Keep Mount Coot-tha nature spaces green
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Mount Coot-tha is valued by local residents as one of Brisbane's best and most iconic green spaces. The Summit serves as a popular tourist destination with views over the city and out to the horizon, while the picnic areas at the base of the mountain form part of the start of the Brisbane River catchment and are popular nature spaces amongst local residents.
Brisbane City Council is in the process of 'upgrading facilities' at Simpson's Falls and JC Slaughter Falls and going to tender for a Zipline. The works at Simpson's Falls have just been completed and involve an additional toilet block in the middle of the open space, replacing a sound existing wooden bridge with an over-engineered metal one, creating more picnic tables and bbqs leaving less open space, and laying copious concrete paths, steps, ramps and hand rails, even though wheel chair access is already accomodated at JC Slaughter Falls. This has required a large investment and many physical resources.
The next upgrades to JC Slaughter Falls will require similar resources and will result in more concrete pathways, reducing the natural feel of the picnic areas. Council also regularly send maintenance teams to the areas to blow leaves off the existing concrete paths, wasting more resources and creating noise and air pollution, further reducing the nature space left for remaining species. This approach is degrading the environmental values of Mount Coot-tha.
We are requesting Council cease the upgrade works to JC Slaughter Falls, and protect the existing green spaces on the mountain from the development of a Zipline. Mount Coot-tha is Brisbane's most iconic green space, let's keep it green.
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