‘Con­sider what is at stake here’

NewsMail - - NEWS - CAR­OLYN BOOTH Car­[email protected]

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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

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.

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