Save Bulimba Creek Flood Plain at Tingalpa.
|Principal Petitioner||Craig Squires, Tingalpa|
|Closing Date||Fri, 02 Aug 2019|
|No. of signatures||152 signatures (View signatures)|
The Polo Fields are well known for being inundated during rain events and it appears with the accumulative infill of flood plains in the Bulimba Creek Catchment, the inundation has only increased. Long term residents speak of ancient melaleuca trees dominating the area, with only one small at risk pocket remaining on the opposite side of Murarrie Road. It is thought that the property was originally zoned Utility Special Purpose, for the installation of a radio communications tower with a minimal footprint. Aerial photographs provide evidence of this from as far back as 1951 to 1974. The construction of the Gateway Arterial Motorway required a large floodway to be included under the roadway to allow for overland flow from the floodplain now known as ‘The Polo Fields’. This would be to prevent the bottleneck caused to Bulimba Creek in flood events. Any developments on this property could hinder the overland flow. Presently with only a limited number of horses grazing, The Polo Field Recreational Facility has been inactive for many years, possibly even decades. Allowing just one development will set a precedent that could consume the entire flood plain in years to come.
Therefore the undersigned constituents of Brisbane City Council call upon The Lord Mayor, The Right Honourable Adrian Schrinner and The Brisbane City Council, to wholly reject any current and future development applications for the entire Polo Fields, bordered by Murarrie Road and Bulimba Creek. The petitioners further call upon The Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council to acquire or resume the entire Polo Fields to prevent further development, support the State Government Coastal Management Plan, prevent loss of high ecological wetlands and mitigate future flood risk by retaining an integral flood plain for the Bulimba Creek Catchment.