Protecting our green assets
WITH concern, I notice a “for sale” advertisement for a massive 49 hectare site of rainforest in Jubilee Pocket with approvals for urbanisation.
I recall that the previous stages of this oddly named “Sanctuary” development have had a dubious history involving wholesale tree clearing and developer bankruptcies and now this next stage has been given the green light.
There will be significant destruction of forest and displacement/extermination of fauna if it goes ahead.
The nearby old subdivision with large lots (greater than 2 ha) in Timberland Dr at least attempts to provide a balance between nature and development.
The proposed development as advertised (104 lots and 203 apartments), is urban sprawl and intensification in the extreme.
I am not sure our road network (one road) will be able to cope.
If a development of this size is needed, a site on the other side of Airlie would have less adverse impact on our tourist precinct.
People from overseas are often bewildered at the way we bulldoze our unique and dwindling natural assets. Tom Avery Cannonvale