Bush­land Beach res­i­dents wor­ried wildlife cor­ri­dor may go

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

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.

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PEO­PLE POWER . . . Bush­land Beach res­i­dents Heather Ge­orge ( front), Bron­wyn Street, Steve Ge­orge and Jill and Neil Ford are op­posed to the re­zon­ing of bush­land

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