Environmental impacts of Toondah development

The Redland City Council and State Government have not adequately considered the serious environmental impacts of the proposed Toondah Harbour PDA development scheme.

Koalas
The proposed development scheme envisages a road through G.J. Walter Park, right next to a recognized koala movement corridor. Koala numbers in Redland city have declined enormously over the past decade. Major threats to their survival include ongoing tree clearing and vehicular traffic. The proposed road would have a high risk of contributing to increased koala mortality in the Redlands.

Coastal and marine impacts
A large marina north of Toondah Harbour would impact on or destroy up to 50 hectares of marine and coastal ecological communities including mangroves, tidal mudflats and seagrass beds. The area for the planned marina is located in the Moreton Bay Marine Park Habitat Protection Zone. It is also part of the internationally significant Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

Eastern Curlew

Eastern Curlew

These habitats are protected because of their rich ecologies and because they support species which have conservation requirements. Notable examples include the dugong, green turtle and loggerhead turtle which are all regarded as vulnerable or endangered. The proposed development area is also frequented by many migratory shorebirds such as the vulnerable eastern curlew listed in various bilateral conservation agreements between the Australian Government and other countries.

As part of its planning process the Council commissioned a report from BAAM into ecological issues. This report contains some useful information about the ecological characteristics of the area and various matters of environmental significance. Unfortunately, the terms of reference were very narrow which meant that BAAM was not asked to offer advice about the overall ecological value of the proposed development area. Instead, they were asked to just comment on the relative impacts on two alternative designs.

In addition to the direct impacts of any development, we should be very concerned about secondary impacts. If a large marina were to be built in this part of the Bay then the significant increase in boating traffic would have further environmental impacts such as boat strikes on dugongs and turtles.

We need a more thorough examination of the area’s environment and the impacts of possible developments.

Redlands2030 – 29 May 2014

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3 thoughts on “Environmental impacts of Toondah development

  1. What more evidence of wildlife endangerment and environmental destruction needs to be sited by Redland Council before they actually ensure their decision are based on these agenda instead of the almighty dollar? They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. When will the Federal Government step in and demand the State and Local Governments abide by rules?

  2. I do not understand the apathy in our community over these environmental issues. Now that I have seen the Council remove trees for a handful of houses only to be told a year later the removal was illegal and now have seedlings planted in the exact same area – I certainly do not trust this local government with our land. Let our voices continue to object – regardless of the apathy.

  3. Please do not Expand our beautiful Cleveland and GJ Walter Park, it is a beautiful area loved by people and animals from all walks of life. We do not want it to be taken over by huge buildings for no reason but to ruin our area.