My suburb is dying
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I moved to Everton Park ten years ago because it was a beautiful suburb, with tall gum trees scattered throughout the district and some peace and quiet when you needed it.
The other day, like many recently before it, not a couple, not a few, but scores of big gums were removed in the order of a day. What was a corridor trees was reduced into a stark brown block with all living things gone.
A single suburban block developed into higher density estate experiences a ten-fold increase in value, ie a $500K block goes to $5M; fine, this is a great economic benefit for our city, but it is bereft of benefit to a suburb ten to fifty years from now, when the sun beats down on paved streets, off paved walls, and no birds fly around because their trees are gone.
This is not a call to stop development, but I call on the Minister to do more to value our environment, especially the trees that make up our suburbs, before too many are cut down for development.
Can we please hold development more accountable for large tree loss before development occurs. It may be that some controls are already within current legislation, however if it is, there appears to be little effective accounting on large tree loss in relation to ongoing developments where large trees have been and continue to be removed.
This is a call to at least value and account for "assets", ie large trees, that are valuable to communites, residents and wildlife, prior to losing such important community assets. As mentioned, they are not valued in anyway close to the developer economics at play currently.
Dr Steven Miles, I have approached local constituents and the city council - which especially was ineffective. Therefore I would like more to be done under the Environment Protection Act. In particular, can QLD more actively adopt and support legislation such as of Clause 1.18 NSW State Environmental Planning Policy, which has specific clauses the require development certificates and permits from developers, before trees - especially those greater that six meters tall - are permanently removed from the local environment.
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