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Foreshore dunes and protection of vegetation at Woorim Beach, Bribie Island

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

John Oxenford
15 Cypress Avenue

Total Signatures - 50

Sponsoring Member: Carryn Sullivan MP

Posting Date: 8/06/2010

Tabled Date: 8/06/2010

Responded By: Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP on 9/07/2010

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that since its formation in 2008, Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) has been systematically destroying the integrity of the foreshore dunes and associated protective vegetation at Woorim Beach on Bribie Island.  The community has on several occasions sought action by the Queensland government to address this ongoing damage by MBRC but nothing has changed.


A week ago MBRC announced, without consultation, a new project to almost totally remove vegetation from a 0.5km length of narrow and vulnerable foreshore dunes at Rickman Parade, Woorim.  This and other aggressive alterations to the dunes will leave this area exposed to the ravages of the sea, high winds and tidal surges and will threaten the nesting habitat of endangered loggerhead turtles.


The works clearly contravene several State government Acts including the SEQ Coastal Plan, the Queensland Coastal Plan and the SEQ Regional Plan. For example, the SEQ Regional Plan states under s.2.4 Managing the coast: "2.4.2 Ensure development other than maritime infrastructure avoids erosion prone areas, storm tide inundation hazard areas, and undeveloped sections of tidal waterways in accordance with the Queensland Coastal Plan."


Your petitioners therefore request the House to: immediate cessation of these works by MBRC; investigate the various contraventions of State Policies and Acts by this project.  Moreover we seek proper consultation and revision of this proposal by MBRC and action to stop MBRC's high risk practices in respect of its foreshore activities generally.