Bushland Beach residents worried wildlife corridor may go
RESIDENTS at Bushland Beach are alarmed that the Thuringowa City Council may be about to re-zone land which acts as a wildlife corridor down to the beach.
The property in question runs behind Coutts Drive and connects with a creek running down to the beach and reserve along Rambala Court.
Leading the protest is Coutts Drive resident Heather George, who believes a zoning change from open space to residential would be a double blow if the bushland corridor was to be subdivided for housing.
‘‘The council should be giving prominence to the wildlife and the ecosystem here at Bushland Beach, which looks like it could become bushless beach,’’ Mrs George said.
‘‘And do they think it’s never going to rain again in Townsville, because this corridor takes the excess
water in heavy rain.
‘‘As I understand it, the developer wants to cede a small parcel of land to the council to form part of a ‘green belt’ in return for rezoning the property.
‘‘But I know that land is useless, all gullies and drains and not even suitable for animals, let alone building, so no one is giving anything worthwhiile away to the council.’’
Mrs George also said that the land targeted for rezoning was on ground surrounded by saltpans and a bridge would be necessary.
‘‘It floods in rains and even king tides can bring in water to the saltpans,’’ she said.
Mrs George and her neighbours fear the next thing will be the development of the foreshore.
Thuringowa Mayor Les Tyrell said he didn’t know the zoning situation off the top of his head and he couldn’t be sure until council was back at work on January 2, when he could check records.
‘‘If this is privately owned land and it fits in with the overall town plan, there is no way we could or should stop the owner submitting an application for subdivision,’’ he said.
Cr Tyrell said he would check on the matter in the new year.
PEOPLE POWER . . . Bushland Beach residents Heather George ( front), Bronwyn Street, Steve George and Jill and Neil Ford are opposed to the rezoning of bushland