Scarred hills not a good look

Townsville Bulletin - - Letters -

TOWNSVILLECity Coun­cil re­cently an­nounced that $1.185 mil­lion will be spent sta­bil­is­ing Cas­tle Hill to pro­tect peo­ple and prop­erty.

At the same time we see wide­spread scar­ring of the hills around Townsville as de­vel­op­ments move up the slopes of Mt Louisa, Cas­tle Hill, Bush­land Beach, and what used to be a hill near River­side Gar­dens.

In some cities, hills are re­tained in­tact and un­de­vel­oped and present a pleas­ant back­drop. On rural land there are reg­u­la­tions that re­duce ero­sion and other risks as­so­ci­ated with clear­ing of steep slopes.

In Townsville there seems to be a lack of aware­ness of some im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues or per­haps a lack of con­cern. Maybe it is partly a con­se­quence of the fact that, of the twin cities’ 25 sup­pos­edly ‘most pow­er­ful peo­ple’, an in­or­di­nate pro­por­tion are real es­tate de­vel­op­ers who stand to make large sums of money sell­ing views for the few.

For en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and aes­thetic rea­sons, let’s leave the hills in­tact. TONYGRICE,


PROJECT . . . the coun­cil is plan­ning to spend up big on sta­bil­is­ing Cas­tle Hill

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