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North Maclean Protest

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TIMELINE - brief history of proposed North Maclean as an industrial precinct

Last Updated on 31 July 2015

“A proposal to establish a single area for light industries may be favourably considered in the Maclean area ”  (Beaudesert Shire Council Strategic Plan 1996)

Pre 1996 North Maclean was zoned rural residential – industrial use was not compatible in this area

1996 Beaudesert shire council changed the zoning of an area at North Maclean to industry on their strategic plan. There was never any community consultation about the suitability of industry in an existing rural residential area.

July 2005 SEQRP released identifying Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Area (Mt Lindesay North     Beaudesert Area) for further investigation

October 2005 Office of Urban Management OUM (State Government)  Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Investigation for South-East Queensland Regional Plan ( SEQRP Amendment 1). North Maclean Enterprise Precinct (industrial area) extended from the Mt Lindesay Highway to the Greenbank interstate railway line.

Jan-March 2006 A community group north Beaudesert Shire Action Group NBSAG surveyed almost 1000 people  - 89% opposed industry at North Maclean.                                                                    

North Maclean Enterprise Precinct was added to the South-East Queensland Regional Plan  (Amendment 2006). 

March 2007 Beaudesert Shire Council ordinary meeting moved –

there is no need or justification for the North Maclean Enterprise Precinct …industrial land can be met in other developments across the shire

May 2007 Beaudesert shire council requested the OUM remove the North Maclean industrial area –

 “it is constrained by powerlines, flooding and environmental considerations, plus the need for buffering to nearby rural residential areas …North Maclean is not required…the area should be removed from the SEQRP”


NORTH MACLEAN - What YOU can do to help

Last Updated on 29 July 2015

As a community and as an individual we can ALL take an action / actions to voice our concerns and displease about the current state of affairs.

Let's speak out loudly and clearly that we expect to have a voice when it is our community that is impacted. New Queensland government have said they will listen to community!

Will they hear our community?




Details in this document NORTH-MACLEAN_What-YOU-can-do.doc


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PO BOX 6022 House of Representatives

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600


Mr Scott Buchholz ( ph  5541 0150)

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111 Brisbane St, Beaudesert Qld 4285



Last Updated on 12 July 2015

Our petition  SIGN IT HERE 


Crowson lane and Stanley Court koala and joey


Ask Federal MP Greg Hunt to


Dear Minister Hunt, 

Please reject the development application for the proposed North Maclean Enterprise Precinct at North Maclean, South-East Queensland which involves clearing 289 acres of koala and quoll habitat.

 Why is this important?

There are significant environmental and community concerns

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS Sign to support our petition here

Since 1996, the environmental concerns raised by the community at North Maclean and Munruben have never been addressed. There have been numerous sightings of vulnerable Koalas on and around the property. There have been numerous sightings of endangered Spotted-Tailed Quolls in adjacent properties - these quoll sightings have been the first in the Greater Brisbane Area since the 1930s . Quoll roadkill has been collected from the area confirming the presence of quolls in this area. The proposed site provides valuable habitat for koalas, quolls and other threatened species including the endangered grey headed flying fox, the Swift Parrot and the vunerable Glossy Black Cockatoo. 
There have been no detailed impact assessments of industry on these vulnerable/threatened species. No frog or reptile studies have ever been carried out. 
By signing the petition, you are asking Minister Greg Hunt to REJECT the North Maclean Enterprise (Industry) Precinct proposal. You will be giving our unique Koalas, Spotted-tailed Quolls and other Endangered/Vulnerable wildlife of North Maclean and Munruben a chance of survival. If this development application is approved at North Maclean, 117 hectares (approx. 289 acres) of koala food and shelter habitat will be totally cleared. The major threat to koalas is the loss of habitat. This vast proposed site is only 45% of what is eventually planned for the koala habitat of North Maclean. This current application is a dangerous precedent in the area that should not be approved.

COMMUNITY CONCERNS Sign to support our petition here


Logan Community Environment Watch - public group

Last Updated on 27 May 2015

New public group on Facebook so that community can participate in discussions  on any planning proposals that impact community and environment within Logan City boundaries. There are currently several planning proposals / development applications DA  / material change of use MCU that have not / do not make adequate provisions for appropriate community consultations. 

