Gold Coast & Hinterland Environmental Council Media Release
Monday, 30th March 2009
A group of community associations and environment councils are urgently calling upon the Premier to withdraw the Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009-2031 because it has been rushed, is reckless and will ruin the environment of SEQ.
Due to interruption of the consultation period during the election, the review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan, out for public comment until this Friday, 3rd April, has been rushed and the Premier should withdraw it and have it rewritten in line with current climate change and biodiversity protection measures, say conservationists.
Lois Levy, spokesperson for Gecko -- Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council, said that "The new draft should be re-released later in the year, when the Review was originally planned, after all policies called up by the Plan have been completed and the community has been adequately consulted in line with social justice principles. Too few people are aware of the implications of this Plan for their lives and future of the region."
A submission from the Redland City Council, available on their website, concurs, calling for an additional eight weeks for consultation and further commitments from the State Government regarding detailed studies on climate change, peak oil and carrying capacity. This submission further states that the strategies, studies and other pieces of work that would inform this review are still to be completed and it is critical that these be put in place and that the Regional Plan needs to be aligned with these strategic documents.
"The contradictory provisions of the Plan, for example, the competing directions of accommodating growth and protecting biodiversity, have no hierarchy or effective way of resolving conflicts," said Ms Levy. "This is just not good enough for a document that will determine the future of our region and its communities and biodiversity over the next 22 years."
"As this Draft Plan will have a major impact on the communities and environment of our region, we urgently request an extension and delay of the implementation of the Plan until these issues have been resolved.
For more information, please ring Gecko at 5534-1412 or direct: Lois Levy 5534-3706 or 0412-724-222
Gecko - Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council,
Gecko House, 139 Duringan Street, Currumbin Qld 4223
Phone: (07) 5534 1412 Fax: (07) 5534 1401
Email: info [ AT ] gecko.org.au Website: www.gecko.org.au