Pro­tect­ing our green as­sets

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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