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Save the precious, old growth trees in the woodland on the 'Haven' housing development.

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Mundy Creek Catchment Care group is extremely concerned about the planned destruction of a number of old growth trees that are part of the Mundy Creek wetlands.

Mundy Creek Catchment Care group is a local community group with members of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, working together at Mundy Creek in Garbutt. This site has benefitted from a wide variety of community-based environmental projects over a period spanning 17+ years. Our goal for the overall area is to regenerate, revitalize and maintain the ecological and cultural values of Mundy Creek.

The woodland block, where the old growth trees stand, has council approval for a high-density housing development of 200 houses. This will mean the clearing of this entire woodland, and the loss of the old growth trees, and many native shrubs and grasses. This does not need to happen – the old trees can happily co-exist with such developments!

We have communicated our concerns to the developer (Ellis Developments) and Council. No changes have been made, so we’re now seeking the support of the community to speak up, sign this petition and help us to protect these old growth trees.

The old trees are paperbarks (Cloudy teatrees – Melaleuca dealbata) and eucalypts (Stocking gums – Corymbia tessallaris), some estimated to be over 100 years old.

These trees bring cool summer shade and vibrant, bird life and colour, providing natural habitat for local species. They hold stories, being the oldest, living witnesses of change and growth that we have in our community. They are part of the story of Townsville and of our ancestors. We cannot afford to lose them.

We realise that we can’t stop development of the broader land; however, we believe it is a reasonable expectation that some of these old trees be protected. That’s not a big ask for a development of this size. Surely the trees are worth protecting!?

If left standing, these trees would help soften the hard concrete vista that this high density, urban development will create. With sensible landscape design and interpretive signage these old trees would bring meaning and value to the lives of future residents of the ‘Haven’ development, and the neighbourhood as a whole. This more balanced approach to development is fast becoming the norm, world wide, why not here in Townsville!

Local Aboriginal elder Russell Butler told us,  

“The block of land contains many old trees that are sacred to us and the many animals that use them. We call these trees ‘buju’, meaning ‘friend’. We have to look after them, like we would friends and family because they provide us with shelter, shade and housing material…. These trees have cultural heritage significance and values to the Townsville Traditional Owner groups, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba People’s and need to be preserved.”

 



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