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Land valuations in Ipswich suburbs near dump sites reduced to zero

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Gary Duffy
47 Blackall Street

Total Signatures - 232

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 3/12/2020

Closing Date: 7/05/2021

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

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that contamination of the air, water and land around Ipswich dump sites has rendered the land valueless. Section 3.12 of the Land Valuation Act 2010 says: "any contamination to the land at the time of valuation needs to be considered in the assessment of the site or unimproved value." - "The ability to remediate, in whole or in part, and the current or potential impact on highest and best use can only be truly assessed on a case-by-case basis."

Houses and businesses near waste sites are facing the highest contamination rates: "Bioaerosol concentrations exceeded current human health threshold limit values (TLV's) at the majority (≥ 75%) of sampling locations", (Carol Reid Fewkes Masters of Research Thesis QUT Brisbane 2015) indicating potential health risks within three kilometres of waste industries. The release of PFAS into the water ways, the proposal for a Toxic Incinerator, an 85 metre mountain of interstate waste, and the Inland Rail bringing in interstate waste will render the land within three kilometres of Swanbank and Jeebropilly valueless. Most land owners were not informed of these development proposals prior to purchasing.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ask the Government pursuant of the Land Valuations Act 2010 to: 1. class all land within three kilometres of waste handling facilities as valueless and no fees should apply to the land holder; and 2. That the waste industries pay local governments compensation for the losses in rates.