Report on Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Three concerned community groups protesting outside the BCC Talk to a Planner session in Toowong.
Many representatives also spoke to BCC town planners at the session about the adventure tourism private megaziplines development proposed for Mt Coot-tha and the Botanic Gardens.
Also queried was the current BCC construction in heritage listed Toowong Cemetery.
Regarding the zipline proposal planners stated BCC were doing the LMP and DA together despite directions from the Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham for Natural Resources, Mines & Energy to satisfy the LMP processes prior to the DA.
No applications found for the Toowong Cemetery construction online by planners and further information to be forwarded by BCC regarding the purpose of the works in the cemetery. Council stated the cemetery works are for access (disability) and omitted to answer the question regarding construction of a new entrance into the Botanic Gardens.
612 Radio 'Drive' interview during the protest.
Public Rally - organized by Metro North Wilderness Society, Sunday 17 June 2018
A Public Rally organized by Metro North Wilderness Society [MNWS] on Sunday June 17, 2018 saw over a hundred protesters brave the windy conditions to gather at Speaker's Corner, George Street in the City followed by a Picnic in the Park at the City Botanic Gardens. All political parties were invited to the rally, with a Green's senator and Labor Councillor attending. Channel Seven captured the event & interviewed speaker Alan Lee, an Environmental Scientist and consultant for the 6pm News on Sunday evening.
Speakers included members of the MNWS who spoke of their personal history with Mt Coot-tha Forest and the issues for the 'vulnerable' Powerful Owl with the zipline development close to their habitat.
Alan Lee spoke about the noise pollution associated with the megazip proposal and the traffic hazard issues particularly within the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. His comprehensive professional analysis is on the 'Our Objections' page to read or download. Alan is in a unique position to critique the zipline development, having been involved in researching an alternative proposal.
Greens' Senator Andrew Bartlett said the zipline proposal was yet another example of privatisation, with public assets being used to generate profits for a privately-owned corporation.
The Council's opposition spokesman for Environmental matters, Labor Councillor Steve Griffiths, said Labor was not in principle against the development of a zipline in Brisbane, but the proposed location was unsuitable and that Labor would oppose it. He noted that Council had not commissioned an environmental impact study, which should be a mandatory requirement for a development of this nature in an environmentally sensitive area.
A successful public gathering of very concerned residents wanting to add their voice to the growing public protest.
Senator Andrew Bartlett
Cr. Steve Griffiths
Environmental Impact Study describes
the proposed development
the relevant environment
potential impacts of the development on the environment
ways of mitigating impacts to the environment; and
alternatives to the proposed development
Extract Major environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes in Queensland
by Dr Chris McGrath (8.11.2011)