Principal Petitioner Sylvie Moser, Bardon
Date Closed Thu, 31 Jan 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 7 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the proposed development of a zipline in Mt Coot-tha, this will have devastating consequences on this beautiful natural green space not least the wildlife within the precinct and the natural beauty of the somewhat untouched forest space. Leave this natural beauty alone and don't rip out some 200 trees, regardless of the fact that 8 trees will be planted for each of the 200 removed, it is the fact that trees will be ripped out and the affect on the natural beauty all for a zipline. Not good enough!

Your petitioners therefore request NO DEVELOPMENT OF A ZIPLINE AT MT COOT-THA!

Council response

Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment and celebrating the values of Mt Coot-tha and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Mt Coot-tha is one of Brisbane’s most treasured green spaces and Council is confident the Mt Coot-tha zipline (the zipline) will be built and run in a way that is sensitive to Mt Coot-tha, while providing environmental, social, cultural, learning and economic benefits for the precinct.

Unfortunately, a lot of unfounded claims have been made about the zipline project, particularly in relation to tree clearing. This misinformation is clearly discredited when reading the extensive environmental reports compiled to support the zipline project, all of which have been publicly available on Council’s website since September 2018. The zipline project will result in a very small amount of cleared areas (less than 800 m2, which is comparable to a medium size house lot).

The zipline project will integrate with and enhance connectivity between the existing experiences on the mountain, such as the Botanic Gardens, Planetarium and Summit Lookout, while also providing safety and accessibility improvements and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The proposed lease areas for the zipline infrastructure will not restrict public access at Mt Coot‑tha because the majority of the lease areas are above ground, meaning people will still be able to enjoy Mt Coot‑tha (e.g. walking tracks and multipurpose trails) as they currently do.

The zipline project will include guided learning experiences, teaching visitors about Mt Coot‑tha’s flora and fauna, Indigenous cultural heritage, conservation and the importance of botanic gardens. These experiences aim to develop visitors’ understanding of and interest in Mt Coot-tha and other surrounding environments.

A key principle of the zipline project is to have minimal impact on the environment and to be an appropriate fit for Mt Coot-tha. The alignments of the zipline experiences were guided by this principle, with consideration given to design, land and environment constraints, minimising impacts to flora and fauna, and taking into account existing facilities such as car parks and roads for access.

Council lodged a development application (application reference A005011420) for the zipline on 3 September 2018, which included extensive detailed technical reports. Council updated the application with a combined response on the Request for Information from Development Services, City Planning and Sustainability, and the Queensland Government’s Further Advice letter via its external planning consultant, Ethos Urban. Ethos Urban’s combined response further clarifies the zipline’s planning standards and its minimal impact on the environment, heritage and local community.

The public notification period lasted from 3 September 2018 to 14 December 2018, providing the community 15 weeks (75 business days) to make submissions. The development application was approved on 1 February 2019, after being assessed by Development Services against the requirements of Brisbane City Plan 2014.

On 6 December 2018, the Queensland Government’s State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) advised Council of its support for the zipline proposal in a ‘statement of reasons’, which contained 27 conditions.

Under the Land Act 1994, Council was required to submit a land management plan (LMP) to the Queensland Government (after community consultation had occurred). Council, in conjunction with an expert land management planning consultancy, Connelly Project Resources, conducted community consultation on the LMP concurrently with the development application public notification period. The community was able to provide feedback on the LMP from 26 November until 31 December 2018.

Throughout the development application process, Council has ensured that all potential impacts have been addressed. Council has engaged technical experts to complete a range of detailed studies for the zipline project to ensure it has minimal impact on the environment. As part of these detailed studies, an ecological assessment, acoustic impact assessment, heritage impact statement, and social and economic impact assessment were completed.

Thank you for raising this matter.