Community woes over landclearing

MCVEIGH Street residents have voiced environmental concerns over land clearing for a development in their street at Kepnock.

Now about a month since work began, resident Christina Warren said they were concerned for two main reasons - the ecology of the area and the nature of the proposed development.

“There are no mature trees to provide wildlife nesting opportunities being retained on the site,” she said.

“Also, the area directly adjoins a watercourse and there are concerns that the way this land is being treated will have adverse effects on one of the few remaining tracts of wildlife corridor along a watercourse in Bundaberg city.”

Mrs Warren said there was concern that what was proposed for the site was different to what was originally intended, and no development application notice had been erected on the site.

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said the residential development approval was a result of a consent order of the Planning and Environment Court on February 21, 2007.

“Vegetation in the creek is not being disturbed,” he said.

“The application was not required to undertake public notification (signs on the land) when approved by council, as the land was Residential A (in the planning scheme for Bundaberg).”

While Clarrie and Sarah Stanley have lived on the street since 2003, they lament the loss of land “that was a nature strip” and have been bothered by dust kicked up by the development.

No one was available for comment at Baldwin Contractors yesterday afternoon.

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