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Petition to Stephen Mansfield, Brett Smith, Stephen Hepworth, Patrick Troughton, Suzette Harrison, Commissioner

Save our platypus

This petition has been initiated by Friends of Fernglade in an attempt to secure more support and funding for Fernglade Reserve in Burnie, Tasmania. This 50 acre conservation area along the Emu River, is home to 11 threatened species, over 50 bird species, and a healthy and reliably seen platypus population. Situated only minutes from the Burnie CBD it feels like it’s a world away, and is a much loved area by the local community.  The ecotourism potential for the area is enormous. The wild platypus viewing is considered one of the top 3 sites in the country, and the only one located near a port, hosting a rapidly growing cruise ship industry. Visitors frequently enjoy viewing platypus, wallabies, echidnas, giant freshwater lobsters, eagles and a huge variety of birdlife. Possums, bandicoots, quolls, Tasmanian devils and much more also call Fernglade home. Friends of Fernglade are concerned with ongoing incidents of illegal lobster poaching, rabbit trapping, trail-bike riding, lighting of fires, the presence of dogs, vandalism and hooning. Lobster poaching recently resulted in the deaths of 3 platypuses within the reserve. Please sign our petition asking for more support and funding for Fernglade. Friends Of Fernglade are a voluntary group assisting Burnie City Council and Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service in the management of the reserve.

Friends of Fernglade
2,760 supporters
This petition won 9 months ago

Petition to Tom Tate, Town Planning Department

OBJECT TO A PETROL STATION IN MERMAID BEACH

Ask yourself these questions: Would I like to live next door to a large, noisy, smelly, brightly lit, busy 24hr petrol station and convenience store? Would I like my children to be exposed to daily carcinogenic petrol and gas fumes and the risk of contaminated drinking water? Would I be happy if I had just purchased a home in a quiet street where I thought my children could safely play, only to find it was about to become a thoroughfare for hundreds of cars? Would I be happy for my investment property or home to suddenly be devalued by 100's of 1000's of dollars? Would I be happy if I couldn't rent my property at all, or for what it is worth because no one else wants to live next door to a petrol station? A petrol station is being planned for the corner of Hilda Street, Gold Coast Highway and Seaside Avenue in Mermaid Beach.  It is to be built around 2 sides of a newly renovated beach cottage, located in the corner of the rectangular site, and will impact severely not only on this home but on the other residents in Hilda, Seaside and Hedges Avenue, in terms of 24hr traffic, noise, lighting, activity, smell, dangerous emissions, risk of ground contamination, crime and many other planning and environmental factors. There will be noise and constant activity from regular delivery trucks, fuel tankers, pumps, vehicles entering and exiting the site, customers buying fuel, food and convenience items in the early hours of the morning, additional traffic using the side streets to head north instead of using the already congested filter lane opposite, traffic heading north from Hedges Avenue and down the side streets, the risk of crime associated with robberies and the smell of rubbish from large bins on the site.   Research on the dangers of living so close to a petrol station is well documented in terms of carcinogenic fumes and the risk of contamination to water pipes from leaking tanks. The fumes from petrol and gas will constantly be in the air poisoning neighbours and polluting the environment.   In addition to the health costs, this petrol station will seriously devalue the sale and rental prices of properties nearby.  It will immediately rob home owners of their future investment potential and will ruin the serenity of these streets where children usually play. This site encompasses 5 residential blocks and has a Medium Density Residential zoning in the New Gold Coast City Plan 2015.  It is not zoned for this type of development and will require an Impact Code Change to go ahead.  Although the council has created this zoning it is only through objections from the community, stating solid planning and environmental reasons why it should not proceed, that it will be denied.   There are 5 petrol stations within 2.6km of this site, 11 within 5km and 7 of these are on the Gold Coast Highway.  This development will take business away from nearby convenience store owners, newsagencies and food outlets and will adversely affect the lives of many families in the Mermaid Beach community.  It is unnecessary will have only a negative impact.  Please support the neighbours of this proposed development and the Mermaid Beach community by signing this petition or find out how to lodge your individual objection by calling 0412 834 833.  The form to use and Lot numbers will be explained. Thank you in anticipation of your assistance.

Edwina Roberts
1,765 supporters