The proposed Bruce Highway interchange upgrade threatens to devastate one of our few remaining lowland forests containing threatened & endangered species.
Petition 2 to prevent the motorsports complex being placed in the native forest is being prepared.
This remnant forest must be preserved so the future of the animals and ancient trees within it are safe.
The current proposal will irreversibly damage over 500ha of iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals. This forest contains koala habitat, lowland subtropical rainforest (a nationally recognised critically endangered ecosystem),centuries old habitat trees and unique wetlands.
This forest is home to koalas, glossy black cockatoos, giant barred frogs, Richmond birdwing butterflies, Coxen fig parrots, Wallum froglets and other vulnerable declining frog and butterfly species.
If these projects proceed we will destroy forever an iconic Sunshine Coast natural treasure and put these ecosystems and species on a downward spiral to extinction.
An Alternate Proposed Site
Attached is a map showing the area of pine plantation that lies immediately south of the proposed site – this alternate site is considered a more suitable location for the facility. It currently forms part of the same land parcel within Beerwah State forest.
If a pending National park can be made into a Motor X park with the stroke of a pen then likewise a plantation forest lease can be revoked in the same way!
If you want to check it out go down Old Caloundra Rd and then turn right onto Hapgood Rd – it is the area on the left
This site offers more area than the existing site.
Much of this area has recently been harvested and provides a clean slate for the construction of such a facility.
Having been under pine plantation for a long time the environmental values of the site are low.
It is also undulating (important according to Minister Dickson) and given the absence of vegetation easily/cheaply shaped if more landscaping is required – and given that the water requirements of the facility will require dam constructions – surplus fill may also be available.
It still lies within the tourism precinct of Steve Irwin Way area that also seems to be a prerequisite for the facility.
Most of the site has also been harvested recently and it doesnt appear that much has been replanted yet – so its not like large areas of pending crops would need to be sacrificed.
It is rumoured that Hancock’s (lease holder) wanted $10k per ha which was why the pine forest has been overlooked for the cheaper option of placing it in the native forest (cheaper because the costings ‘wouldnt have factored in the likely environmental impacts, loss of ecological services though impacts to wetlands and the ongoing environmental management costs (primarily erosion and sediment control & mitigation) – if in fact such mitigation activities actually happen given the proposed self assessable nature of the arrangement between the state and the successful tender.
But given the state has already (allegedly) allocated a budget of $2.5 million to the set up of the facility this could be do-able with negotiation & a smaller area eg go more linear with the enduro track to decrease area requirements.
This site is approx equal distance from from the townships of Mooloolah & Landsborough.
It would take the site further away from Glenview/Mooloolah residential areas which will be most impacted by noise travelling on the prevailing SE winds.
It also opens up other options for access via Roys Rd & Forestry Rd as well as via Steve Irwin Way.
The timeframes that have been set for this facility seem to be more about getting it rushed through at any cost before the next election rather than actually engaging and listening to the local community – how many residents in the Glenview/Mooloolah area know that they may well have to endure the background noise of hundreds of motor cross bikes every time a south-easter blows as of next year?