One submission lodged on Ripley development koala habitat
UPDATE July 7:
ONLY one submission regarding koala habitat at ECCO Ripley's residential development was lodged during a recent public notification period.
The development caught the Federal Government's attention due to the removal of a significant volume of bushland considered 'critical koala habitat'.
Members of the public were invited to have their say during a notification period from June 19 to June 30.
During those 11 days only one submission was lodged.
Now a report has been prepared on the development and can be viewed by the public at Ipswich Central Library from July 10 to July 21.
The report is also available in Brisbane at the State Library, South Brisbane and can be downloaded in PDF form online at www.saundershavill.com/eccoripley.
A MAJOR Ipswich housing development has caught the attention of the Australian Government.
As part of developer Sekisui House's ECCO Ripley development, a portion of land considered 'critical koala habitat' needs to be cleared.
A public notification period has just been opened for Ipswich residents to have their say on whether the development will have a significant impact on koalas living in the area.
The residential development covers 128 ha of land at Ripley, south of Ipswich CBD.
In 2010 the Ripley Valley was earmarked by the State Government for residential development.
But ECCO Ripley's proposal has caught the attention of the Federal Government's Environment Department.
In August 2015, the department requested more information from developers Bcove 4 Pty Ltd and Ripley Town Holdings, subsidiaries of Sekisui House.
The developer has now responded with a full report to address the Federal Government's concerns.
Within the executive summary, it says surveys of the area have shown the site is used by only a small number of koalas.
"While the project will result in the removal of some critical habitat, it is arguable that the project is not likely to have a significant impact on the Koala given the limited evidence of Koala activity in the area," the report reads.
"Evidence from targeted fauna surveys suggest that the site is potentially utilised at a low level by a small number of perhaps transient Koala individuals."
The report also says only 46.3 ha of 'critical habitat' will be cleared, 5300 koala habitat trees will be planted in the Bundamba Creek corridor, and one third of the whole site has been set aside.
That means 41.6 ha of the total 128 ha won't be cleared.
Read the full report online at www.saundershavill.com/eccoripley/
Submissions must be lodged before 5pm, June 30.
Written submissions should be addressed to ECCO Ripley Residential Development Project, 9 Thompson St, Bowen Hills, Queensland.
Readers are also invited to send their submissions to the QT at email@example.com.