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Stop the Government from populating the life out of South East Queensland!

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

seqrp2-clip.gifGiven a choice would you stop the State Government from massively increasing South East Queensland's population?

Use this link to Queensland Conservation Council's online submission form and have your say.

The State Government's Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-31 responds to development industry pressure by forcing 735,000 new dwellings to be built for another 1.3 million people, bringing South East Queensland's 'target' population to 4.4 million (the size of Sydney!) by 2031 or sooner. These dwellings are to be built on remaining open land /greenfield sites and squeezed into existing urban areas. South East Queensland is already under huge stress; another 1.3 million people will worsen the problems already threatening our quality of life:

  • a million more cars on an already crippled road network
  • thousands more commuters added to an already overloaded transport system
  • massive increased demand on our collapsing hospital and health systems
  • more competitiion for already unaffordable housing
  • skyrocketing demands on our failing water supply
  • escalating demands on our carbon-generating coal-fired energy supply
  • escalating demands on the already depleted Moreton Bay Fishery
  • more habitat taken from our struggling koalas and other unique wildlife

Remember, personalised submissions get more attention. To edit your submission and add your own points just place your cursor either before or after the main text and type in normally. Your points will be a part of your submisson. Go to QCC Queensland Conservation Council website here to make your online submission http://qccqld.org.au/SEQ_submission.html

Send your submission by 3rd of April for your voice to be heard

Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe Tuesday, March 31, 2009 announced the public consultation period has been extended to 1 May instead of closing of this Friday.

Population: The elephant in the room viewpoint expressed by John Feeney in BBC article which looks at the global population situation raises similar concerns of carrying capacity at the global level.

"Our inability to live as we do, at our current numbers, without causing pervasive environmental degradation is the very definition of carrying capacity overshoot."



Do You Like What the government is doing to SEQ

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

act_now.gifAn example of a Properly Made Submission to Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009-31 for Redlands is available here   properly_made_submission_regional_plan_2009_redlands.doc 68.00 Kb 28/03/2009, 15:44 for your perusal and adaption to suit your area and concerns. Many of our concerns are common to many areas.


Community organisations rally residents to save South-East Queensland environment

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

seqrp2-clip.gifAn alliance of environmental and community groups wants South-East Queensland residents to demand the State Government stop destroying the region's environment and quality of life with huge population increases.

This SEQ regional plan submission coupon has appeared in SEQ newspapers. You can clip and send the coupon too.   news-seqrp2-clipandsend1.pdf 90.87 Kb 29/03/2009, 17:43

Under the State Government's Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009-31, the population of the region would swell by another 1.3 million people within 20 years - to the same size as Sydney.

'This massive planned increase in population will condemn SEQ to an ever-worsening quality of life and eliminate any chance we might have of living sustainably,' said Simon Baltais, spokesperson for the alliance of groups that includes the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Sustainable Population Australia, the Nerang Community Association, Queensland Conservation Council, ( LACA is a member of QCC). Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko) and the Community Alliance for Responsible Planning (CARP) Redlands.

'The numbers proposed under the draft plan will bring SEQ's total population to 4.4 million,' Mr Baltais said. 'This draft plan will push another 750,000 dwellings into existing urban areas and wildlife-friendly greenfield sites.

Queenslanders have until Friday 3 April to respond to the Draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009-2031.

Some groups eg GECKO have written to the new Ministers: Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe and Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability The Honourable Kate Jones to request an extension and delay of the implementation of the Plan until  some issues have been resolved -

  • The policies and procedures upon which the Plan is based have had full community consultation and adoption;

  • The provisions in the draft have been rewritten in keeping with the latest science of climate change and knowledge about the biodiversity significance of South East Queensland;

  • The draft has been fully analysed in comparison with the State of the Region Report for its potential impacts on sustainability indicators;

  • The community has had the opportunity to examine several options for the future as is best practice for community consultation on regional planning.

Read Gecko's letter here.  gecko_request_seqrp_rewrite.doc 43.00 Kb 31/03/2009, 19:16

You could base your own letter on this example.


How to make your submission count for DRAFT SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGIONAL PLAN

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

seqrp.jpgAll information collected from valid  submissions will help inform the finalised South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 - according to submission template provided by Queensland governement website.

How to make your submission count
For the purposes of feedback, a properly made submission must:
? include the name and address of the submitter
? be made in writing, and signed by each person who has made the submission
? respond under the headings of the draft SEQ Regional Plan or draft state planning
regulatory provisions and other matters for consideration.

Information considered confidential should be clearly identified. Please note submissions may be accessed under the Freedom of Information Act 1992.

For your convenience we have converted this document to a Word document so that  you can complete the essential information and ignore those bits you do not wish to comment on.   seqrp_submission__cover__form.doc 64.00 Kb 19/03/2009, 14:50

If you have any questions please contact secretary Anne Page. See contact page.


