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Lake Apex, Gatton - restore to Fauna Sanctuary

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

James Kerr
248 Spinach Creek Road
FORDSDALE QLD 4343

Total Signatures - 1965

Sponsoring Member: Ian Rickuss MP

Posting Date: 5/08/2009

Tabled Date: 5/08/2009

Responded By: Hon Kate Jones MP on 2/10/2009

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of the residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that I wish to register my objection to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council's (LVRC) Master Plan for Lake Apex in Gatton which will remove most of the remaining green space and fauna habitat and significantly reduce the enjoyment of the area by the majority of members of the community. Your petitioners therefore request the House to 1. Assist in having the Western Island of Lake Apex restored to its natural state as it was in 2009 prior to 14th April when the LVRC clear felled it and so destroyed an internationally recognised bird nesting ground within a Fauna Sanctuary. 2. Prevent the building of a bridge to the western island of Lake Apex on the grounds that it will expose the nesting birds to predatory cats and dogs and pedestrian access will disturb roosting birds. 3. Support the transparent development of a Master Plan for Lake Apex that focuses on community, environment and tourism and is developed in consultation with the volunteer groups that have worked on the Fauna Sanctuary over decades. 4. Ask the Environment Minister and the Minister for Local Government to ensure the Lake Apex is given again it's legal status of Fauna Sanctuary and that the Council looks to adding more Fauna Sanctuaries across the Lockyer Valley. 5. Ensure the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) cease any further development at Lake Apex and return the cleared island to it's natural state as in 2009 pre 14th April.