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Development comes under
fire from residents

by Simon Roper

The Maleny Glen development off Dixon Avenue has come under fire from nearby residents due to what they describe as a “massive amount of tree felling”. They say the clearing is destroying wildlife and upsetting the micro-ecosystem of the land.

“They’re just butchers coming in with this big Kato Excavator and demolishing the trees right along the creek bed to our back boundary,” said Simon Moore from the neighbouring Maleny Palms resort.  “Really it shouldn’t be happening …we’ve got to be trying to protect these creek banks.”

Mr Moore said the developers, BMD, were hacking trees on the boundary of the plot but aren’t installing sand filters.   He therefore expected silting and erosion problems, especially on the southern side of the land.  “We’re just trying to protect a little bit more bush around the place here,” he said.  “A couple of our homes back on to the site and it’s a shame as it’s going to cause an erosion problem for them.”

And another resident says Caloundra City Council done its bit to ensure the residential development is managed properly.  “Residents are outraged that the council has allowed this to happen,” said Georgia Owens from nearby Hakea Avenue.   “There has been extensive damage to the wildlife population as result as there were a lot of birds nesting in the trees they felled.”

However Div 1 Councillor Dick Newman said the developers were going to extraordinary lengths to conserve wildlife.   Mr Newman said the trees that were felled were all Camphor Laurels, which are classed as an invasive weed and must be removed by law.

“These trees aren’t friendly to much wildlife and must be removed as they are weeds,” said the councillor.   “We asked the developer to consider getting the Environmental Protection Agency on site to relocate any endangered animals and that’s what they did.”  Cr Newman said BMD were not required by law to do this but took the course of action realising how important conservation and protection was to Maleny people.

He said that while residents of nearby Hakea Avenue had stated that a native platypus had left the vicinity or perished, recently some of his staff reported that three of the animals had returned to the land.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.