The Greater Flagstone PDA covers a total area of 7188 hectares. It is located west of the Jimboomba and the Mount Lindesay Highway, along the Brisbane-Sydney rail line. It includes part of the suburb of NORTH MACLEAN and the area being identified as NMEP North Maclean Enterprise Precinct. This was previously called MLNBSA Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area in the SEQRP Southeast Queensland Regional Plans.

This public group invites community members to join, after reading description of guidelines of participation. Click image to go to Facebook.

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Where are the quolls near North Maclean?

Last Updated on 12 April 2015

Will presence of quolls near North Maclean influence federal government decision re

planning proposal for an Enterprise Precinct NMEP?

What about the federally endangered grey-headed flying fox? Koalas are acknowledged - but inadequtely.

spotted tailed quoll endangered

 A desktop study for quolls reveals little about this cryptic camera shy nocturnal carnivous native mammal - often referred to as our native cat - at North Maclean or elsewhere. The developer can perhaps be excused for not knowing of the number of sightings of the quoll known among the local community.

Our curiosty was aroused when local resident and bike rider collected roadkill on Mount Lindesay Highway and this was taken to Queensland Museum where it was confirmed to be a quoll. Unfortunately for the quoll it also became roadkill while feasting on first roadkill. They are quite fond of dead carasses. This and another dead quoll are held by the Queensland Museum.

The application dismisses the likely presence of quolls. However without a signigicant survey by paid and qualified consultants - over a suitable time period it is presumtuous to make such a claim. 

Dr Scott Burnett Quoll Biologist from Sunshine Coast University and Wildlife Queensland received funding in 2006 from Beaudesert Shire council to conduct a survey of community reported sightings of spotted tail quolls in the suburbs of Spring Mountain, Greenbank, Munruben, North Maclean, South Maclean, Chambers Flat, Park Ridge South and Logan Reserve. Three roadkill specimens were reported: one from the Goodna-Springfield Rd at Greenbank ( 2004), one from Teviot Rd and one on the Mt Lindesay Highway near the intersection of Carter Road ( 2005).  Two of these specimens are held in the Queensland Museum.

 Dr Scott Burnett wrote to the OUM [Office of Urban Management - later ULDA Urban Land Development Authority and now EDQ Economic Development Queensland]  in 2006 stating that all remaining habitat in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area should be regarded as potential habitat for quolls. To date, sightings of quolls continue to be reported from the areas at and surrounding the North Maclean site from the community sightings to date , quoll dog tracking on LCC reserves ( limitations - problems with detecting scat scent during the wetter years from Nov 2011 to 2015 when this survey method has been used in the local area), Main Roads survey at Chambers Creek (Jerry’s Downfall). 

LACA Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc president Anne Page has been collating many of the reported quoll sightings but to date there is no published report about the population and movement of quolls in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area. Both Beaudersert Shire council - now Scenic Rim Regioal Council after amalgamation - and Logan City Council have allocated $5000 each for comunity education and awareness programs with presumably a report / acquital of some kind required. A draft map provided by SEQ Catchments is the base map.  Anne has added additional sightings - all included in LACA's submission to initial draft map.

Quoll Map SB and recent sightings Feb2015 AnnePage

Before further clearing is approved a complete well funded research survey of quolls, their  habitat movement and breeding with analysis really should happen if local, state, and federal governments are committed to ecological sustainable development. How much longer do we pay lip service to the concept of ESD and carry on with "business as usual"?  Until such time more credance must be given to citizen scientists who have recorded and/ reported their sightings.

LACA's submission as sent to developer's lawyer as per procedure for assessment by preliminary documentation is now online - with personal identication records removed.  Read / download here pdfLACA-Public-NorthMaclean_9.03.15.pdf



Last Updated on 02 April 2015


This could possibly be our only and last chance to object.

NORTH MACLEAN streams LoganRiverThere was a public notice in the Jimboomba Times last week for the North Maclean industrial area - known as North Maclean Enterprise Precinct.This Federal Government public comment period commenced on 23 February and closes by COB 5pm 9 March. The community has an opportunity to comment about this matter in this time frame. LACA members have spoken with people in the local area this week and since 2005 about this issue,  and the community still is very much opposed to this , just as it has been since 2005 when it was proposed in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area under the Office of Urban Management and later included in the SEQRP – Queensland Goverment. 

