Islanders get a say on precinct

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BETTINA WAR­BUR­TON bettina. war­bur­ton@ news. com. au

AN in­dus­trial precinct is be­ing pro­posed for Nelly Bay and res­i­dents are in­vited to have their say on the Townsville City Coun­cil plan.

The coun­cil has lodged a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to re­zone coun­cil- owned land at 55- 77 Kelly St for a staged low­im­pact in­dus­trial sub­di­vi­sion.

Coun­cil plan­ners will hold a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion from 10am to 12pm on Satur­day at the Mag­netic Is­land Bowls Club. “This pro­posal is a big step to­wards ad­dress­ing a dras­tic short­age of ded­i­cated land for light in­dus­try on the is­land and we want lo­cal res­i­dents to have their say,” the coun­cil’s Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair Cr Les Walker said.

“Low- im­pact in­dus­trial refers to in­dus­try with min­i­mal noise im­pacts such as ware­houses, stor­age yards or small showroom and ser­vice- type uses and would in­clude vege­ta­tion buf­fers and screen fenc­ing to en­sure it is in keep­ing with the sur­rounds.”

Mag­netic Is­land Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion QUEENS­LAND an­i­mal wel­fare of­fi­cials have seized close to 200 birds dur­ing raids on al­most a dozen prop­er­ties al­legedly linked to il­le­gal cock­fight­ing in the state. RSPCA Qld in­spec­tors seized 186 birds and cock­fight­ing para­pher­na­lia as part their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­le­gal fights and the im­port and ex­port of birds. “We’d urge any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward,” chief in­spec­tor Daniel Young said. Pro­hib­ited spurs at­tached to birds dur­ing fights were among the items seized dur­ing raids on 11 prop­er­ties in Cairns, Gympie, the Sun­shine Coast, north Brisbane, South Brisbane and near Ip­swich. pres­i­dent Cameron Turn­bull said the as­so­ci­a­tion raised the need for ap­pro­pri­ately zoned in­dus­trial land as an omis­sion from the last Town Plan. He said their pref­er­ence was a Cockle Bay site next to the is­land’s waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity.

“The coun­cil ad­vised that … was un­avail­able or un­able to be used. MIRRA’s pref­er­ence re­mains an al­ter­nate site,” he said. “If there is none, then the cur­rent pro­posal needs to be as­sessed on its mer­its.”

Mag­netic Is­land Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lorna Hemp­stead said her as­so­ci­a­tion was not no­ti­fied of the pub­lic meet­ing.

“I am only too happy to co­op­er­ate with coun­cil but I need the in­for­ma­tion so I can let my mem­bers know,” she said.

Cr Walker said the pro­posal would pro­vide suit­able land where ex­ist­ing busi­nesses could ex­pand and new ven­tures could start up. “The va­cant Kelly St land … is owned by coun­cil, was the site of the for­mer sew­er­age plant and is … ad­ja­cent to ex­ist­ing in­dus­trial land, and has nat­u­ral buf­fers to sep­a­rate it from nearby res­i­den­tial ar­eas,” he said.

The coun­cil pro­poses to de­velop the sub­di­vi­sion in four stages, with the first stage on three lots fronting Kelly St. NEW proof has been found show­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple lived in Aus­tralia up to 18,000 years ear­lier than once thought. A team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists has un­cov­ered a trea­sure trove of ev­i­dence with global sig­nif­i­cance for the his­tory of hu­man evo­lu­tion, con­firm­ing the coloni­sa­tion of Aus­tralia at least 65,000 years ago. That’s much ear­lier than pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates of be­tween 47,000 and 60,000 years. The dis­cov­ery was made at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Mad­jed­bebe rock shel­ter near Kakadu Na­tional Park. It sets a new min­i­mum age for the dis­per­sal of mod­ern hu­mans out of Africa.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORDCHISHOLM

FOR ALL AGES: Char­lotte Price and An­drew Radak per­form in The Mel­bourne City Bal­let’s A Mid­sum­mer’s Night Dream.

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