Walker Group will appeal…

The Redlands2030 Facebook page today comments “The Bulletin says Walker Group will appeal the Information Commissioner’s decision that Redland City Council should release most of the 589 page Toondah development agreement to Redlands2030. This could delay for some time the community gaining access to important information about the Council’s deal allowing Walker Group to build 3,600 apartments on public land and Ramsar protected wetlands. It’s quite likely that Walker Group will fail to get Federal Government approval for this environmentally harmful project but the process could take years to be resolved. The quick way for this foolishly conceived project to be stopped is for the State Labor Government to decisively pull the plug”.

https://www.redlandcitybulletin.com.au/story/5820187/walkers-to-submit-an-appeal-against-information-commission-decision/?cs=213

 

The Greatest Legacy

Redlands 2030 has made a remarkable contribution to environmental awareness and appreciation of Nandeebie (Cleveland) residents.

You have built a sense of community and showcased a side of the community here which otherwise would not have found a unified voice.

Environmental sensibility will be the new manifesto of the next generation of Redlands voters. My 17 year old and 13 year old have been apart of this campaign from the start, writing letters and signing petitions. The Redlands2030 campaign has drawn in my elderly mother and politicised her and her cohort of senior citizens residing and voting in the Redlands.

You have brought the attention of investigative journalism to the Redlands and our councillors to account.

Redlands 2030 will in time be seen as the greatest legacy of the current Mayors time in office. Hearty thanks!

https://redlands2030.good.do/savetoondahharbourforthebirds/Give_Back_Toondah/thanks/elon.nette%40icloud.com/

Guardian Cartoon on Toondah Deelopment

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To see the full cartoon visit…

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“North Stradbroke Island begins to become Minjerribah and a whole lot of other things announced” Brisbane Times

Demolition of old Sibelco mining huts on Adams Beach where a new, $3.35 million cultural centre would be built facing the waters of Moreton Bay.

“The Minjerribah Cultural Centre should be completed by 2020.  It is the second tangible sign of the Queensland government’s $29.75 million economic transition strategyfor 23 projects to slowly lead the island away from the $50 million annual revenue it receives from sand mining”Screen Shot 2018-12-15 at 9.26.02 pmBrisbane Times article also reported Dunwich Secondary College will also to become an Education Queensland training centre for tourism business skills for island residents.

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Save Stradbroke Active in the Toondah Harbour Redevelopment Campaign

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“SHOULD PREMIER PALASZCZUK STEP IN AND REVOKE THE TOONDAH PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT AREA (PDA) PLAN?

As we posted last Saturday, the ABC has exposed Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg for rejecting the Federal Government’s own independent scientific and legal experts’ advice to immediately end the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area (PDA) proposal.

The PDA plan allows a property developer to dredge Ramsar protected, publicly owned tidal wetlands at Cleveland (click on the second image to view the general area), near the North Stradbroke Island ferry terminal, and build a forest of 3,600 high-rise units.

Frydenberg’s ‘controlled action’ decision advanced the proposal to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS would largely be managed by the political donor property developer Walker Corporation and its chosen experts, who would be paid by Walker Corp.

The ABC reported that of 96 proposals which have been assessed by EIS under federal environment laws, only one has been refused approval. Clearly, the EIS process is not a level playing field – https://www.abc.net.au/…/the-developer-the-whistle…/10487806

In yet another shocking revelation, the ABC also reported that a letter sent to the Federal Government by Jackie Trad and Steven Miles on 12 August, 2016 encouraged Frydenberg to make a “controlled action” decision.

Prior to Frydenberg’s decision, Walker donated $225,000 to the Federal Liberal Party. The Queensland Labor Party declared that it received $23,000 from the developer in the same year.

But, as the ABC reported, Walker Corp has made other large political donations (more than $2.2 Million) to Labor and the Liberals over the last two decades.

