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May 152014
 

b4c-openingThe new office of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee’s (B4C) Sustainability Centre at Carindale was officially opened on Wednesday with local politicians, B4C members, volunteers and supporters marking the occasion.

The completion of the office has been long awaited with work starting at the end of 2012. The building was largely completed by February 2013 but it wasn’t until February this year that the sewerage was able to be connected in a way that satisfied both cost effectiveness, environmental considerations and council approval. Continue reading »

May 132014
 

Wayne Cameron of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) at Carindale has been very concerned about the impact of mountain bikes on the environment for several years. He has written the following piece and is asking for more local support on this issue.

mountain biking erosion

Erosion from mountain biking

I am writing requesting your interest and possible email or letter to your local Councillor regarding the threat of mountain bikes to our nature reserves.

Mountain biking has its supporters, but we have had to live with the impact of this recreation in our nature reserves for several years. We have been involved in campaigns to protect the reserves – such as Mt Gravatt Outlook, Belmont Hills and Whites Hill.

The Mountain Biking Associations are well resourced and have stated they want full legal use of ALL Brisbane’s nature reserves. They already have large facilities at Gap Creek (Mt Cootha), Daisy Hill and a 2011 custom built 25 k of international standard trails and tracks at Wyaralong – all paid for by either ratepayers or Qld taxpayers.

Whites Hill has just had a warning from the usual young rider appearing in the local South East Advertiser, claiming no damage is caused by mountain bikes.

The damage caused by mountain bikes is substantial and the behaviour and safety issues are also factors. The damage caused to tracks is 20 to 1000 times that of walkers (Recreation Ecology: the Ecological Impacts of Outdoor Recreation – Dr Michael J Liddle, PhD, 1997).

Dangerous and illegal jumps created in Whites Hill in 2007.

Dangerous and illegal jumps created in Whites Hill in 2007.

Basically for us, if Mountain Bikes attain legal use to the reserves, they will create substantial trails and increased numbers of riders on the reserves and thereby the Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Primary Purpose of the reserves will become subservient to recreation use. Our wildlife needs these reserves to survive in Brisbane and that is why I am asking for your support.

It is, as usual, a numbers game – if the newspaper and Councillors get 100 replies and 80 are from organised mountain bikers – we will eventually lose these reserves.

Please consider helping us defend our nature reserves.

Contact Details (for an email support letter):
Cr Adrian Schrinner, Chandler Ward, 3407 1400 or chandler.ward@ecn.net.au (or other local councillor if you’re not in the Chandler Ward).
South East Advertiser, Editor: letters@southeastadvertiser.com.au

Aug 092013
 

The following is a letter to the Southern Star from Wayne Cameron, head of Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordating Committee. Mr Cameron has also provided it to Carindale Connect.

The lack of regard for politicians and electioneering is clearly shown by your cartoon (Conversation 7/8/2013), with people “puking” while our would-be elected leaders are speaking on a podium.

I would like to suggest that we, the public, and the media in general, are the ones who are turning our political system into a circus, not the politicians.

Sure, the 3 year political cycle has politicians spending most of their time seeking re-election and short-term fixes. But have we become so cynical that we demean anything said or done by our politicians?

No wonder we find it hard to get people with ability to seek public office. Each time a man or woman stands up for and ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against an injustice – the media and public want to cut them off at the knees. Maybe we get what we deserve.

Wayne Cameron, Carina Heights

Jun 282013
 
Kerryn Loose-Jones speaks to the monthly Carindale Community Forum

Kerryn Loose-Jones speaks to the monthly Carindale Community Forum

Carindale resident Kerryn Loose-Jones spoke at the June Carindale and Eastern Suburbs Community Forum on Wednesday night at Pacific Golf Club regarding the sale of the Whites Hill State College oval.

She says that the responses locals are receiving back from the Minister of Education’s office contradict the willingness shown by the local state members to support the voice of the community on the issue.

The office of John-Paul Langbroek the Minister of Education, Training & Employment has said that the land is “surplus to requirements”. Continue reading »

Jun 252013
 

whsc1The public are being asked to make their opposition to the sale of the Whites Hill State College oval known, if there is to be any chance of saving it.

With no clear consultation process however, there is the challenge to inform the public of the issue.

On the evening of Friday 14th June around 160 people gathered at the WHSC hall regarding the proposed sale of the oval by the State Government. The meeting, which was organised by the WHSC P&C, invited local representatives and the general public to attend.

The audience was unanimous in its opposition to the sale. When asked for a show of hands from anyone in support of the sale, no hands were raised.

Steve Minnikin the State Member for Chatsworth, Ian Kaye the State Member for Greenslopes and Kevin Rudd the Federal Member for Griffith were among the speakers. Continue reading »

Jun 142013
 

Privatisation of land assets in Brisbane is a risky undertaking. There is no philanthropic support for funding to purchase, maintain or improve greenspace and no one will come to the rescue of the many sites in Brisbane up for grabs.

In the US many parks, natural areas and sporting facilities are sponsored  by philanthropists and well supported NGOs. In Australia we don’t have this – we have Clive Palmer and Titanic II.

By Wayne Cameron
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
PO Box 5, Carina, QLD 4152
Admin Office: 287 Pine Mountain Road, Mt Gravatt East
Sustainability Centre: 1358 Old Cleveland Rd (Cnr Wright St) Carindale
E: b4c@bulimbacreek.org.au
Ph: 07 3420 4800

May 092013
 

The following is a letter sent by Wayne Cameron of Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee.

Hon. Andrew Powell,
Minister for Environment and Heritage

c.c. Hon. Ian Kaye MP Member for Greenslopes and Hon. Steve Minnikin MP Member for Chatsworth

Re: Proposed School Oval Asset Sales and Whites Hill College Sports Fields Continue reading »

Mar 212013
 

Until recently the Mount Gravatt District Horse & Pony Club at Rochedale has been battling FKP to remain open. Bulimba Creek Landcare has been seeking environmental protection for the land. As some background to the letter provided to us below, read ‘Community leaders express delight at  pony club’s reprieve’ and ‘Club riding high after land win’.

As reported on March 6th by the Southern Star:

“… land FKP had set aside for the club to use was zoned as endangered by the Department of Environment, locking it away for revegetation. FKP appealed the ruling and last week, the pony club learned the department had agreed to change the classification to allow club use.”

The following letter was written by Wayne Cameron of Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C)  & Bulimba Creek Landcare on 20th March, 2013.

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The Editor,
Southern Star

Regarding: Article in Southern Star March 6th on P 5 “Club riding high after land win”

Our Landcare group has been seeking protection and environmental compliance on this land for many years, because it is the most important green connection and underpass from Bulimba Creek waterway corridor to Koala Bushlands and Bayside.

It also has areas of significant species including a possible Lungfish billabong. The site was rated so high by Council, that they had it on their Bushland Acquisition list, they wanted it for environmental purposes, until protection was afforded to the land by the Vegetation Management Act as a protected offset. Continue reading »