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Proposed footbridge and bicycle path over Eprapah Creek, Thornlands/Victoria Point

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Lynn Roberts
360 Boundary Road

Total Signatures - 305

Sponsoring Member: Mr Matt McEachan MP

Posting Date: 6/10/2017

Closing Date: 13/04/2018

Tabled Date: 1/05/2018

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 31/05/2018

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

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House:

1. The environmental damage that would be caused to Eprapah Creek by the construction of a pedestrian / bicycle pathway crossing the creek.

2. This bridge is unnecessary as there is an existing safe, shorter bicycle route along Boundary Road connecting growing urbanisation to the shopping centre.

3. Construction of this bridge and pathway would damage the creek's banks, waterway and surrounding bushland, seriously affecting documented flora and fauna including listed vulnerable species such as koalas in an area that has been set aside for conservation purposes (Eprapah Creek Corridor).

4. There are grave concerns about erosion caused by machinery which would flatten the bank of the creek to allow access to a pile-driver. This would lead to destabilisation of the creek bank resulting in siltation damaging the seagrass habitat and mangroves in the creek estuary, most of which has Marine National Park status (MNP24 in Marine Parks Moreton Bay Zoning Plan 2008) and Ramsar protection.

5. Residents are also concerned about an increase in anti-social behaviour in bushland and safety for users of this pathway at night.

6. In addition, there are likely substantial cost overruns and ongoing maintenance costs to the ratepayers.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to refuse the relevant permits, call on the Redland City Council to cease this damaging proposal and to vary the infrastructure agreement with the developer to allow equivalent money to be spent upgrading the existing bicycle track or similar beneficial infrastructure.