The Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) completely opposes the proposed new 110 KV Energex sub transmission line from Loganlea to Jimboomba. We believe the proposed network upgrade from Loganlea to Jimboomba does not balance social, environmental and economic considerations as claimed in the Final IAR. LACA shares the concerns of the wider community about the negative impacts on the community as well as the negative impacts on the natural environment and wildlife. Koalas have been historically recorded in this region and continue to survive here. The Final IAR confirms that this proposal will result in a loss of habitat, habitat connectivity and biodiversity, especially in the southern section of this proposed network upgrade along Camp Cable Rd and Waterford Tamborine Rd. Energex is intending to fragment habitat connectivity within 3 bioregional corridors
You can support the Queensland government's new vision to make 80 per cent of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) national park
by sending a short simple email.
We must let the State government know urgently there is wide support for a national park on North Stradbroke Island and for ending mining. If you have already sent in a submission, we're asking you to send another and to ask your colleagues, friends and family to write as well. Maybe even print out letters and ask people to sign them?
According to the Queensland Government's website http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/stradbroke/index.html Queensland Government is committed to North Stradbroke Island becoming a vibrant sustainable community of traditional owners, residents and visitors; capitalising and safeguarding the natural landscape values of the island. By the end of 2011 more than half of the island will be national park.
Such a vision would provide a future economic base for the North Stradbroke Island community and deliver on the government's commitment to sustainable growth and development.
EVERY SUBMISSION COUNTS AND CAN SIMPLY SAY
I want to register my support for the Queensland government's new vision to make 80 per cent of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) national park.
* The island will be a great national park, so close to Brisbane. * Protect all its rich diversity of flora and fauna, including koalas. * Gazette as much national park as possible this term ofgovernment (more than 56 per cent).
* Make remaining untouched or lightly disturbed land national park before it's mined, not after.
* End mining as soon as possible: it's had 60 years, and Stradbroke cannot withstand any more destruction. * Start the island's economic transition now to low-impact, nature-based tourism. * Ensure mine workers and their families are given due consideration as the mines close. * Implement joint management of the national park with the island's traditional owners.
Visit theStradbroke Island Management Organisation website to read about the great work that community group is doing.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has commenced the Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor Study and public consultation is now underway. According to Queensland Transport, public consultation is an important part of this study and they want our feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors. This report is based on a desktop investigation, and includes information on the proposed rail alignment and station locations, and how the alignment has been identified. The executive summary states that
It is anticipated that development of the passenger rail line would likely be implemented instages and only commence after 2026 subject to the realisation of projected passenger demand in future growth areas and funding decisions of the Queensland Government. Prior to delivery of a passenger rail line, interim public transport solutions would beimplemented to service emerging communities in the study area.
You are invited to provide your feedback up to 29 October 2010
Greenbank citizens win extension - until 15 March 2011
Greenbank community residents held its second meeting Wednesday 16 February 2011. State member for Lockyer IAN RICKUSS MP attended both meetings and urges all citizens to use the power of the people to gain the attention of the state's political leaders.
Channel 7 News provides coverage Thursday 17 February 2011 news.
We were delighted to hear that his representation on community behalf has granted us a two week extension to be better abled to make more and more detailed submissions to ULDA about the Teviot Downs Estate development proposal. Submissions are now due 15 March 2011.
There have been no wildlife surveys conducted by the developer / consultant or ULDA. Development application documents suggest that
koalas in Greenbank area are locally extinct.
RESIDENTS OF GREENBANK FLAGSTONE JIMBOOMBA NORTH MACLEAN CHAMBERS FLAT CEDAR GROVE
know this is NOT TRUE.
We know because we see them, hear them, and have seen and heard them, for many years. However if we have not sent in sightings of wildlife to DERM Department of Environment and Resource Management, that data is not available when desktop studies are done.
