The Koala Action Group (KAG) is unconvinced by Shoreline’s recent assertions about its impact on koalas.
The proposed ‘Shoreline’ development contradicts State and community planning intents and will be catastrophic for Redlands’ koala population.
Shoreline’s assertions have been rejected by KAG in an open letter, published below.
Koala Action Group response to Shoreline
Thank you for your email, however KAG remains unconvinced on your so-called facts surrounding vegetation retention and replanting of the Shoreline development site.
The BAAM Ecological Assessment report available on Council’s PD on-line states on pg.17 “BAAM have calculated that 728 non-juvenile koala habitat trees occur within areas mapped as Medium Value Rehabilitation, therefore 3640 trees will need to be planted to meet the offset requirement of 5:1”. Offsets are triggered by the removal of trees so it is difficult to make any interpretation other than trees will be removed.
KAG has not found any further detailed information on vegetation management that indicates how many trees will be removed from the Shoreline development site and our group has no firm commitment from yourselves to provide absolute certainty on vegetation loss and/or retention on the development site. Overlays in the Ecological Report show many koala food trees under areas such as the town centre and medium and high density residential. It is difficult to imagine how trees are to be retained in these areas and without being impacted on over time by surrounding development.
With reference to your claim that 350,000 new trees will be planted, our group has no confidence in your intention to do this and see no accountability if this commitment was not to occur.
Redlands Koala population is in a critical state, on the brink of extinction. Our group strongly believes that a development of this scale in the Koala Coast region will be the final nail in their coffin regardless of the replanting, corridor development and road crossing you have claimed will occur on the development site.
As we have previously explained to Garry Hargreaves, the danger to koalas from road hits is from traffic generated by the population of 10,000 traveling through the whole Koala Coast region, not only within the development area.
To summarise, the following facts support our position:
-The planting of new trees are of no use to koalas for 7-10 years
– Koalas do not confine themselves within corridors. Their ecology demands that they cross open areas for social and resource requirements.
-The many thousands of extra cars on roads created by a project of this size will have significant impact on koalas and other wildlife regardless of the mitigation measures implemented on the development site.
-The potential for the introduction of a couple of thousand domestic dogs increases the danger to koalas.
Koala Action Group Qld Inc.
Community support for action to save koalas