Concerns about technical and environmental aspects of the proposed Toondah Harbour project are discussed in letters to Redlands2030.
Inadequacies and risks in the Toondah proposal exist because the planning was never done properly:
- Community values were ignored.
- The plan didn’t link to plans for the other parts of Redland City including the Cleveland CBD, or North Stradbroke Island.
- The planning was not genuinely evidence based.
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Toondah referral documents are flawed
The EPBC Toondah referral is flawed. There is a problem with the approach used in the proposal for assessing the impact of the development on the migratory shorebirds. I understand that the developer is considering the importance of the area that is being developed for various species.
Therefore, the consultant has considered the area of the bay that will be impacted directly and to a lesser extent indirectly by the proposed development. The problem is that the assessment and conclusions drawn is focussed solely on the area directly impacted by the proposed development without considering what other activities are going on in the bay that will impact the migratory shorebirds for example.
There is another development “Shoreline” which will impact the migratory shorebirds and if it is considered in isolation then its impact may be small. But when one considers the larger scale and the cumulative effects of the various developments in other parts of the bay what is the impact on the species of concern, such as the Eastern Curlew bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew Sandpiper?
Urban development and its associated effects direct and indirect have heavily impacted the entire Western part of Moreton Bay. Water Quality measurements in the Western part of the bay have been improving but ecosystems there have still to recover.
Plans for the Toondah PDA will have to be a lot better than what has been seen to date.
Construction problems at Toondah Harbour
The referral documents asked the proponent to “Provide a detailed description of the proposed action including all proposed activities”. So far key elements of the construction appear to be either missing entirely from the description or lacking in detail. These include:
- construction materials for bunds, revetments, slope protection etc including; volumes, sourcing, transport and placement.
- the forms of building construction (including foundations), methods of construction and duration, in particular for locations close to sensitive areas.
- transport methods for major construction materials to site by land and/or water.
- the likely extent of vibration, noise, dust and pollutants produced in the construction processes.
- traffic and other significant activities generated by the development itself (land and waterborne).
Unlike the previous referral, which contemplated a possible need to import fill, this time the construction proposals appear entirely reliant on the reuse of dredged (and excavated) material. It seems the intent is to achieve a net balance between dredging and reclamation. This approach may be consistent with good civil engineering practice, the geotechnical basis for achieving such a goal on this particular site is doubtful.
Cumulative impacts of Toondah overlooked
Developments such a Toondah Harbour with up to 10,000 people concentrated in a small area will have a large impact on the viability of ecosystems in the Bay. These types of over-developments chip away at the environment undermining its health and its capacity to recover.
Where is the balance between development and environmental health in which people can enjoy the benefits of an effluent life style and still retain the health of the environment?
Where is the sustainable use of the environment?
The current way development which affects Moreton Bay is done is equivalent to death by a thousand cuts. It is a short sighted policy approach and must be changed.
There needs to be a proper assessment of cumulative impacts of the two PDAs and other projects (like Shoreline and the recent Logan River tourism project) , otherwise there will be a significant loss of the biodiversity of Moreton Bay and seriously decrease its amenity for the residents of the urban centres and suburbs around the Bay.