Protect our high values wildlife habitat: Stop the mountain bike development of Redwood Park

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Hugh Krenske
210 West Street
Total Signatures - 1,840
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 3/3/2022
Closing Date: 8/5/2022
Tabled Date: 10/5/2022
Responded By: Hon Meaghan Scanlon MP on 9/6/2022
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that Redwood Park is a six minutes’ drive from the heart of Toowoomba. Its 243ha forest comprises spectacular eucalypt woodlands and rare dry rain forest providing ideal breeding habitats for over 158 native bird species. 

Disturbingly, Redwood Park is being promoted by the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Regional Councils as the preferred site for a 30 kilometre expansion of the escarpment’s network of downhill mountain bike tracks.

This commercially driven proposal is a major concern to the Queensland conservationists as Redwood is a world-class fauna and flora site. It is home to 218 species of bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian. At just 243ha it’s 0.2% of the size of the Daintree National Park yet home to 50% of the total number of bird species found in the Daintree.

Redwood Park is habitat to the endangered Koala and five other threatened species: Powerful Owl, Black Breasted Button Quail, Greater Glider, Glossy Black Cockatoo and Grey Faced Flying Fox.

If the landscape changing sport of Mountain Biking takes hold of Redwood it will destroy the integrity of the park, spelling the end of a refuge for fauna and flora. Moreover, its proud 100-year history as a safe, high value park for many bird watchers, bushwalkers & volunteer bush-carers will also end.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to intervene and stop this destructive proposal by declaring Redwood Park a National Park based on its undisputed proven high biodiversity values and high public amenity.