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COMMUNITY SURVEY - NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT -MARCH 2015

Last Updated on 25 March 2015

survey 300x225COMMUNITY CONCERNS - tick your concerns on the attached Word document and return to address provided.

Email or letterbox or post.

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The following list is included BUT PLEASE ADD ANY OTHERS THAT CONCERNS YOU

 

  • The community was never been consulted about industrial land use at North Maclean before or during 1996 or in 2005?
  • The community has never been given the right to ‘SAY NO’ to industry in a rural residential area
  • Industry at North Maclean was not removed , after 2007 when the Beaudesert Shire Council wrote to the Office of Urban Management requesting its removal
  • Medium and light industry is not compatible with existing rural residential community
  • No buffers between industry and existing residential areas
  • Increased heavy vehicle and motor vehicle traffic 
  • Air pollution impact
  • Odour impacts from industrial uses
  • Water Quality in tank water concerns
  • Noise pollution for people ( eg operational noises, trucks beeping, cleared areas and increase distance of noise travel, security alarms day and night)
  • Increased risk of storm water pollution and runoff ( NE of site, south of site, SW of site) into creeks and Logan River, loss of recreational assets
  • Increased risk of flooding
  • Unknown hours of operation  (weekdays, weekends)
  • Light pollution at night and impacts on adjacent residential areas
  • Increased grafitti
  • Increased vandalism
  • Road safety risks for local traffic, families and children
  • Loss of rural residential amenity and character for local communities eg walking, cycling along local streets, loss of peace and quiet , no native wildlife
  • Increased rubbish and unsecured loads
  • Lack of public transport
  • Car parking problems for cars and heavy vehicles
  • Decrease in land and property values 
  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
  • Clearing of federally endangered vegetation community – Meleuca irbyana ( unique to Jimboomba and Ipswich areas) 
  • Clearing of endangered remnant vegetation
  • Clearing of advanced regrowth vegetation
  • No vegetation buffers being kept along waterways and wetland areas on the site
  • Loss of connected habitat for native wildlife (eg hollows, vegetation, food sources, clean waterways and wetlands)
  • Loss of large core habitat areas in the local area and region ( North Maclean/Munruben/Greenbank, Greater Flagstone, LCC, SE Qld. )
  • Loss of habitat links between the Logan River and bioregional corridor north of Crowson Lane
  • Increased risk of storm water pollution and runoff ( NE of site, south of site, SW of site), with impacts on wildlife, aquatic plants and animals
  • Downstream impacts of sediment and pollution on Logan River
  • Pollution ( noise, air, odour, light) and impacts on wildlife
  • Increased road kill of native animals e.g. quolls, koalas, possums, birds, kangaroos, red neck wallabies, frogs, reptiles
  • Local and regional extinction of wildlife species in this location – North Maclean ,Greater Flagstone area e.g. quolls, koalas, kangaroos, red neck wallabies

DO YOU HAVE ANY WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS TO REPORT FROM LOCAL AREA?

 

 

COMMUNITY MEETING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT

Last Updated on 20 March 2015

URGENT COMMUNITY MEETING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT

NORTH MACLEAN stand and be counted

Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THIS MEETING?
 Logan City  Councillors Trevina Schwarz and Laurie Smith are both attending.
The North Maclean Enterprise Precinct NMEP was first proposed in 1996 in the Beaudesert Shire Council Strategic Plan, then by the Office of Urban Management in 2005 ( OUM Queensland Government) . 
 It became part of the Greater Flagstone Area in 2009.
The community of North Maclean and Munruben have never been consulted about 
(a) how the local area of North Maclean and Munruben should develop
(b) whether they desired to have this light to medium industrial land use located here in an existing rural residential area.
This is now at a very serious stage! Between 23 February to 9 March 2015, a proposal by Wearco PTY LTD ( the developer) was out for public comment as part of a Federal Government process – this public comment period was a legal requirement by the Federal Government EPBC Act (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) because there are federally threatened and 
endangered species associated with this site and the general area (e.g. endangered Melaleuca irbyana vegetation community , endangered spotted tail quoll, endangered grey headed flying fox, vulnerable koalas).
There are numerous community concerns about the poor documentation provided to the Federal Government 
  • no final plan for the 117 hectare site,
  • no detailed or final stormwater management plan, 
  • no fauna surveys or studies at all, 
  • no consideration of social impacts on the community or 
  • no consideration of environmental impacts, 
  • ridiculous offset proposals for clearing 117 hectares of koala habitat,  70 hectares in another shire!!!
  • no traffic studies, 
  • no buffers at all proposed to reduce impacts on the neighbouring residents on Crowson Lane, Appaloosa Court, Shetland Drive, Andalusian Drive, Rosina Rd, Greenbank Rd, Beryl Parade, Scotts Lane (and many more).
WHO HAS ORGANISED THE MEETING? 
 The Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc LACA has organised this meeting. Anne Page, President of this group, has been a resident of Munruben for 24 years. Anne has been following this issue since 2005. 
The Logan and Albert Conservation Association organised this meeting because no one else would!  
 Contact: Anne Page ph 3297 0624 or Kathy Faldt ph 3200 0129
 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
 It is time for OUR community of North Maclean and 
 Munruben to stand up and be counted!
 IT IS NOW OR NEVER!
Please share this information widely. 
 
