Toondah Harbour FOSI Members Letter 2020
Outrageous Toondah Harbour Development Proposal
As someone who loves Moreton Bay, its foreshores and islands, I am contacting you to say that I strongly oppose the Toondah Harbour development at Cleveland, as proposed by Walker Corporation. It includes an astounding 3,600 high rise apartments, an hotel, a convention centre and a marina, and will cover an area of 67ha, including 49.5ha of tidal wetlands in Moreton Bay.
This outrageous proposal will have devastating environmental impacts, including:
• Destruction of Ramsar listed wetlands, a vital habitat for wader birds that migrate each year to and from east Asia, including the critically endangered Eastern Curlew, the endangered Bar-tailed Godwit and 18 other species of migratory birds that feed or roost in the Toondah wetlands.
• Damage to mangroves that are important habitat for fish breeding and for crabs and other marine invertebrates.
• Removal or damage of mature trees that are home for Koalas.
• Pollution of water in the bay during the 20-year construction period, killing the sea grass that Dugong feed on.
• Coastal flooding and erosion from positioning such a large development in a tidal zone that will be subject to rising sea level and storm surges due to climate change.
I am concerned that the proposed development was made a Priority Development Area under state legislation, bypassing local government processes, environmental assessment at the state level, and my right to be consulted on the development.
I ask you to announce publicly, before the upcoming QLD election, that:
• you do not support Walker Corporation’s proposed Toondah Harbour development,
• if your party wins the upcoming state election, it will revoke the Priority Development Area and ensure that the proposal undergoes a full environmental assessment process under Queensland laws, including community consultation.
I look forward to your reply as it will help me decide who to vote for in the election.