‘Consider what is at stake here’
SERIOUS environmental concerns about the impact a development could have on a critical ecosystem have been raised by a group of Bundaberg residents.
In posts on its social media page, Kepnock Residents Action Group (KRAG) implored councillors charged with making the decision at next week’s ordinary meeting to make sure they were fully across the issues, and any ramifications. Earlier this week the NewsMail reported Bundaberg Regional Council was set to decide the future of the 154 lot residential development, which now includes an urban lake with a fish passage and also a wildlife corridor under a road.
The owner, Santalucia Pty Ltd, is seeking to reconfigure one lot into 152 residential lots and two reserve lots and the development will be looked at by not only the Bundaberg Regional Council but also the State Government if it is to go ahead.
The proposed development, between Sienna Blvd and the Bundaberg Ring Rd, has had a lengthy assessment history which dates back to 2011 and has changed and been granted numerous extensions over the past seven years.
Running through the block is Bundaberg Creek, and it’s the treatment of this waterway that has KRAG concerned.
The group’s not opposed to the land being developed into residential lots, they just want to ensure the creek is given the sensitive treatment it deserves.
They fear that if it’s not appropriately considered, homes as far away as Totten St could be impacted in future rain events.
“Bundaberg ratepayers need to ensure they really understand what is at stake here,” the group’s post read.
“This is actually Bundaberg Creek - a critical ecosystem that is part of the eastern drainage system.
“Have a think about how many ratepayer funded bodies of water we now have, how much they cost - and where they are?
“This one runs into the wetlands and is currently the responsibility of the State Government as a watercourse leading, ultimately, to the Burnett River.
“Councillors need to be very much on top of what they are considering with this one.”
The post also asked councillors to consider the application with the knowledge there are also other applications pending in the area.
“They also should be very aware of the downstream problems that currently exist with the approval of the Kepnock Shopping Centre and its storm-water and drainage issues,” the post urged.
“After all - this now proposed urban lake - Bundaberg Creek - flows into that.
“Bundaberg Creek is a valuable regional ecosystem, and the area is in a flood hazard zone.
“Knowing that could be helpful to councillors now being called upon to make an important decision.
“The integrity of Bundaberg Creek must be preserved.”
With the matter still before Bundaberg Regional Council and yet to be determined, the council declined to comment at this stage.
A decision is expected to be made on Tuesday.
QUESTIONS RAISED: A group of Bundaberg residents has concerned about Bundaberg Creek, urging councillor to consider the waterway when deciding a development application next week.