Spotted tailed quolls have also been confirmed as being in our area - but not listed in the environmental report for the development. Dr Scott Burnett did a study for Beaudesert Shire Council pre amalgamation. LACA and its members contributed to funding this study - but it is not available to the general public.
Why not? Who owns the study? Is it with other publically funded studies we are unable to access - even with RTI Right to Information process.
If you have not already sent your wildlife sightings in to DERM - or don't know how - contact LACA president Anne Page next meeting 23 February and record your sightings - to be sent to DERM.
Shadow Minister for Planning Lawrence Springborg also attended the public meeting. His advice is for all residents to contact their political representatives and have all extended family and friends to raise this ill-planned proposal with their political representatives. The politicans have the power to change the regulations.
Our job is to make sure they hear what we are saying. Take action. Sign the petition to be tabled in parliament.
Mark Robinson State LNP member for Cleveland (Queensland) has provided you an opportunity to highlight your support for the creation of a National Park on North Stradbroke Island. The survey does seem to indicate there is a lack of interest in the National Park idea and more interest in allowing mining to continue.
QCC Queensland Conservation Council and LACA Logan and Albert Conservation Association believe sandmining must stop. We believe everyone in Queensland should let the member know how they feel and please also send a strong message that we desire 80% of the island in National Park and we desire it sooner rather than later. Sand Mining must stop now! Sand left after mineral processing should be used for rehabilitation and not sold off.
A draft master plan has been prepared to guide the future development of Logan West Parklands, which will be located minutes from the Park Ridge town centre on the Mt Lindesay Highway Service Road, next to Park Ridge High School.
Council officers will be available at the following locations to discuss the master plan.
Council officers will be available to discuss the master plan. Last opportunity to comment on the Draft Landscape Master Plan with planners is at Park Ridge Village Mt Lindesay Hwy Service Rd Thursday 22 July 2 pm to 4 pm.
What is not included for our background studies is the Flora and Fauna Management Plan.This is a contentious issue as such documents are essential components to all development plans - but are most often not readily accessible.
This is being envisioned as a tourist mecca. As such the online feedback at http://haveyoursaylogancity.com.au/loganwestparklands ask the following - most of which focus on the built environment and not the natural environment. Management of each and scenic amenity of each is vastly different.
What activities or facilities would make you and your family spend the day at Logan West Parklands?
What would be in your dream playground that we can include here?
What outdoor events would you like to see at Logan West Parklands?
Do you have any other comments, ideas or suggestions?
How could the environment centre become a valued asset for the Logan community?
The Environment and Resources Committee is a select committee established by resolution of the House on 23 April 2009 to monitor and report on: environmental protection; climate change; land management; water security; and energy. Membership reports media and subsciption information can all be accessed from this page.
Public submissions to to this inquiry are available here. More will be posted soon. To date there no submission from Energex (Powerlink's is posted) or Logan or Scenic Rim Councils.
Inquiry Terms of Reference
The committee has resolved to examine and report on the opportunities and challenges for the Queensland Government associated with increasing the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in Queensland.
For this inquiry, the committee will consider, and make recommendations on:
• the value for money from the Queensland Government's investments in renewable energy projects for electricity generation;
• whether the Queensland Government should adopt a target for increasing the proportion of the state's electricity generated from renewable energy sources, and if so, what form the target should take; and
• actions the Queensland Government should take to encourage investment by government-owned energy companies and the private sector in producing more electricity from renewable energy sources.
Read the whole issues document here. I for one do not understand why the first question for comment is
SHOULD THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT AIM TO EXPAND THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY?
The QPP has been developed to significantly improve the way planning schemes are prepared and implemented throughout the state, delivering the following benefits. They are supposed to deliver for the community both greater certainty and clarity for users and the community and enhanced community involvement and understanding of planning schemes.
As a community member please review, evaluate and report back to the government body how you feel about these proposed changes. The feedback form which is available here guides to measure your level of agreement with a series of statements..
