Karana unites against development
KARANA Downs community members are reaching into their pockets to establish a team of specialists to aid their three-year fight against a residential development in their backyard.
Karana Downs Ltd is challenging Brisbane City Council's decision to reject its application for a 112-lot development on the suburb's golf course in the Planning and Environment Court.
The leaders of the Karana Downs Community Lifestyle Protection Group (KDCLPG), Sue Cardy and Lisa Evans, have stood alongside the legal might of the developers, despite having little courtroom experience.
A hydrologist is at the top of the list of experts hired to persuade the court that the Brisbane City Council's decision to deny the application should stand.
The pair expects the court to come to a decision in 12 months.
They hope the evidence provided by experts from within the Karana Downs community will prove the development would increase devastation during a flood.
The golf course filled with floodwater during the January 2011 floods, and many homes in the area were spared.
The group fears any development would send displaced water through their homes.
"Flooding is a very important issue, not only for those around the course, but those along near by creeks," she said.
"It's not a socially responsible decision. If houses were built on the golf course and they flooded in two years time, who will be responsible for the houses."
Mrs Cardy said the group had already raised $6000 to fund an investigation by a hydrologist, to explain this theory in court.
"There are people who are part of the community group and they are going to provide their expertise pro bono."
To date experts all have agreed with the BCC's stance. The Karana Downs Golf Course, the site of the proposed development, has been shut and not maintained since March.
Mrs Cardy said the course's closure had left the residents without a meeting place.
She said the club had 600 members when it closed, which included half of the KDCLPG.
"I think the most positive thing is it has brought the community together."