Koalas and sharks were on the menu for the Redland City Council when it met on Wednesday 17 September.
Councillors discussed the loss of 20 koala habitat trees in Ormiston as a result of a proposed 24 lot subdivision.
Sharks were mentioned as a possible reason why some people may not enjoy swimming from beaches along the Raby Bay foreshore.
Council to require offset for felled koala habitat trees
Council resolved to amend conditions for a proposed 24 lot subdivision at 223-231 Wellington Street Ormiston.
Councillor Wendy Boglary noted that the proposed development could not be refused by Council because it is consistent with the current planning scheme.
She successfully proposed a motion that Council amend the development conditions to require the developer to replace 20 koala habitat trees by planting three new trees for each mature tree felled.
Koala Action Group calls for City Plan 2015 to protect koalas
Koala Action Group President Debbie Pointing said that the removal of 20 mature trees would be a great loss for koalas in the area. She called for the new City Plan 2015 to include stronger protection for koalas and the trees they need to survive.
City Plan 2015 will be Redland City’s new planning scheme. A draft will soon be sent to the State Government for review before Council consults with the Redlands community.
If you believe that the Redlands koalas should be better protected under City Plan 2015 you can contact your local councillor and ask them to improve protection of koala habitat trees.
Shark netting enclosure at Raby Bay to be investigated
Councillor Craig Ogilvie proposed a motion that Council investigate the installation of a shark net enclosure on the Raby Bay foreshore.
“Raby Bay Foreshore is a popular place for locals and tourists so it makes sense for Council to look at how we can make it as safe as possible for those who frequent the area,” he said.
Cr Ogilvie said the Council report would include financial implications so Council could then consider the possibility of including shark nets in future capital works program.
“At this stage all we are doing is having a look at the possibility of installing shark nets, nothing has been decided and we will see what the reports tell us before proceeding any further.”
Concerns were raised by some councillors about the potential cost to maintain an enclosure.
Mayor Williams suggested that the people who wanted a shark proof swimming enclosure should be directed to approach the State Government.
Other councillors noted that swimming enclosures already existed on some Southern Moreton Bay Islands and that provision of such facilities was generally considered to be a local government responsibility.
Finally, a majority of Councillors voted that the idea of a swimming enclosure at Raby Bay foreshore be investigated by Council.