This week MyBribieIsland was contacted by Mr Albert Roberts who says he is a Brisbane resident and frequent visitor to Bribie. Mr Roberts says he has written to the local newspapers on a number of occasions in the past about what he calls “useless” work being done by Council. He forwarded his latest letter-to-the-editor and asked if MBI would publish it.
MBI was not established as a place for re-printing letters-to-the-editor but Mr Roberts’ letter touches on some of the issues and observations that MBI readers have said are important. Such as:
- People are attracted to come to live on Bribie because of its relaxed way-of-life, its leafy communities, its quiet surroundings, and its natural beauty.
- Council have been on a never-ending campaign to remove vegetation on Bribie for reasons that can only be guessed at. Despite many promises, Council has not developed and implemented a comprehensive policy for the protection of the vegetation in its care, and each year literally thousands of trees have been removed with only a handful replaced. This removal is undertaken with an almost total disregard for what policies and procedures are in place for vegetation removal, and recent articles in the papers (Caboolture Herald 19-03-13, Caboolture Herald 23-03-13, and Bribie Weekly 22-03-13) would suggest it is in total disregard of the views of community residents. Because this is a nesting site for a protected bird (probably a heron) the removal of this tree may even have violated the provisions of Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 – Section 332 which prohibits the removal of nesting habitat of protected species.
- Council’s actions are destroying the leafy surrounds of Bribie’s public places which residents and visitors say are some of the special attractions of Bribie. This is impacting on the attractiveness of Bribie for its residents and potential residents, and as a result potential new residents are choosing not to come and live here. Last year, MBI published the story of Dick and Dora who decided not go ahead with their long-held plans to retire on Bribie because they did not like what they saw happening. Obviously there are many like them out there and it is not surprising that property values have declined again this year.
- This decline in property values will continue while Council continues with its current policy of wholesale destruction of Bribie’s uniqueness.
Mr Roberts asks why affected groups on Bribie are not taking action. Good question, Mr Roberts. Why aren’t affected groups taking action? As its contribution, MBI is taking action by publishing your letter.
As always, MBI is keen to hear from its readers. Do you agree with Mr Roberts comments? Let us know.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR by AL ROBERTS
I’ve written to the papers a few times in the past commenting that residents should beware when Council comes down their street. I commented that Council rarely does anything that is useful. Well I was back on Bribie last week and there was Council at it again doing work that was totally senseless and useless. This time removing the last of the Cadagi trees on Arcadia in Woorim.
The circular sent to residents said this was to complete the removal of these trees as approved by Caboolture Council. So I took a look at that approval. The minutes of Caboolture Council Meeting on December 6, 2005 show that Council voted to remove these trees based on a motion brought by the Division 1 Councillor. The only reason given in the minutes was because of leaf litter. I noticed that various other reasons were given in the newspaper articles last week, but that is just someone trying to rewrite history. The only reason for their removal that was discussed by Council was leaf litter. The minutes also record that the Division 1 Councillor introduced this motion after receiving one complaint. So 40 or more trees were removed at a cost of $2000 – $3000 each because one person complained. Can you believe that !!!!!!! Council has spent over $100,000 to remove those trees because one person complained about leaf litter. No wonder this Council has no money to do anything useful. Why aren’t you residents up in arms about this dreadful waste of your money?
While I was there last week, the annual land valuations from the Valuer General also came out. These showed that land values had declined by 10% again this year. Land values have gone down by over 20% in the last two years. This is because Bribie Island is becoming a less attractive place to live and people are less interested in buying here. This decrease in interest is in no small part because Council is relentlessly removing the trees and vegetation that are such a major part of the charm of this place. No wonder the land values are going down. Why aren’t property owners protesting this destruction of their property values? Where are the community leaders complaining about this? Where is the real estate community? Where are the business leaders like the Chamber of Commerce?
In Brisbane, Council is busy planting two million trees to enhance the place and improve property values. On Bribie, it looks like Council is doing the exact opposite.
Al Roberts, Tarragindi (March 26, 2013)