Save Koala Bushland

Principal Petitioner Steve Griffiths, Moorooka
Date Closed Mon, 15 Jul 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 1682 signatures

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Residents call on Brisbane City Council to purchase State Government owned land at 266 Mt Gravatt Road, Nathan, adjoining Toohey Forest and the South East Freeway (namely L3 RP 219402)and 18, 19, 41 & 51 Don Young Road and 30 Forest Circuit and 10, 19, 20, 29 & 30 Innovation Circuit, Nathan, for incorporation into Toohey Forest Park through the use of Council’s Bushland Preservation Levy. This land is zoned Specialised Centre (Major Education & Research Facility). Its acquisition would add to Toohey Forest Park, one of the most significant native forests on the southside of Brisbane, protecting the existing koala population, fauna and flora of this highly significant environmental area.

Your petitioners therefore call on Brisbane City Council to urgently negotiate the purchase of land owned by State Government (Economic Development Queensland) at 266 Mt Gravatt Road, Nathan, and 18, 19, 41 & 51 Don Young Road and 30 Forest Circuit and 10, 19, 20, 29 & 30 Innovation Circuit, Nathan, for incorporation into Toohey Forest Park to protect existing Koala habitat and significant flora and fauna located in this environmentally significant area. This follows residents’ concerns that part or all of the area is to be cleared for fire management work and/or the potential sale of this land by the State Government. Its preservation would support the growing koala population of Toohey Forest and facilitate the development of effective ecological management plans for the area.

Council response

Thank you for your petitions requesting Council to negotiate the purchase of land owned by the Queensland Government at 266 Mt Gravatt Road, 18, 19, 41 and 51 Don Young Road, 30 Forest Court, and 10, 19, 20, 29 and 30 Innovation Court, Nathan, for incorporation into Toohey Forest Park to protect existing koala habitat and significant flora and fauna located in this area.

Your petitions have been investigated and it was considered by Council. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the information below.

It is acknowledged that these Queensland Government owned properties at Nathan support vital bushland and koala habitat. Council is committed to seeing this land preserved for the benefit of Brisbane residents.

Council is investing record amounts into buying and protecting privately owned land to create new bushland, parks and greenspace across Brisbane. However, this land at Nathan is already owned by the Queensland Government. Council’s position is that the land should be transferred to Council at no cost to Brisbane residents. There are many examples of other properties the Queensland Government has transferred to Council at no cost so they could be preserved as parks or conservation reserves.

Purchasing land already owned by the Queensland Government means there is less funding available to purchase and protect significant at-risk habitat on privately owned land.

Council will continue to negotiate with the Queensland Government with the aim of securing a positive outcome for these properties at Nathan, and other significant habitat areas across Brisbane.

Thank you for raising this matter.