 

OUR VISION for NORTH MACLEAN - Community Meeting

Last Updated on 14 March 2015

logo no NMEPNORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT

COMMUNITY MEETING

Wednesday 25 March 7-9.30pm

Park Ridge Baptist Main Hall

3922 Mt Lindesay Highway

located on the eastern service lane of the Mt Lindesay Highway between         Talinga Drive and Hillcrest Rd

DO YOU WANT AN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT?

WERE YOU EVEN ASKED? Given an opportunity to have a say?

                                              Contact LACA president: Anne Page ph 3297 0624

IT IS NOT MY VISION - IS IT YOUR VISION? 

WHAT IS OUR VISION for NORTH MACLEAN?

COME ALONG AND DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS.

NMEP area map part1 p37Do your concerns relate to wildlife that could lose ALL their habit at 4499-4651 Mount Lindesay Highway?

Do your concerns relate to the public consultation process? This was in 2011 Greater Flagstone UDA Development Scheme Greater Flagstone UDA Development Scheme now EDQ Economic Development Queensland?

Did you know this was an opportunity to comment about NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT?

Do your concerns relate to how well the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) will protect the vulnerable koala, endangered quoll, endangered grey-headed flying fox?

Do your concerns relate to loss of amenity for people living on adjacent rural residential propertires? No buffers!!

Do your concerns relate to increased traffic, impact on local roads, and lack of alternative modes of travel from the car?

Do your concerns relate to water quality of Logan River?

Do your concerns relate to safe fauna infrastructure?

There are many reasons to be concerned about the proposed NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT

Did you see the public notice in Jimboomba Times in time to comment by 9 March 2015?

WERE YOU ABLE TO ACCESS THE DOCUMENTATION? Where? How? It is no longer on website for Reel Planning. 

Have you contacted a local councillor, State member, your federal representative? How have they responded?

 

 

OPPOSING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT 2013/6941

Last Updated on 08 March 2015

OPPOSING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT  2013/6941 

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.

The lack of information given to the community about this proposed development has continued for at least 10 years by both local and state government. This is extremely concerning, especially because the community has been told for many years by local and state government, that further investigations were necessary on the property and that ‘context plans’ will be made available for the community to be consulted about in due course in the future. There is still no detailed studies or investigations or context plans at this stage for the community to comment on as part of this Federal Government EPBC Referral Preliminary Assessment.

In 2014, the Logan City Council (LCC) proposed a new Draft Planning Scheme – during this process local residents contacted LCC town planners by telephone to ask advice about how to comment about the North Maclean Industrial Area. LACA president was specifically concerned that there was no evidence on the Draft Planning Scheme of any provisions for buffers for the existing rural residential communities. LACA was told that the North Maclean Enterprise Area was a state government matter and that there would be another opportunity to comment about the North Maclean Enterprise Precinct at another time. However, LACA president and members still included comments about the North Maclean Enterprise Precinct in submissions to LCC in 2014. This is only one example of how the community is not being consulted at any planning stage by local or state government about this matter. 

LACA has prepared a template you may wish to use. docTemplate__your-comments_EPBC_NorthMaclean_2013-6941.doc08/03/2015, 11:44

Use what is relevant to you - delete or expand as you have time

BUT PLEASE  make and send comments by CLOSE OF BUSINESS ie 5pm Monday 9 March

We believe it would be in community interest to also copy your submission to Deb Callister in the DoE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), who has been the delegate to date and is likely to make the final decision. Other email addresses are included in template.

 

Were YOU consulted about North Maclean Enterprise Precinct?

