Gearing up for green battle

Noosa Parks Association has joined a campaign to preserve the environmental integrity of Lake Weyba.
Noosa Parks Association has joined a campaign to preserve the environmental integrity of Lake Weyba. Contributed

A CAMPAIGN to preserve the environmental integrity of Lake Weyba has just received a major boost, with Noosa's most powerful green lobby lining up to oppose any major development outside current planning guidelines.

Noosa Parks Association has fought and won most of the significant green fights in the area over the past 50 years.

Its president Ian Seels said the time had now come to oppose the proposed Mantle Group development.

"NPA is gearing up for another conservation battle, with a massive development application of the size of Peregian Springs looming," Mr Seels said.

"This proposed development - spanning both sides of Walter Hay Dr around Eenie Creek and extending east to Lake Weyba - is asking for development to be permitted in a non-urban area," he said.

"This DA contravenes the Noosa Plan, which limits excessive development, and it should be rejected from the outset."

Mr Seels said 75% of this land was in the old Noosa shire, with the remainder lying in the former Maroochy shire borders.

"The developer, Mantle, will no doubt espouse virtuosity by claiming they will be donating large tracts of environmentally significant land for the protection of the dwindling koala population.

"The stark reality is that all the land being offered as biodiversity offset is already protected and thus cannot be developed.

"The bottom line - Mantle will be offering us nothing."

Mr Seels said the NPA expected Noosa's Division 11 councillor, Russell Green, to strongly oppose any DA and wanted the newly elected Division 9 councillor, Steve Robinson, to do likewise.

Any development would destroy a huge area of pristine green space, risk polluting Eenie Ck and Lake Weyba as well as endangering flora and fauna, he said.

The Mantle Group's Noosa on Weyba development director Steve MacRae said the outcry over the proposed development was premature and misguided.

He said plans the NPA opposed were part of a previous "vision" plan prepared for the State Government as part of the biodiversity offset.

Mr MacRae said the yet-to-be-released master plan would include the highest quality environmental protection, "including all protocols in the newly introduced Queensland Coastal Plan".

"In essence, the vision plan is substantially out of date," Mr MacRae said.

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