The current proposed application is for the property bordered by Crowson Lane to north, Mt Lindesay Highway to the east, rural residential properties to the south and west. The surrounding land use is rural residential to the north, east, south and west of the property. map shows several streams flowing into the Logan River.

There is no final plan at this stage and the application states this . There is no final stormwater plan. There is no detailed environmental impact assessment for the community to comment on. There has been no traffic report for this site. There is no information about any proposed hours of operation. No needs case has ever been presented for the North Maclean Enterprise Precinct . There is no plan indicated for buffers to the surrounding community – the applicant states their intention is to clear the whole 117 hectares.


Were YOU EVER consulted about North Maclean Enterprise Precinct?

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

Documentation relating to North Maclean Enterprise Precinct claims there has been "extensive" community consultation.

survey3All documents are available from links at http://reelplanning.com/epbc-act-referral-20136941-public-notification/

Can you provide a comment about level of opportunity for community consultation you had for

North Maclean? It has been a difficult process to follow with multiple name changes. Who would think that Greater Flagstone included North Maclean?

It is at least 8 kilometres away and shares no adjacent suburb boundary or even same POSTCODE? 

A "North Maclean" search of this website for Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc LACA will produce many articles which together reveal that community has had issues with level of consultation available. There is a timelime here  http://www.laca.org.au/images/stories/COMMUNITY_CONSULTATION_COMMENTS_MADE_history_2004-2011.pdf

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Residents fight for wildlife Industrial estate planned at North Maclean

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

Residents fight for wildlife Industrial estate planned at North Maclean

Reported by Jessica McKenzie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">
Anne Alma Ted Kathy NorthMaclean
NORTH Maclean residents are fighting tooth and nail to protect vulnerable native flora and fauna from an industrial development.

The North Maclean Enterprise Precinct sits on a 117 hectare site on the corner of Crowson Lane and the Mt Lindesay Highway. The applicant proposes to clear-fell the whole site including small areas of the federally endan-gered melaleuca irbyana.
Logan and Albert Conservation Association president and Stanley Court resident Anne Page said the site was valuable habitat for wildlife including the endangered spotted-tail quoll, and vulnerable koala.
The proposal is currently seeking approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, with invitations to comment closing on March 9.
Ms Page said the report submitted for assessment was lacking in critical information, including a detailed species survey. "There are other species that are vulnerable in Queensland that won't get a look-in during this consultation," she said.
The North Maclean site was first ear-marked for development by Beaudesert Shire Council in 1996, however by 2007 the council had changed its mind. 
Ms Page said the project had changed names several times since and most of the community was unaware that the area was added to the Greater Flagstone Development Area in 2010.
"We really must emphasise the community has never been given the right to say no to this, ever," she said. "No-one's ever asked us, do you want this huge area of industrial development in the middle of a rural residential area?"

Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Last Updated on 12 April 2015

Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Have YOU been consulted?   Comments close 9 March 2015

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  1. Animals and plant species are threatened by proposed clearing of 117 hectares

    Koalas, spotted tailed quolls, grey headed flying foxes, glossy black cockatoos, wallum froglet are known to be using / living in the extant habitat within the former dairy farm having road frontage along Mt Lindesay and Crowson Lane.

  2. Wetland and waterways occur on the property as does the federally endangered ecological community known as Swamp Tea-tree forest with signature Melaleuca Irbyana species. Regional ecosystem descriptions 12.3.11 of concern and 12.9-10.12 endangered are present. Glossy black cockatoos or Glossies in QLD eat the seeds of only two allocasuarina trees:Allocasuarina littoralis andA. torulosa. Having a very restricted diet the Glossy Black Cockatoo is susceptible to habitat loss through land clearing,logging, agriculture and urban development. A. littoralis is present and clearing is proposed – without mitigation. 

  3. Community has not been “extensively” consulted as claimed 

Driving koalas to extinction

Last Updated on 13 January 2015

Driving koalas to extinction

Motorists need to be aware that koalas are especially on the move now during mating season and keen to cross the road to seek a mate. We must be even more alert and on the lookout for animals and their young on the roads. 

Koala sightings as well as fatalities are being reported in Queensland and New South Wales. The death of a female and her joey is a double tragedy. 

Albert and Logan News September 27, 2014 published a strory featuring Australian Koala Foundation AKFSeptember 27, 2014 published a strory featuring Australian Koala Foundation AKF highlighting the need for new and protective legislation.

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