Councillor defends cycleway position

Sunshine Coast councillor Debbie Blumel has described an article in The Australian last week, criticising the council’s environmental credentials, as an absolute crock and a beat-up.

The article, referring to a planned cycleway at Mudjimba, said the council, “elected to govern Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on an environmental platform”, was going “to bulldoze the tourist strip’s last unprotected area of rainforest”.

Resident Betty Sykes, Coast Care’s Leigh Warneminde and SCEC’s Narelle McCarthy were quoted in such a way as to appear to be criticising the council.

But Ms Blumel said that at an on-site meeting this week all three women agreed “there was no issue here”.

“The cycleway is going to run exactly parallel to the existing road; it’s not going to meander up across the dunes,” she said.

“It will definitely not go through the wallum gardens at Mudjimba – it’s between the road and the wallum gardens.

“Even though we reassured him (the journalist) that there was no intention to damage forest or endangered species, and, in fact that there was no such thing as a rainforest along the road south of Mudjimba Surf Club ... he ran the story anyway.”

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