Closing date for feedback: Monday 23 November 2009 Your completed response form is to be returned to
Actions to support SEQKA - South East Queensland Koala Alliance.
A valid submission to every Queensland government draft plan is an opportunity to raise your concerns about the impact the proposed government plan will have on the long term survival of the iconic koala in South East Queensland.
What is SEQKA?
We are a growing group of citizens, community members, wildlife care groups and their members, scientists, individuals, town planners, university staff and students,conservation groups, farmers, teachers, students and more, who have in our daily lives witnessed and are witnessing still the demise of the koala as its habitat is cleared to make way for the spread of increased human settlement.
Please send an email today . Remember to include your name and address.
YOU CAN SEND A SUBMISSION AT ANY TIME ON ANY ISSUE - DO NOT WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY
Opportunity for a public comment is being provided by state government. When finalised this South East Queensland Climate Change Management Plan will be used to implement the climate change policies of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009 - 2031 that was released on Tuesday 28 July 2009. For more information go to the government weblinks here and here where you can download a copy of the draft plan.
Climate change is a global phenomenon and there is a wide range of international, national and statewide climate-change mitigation and adaptation initiatives already underway. The Draft South East Queensland Climate Change Management Plan proposes actions suited to the region's geographical, ecological, social and economic characteristics - at regional and local-government planning scales.
Members of the community have until 22 July 2009to comment on Draft Recreation Master Plan for the Wyaralong Dam Project . More details are available in Beaudesert Times for 8 July 2009.
According to Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd, QWI, they have been working with such key stakeholders as
Local groups and governing bodies for independent recreation (e.g bushwalking and orienteering), cycling, water sports and the equine community Schools and outdoor education providers Scenic Rim Regional Council Tourism Queensland Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Sport and Recreation Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning
The draft Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan has recently been released for public comment. This is your opportunity to get involved in guiding the direction of recovery actions for the rainforests and related communities, and their component species, found in the Border Ranges Biodiversity Hotpot area over the next 10 years. The public comment period closes on Friday, 28 August 2009.
The extract below is from the Department's website:
"The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan constitutes the formal national regional recovery plan for threatened species and communities of the Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot. The Plan considers the conservation requirements of rainforest and closely related species and communities in the Border Ranges region of NSW and Queensland, which is centred on the McPherson Ranges. It also addresses other species of conservation significance so as to manage the area's biodiversity in a holistic and cost-effective manner.
The Plan identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the threatened and significant species of the rainforest and related vegetation of the Border Ranges Hotspot, including those that:
improve communication within and between agencies, departments and the community;
promote land acquisition, private land covenants, rainforest and associated stream and river management and restoration within the identified regional climate change linkages;
ensure statutory instruments are used to protect rainforest and related vegetation from clearing and habitat loss;
inhibit the processes and practices that fragment, modify and/or degrade biodiversity values of rainforest and related ecosystems and promote and facilitate the active management of rainforest;
restore modified/degraded rainforest and related habitat and recreate corridors of rainforest and related ecosystems for movement and dispersal of species;
prevent new weed invasions or establishment and encourage a consistent approach to weed invasions and strategic control through partnerships/alliances between all key agencies and landholders;
protect rainforest and related vegetation from inappropriate fire regimes;
establish systems that coordinate detection, control/eradication, monitoring and reporting on new and emerging pest animals and coordinate strategic control of existing pest animals in the Border Ranges rainforest and related vegetation;
protect rainforest, riparian rainforest and associated watercourses from livestock;
reduce the impacts on rainforest and related vegetation from road, track and utility corridor construction and maintenance;
prevent introduction of diseases and pathogens by implementing hygiene protocols;
undertake in situ management, and assess the need for ex situ conservation and translocation programs;
undertake active engagement with the Indigenous community and the broader community; and
establish monitoring and evaluation programs for biodiversity projects undertaken as part of the implementation of this Plan."