Last Updated on 07 March 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

included in article

 http://www.laca.org.au/index.php/development/greater-flagstone/652-seqrp-community-consultation-timelines-since-2004-and-background-studies

REALLY the only consultation was done by a community group called NBSAG NORTH BEAUDESERT SHIRE ACTION GROUP that was formed to gather data from local residents and respond to the SEQ Regional Plan during the SEQRP consultation phase. The group succeeded in having the then Beaudesert Shire Council recommend the precint be removed from the SEQRP. With the later plan it became an investigation area for industrial activities.http://www.laca.org.au/images/stories/bsc_mr_3april2007_nmep.pdf

Logan and Albert Conservation Association aka LACA has been denied access to all background studies relating to this planning - since 2005. Neither Scenic Rim or Logan will provide access - but these documents are part of the basis for the planning for planning - now in Logan.

We are very concerned that adequate fauna studies - and also flora - have not been conducted to allow our governments to make decisions about these areas based on sound planning and data. If governments believe an area no longer has ecological values then poor decisions can be made.

If  governments do not know what local community value then decisions can be made that fail to cater for your lifestyle choices. All too often those with most financial gains to be made have the ear of governments. Business as usual will not produce any ecologically sustainable development

 Surely our "victory" with Beaudesert Shire Council should have been the end? http://www.laca.org.au/images/stories/bsc_mr_3april2007_nmep.pdf

NOT SO when the area was amalgamated with Logan City Council http://www.laca.org.au/images/stories/north_maclean_issues_remain.pdf

Identified growth areas were previously called INVESTIGATION AREAS. They still require investigation for ways to include them in the URBAN FOOTPRINT in the future. 

There has never been an investigation involving residents and NO FAUNA STUDIES have been done. Logan City Council produced a document called “Growth Management – Core Matters” . Click title linked to read on council's website to read.  It remained a CONFIDENTIAL document until SEQRP South East Queensland Regional Plan was released. The next SEQ Regional Plan where we could comment was due at end of 2014. 

If there has been "extensive" consultation it was not with community. Possibly with council or UDA 

 

Residents fight for wildlife Industrial estate planned at North Maclean

Last Updated on 07 March 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?"
IMAGE shows Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) president Anne Page, Crowson Lane wildlife carers Alma and Ted Searle, LACA vice president Kathy Faldt and Appaloosa Drive resident Rob Davies oppose the development of an industrial estate at North Maclean.

Ms Page said an industrial estate would change the demographic of the area and was not wanted by the residents.
"No-one in this community has moved here for industry," she said.
"We want our trees, we want our clean air and our wildlife, that's why we moved here."
She urged residents to make a submission before the March 9 closing date and also to contact their local MPs.
Logan Albert Conservation Association members have been opposing this since first SEQ Regional Plan in 2005 when we auspiced a local community action group NBSAG
North Beaudesert Shire Action Group.
Who was in that group? ‪#‎NMEP‬ has raised its ugly head again at ‪#‎NorthMaclean‬
"If you've never written a letter before, you must write it now!" 
"There is no other opportunity." 
EPBC will access using preliminary documentation****
Strangely we are asked to send our comments and submissions to a lawyer representing the developer. We do not really understand this process but EDO Environmental Defenders Organization suggests that we also send to EPBC
Danny O’Brien
Dowd and Co Lawyers
3/355 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Fax to: 07 3238 0699
Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We believe it would be in community interest to also copy your submission to Deb Callister in the DoE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), who has been the delegate to date and is likely to make the final decision. 
‪Read the #‎Offsets‬ policy from EPBC http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/12630bb4-2c10-4c8e-815f-2d7862bf87e7/files/offsets-policy_2.pdf
 

Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Last Updated on 07 March 2015

Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Have YOU been consulted?   Comments close 9 March 2015

NMEP area map part1 p37

  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.  

    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. 

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

    There has NEVER been a consultation about NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT NMEP. It has historically been referred to as North Beaudesert Mt Lindesay Study Area NBMLSA prior to 2006. Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc LACA  has been following all aspects of planning  across  Beaudesert – now Scenic Rim shire, Logan City and South East Queensland commenting on SEQ regional planning. Our membership includes many longterm ie over 25 years residency in the area. We value the principles of Ecological Sustainable Development ESD. The residents whose land was removed from Beaudesert Shire and amalgamated into what is now Logan were mostly excluded from the first SEQRP under OUM Office of Urban Management. 

     NMEP locality map GFUDA
  3. WOSP Whole of Shire Planning – but not in the north? 

    Beaudesert Shire conducted WOSP Whole of Shire Planning workshops but none were held in area “lost” with amalgamation. Community have never seen the resulting documents that fed into SEQRP. Although documents were transferred to Logan City after amalgamation we have not been able to access them despite our efforts. They claimed “commercial in confidence”. Those documents have never been scrutinised for groundtruthing by the community.

