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In Godwin Beach QLD on “Material Change of Use -...” at 1 Esplanade, Godwin Beach QLD 4511:

Terence Corbett commented

MBRC Planners and Councillors ,

I refer to the current application for material change to zoning for 1 Esplanade , Godwin Beach , currently before the Moreton Bay Regional Council for the change of zoning from Rural to Tourism and the consequent development application for the development of an “Eco” tourist park / camping area.

My objection to this rezoning and redevelopment is for the following reasons in summary :

1. Ecological and Environmental : Particularly pertaining to international migratory birdlife , and
2. Traffic and Urban Safety : The ongoing effect of the increased activity both vehicle and pedestrian in the local area and it’s effect not only on the delicate balance of the natural ecology but also on the existing quiet cul-de-sac style residential environment at Godwin Beach.

More detailed information for objection to tourist park development application :

1. Ecological and Environmental :

Godwin Beach - Identified roost habitat for 2 select international shore bird species :

It is suggested in the application that the area in consideration for development is of no environmental, ecological or heritage significance . This statement is contrary to the significance placed on this area identifying the western wetlands of Godwin Beach as a roost area for international migratory shorebirds including the Eastern Curlew which is listed as an Endangered species in Queensland under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland) September 2017 list . (Refer Australian Government website link :
http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=847 and MBRC document reference : Moreton Bay Regional Council Shorebird Habitat Mapping Project by David Milton and Jill Denning , Report No. 640/1-20-5P , 30 June 2009.

Also unique to the Godwin Beach roosting habitat (and only a few others within the Moreton Bay Area ) is the Type 2 Habitat as noted in the reference document. The application area identifies 2 out of only 3 international species that utilise this habitat to roost. The area appears to be within the application zone if the report’s guidelines for urban development are followed .

Refer to Page 17 , Map 4 showing roost sites specifically identified during the time period that the study was undertaken. It should be noted that the region at the western end of Godwin Beach ( the general area of the application for the development) was identified as a Habitat Code Type 2 during the study.

Refer to Pages 44 and 45 of the MBRC Shorebird Habitat Mapping Project document table Site 20 , Godwin Beach , which lists the western end of Godwin Beach mangrove and wetlands as a Type 2 roosting area designated as code TECSM within the context of the study.

Per Page 9 paragraph 3.1 this Roost Habitat classification encompasses the following region around the identified Godwin Beach roost area observed at the time :
T = Coastal Tidal
E= Coastal Bay , inlet or estuary
C= Marine
S- Sand
M=Mud

Per Page 9 paragraph 3.1.1 (in summary ) :

Of the 40,000 shorebirds of 42 species of shorebird (waders) that come to the Moreton Bay Region to roost , there are 5 different classifications used in the report for roosting . Within those 5 roost classifications , there are only 3 species that use exposed tree branches or trees at high tide as staging roosts within 1 -2 klms. of the high tide level.

Those 3 species are the Grey Tailed Tattler , the Terek Sandpiper and the Whimbrel.

Two of those three species (Grey Tailed Tattler and the Terek Sand Piper) are identified as using the wetlands at the end of Godwin Beach as a roost area .

The Grey Tailed Tattler migrates from Polynesia to Godwin Beach and the Terek Sand Piper migrates here from Russia / Finland in the summer months.

While this development application is for a change of zoning from Rural to Tourism it should be noted that the type of development proposed is in a sense more high impact than an urban development application in that it requires the removal of most if not all vegetation from the site and on an ongoing basis , there will be a high turnover of human activity (including the use of common outdoor cooking and entertaining areas , car parking , garbage disposal, etc.) within the site.

I therefore refer to Page 65 , Appendix E ,”Major Management issues and Suggested Guidelines – Local government shorebird factsheet and guidelines for planners which states that “ for instance the birds will have different requirements in different seasons , tides and weather conditions. Therefore it is important to maintain a variety of habitats in a wetland. A recommended buffer is to ensure that assessable development is 200m from the highest astronomical tide. “

Notably, under threats (Page 44 , Site 20 Godwin Beach ) is mentioned the following
“Likely high disturbance (to habitat would occur) from walkers, pets and possibly vehicles” which the new tourist park development would be encouraging by default.

2. Traffic and Urban Safety :

Godwin Beach is a very small community with only one way in and one way out . For that reason it enjoys similar characteristics as a community to that of a cul-de-sac . This is recognized by the fact that the speed limit in the area is 50klm/hour.

Residents as a rule have to park partly (if not completely ) on the footpath to enable the school buses that use the Esplanade , Oak Street and May Street twice every morning and afternoon to use the streets safely.

The width of these small residential streets is about 8.5 metres . Given that the standard width of a parking bay is nominally 2.5m , it is easy to see that when 2 vehicles are parked opposite or nearly opposite each other on these streets that there is only enough room for one vehicle to pass between them.

Should any visitors to the proposed tourist park need to park on the street in Oak Street or May street (particularly at the right angle bend in the streets ) it will be extremely difficult if not impossible for the school bus to negotiate the corner comfortably given the turning circle of the bus.

The other major concern given the increase in traffic flow and additional congestion is the safety of residents and children in the street around these vehicles.

Even though there are 20 campsites proposed , the nature of the proposed development (Tourism) will necessitate a high turnover of occupancy (daily or weekly) necessitating much more vehicle traffic than an urban development of similar size would attract.

General observations :

As noted in the Environmental and Ecological objection (Objection 1) there will be a significant increase in noise from the facility’s individual and common areas with people cooking , socialising , etc. This is of concern to local residents as well as adjoining property owners.

Everything within the application states that the facility is “temporary”.

It therefore needs to be asked by council as to what the permanent intensions of the applicant are and this should form part of the same application and include community consultation.

I therefore wish to lodge these objections for councilors’ consideration in their duty of care in due process while reviewing this development application .

The references , information and subsequent objections raised are all verifiable in the documents quoted and available in the public domain .

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