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Rally Tuesday February 5, 2019 King George Square

 

DRAFT LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN EXPLAINED

 

The Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has formally requested a draft Land Management Plan (LMP) for the Mt Coot-tha Trust Lands from the Brisbane City Council (BCC). This is a key part of the process whereby BCC is seeking permission from DNRME to issue 21 Trustee Leases over 20 years, for a privately owned commercial adventure tourism ziplines development over part of the Trust Lands, land held in trust ‘as a site for a public park and no other purpose whatsoever’. BCC cannot go ahead with any development without this permission, even if their Development Application is approved.

The draft LMP usually would encompass the entire Trust Lands but this document is only for the areas where the development is proposed. A part of the Trust Lands is currently fenced into the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (the area of the Australian plant precinct and lake at the W end of the Gardens, where the proposed megazipline is planned to end). The Trust Lands are all of Lot 2, SP241566 and include the lookout and restaurant (see cadastral map).

 

BCC has to address in their draft LMP every concern about the proposed development raised by the community, including concerns related to the deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT), where the land is designated ‘as a site for a public park and for no other purpose whatsoever’, and concerns about the impact of the proposed development on adjacent lands, including the main part of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

The draft Plan has to demonstrate a community benefit of the proposed use, and the proposed use must be shown to have clear community support.

See pages 3 Public Access; 4 Preserving public assess; 4 Inconsistent use; 6 Commercial or inconsistent activity; 8 Commercial uses; 11 Criteria for assessing an application for secondary use of Trust Land.

 

More detail in the Operational Policy document.                                        

 

© Mt Coot-tha Protection Alliance

 

 

Trust Land issues letter to Dr Anthony Lynham (DNRME)

Greens MP Michael Berkman's speech in Parliament 29 October 2018 public Protest over ziplines proposal

almost 5,000 petition signatures! 

in just 14 weeks.

 

Mt Coot-tha Forest is State Freehold Land therefore the State Government Dept of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy (DNRME) has the power to refuse a lease or any changes of purpose for the Trust land. This petition was tabled in Parliament by Greens MP Michael Berkman.

* Online petition plus paper petition signatures collected out in the community by our volunteers.

A retired Director of Land Planning, Department of Natural Resources and Mines wrote the following to Natural Resources Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham, in September 2018.

 

Overview of Environmental Ziplines on Mt Coot-tha and Botanic Gardens.pdf

20.9.18- Updated information  Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

This report by an Environmental Scientist with many years experience, gives an overview of the issues associated with the ziplines development proposal.

 

Although some of the designs have been altered since the report was written many of the issues remain the same.

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Mairwar Snap Rally co-hosted by MCPA Inc in King George Square Feb 5, 2019

Above images Botanic Gardens: Maree Robertson; Bronte & Cate Campbell image: The Courier Mail, Adam Head; Squirrel Glider image: Jasmine Zeleny

Summit Track - Australian bushland
Image: Mike Robertson

Mt Coot-tha Protection Alliance Inc