I am a member of the Australian Greens and will vote for Ian Mazlin, Greens candidate for Oodgeroo, Redlands Coast QLD. Oodgeroo consists of the suburbs of Birkdale, Wellington Point, Ormiston and Cleveland. It also covers the area of North Stradbroke Island. Ian is opposed to the Toondah Harbour Development plans for a development on protected wetlands in Cleveland, Brisbane South-East.
Ian Mazlin was interviewed by the Redland Bulletin. In the article he stated
“This proposal should never have been considered… The major parties say they are waiting for the science but numerous scientific experts have let no doubt as to the effects of this proposed destruction.”
In an article by The Guardian: “Toondah harbour wetlands: federal government faces legal action over secret details of donor meetings”, it was reported:
“Toondah Harbour, on Moreton Bay, is an important habitat for dugongs, dolphins, whales and sea turtles and is renowned as one of the top migratory bird sites in Australia. Every summer 32 species of migratory shorebirds, comprising 40,000 individual birds, visit Moreton Bay. Around 20% of the world’s eastern curlews and 50% of all grey-tailed tattlers feed, breed and rest at the wetland following their amazing migration from Russia. The public has a right to know about decisions being made in its name, particularly when ministers reject the advice of their own departments.”
Walker Corporation gave $50,000 each to the Liberal and Labor parties during the 2018-19 reporting period. Since 1998, the company’s entities have made political donations worth more than $2.5m… Opponents say no alterations to the plan could compensate for their principal objection: that creating an artificial harbour and high-rise development would require the dredging and destruction of sensitive wetlands.”
Please vote GREEN at the Queensland election on Saturday, 31 October. Thousands of native fauna and a RAMSAR protected wetland depend on your vote. I really hope this property development plan doesn’t go ahead. It will affect future generations who will blame us for its devastation.
As the song goes, “paved paradise, put up a parking lot”.
Photo sources: The Redland Bulletin