NO DECISION YET for 820 Greenbank Rd . The decision timeline has been extended by 15-20 days apparently because the applicants have agreed to this. This gives our community more time to lobby and get organized. This is a small win but an important one which has come about as a result of successflly campaigning on behalf of the community.
Please see next article for ideas to help you MAKE YOUR OWN SUBMISSION
This comes despite the verbal assertion by state government planning assessment officer is that a
decision will be made on or before Wednesday 27 January 2016.
Community is being denied a formal consultation process but despite this we can - and should - communicate our concerns to state and federal government!!
The decision from the EPBC section of federal government under Federal MP Greg Hunt is still pending. Those of us in community who were appalled by the lack of information provided for assessment understand that more information has been requested by EPBC assessment team.
Regardless of the conditions still to be set down by EPBC, community will then raise our concerns with the Queensland State government and specifically EDQ which is the planning authority for PDAs
Further information can be checked from the following link
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.
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.
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.
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 LACA-Public-NorthMaclean_9.03.15.pdf
URGENT COMMUNITY MEETING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT
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 consultedabout
(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
Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?
Have YOU been consulted? Comments close 9 March 2015
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 littoralisandA. 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.
Community has not been “extensively” consulted as claimed