Tues 23 October 2018
Local residents vindicated by Department’s damning zipline assessment: Greens
An explosive new letter from the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) to the LNP Brisbane City Council has vindicated Brisbane residents fighting the mega zipline plan.
The letter is dated 17 October and was published on the Council PD Online portal for the project on 22 October 2018.
Greens MP Michael Berkman:
“The concerns of locals fighting the zipline have been vindicated in this savage takedown by experts in the State government.
“The State government agency points out that the LNP Council’s documents are riddled with errors.
“These serious issues cannot be solved by tweaking the proposal. It’s a dud.
“The LNP Council has drastically underestimated the impacts of the zipline in almost every imaginable way.
“They’ve lowballed everything - from tree clearing to light pollution, traffic, public transport and impacts on the historic Mt Coot-tha viewing platform.
“The Greens oppose this project and I’ve been supporting locals pointing out these obvious errors for a year.
Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri will move an urgency motion in the council chamber this afternoon raising concerns about the true extent of vegetation clearing that the zipline project would require.
“The development application for this project needs to be carefully scrutinised by a full meeting of all elected city councillors rather than delegated to unelected development assessors,” Councillor Sri says.
“It seems like most LNP councillors don’t even understand how significant the negative environmental impacts of this project would be, but they need to take responsibility as elected decision-makers.”
Quote from the SARA letter:
It is recommended that you address these concerns promptly, noting that the department considers your development application does not currently satisfy certain applicable outcomes and performance outcomes identified in the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP)
Media contact: Abe O’Neill 0439 758 860
• SARA’s 17 October 2018 letter to Council: https://pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au/masterviewUI/modules/documentmaster/viewdocumentftp.aspx?key=p4j9mRT%2fiFadoVp8j%2fi3JwGfvb5FL6YFgX2sogdG5CMb%2biEYzgTmMw%3d%3d
• Zipline online DA index page: https://pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au/masterviewUI/modules/ApplicationMaster/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=A005011420&fbclid=IwAR3dHiriP8gW8ydi6f5RzqJUm59awfcW8zVWQljG8mxRTENBTlRXwPixAII