copy, modify as you see fit and send by email to Redland City Council and State Government
× the Premier, the Minister and the State Members
× the Mayor and Councillors of Redland City Council
× can also be sent to the media – newspapers (hard copy & online), radio, television
5. a sample Letter – for you to copy, modify as you see fit and send by email to –
× Federal Minister for the Environment
× Federal Member for Bowman
6. a sample Email & Question – for you to copy, modify as you see fit and send by email to –
× each of the eleven (11) individual Redland City Mayor & Councillors
× each of the three (3) individual State Government Members (Cleveland, Redland & Capalaba)
7. a Contact List – providing names and contact details for all the above
When should we begin?
Please take action now:
· it is important to get Submissions in no later than 24 February
· emails/ letters /phone calls to the elected members can commence after your Submission is in
· we must sustain the pressure on the politicians and maintain media interest after 24 February, during the assessment and decision-making phases undertaken by Redland City Council and in turn, by the State Government.
This battle has been won before…
In 1988 the Redlands community fought off a similar plan to overdevelop the Toondah Harbour, Moreton Bay and environ with a massive canal estate. Coming together as STIR – ‘Secure Toondah’s Invaluable Resources’ – they garnered 12,000 signatures, took the Bjelke-Petersen Government on in the media, and won.
It is time to come together to STIR and win again. Please join us.
With thanks & kind regards –
Lavinia Wood, Spokesperson
Community Alliance for Responsible Planning (CARP) Redlands Inc
(If you would like to be added to the CARP database, please send your name, email address and suburb to us at email@example.com )