Frydenberg attempted to justify his ‘controlled action’ decision in a television interview. He was not convincing! The ABC reported that Annastacia Palaszczuk refused to be interviewed about her Government’s actions.

A few months after Labor was elected, Deputy Jackie Trad, who was the Minister in charge of PDA’s, replacing the LNP’s Jeff Seeney, unexpectedly gave the “green light” to the LNP’s Toondah plan to destroy Ramsar protected wetlands. Her announcement shocked many. It flew in the face of Labor policies and commitments of protection.

“Ms Trad said the Queensland Government will now work with the preferred developer, The Walker Group and Redland City Council to formalise a development agreement and to move forward on detailed project plans”
– see http://statements.qld.gov.au/…/plan-to-revitalise-toondah-h…

The original LNP proposal to allow Walker to dredge protected wetlands was horrendous. After the limited community consultation, the Redlands Mayor said there would be “800 residential and commercial units” – see fourth last paragraph of the Mayor’s statement –http://news.redland.qld.gov.au/…/council-listens-to-commun…/

Walker Corp’s owner, Lang Walker, was after more. He told the Australian newspaper, shortly before Labor was elected to power, that he hoped there would be about “1000 dwellings” in a mixed use development (click on the image to read the article).

But by the time the Toondah Master Plan was released a year later in November 2015 under then Minister Jackie Trad, the proposal had grown to 3,600 units!

No explanation has been provided to the public. The Premier keeps dodging questions about Toondah.

Against the background of Labor’s strong opposition to the LNP’s PDA laws, and the record of previous Labor Governments’ protection of the Toondah wetlands, Labor’s Toondah actions are suspicious to say the least. How did the proposal massively expand from “800 residential and commercial units” under the LNP to 3,600 units under a Palaszczuk Labor Government?

The public deserves answers. Alternatively, now that we know about the Federal Government’s own expert scientific advice to end the environmentally destructive proposal, the Premier and her current PDA Minister, Cameron Dick, could do the right thing and revoke the Toondah PDA. That would take the proposal away from the Federal Government and put an end to the irresponsible plan”.

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ABC Radio and Toondah Harbour Development…

The ABCs 612 Breakfast Show discussed the Toondah revelations about Josh Frydenberg’s decision to overrule his own Departmental advice.

On Thursday a compilation of recorded and live interviews was broadcast …the most interesting being the commitments made by Andrew Laming to the independence of the Departmental advice. Listen to those assurances about the independence of the scientific and expert advice of the Department of Environment!!! Then draw your own conclusions!!!

The story commences on the linked podcast at 2hr 50 with an introduction.
2:56:15 Extract of the interview between Frydenberg and Virginia Trioli
2:58 comments by Graig Addley of the Walker Corporation
2:59:45 commonest by Andrew Laming from the Outside broadcast conducted by Emma Griffith some weeks ago…listen to his commitments to due process “allow the department to make their decision which I will not interfere with”….It is “all done by the scientific experts in the Department of Environment” and finally “we won’t be changing the Departmental decision”…But the Minister DID>
3:01 Talkback listener about ministerial responsibility and finally
33:02:18 Judith Hoyle of Birdlife
3:05 the session ends

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https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/breakfast/10569504?fbclid=IwAR20Auh5tWTKsoWLImVJQd_pobe4aTsMWCXVqcg8sgcloM9lYev7TVghFe0

“The bird and the businessman”

Steve Cannane talks on Radio National  (792am) Background Briefing 8am Sunday December 9 and replayed Monday 2pm and Tuesday 12am discussing “A rare blow-by-blow inside account of how power and influence is wielded in a sensitive environmental approval process”

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Billion $ Company Pays No Tax