    Genuine consultation processes have been denied to residents of Greenbank, North Maclean and Munruben. Local residents have been denied the right to say no to this development since the OUM proposed it on mapping in 2005 as part of the SEQRP Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area. Every stage of local or state government planning different terminology has been used and this  has confused the community e.g. North Maclean Enterprise Precinct for an industrial area, Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area ( 2005), where North Maclean Industry and Flagstone were two separate urban developments, then Greater Flagstone ( 2010) where suddenly North Maclean was added to the Greater Flagstone Area.  Many people in the community were not aware that this was an opportunity to comment on North Maclean Industry at this time.  When planning by local and state government has occurred, there has never been specific consultation for the community around North Maclean to be engaged with discussing their concerns and their ideas for how they would like to see their local area developed or planned for the future.

    EPBC Act Referral 2013/6941 – Public Notification

    PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION FOR ASSESSMENT ON PRELIMINARY DOCUMENTATION

    NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT

    NORTH MACLEAN, QLD (EPBC Act REFERRAL 2013/6941)

    Wearco Pty Ltd proposes to develop a Commercial Development (Industrial Estate) at 4499-4651 Mount Lindesay Highway, North MacLean at Lot 39 on SP258739 (formerly Lot 309 on SP137557).  The proposed action is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and will be assessed through preliminary documentation. The controlling provisions under Part 3 of the Act are Listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A).

    The documentation relating to the proposal will be available for viewing between 23 February 2015 and 9 March 2015.

    The final date for providing comment is by close of business on 9 March 2015.  Interested persons and organisations are invited to submit comments in writing on the published material to:

    Danny O’Brien
    Dowd and Co Lawyers
    3/355 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
    Fax to:        07 3238 0699
    Email to:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The referral documentation 19 files can be viewed from this page A hard copy of the documents has now been delivered to the Jimboomba Library for inspection following a request for same by LACA

  4. What does assessed through preliminary documentation mean? LACA has never heard of this process.   EPBC  explains the process at http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/38fc57cd-c744-4727-8fa0-51ecbd6e879b/files/flow-chart.pdf
Read more...
 

It's time for the reef

Last Updated on 20 January 2015

Winning the fight for the GREAT BARRIER REEF will depend on our individual values when we head for the ballot box Saturday 31 January 2015 - prepoll available now. 

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Protecting conserving enhancing understanding and educating about the values of the natural environment are values Logan and Albert Association LACA members share as core principles.

This 2015 election we believe it's time for the reef!

#FightfortheReef #QldVotes

As the only living organism visible from space, and one of the wonders of the world, it should be valued forits own intrinsic values.

But in addition it provides a livlihood for people of our state. In so doing, the Reef raises 6 billion dollars annually for Queensland's economy and provides 60 000 long term jobs

Premier Newman recently claimed the reef was "pretty healthy now" - even though he had just received the latest Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Report clearly stating that ‘the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor and getting worse

….and is expected to further deteriorate in the future’   

So without a voice at this election, the Reef is without a future!

Late last year, as the whole world listened, President Obama made a passionate plea to our government to protect the Reef.  Now it’s our turn.

At this election can you let the LNP government know what you think about their ‘wrong’ plan for the reef by sending them a clear message?

Earlier this year LACA hosted a Climate Action meeting at Springwood a public meeting to urge the Newman Government to reverse its ‘Alice in Blunderland’ approach to climate change action and Reef protection.

See this article http://theconversation.com/six-things-queenslands-next-government-must-do-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef-36258? to gain understanding .....

 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - election issue

Last Updated on 15 January 2015

calling-for-stronger-protections-koala-habitat JTimes14Jan2015

Call for greater focus on koalas 

LOGAN conservationists are calling for state election candidates to back greater protections for koala habitat in the region. Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) spokesman Barry Fitzpatrick said koalas were seriously threatened by recent changes to vegetation management laws in Queensland."LACA is very concerned that the Newman government's rollback of vegetation management laws has seriously set back any effort to protect the koala," he said."

LACA seeks candidates' commitments to restoring vegetation management laws, at least to their former level, if koalas are to have any long term chance of survival in the Logan and Scenic Rim regions." Mr Fitzpatrick said he did not believe the offset provisions in the new laws would benefit koalas.

"LACA views the offsets as a facade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done," he said."

Rather than provide secure habitat for koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere."

Read more...
 

ELECTIONS issues - are they yours also?

Last Updated on 11 January 2015

LACA environment issues for 2015 State Election candidates  

Do YOU share our concerns for a healthy environment? What actions are you propared to carry out to help achieve a better environmental outcome than "business as usual" ? Do Queenslanders and you want to be in the "coal business"? or are other mattters of greater significance?

The Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) has campaigned for better environmental policies and outcomes in the Logan and Scenic Rim areas for more than a quarter of a century.

LACA  is putting forward the following key environmental issues for consideration by all local candidates in the forthcoming State election:

1 LACA calls upon all candidates to commit to genuine measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef as a priority.

2 LACA asks all candidates to commit to abandoning the privatisation of essential public assets such as electricity and water supply and support the uptake of renewable energy including home solar and battery storage.

3 LACA requests all candidates to commit to abandoning the use of offsetting as an ‘environmental’ outcome of development. [LACA views offsets as a façade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done for Koalas. Rather than provide secure habitat for Koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat throughout this region, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere.]

4 LACA seeks commitments from all candidates to a return to the former declarable donation level of $1000 which provided greater transparency around Government decisions which affect the environment. 

LACA wishes to place on record its anger that the democratic process in Queensland has been treated with such disdain - the 25 day campaign during holiday season giving insufficient time to debate issues.

Expanding on each issue

The Great Barrier Reef: Many people in the Logan and Scenic Rim communities regard the Great Barrier Reef as Queensland’s greatest natural treasure.  LACA is particularly concerned that the Premier’s early election call may be a signal that actions such as dredging and shipping on the Reef are about to increase in intensity, and this may lead to UNESCO declaring the Great Barrier Reef a ‘World Heritage Area in danger’ under the Premier’s watch. LACA does not support the Government’s Long term Sustainability Plan for the Reef because it proposes weak remedial measures and fails to include any action to halt greenhouse gas emissions, which are one of the most serious threats to the reef. Given the boom and bust nature of mining, people are quite aware that many more sustainable jobs are created by tourism around a healthy reef than by coal mining.LACA calls upon all candidates to commit to genuine measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef as a priority.

Electricity/solar: People in Logan and the Scenic Rim love their roof-top solar and many are keenly awaiting the opportunity to invest in the emerging battery storage technologies. However, they have expressed concern to LACA that while over-investment by the Government’s own power companies has already increased usage charges to consumers by more than 50%, they believe that, following the election, mandatory fixed charges for electricity supply will be raised to dissuade people from investing further in solar, thereby ensuring an attractive, ongoing market for prospective foreign investors when the Government privatises its energy assets. LACA asks all candidates to commit to abandoning the privatisation of essential public assets such as electricity and water supply and support the uptake of renewable energy including home solar and battery storage.

Koala and offsets: LACA is very concerned that the Newman Government’s rollback of vegetation management laws has seriously set back any effort to protect the Koala in this region. LACA seeks candidates’ commitments to restoring vegetation management laws, at least to their former level, if Koalas are to have any long term chance of survival in the Logan and Scenic Rim regions. Also, the current Government’s offset policy does not stand up to any logical analysis. LACA views offsets as a façade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done for Koalas. Rather than provide secure habitat for Koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat throughout this region, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere. LACA requests all candidates to commit to abandoning the use of offsetting as an ‘environmental’ outcome of development.

Donations transparency: People we have talked to in the Logan and Scenic Rim  communities have expressed concern about the Government’s secrecy around donations after the Newman Government increased the declarable donation amount from $1000 to $12,800. LACA believes large political donations can have a huge influence on how the environment is treated. The environment movement in Logan and the Scenic Rim would like to see Campbell Newman reverse the LNP policy to match the Labor and Greens donation declaration policy which is set at $1000.  This way the public will be able to see exactly how much corporations are funding the LNP and whether this influences the Government’s decision-making.  LACA seeks commitments from all candidates to a return to the former declarable donation level of $1000 which provided greater transparency around Government decisions which affect the environment. 

Democracy:In the History of this State no Queensland premier has ever called a snap election to be held before the end of January. LACA members are angered by the prospect of a short, 25 day campaign, called during the holiday season, which they see as clearly designed to provide little opportunity for voters to get their questions answered.  It appears to LACA members, and we believe, members of the community generally, that democracy has been treated by the Premier as a nuisance which is to be brushed out of the way quickly, while everyone is preoccupied with holidays, kids and back to school. LACA wishes to place on record its anger that the democratic process in Queensland has been treated with such disdain.

Print off a copy of these issues from this document pdfLACA-environment-issues-2015StateElection_candidates-questions.pdf

Please consider sharing this information with others in your street, networks, neighbours, family to make them more aware of the critical issues facing our environment. Make your vote count at Jan 31 Queensland State elections.

It is unfortunate that government fails to see opportunities in renewables rather than coal. This article sums up some of issues concerning coal's impact on reef 

 

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