Members of River Heads Community
To fulfil the wishes of the community of River Heads, the River Heads Action Group formulated a petition to the Commonwealth Parliament with the intention of having the above mentioned development property acquired by the Crown.
An e-petition was lodged 6 February 2018 and a paper petition with the same wording considered and accepted by the Commonwealth and over 900 signatures were obtained over both petitions.
The petition was presented to the Commonwealth House Of Representatives on 21 May 2018 and the Minister for Environment and Energy is required to respond within 90 days .
Wording of Petition
Reason: Owner of site at River Heads Queensland, adjacent to the Great Sandy Marine Park Ramsar wetlands has applied to develop a retirement village including a private sewerage treatment plant. Matters of national environmental significance relevant controlling provisions for EPBC Referral 2013/7038 have not been fully addressed in the Draft Public Environment Report. Wetlands of International Importance – Downstream effects of treated sewage effluent pose major environmental risks; Stormwater plan ignores the High Environmental Values of the site with alterations to natural creek paths and Acid sulfate soils report not provided. Listed Threatened Species – Impact on Water Mouse, Illidge’s Butterfly, Green Turtle and Dugong feeding grounds ignored plus major fish breeding habitat 100 metre minimum buffer ignored. Listed Migratory Species – Mangrove Point South (Turtle Cove) Claypan is a recognised Critical King Tide Roost for migratory birds with counts of critically endangered Far Eastern Curlew exceeding the one per cent Ramsar criteria. Planned 50 metre buffer ignores recommended EPBC bird buffers of 165 – 255 metres.
- Request: Request the House to fund acquisition of freehold Lot 996 SP129069 and Lot 124 SP156870 by the Crown, for the long term protection of Great Sandy Strait wetlands and Great Barrier Reef plus honour international agreements to which Australia is signatory namely Ramsar, JAMBA, CAMBA, ROKAMBA and EAAFP