Updated: Jun 14
I am excited about Moreton Bay Regional Council's ambitious vision of the future!
It paints an appealing picture of what the Moreton Bay region will be like when their Corporate Plan is followed. As members of BIEPA and the Bribie Island community, we can look forward to seeing Council officers implementing this plan through their day-to-day decisions and actions.
The five strategic pillars of MBRC's roadmap
This is how MBRC's vision describes the future for natural spaces in Moreton Bay, where I've highlighted its recognition of the importance of corridors and biodiversity:
Our Moreton Bay is valued for its natural beauty and distinct landscapes. Our diverse natural spaces are what makes us so unique. Our magnificent bay, waterways, environmental corridors and thriving biodiversity are healthy and protected for the enjoyment of all. We have engaging parks and recreation areas that are inclusive and accessible. As we evolve, we are focused on balancing growth while protecting what we value and our Moreton Bay way of life.
Buckley's Hole Conservation Park
A key pillar of MBRC's plan is the Environment & Sustainability Strategy, which reflects the wishes of residents and visitors to the region expressed in responses to the Moreton Says surveys in which 67% of respondents regard enhancing and restoring native habitats as the most important action Council should take.
Moreton Says survey results in Pulse #2
It's clear from these survey results that Moreton Bay communities expect their Council — and indeed all levels of government — to demonstrate their commitment to protect, enhance, and restore native habitat.
Terry Young MP and Cr Brooke Savige (in the background) setting an example by planting native trees
Note that half of all survey respondents said that Council should set a higher environmental standard for developments, and almost as many that they should increase natural areas managed for environmental purposes. The comprehensive action plan in the Environment & Sustainability Strategy starts with actions that will strengthen MBRC's Planning Scheme and other planning instruments to connect, protect, and enhance native habitats.
The Action Plan shows the importance of the Planning Scheme
This obviously implies that councillors will be required to enforce their Planning Scheme in order for this action plan to be effective. Adding conditions to the Scheme will only deliver the outcomes of the Strategy if they are actually applied when making decisions on Development Applications.
I look forward to seeing MBRC officers implementing the Environment & Sustainability Strategy in their day-to-day decisions and actions. What they do in the present will determine what kind of Moreton Bay region we have in the future — and they have heard loud and clear that the majority of our community on Bribie Island want their island to become a biodiversity sanctuary, a shining example of MBRC's vision.
You Can Help
BIEPA members can help MBRC to realise their vision.
You can let our local councillor for Division 1 know that you applaud the outcomes in MBRC's Environment & Sustainability Strategy, and look forward to seeing their day-to-day decisions and actions aligned with that strategy.
Send an email, write a letter, post a Facebook message, or ideally talk in person:
Cr Brooke Savige — see Mobile Office hours for in-person conversations