ANGERED Greenbank residents in their hundreds flocked to the Greenbank Community Centre on Wednesday night to throw their support behind the “Save Greenbank” action group.
The group was formed to protest the development application by Teviot Downs Pty Ltd to turn a portion of the semi-rural community into a high density residential estate with building blocks as small as 320sqm, and challenge the development approval by the Urban Land Development Authority (UDLA).
Spokesperson for the residents group, Mike Kelly believes current legislation fails to address the need for residents to voice their objection to proposed developments such as the one they are fighting.
“There is a groundswell in our whole community to unite together and fight the development application recently lodged under the relatively new state government UDLA,” Mr Kelly said.
“Through its own legislation, the UDLA has been given extraordinary powers and although community engagement is required under its own legislation, this has not been followed by the UDLA.
“To allow the bureaucracy to go unchallenged, as is the case with the UDLA, sets a dangerous precedent for the freedom of residents of Queensland to voice their concerns and have them heard (in the future).”
Key concerns voiced by residents at the meeting included the absence of supporting infrastructure for the proposed development, environmental concerns and the lack of transparency surrounding the proposal.
Residents will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on Wednesday at the next Save Greenbank public meeting, which has been called ‘Have your say day'.
Anne Page from the Logan and Albert Conservation Association said they had been trying to get access to the background environmental report for five to six years without success.
“At every point we've been denied those documents,” she said.
“The public has never had the opportunity to scrutinise those documents and the Teviot Downs Biodiversity Assessment Report doesn't cut it.”
Fiona Murray and Kate Payne from Brisbane Area Rescue Network (BARN) also voiced concerns about the impact the development could have on local wildlife.
“There are species living here that will be endangered and eventually extinct if this development goes through,” Ms Payne said.
A number of Logan City Councillors have also pledged their support for the campaign and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Lawrence Springborg and Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss addressed residents at last week's meeting and pledged their support in bringing the matter to the attention of Parliament.
They too voiced their concerns about the process of consultation and approval adopted by the UDLA and Mr Rickuss was successful in extending the submission deadline from March 1 to March 15.
His concern was centred on the lack of time provided to residents to formulate a detailed submission in the wake of the recent flood disaster.
“The developers have been invited to attend the Have Your Say Day and present their reasons to the community for submitting their application for a high density housing estate, in spite of the fact that their original application for 276 acre and half lots had already been approved by Logan City Council as an appropriate development proposal for the area,” Mr Kelly said.
Anne is an experienced community advocate who has lived in Munruben in Division 7 for 25 years. She has worked as a full time teacher for the last 25 years, and has been a community volunteer for the past 11 years.