Mareeba Council Fails Kuranda Community Again
At the July 2017 council meeting, it took just nine minutes for council to pass more than four motions, two of which allowed assessment of high density, rural residential developments in an environmentally fragile area (Myola Valley, Kuranda) under the old, 2004- and now superseded planning scheme.
The high density. rural residential development applications are for the Kuranda vets' land (subdivision into approximately 48 blocks of around 2 acres in size) and the Barnwell road property (site of the ambitious and possibly fictional KUR-World project) of 176 blocks also of around 2 acres each.
These subdivisions would not be deemed appropriate according to the Mareeba Shire Council 2016 plan, the FNQ2031 plan and the State Planning mapping (Matters of Environmental significance). Hence this extraordinary tactic of trying to have the developments assessed under the old plan, which was rejected a decade ago by the Kuranda community and eventually by the State Government.
In previous articles we mentioned the dangers associated with conventional agriculture as bores have turned up with too high levels of arsenic in Koah possibly due to the use of arsenic during tobacco farming times. Conventional farming uses many dangerous chemicals. Some insecticides, for example the much used Methomyl and Chlorpyrifos are anti-cholinesterases(nerve poisons) just like Sarin. In fact it was only after some potent insecticides were developed that armies also saw their usefulness in chemical warfare.
It follows that keeping conventional agriculture as far away as possible from environmental values and populated areas is a safe precaution.
What you can do:
Ring MSC on 1300 308 461 or 07 4086 4500
Ask them: "put the old 300 metre buffer zone back into the new MSC2016 plan to protect against dangerous spray drift. This will help to avoid 'accidents' like we saw in Mareeba last year, in future."
Use social media to say Stop #spraydrift [#spraydrift is the globally used hashtag for this issue which effects communities across the world]
Come along to the Friends of the Earth FNQ meeting for January
Informal dining atmosphere - think coffee, pizza and politics.
Lift from Cairns around 4:30pm.
Lift back after the meeting.
We have this monthly OPEN meeting to discuss HOW the different campaigns and affiliates might support each other. How do we leverage and sync operations and resources so that we get SYNERGY! How do we COOPERATE!!
This letter was received from Darryl Killin.
We include it here and hope to stay engaged. We had invited Daryl to our meeting in December but he had decided not to come to talk about the issues at that point. But we welcome all views and look to solving issues simultaneously relating to climate change and carbon.
Letter from Darryl Killin
I would like to add a very clear dissenting voice to your irrational position in relation to the Hancock pine plantations, which demonstrates a clear intent to mislead the public on this matter. A few FACTS to consider:
1. It was Qld Labor who sold the pine plantations to Hancocks (HQP) for $600M, and it followed a 10-15 year journey of the government getting out of forestry as an industry. Just like government does not own bakeries or supermarkets, they also no longer own the trees in pine plantations. They do still own the land however.
2. HQP manage their plantations extremely well on a global scale, and these plantations are certified (and audited) against both FSC & AFS standards.
3. There is no use of Simazine from the air, in fact no use of it at all. Get you facts right, or name your sources so that they can be exposed to public scrutiny. Forestry uses a fraction of chemicals of agriculture, in fact once the plantations are a few years old, there is no chemical use whatsoever for 20-25 years until harvest.
4. Forestry is the only Carbon Positive Industry in Australia. The. Only. Carbon. Positive. Industry. In. Australia.
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FOE Questions the Subdividing of KOAH until Issues of Water are Resolved
Mareeba Shire Council continues to subdivide Koah region without solving water issues. Mareeba Shire Council is giving different messages regarding its responsibilities regarding safe drinkable water.
Planner Brian Millard wrote to Kuranda Region Planning Group that
“In terms of planning requirements for subdivisions outside of a reticulated water supply network, the developer must show an adequate water supply.”
He suggests it’s up to the owners to test and treat their own water. But this appears to contradict other advice and regulations attached to subdivisions.
It’s true that Council is not directly responsible for bore water quality. However when the Planning Department of the MSC makes a subdivision subject to potable water (“each lot must be provided with potable water”) this surely means that the water is drinkable and not just available.
Foe FNQ is assuming that the definition of “potable” is drinkable according to particular Standards. Who's responsibility is it?Read more
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