Screen Shot 2018-12-15 at 8.48.41 pm“Australian Taxation Office data shows no income tax paid over the last four years by Walker Group Holdings Pty Ltd, ‘preferred developer’ of 3,600 apartments on Ramsar protected wetlands next to Toondah Harbour. ABC News reports that about one third of large Australian companies paid no tax in 2016/17 but most companies have good reasons for not paying tax, according to the Tax Office” despite earnings of $438,592,012.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-13/one-third-of-australian-companies-paid-no-tax-ato/10614916?section=business&fbclid=IwAR2DmXFG8MYMPBsgzLJE_7EOMHrfcay57kRIfMgelXu4WFYERknQHu8sjXg

A Terminal Case by Peter Wear

“How a massively inappropriate real estate deal was conceived, to build 3,600 luxury apartments on Ramsar wetlands next to Toondah Harbour”. This 20minute film comprehensively covers the a front to democracy that the planned Toondah Harbour Development  is. Posted mid November 2018 in just one month it has captured 25 000 views and no doubt sporned intensive coverage on ABC national news, radio and current affairs in the past week.

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Judith Wright: Two Dreamtimes

Judith Wright was reader for Jacaranda Press and read Kath Walker’s first collection of poetry and a life long friend ship ensued. In 1976 they were together in the film Shadow Sister and Judith dedicated and her poem ‘Two Dreamtimes’, to Kath Walker.

Two Dreamtimes (Angol)

(for Kath Walker)

Kathy my sister with the torn heart,

I don’t know how to thank you

for your dreamtime stories of joy and grief

written on paperbark.

You were one of the dark children

I wasn’t allowed to play with —

riverbank campers, the wrong colour,

(I couldn’t turn you white).

So it was late I met you,

late I began to know

they hadn’t told me the land I loved

was taken out of your hands.

Sitting all night at my kitchen table

with a cry and a song in your voice,

your eyes were full of the dying children,

the blank-eyed taken women,

the sullen looks of the men who sold them

for rum to forget the selling,

the hard rational white faces

with eyes that forget the past.

With a knifeblade flash in your black eyes

that always longed to be blacker,

your Spanish-Koori face

of a fighter and singer,

arms over your breast folding

your sorrow in to hold it,

you brought me to you some of the way

and came the rest to meet me,

over the desert of red sand

came from your lost country

to where I stand with all my fathers,

their guilt and righteousness.

Over the rum your voice sang

the tale of an old people,

their dreaming buried, the place forgotten…

We too have lost our dreaming.

We the robbers robbed in turn,

selling this land on a hire-purchase;

what’s stolen once is stolen again

even before we know it.

If we are sisters, it’s in this–

our grief for a lost country,

the place we dreamed in long ago,

poisoned now and crumbling.

Let us go back to that far time,

I riding the cleared hills,

plucking blue leaves for their eucalypt scent,

hearing the call of the plover,

in a land I thought was mine for life.

I mourn it as you mourn

the ripped length of the island beaches

the drained paperbark swamps.

The easy Eden-dreamtime then

in a country of birds and trees

made me you shadow-sister, child,

dark girl I couldn’t play with.

But we are grown to a changed world:

over the drinks at night

we can exchange our separate griefs,

but yours and mine are different.

A knife’s between us. My righteous kin

still have cruel faces.

Neither you nor I can win them,

though we meet in secret kindness.

I am born of the conquerors,

you of the persecuted.

Raped by rum and an alien law,

progress and economics,

are you and I and a once-loved land

peopled by tribes and trees;

doomed by traders and stock exchanges,

bought by faceless strangers.

And you and I are bought and sold,

our songs and stories too

though quoted low in a falling market

(publishers shake their heads at poets).

Time that we shared for a little while,

telling sad tales of women

(black or white at a different price)

meant much and little to us.

My shadow-sister, I sing to you

from my place with my righteous kin,

to where you stand with the Koori dead,

“Trust none – not even poets.”

The knife’s between us. I turn it round,

the handle to your side,

the weapon made from your country’s bones.

I have no right to take it.

But both of die as our dreamtime dies.

I don’t know what to give you

for your gay stories, your sad eyes,

but that, and a poem, sister.