Long term preservation of 818 Rode Rd Bushland

Principal Petitioner Sonia Partlett, Mcdowall
Date Closed Sat, 12 Oct 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 145 signatures

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Residents draw attention to the state of development plans for the bushland at 818 Rode Road, diagonally across from Brisbane City Council's Downfall Creek Bushland Centre.

Residents request that the Brisbane City Council buy 818 Rode Rd through the Bushland Acquisition Levy to ensure the long term preservation of this area to protect it's biodiversity significance.

Council response

Council acknowledges that the site supports significant environmental value. You may be aware that Council offered to purchase the site in 2004, however, the offer was rejected by the Queensland Government. In 2005, a development application (DA) was lodged with Council for an aged care facility, medical centre and child care facility on the site. Council refused the application, partly on the grounds of the potential impacts to significant habitat on the site. The site was sold to Blue Care in 2006. An appeal was lodged against Council’s refusal of the DA in 2006, and the matter was subsequently called in by the Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and Minister for Trade and Investment (the Minister). In November 2006, the Minister approved the application, subject to conditions. Since that time, the applicant has obtained several extensions to the approval.

In February 2019, an application for operational works was submitted to Council for a Vegetation Management Plan. This was refused by Council.

Given the significance of habitat on the site and its location neighbouring Raven Street Reserve and Downfall Creek, Council entered negotiations with the owner and purchased the site in December 2019 through the Bushland Acquisition Program. The site will be established and managed by Council as a conservation reserve.