Comments on the draft recovery plan should be sent to:
Mail: Director Recovery, Planning and Implementation Section Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts GPO Box 787 Canberra ACT 2601
Cardno Eppell Olsen are the consultants for the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert Strategic Transport Network Investigationwhich aims to determine the long term (50 years) transport needs in the Mt Lindesay - Beaudesert area. The study investigates potential future land use scenarios and assesses transport system options for the future. The study recommendations will be used to guide future planning for the area.
This study by the Department of Transport and Main Roads is looking at the longer term transport needs of the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert region over the next 50 years and will identify the strategic level transport options required to support the expected growth in the area. The findings will help state and local governments plan now for the delivery of future transport networks.
The draft report can also be viewed at the following locations until 12 June: • Beaudesert QGAP; • Logan City Council Customer Service Centre; • Scenic Rim Council Office (Beaudesert) • Greenbank, Jimboomba, Logan Village and Logan West Libraries.
Public comment and submissions on the draft report are invited until 12 June 2009 and will be considered in the final report.
A Working Group has proposed a national approach to deliver a range of cost-effective national actions to reduce the impact of system-wide threats that are underlying causes of decline in biodiversity.
The approach focuses on three system-wide threats to biodiversity, where existing responses should be enhanced and where national scale attention is needed for new actions:
Drivers of loss of habitat values and decline in ecosystem function [ major issue for koala survival]
Spread of invasive pests, weeds and diseases
Climate change impacts on biodiversity.[major issue for koala survival]
If you are concerned about how crowded South East Queensland will become according to these EPA projections of traffic growth through to 2030, MAKE A SUBMISSON TO DRAFT SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGIONAL PLAN.
Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson said there were a number of important issues raised by the draft SEQ regional plan that the Redlands and other SEQ Council's wanted addressed, before the plan becomes final. There are serious gaps in infrastructure, including provision for vital transport links to meet past growth, let alone the substantial growth the new plan projects for the SEQ Region.
Logan and Scenic Rim residents know only to well the shortages and absences in many areas of acceptable public transport. Education and health provisions are also inadequate to meet the needs of the current population.
Community consultation processes can be withdrawn by the Minister. This also negates all the planning processes of the local council if the draft regulatory provisions are accepted and we allow the Minister to simply change the urban footprint by administrative fiat. Read article in the online bayjournal.com.au
Redlands Council has made its submission and encourages residents to make submissions to the Queensland Government on outstanding issues in the draft SEQ Regional Plan. See here
SHOULD LOGAN CITY AND SCENIC RIM REGIONAL COUNCILS SHARE THEIR VIEWS AS OPENLY WITH RESIDENTS? Tell me if I missed the information on councils' websites. The same issues exist in Logan Scenic Rim Region and all SEQ council areas. What submission will council make to state government on our behalf? Do they know what our vision is?
A special general meeting of Redland City Council held on 10 March 2009 identified the following as key issues that remain to be addressed in the draft plan.
Community Engagement policy and strategy - our comments are sought on Logan City Council's draft Community Engagement policy and strategy. Completion of online form by
Friday 17 April.
The Community Engagement Strategy provides a framework for developing a consistent approach to community consultation and surveys across Logan City Council. It also includes an action plan for the Community Engagement Program for 2009.
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe Tuesday, March 31, 2009
EXTRA TIME FOR SEQ REGIONAL PLAN SUBMISSIONS South East Queenslanders have an extra month to provide feedback on the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009 – 2031.
New date Friday May 1, 2009
Read the press release here. This has come about because a significant number of people and groups have asked for this to occur. We expressed concern for unavailability of essential documents and also lack of 'consultation' opportunity during the election period. While it is less than requested, we thank the new Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe for this extension.
Those groups asking for genuine protection of natural resouces - flora and fauna, water and air, sustainable development and population targets believe that rhetoric does not match reality ie the government documents acknowledge these principles but are not walking the talk yet.
The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be viewed at: www.dip.qld.gov.au or at Council chambers.