In the Council Meeting on Wednesday 14th June, MBRC councillors will be deciding whether to approve a Development Application for 99 First Avenue, a small block of land in a Rural Zone next to our National Park.
Present view of the site from First Avenue
This is our last chance to make sure councillors hear loud and clear that the community is watching to see if they are serious about implementing their Environment & Sustainability Strategy, which details their ambitious plan for protecting and restoring native habitat in the Moreton Bay Region.
Why speak out?
We need to make it clear that we expect Council to prevent the destruction of native habitat regardless of what kind of building is to be built. We believe Council should be helping the owner to find a more suitable site rather than continuing to support the gradual destruction of our precious remaining native wildlife habitat.
Proposed development once trees have grown
Council listens to the community, so if you wish to influence their decision on this and future developments, now is the time to make your voice heard!
How to speak out?
Let the MBRC councillors know that you do not support development on this site. Spread the word to your friends and family so they can do the same.
You can call them, email them, meet with them, or reach out to them on Facebook and other social platforms. The more residents they hear from, the more they will pay attention to the message being sent.
Contact details for the councillors are available on the MBRC website:
Important: Please don't attack the Baptist Church! This is about MBRC following their own strategic plan — on this DA and all future DAs — in their day-to-day decisions and actions. It's about councillors "walking the talk".
What to say?
Use your own words of course, but here are some talking points that may help:
The area provides an important green space between the urban areas of Woorim and Bongaree, and a vital wildlife corridor between the National Park and the bushland south of First Avenue.
The site is in an ecologically sensitive area that would be harmed by ongoing disturbance, and in particular by pollution from the proposed on-site sewage disposal system.
The additional traffic would further increase the already high incidence of wildlife deaths on First Avenue, and the 80 kph speed limit poses a risk to anyone entering or exiting the site, especially if crossing on foot from the memorial garden car park.
The proposed building, while it may look nice, is still surrounded by a car park and boundary fence, and will be very visible in an area that is valued by the community and visitors for its natural beauty.
Development in this rural zone sets a precedent that will make it easier to get approval for further development, hastening the gradual destruction of the zone.
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