Regional plan discussed at workshop opened by Cr Graham Able

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

edo_jobragg.jpgJimboomba Times dated 18 March 2009 covered the community workshop.

 Regional plan discussed

Environmental Defenders member Jo Bragg talks the crowd through legal implications the draft plan
CONCERNED environmental groups gathered on Saturday to discuss the 2009-2031 draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.
Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) vice president Kathy Faldt said about 40 people including representatives from the Environmental Defenders Office, Wildlife Logan, LACA and members of the public met to voice their concerns and discuss a way forward.
"The problem is the growth and development that is planned is not sustainable," Ms Faldt said.



Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Here is the first draft of the SEQ Regional Plan Survey. It only allows for 10 questions - more questions requires a subscription. $20.00 per month or $200 per year and i assume that is $US.

Click Here to take survey


Looking after the chickens - public comments sought

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

monitoringprogram-poultry-168.jpgThe Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) announced the release of the draft program for monitoring the welfare of poultry. DPI&F General Manager of Animal Welfare, Dr Rick Symons said the document is open for public comment and he is keen to hear from interested parties. "The community, poultry industry and markets for poultry products have an expectation that poultry are treated humanely," said Dr Symons.

"To achieve this persons in charge of poultry have a duty of care to their animals and must comply with the Poultry Standards. "The Poultry Welfare Monitoring Program is aimed at preventing animal suffering, promoting standards of animal care and ensuring that people with poultry understand and comply with the Poultry Standards. "We are keen to hear from anyone interested in making a comment to ensure the final monitoring program is acceptable to the public and industry," said Dr Symons.

To ensure compliance, the final monitoring program will include audits of poultry producers by Authorised Officers appointed by DPI&F. Industry quality assurance programs may also be approved by DPI&F if they meet the principles of the monitoring program.

The final date for public comment was  Sunday 25 January  2009.


Logan Basin draft Resource Operations Plan not including Moreton Bay Islands

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

logan_bmap.gifDebbie Best Deputy Director-General Department of Natural Resources and Water encourages interested parties to make a submission if they have any issues they wish to raise in regard to the finalisation of this draft plan.

The draft plan is available for public comment and feedback. All submissions, properly made by 5pm, Friday 20 February 2009 will be considered by the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Water (the department) prior to plan finalisation. A submission form is included with in the summary document. In accordance with the water resource plan, the Logan Basin Resource Operations Plan will initially deal with priority area 1, which is the area of the Logan River Water Supply Scheme. Subsequent amendments to the resource operations plan will occur to deal with other parts of the plan area including Moreton Bay Islands.

You can obtain a copy of the draft plan by contacting the department on 1800 308 252, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting the department's website at: www.nrw.qld.gov.au/wrp/logan. Please see the link to the public notice.


Is 5% enough for you?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

button_community_climate_act.gifIgnoring calls for strong action on climate change, the Federal Government has announced its plan to cut carbon pollution by just 5% (increasing this to 15% only if other major polluters commit to a global agreement).

Let the Government know that this decision is unacceptable.

This decision does not place Australia in a position to save the Murray-Darling Basin, the Great Barrier Reef or the Australian Alps.  Instead, it will hold back progress towards an effective international climate change agreement.

The Government has disregarded the advice of top scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - that state that developed countries, as a group, must reduce their carbon pollution by 25-40% - and community support for greater action on climate change.

What's more, the plan will see billions of taxpayers' dollars handed directly to big polluters. However, this is not the final word. Let the Government know that this decision is unacceptable and must be revisited via the media and your local MP.

Visit the Australian Conservation Foundation website for tips on what to do.





Contact or email your friends and family, encourage them to make their voice heard too.  Download the community action kit [26 p 2.69 MB pdf] from this page

To avoid dangerous climate change, and give our icons a fighting chance, we must commit to reducing our carbon pollution by at least a third by 2020.


South East Queensland Regional Plan released for comment

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

actionbutton.gifThe draft SEQ Regional Plan and the draft state planning regulatory provisions are open for submissions from December 2008 to

3 April 2009. After a review of the submissions, an updated SEQ Regional Plan will be finalised in July 2009. Documents are available on the government website.

All land in the region is divided into three  regional land use categories Regional landscape and rural production area, Urban footprint and Rural living area. The plan is designed to deliver land for urban growth - with urban growth areas, future growth areas and identified growth areas.

You can find out which land use category applies to a property in the region by using the interactive mapping tool.

Explore the Department of Infrastrucure and Planning website for full details. More information will be extracted from government or council sites and posted here soon that relates to Logan and Scenic Rim areas. Please contact us if you would like help to make a submission.

If you are concerned for the longterm survival of Queensland's flora and fauna, their habitat and ours,  please read these government documents and have a say. NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 1 MAY 2009


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