Scarred hills not a good look
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