Fears are held for the region’s turtles.
Fears are held for the region’s turtles. Max Fleet BUN240211TURT4

Fears development will confuse turtles

LANDCARE Bundaberg says a Burnett Heads housing development recently approved by Bundaberg Regional Council could endanger nesting turtles.

“I think it is disgraceful. Enough is enough,” Landcare president Mike Johnson said.

The Shelley St development near Sea Esplanade will see one lot subdivided into 12 lots over two stages.

During the public notification period, 105 submissions were made with concerns raised relating to lighting impacts from development on the adjoining marine environment and nesting turtles.

At the ordinary meeting last week, councillors voted 7-4 in favour of the development with councillors Scott Rowleson, Jason Bartels, Greg Barnes and Wayne Honor voting against the development.

At the meeting, council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said changes had been made to the plan to address concerns about lighting impacts and effects on the esplanade.

But, Mr Johnson said he was not convinced.

“If you have a subdivision growing there it attracts the turtles and they get confused,” he said.

“Here you have a world-class turtle feature, which we seemingly keep pushing the boundaries on.”

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said he had met with a number of residents, who voiced their legitimate concerns the development would have a grave impact on endangered turtles, given the development’s close proximity to the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery.

“While I understand the benefits of such a development to support the future growth of the region, I am supportive of the community’s efforts to ensure the protection of our endangered turtles and I commend them on their campaign,” he said.

“It appears that the concerns of the community have been addressed, which we are thankful for, but of course I would like to take look into the conditions in more detail before I can fully support the development.”

Mr Johnson said Landcare would take its concerns to the State Government.



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